Dr Carlo Bruno and Dr Cyrielle Opitom awarded Chancellor’s Fellows

Congratulations to the recipients of this prestigious 5-year tenure track fellowship scheme focused on innovative research.

The University of Edinburgh is committed to providing exceptional career opportunities for our talented early career researchers, and as part of this, it is investing in a cohort of 30 tenure track Chancellor’s Fellows, drawn from researchers already working at the University.

The Chancellor's Fellowships are designed to support early career researchers and innovators to develop their careers in a supportive, world-leading environment during the 5-year programme.

The Fellows will already have a track record of high quality research, innovation and impact which they will build upon. Over time, they will be trained in and take up the full range of core academic activities, including teaching, academic leadership and knowledge exchange. 

The Fellows will be recruited as a cohort and be supported to achieve their research and other academic career ambitions through mentoring, peer support and training opportunities.

Dr Carlo Bruno

Carlo graduated from the Università Statale di Milano in Italy, and came to the Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics for his PhD in Nuclear Astrophysics, which he obtained in 2017. His thesis, carried out at the underground Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (Italy), was awarded the European Physical Society prize. Carlo's research now focuses on measuring nuclear reactions of key importance to understand the origin of the elements from the Big Bang to supernovae using heavy ion storage rings at FAIR (Germany). He has played a leading role in creating CARME (CRYRING Array for Reaction Measurements), an extreme vacuum chamber for use in international nuclear and atomic physics experiments.

Dr Cyrielle Opitom

Cyrielle obtained her PhD in Astronomy at the Université de Liège in Belgium in 2016 and then moved to Chile as a fellow at the European Southern Observatory (ESO). She came to Edinburgh in 2019 for the last year of her ESO fellowship.

Cyrielle studies small bodies of the solar system, and in particular comets. Her research focuses on using the latest astronomical instrumentation, including mainly spectroscopic techniques, to investigate the composition of comets and understand what it can teach us about the history of the solar system.