It was not a great surprise that the £1.25m prize was awarded to Prof Englert of the Free University of Brussels and Prof Higgs of Endinburgh University in recognition of the discovery of the subatomic particle, the Higgs bosun, that confers mass on matter. It is often referred to as ‘the God’ particle and originates from an invisible energy field that fills the whole of space.
These two men had proposed theories on this as far back as 1964 but it was with the development of the $8bn Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Switzerland that their theories could finally be proved. Prof Higgs hopes that the recognition of fundamental science will help raise the value of blue sky research. A simple explanation of how the theory works can be seen on a YouTube created by Ian Sample author of Massive: The Hunt for the God Particle.
Employment Opportunites at Cern
Two research groups of 3,000 scientists each were involved in this research. There are fellowship programmes for people from EU Member States and opportunities for theoretical physicists from a Non-Member States. There is a long list of job categories shown here. The main ones cover finance, science, IT, engineering and human resources.A statement on their website states that ‘ CERN is a truly unique organisation. A genuine collaboration between countries, universities and scientists, driven not by profit margins, but by a commitment to create and share knowledge.’
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