It was great to work with some of the students doing project placements as part of this programme. It’s a competitive programme open to students in later years of their BSc or MPhys.
This year I offered two sessions. The first one was co-delivered with Ross Galloway, the academic in the School whose remits includes this programme. This was to prepare students for their placements (academic & industry), address any questions and concerns and help them move confidently into their project placements.
The second one today was to help students reflect on what they did, what went well, what went less well, how they coped with the challenges and how it might influence future career plans.
Importantly, it was also about how to present what they gained from doing the project. There was lots of animated discussion, constructive peer feedback and hopefully everyone felt a lot more confident about how to talk about their project and what it means they can do.
I also think those in the group today will do a much better job at the end-of-placement presentation event as well as in future applications, interviews and networking events.
CERN are planning a visit to KB campus in October.
Date and location to be confirmed. Watch this space.
CDT Photonics | Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics
Meeting industry’s need for highly skilled engineers in the photonics-electronics interface
The CDT in Applied Photonics works with companies developing photonics-enabled products and services, from consumer technology and mobile computing devices to healthcare and security. Each of their collaborations is built around an EngD or PhD student, providing them with masters-level technical and business qualifications, along with an industrially-connected doctoral research project.
What is an EngD?
The EngD is an alternative to a traditional PhD aimed at students wanting a career in industry.
Students spend about 75% of their time working directly with a company in addition to receiving advanced-level training from a broad portfolio of technical and business courses. On completion students are awarded the PhD-equivalent Engineering Doctorate.
The Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics has a number of FULLY FUNDED VACANCIES for Engineering Doctorate (EngD) and PhD positions in Applied Photonics. An EngD combines PhD level research, technical courses & research based in industry. EngD stipend in the region of £21,000 are available for UK students and EU students who are resident in the UK. PhD stipends are in the region of £15,000.
Visit www.cdtphotonics.hw.ac.uk for further information about the CDT in Applied Photonics, twitter feed @CDTAP or contact EngD@hw.ac.uk
Physicists fit really well into what we do. They seem to have the right skill set of scientific thinking, problem solving and data interpretation.
Jonny Press, Director, AquaQ Analytics
I am just back from the EGRF where I met Lorraine Carr from Semefab and Jonny Press from AquaQ Analytics. Both employers are really keen to recruit our physicists.
You can find them and their vacancies on MyCareerHub
One of current students, Jacob Smith is just about to start a summer placement with Semefab. I will be asking Jacob to do a couple of guest blogs over the summer.
This is run as part of SUPA Graduate School “Hanging your research out in public” course and promises to be entertaining.
In this fast-paced ‘speed science’ social, Scotland’s up-and-coming physicists will compete to enthral and inspire you with their fascinating research stories. Prizes and pride are at stake in this informal and friendly event! Hosted by the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance.
- Venue: DRAM!, Woodlands Rd
- Date: Thurs 8 June
- Time: 18:30-20:00
- Cost: Free
- Details and booking: Online
This is just one of a plethora of events to celebrate Glasgow Science Festival 2017. From 8-18 June, venues across the city will be a-buzz with a huge range of activities.
All is revealed at http://www.glasgowsciencefestival.org.uk
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The Careers Service hosts an annual one-day PhD Horizons Career Conference dedicated to showcasing the breadth of career opportunities open to PhD graduates of the University of Edinburgh.
The Conference offers the following opportunities for PhD students, post-docs, and early career researchers:
- Thirty inspiring speakers from a wide range of occupations
- Advice for making the most of your doctorate in today’s challenging recruitment market
- One-to-one drop-in sessions with Careers Consultants
Tuesday 6 June 2017: University of Edinburgh – David Hume Tower
Sessions will cover careers in:
- Third sector
- Business and technology
- Creative industries
- Non-academic science
- Science communication
- Policy and non-academic research
- Professional roles in higher education
More details and sign-up here
Prepare for your placement!
Monday 29th May, 1pm – 2.15pm, JCMB – Teaching Studio 1206c
For students on academic and industry summer placements as part of this programme, this session is designed to help you:
- think about your working environment and professional etiquette in academia and industry
- discuss any questions or concerns you have
- start your placement with confidence
- maximise the benefits of the experience
Ross Galloway, School of Physics & Astronomy and Susan Bird from the Careers Service will be working with you to help you prepare you for your placement. All placement students are encouraged to attend.
For more details, contact Ross Galloway or Rosie Edwards in the School.
Figuring out what’s most important to you when it comes to work isn’t always easy, and that’s where career drivers come in.
Here’s an interesting feature that get you thinking about what matters to you in work you do.