Research talent recognised by fellowship success

Congratulations to Dr Adam Carnall and Dr Liza Mijovic, recipients of the Chancellor’s Fellows scheme.

Chancellor’s Fellows

The University of Edinburgh is committed to supporting talented early career researchers through the recruitment of Chancellor’s Fellows: a prestigious 5-year tenure track fellowship scheme focused on innovative research.

The 34 Fellows recruited in this round have a vision for future leadership in research and innovation, which may straddle leading a major area of research, forging new industry partnerships, or research-led teaching innovations.

The scheme builds in a focus on research and innovation in the first few years, and over time, Fellows will take up the full range of core academic activities, including teaching and academic leadership. 

The Fellows will be recruited as part of a wider cohort and will be supported to achieve their research and leadership ambitions through mentoring, peer support and training opportunities.

Dr Adam Carnall 

Dr Carnall's research focuses on the origins of the most massive galaxies in the Universe, studying their formation and evolution during the first few billion years of cosmic history. These massive galaxies follow an extreme evolutionary pathway, forming the majority of their stars very early in cosmic history, then shutting down (or quenching) star-formation activity, with the reasons for this still poorly understood. Dr Carnall will primarily be using data from the newly launched James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) during his Chancellor's Fellowship, having already been successful in winning observing time during the first year of JWST science operations. 

Dr Liza Mijovic 

Dr Mijovic will lead the development of novel experimental probes of the Higgs mechanism. In our current model of the fundamental particles and their interactions, called the Standard Model, the Higgs mechanism generates the particle masses. Could the Higgs mechanism also answer the major open questions about the Universe, such as those relating to generating masses of dark matter particles? This is a key open problem in particle physics, and Dr Mijovic will seek the answers at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN, and at future collider experiments.