Kara Lynch

Associate, Patent Scientist
London, EIP Europe LLP

Kara has a background in physics specialising in nuclear physics, in which she has a Ph.D. in laser assisted nuclear decay spectroscopy from the University of Manchester.

During and after her Ph.D., Kara worked at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Switzerland. During her time at CERN, Kara gained experience in ionizing radiation, particle detectors, vacuum equipment, data analysis, equipment control (software and hardware), and nuclear and atomic physics. Following her Ph.D., Kara worked as a post-doctoral researcher with KU Leuven in Belgium. She then spent three years as a CERN Research Fellow.

Kara has written for many notable publications, and has presented at international conferences and workshops. In 2013, Kara was awarded the Institute of Physics Nuclear Physics Group Early Career award, and in 2016, she was awarded the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Nuclear Physics.

Kara also holds a first class MPhys degree in Physics from the University of York.


  • Patent drafting and prosecution in areas including physics, computer-related technology and telecommunications
  • Filing and prosecution of design applications and portfolios

Recent work

  • Drafted patent applications for a range of clients including SMEs as well as for large multinationals, such as Arm and HP

Published articles

  • 7 February 2018
    Physical Review C, Laser-spectroscopy studies of the nuclear structure of neutron-rich radium (link)
  • February 2017
    Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, A simple decay-spectroscopy station at CRIS-ISOLDE (link)
  • 13 December 2016
    Hyperfine Interactions, Achieving sensitive, high-resolution laser spectroscopy at CRIS (link)
  • January 2016
    Physical Review C, Combined high-resolution laser spectroscopy and nuclear decay spectroscopy for the study of the low-lying states in 206Fr, 202At, and 198Bi (link)
  • 2015
    Springer Theses, Laser Assisted Nuclear Decay Spectroscopy (link)
  • March 2014
    Physical Review X, Decay-Assisted Laser Spectroscopy of Neutron-Deficient Francium (link)
  • November 2013
    Physical Review Letters, Collinear Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy of Neutron-Deficient Francium Isotopes (link)


  • Telecommunications
  • 3D Printing
  • Machine learning

Education and qualifications


  • 2018 — 2019
    Certificate in Intellectual Property (Distinction), Queen Mary University of London
  • 2010 — 2013
    Ph.D., Nuclear Physics, University of Manchester
  • 2006 — 2010
    MPhys., Physics, University of York

Career history

  • 2018 — present
    Associate, EIP
  • January 2015 — December 2017
    Research Fellow, CERN
  • January 2014 — December 2014
    FWO Pegasus Marie Curie Fellow, IKS, KU Leuven
  • October 2013 — December 2013
    Post-doctoral Researcher, IKS, KU Leuven

Awards and recognition

  • IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Nuclear Physics, 2016
  • GSI GENCO Award, GSI Exotic Nuclei Community, 2014
  • IOP Nuclear Physics Group Early Career Award, 2013
  • O.S. Heaven's Prize for best performance in graduating year, 2010

Speaking engagements

  • October 2016
    EURISOL-DF, Collinear resonance ionization spectroscopy at ISOLDE
  • September 2016
    INPC, Laser spectroscopy with the CRIS technique
  • March 2015
    GENCO Award Ceremony Annual NUSTAR Meeting, The Adventures of CRIS
  • April 2015
    IOP Nuclear Physics Groups Conference, Studying neutron-deficient francium isotopes with decay-assisted laser spectroscopy