Data Scientist, Heineken
Kirstin Hay completed her PhD in Astrophysics at the University of St Andrews in early 2018 – her research focussed on using statistical and machine learning methods for the characterisation of exoplanet transits.
Since then, she has been working as a data scientist at Heineken UK, applying the techniques and methods from scientific research to solve business problems. Having a PhD in itself wasn’t a requirement to work at Heineken but the experience she gained through doing it meant she had lots of evidence of the right skill set.
Heineken has several graduate scheme opportunities
Ewan shows how a degree in Physics can take you in interesting directions.
Ewan Hemingway, Research Engineer, Canon Medical Research Europe
I first studied physics at Edinburgh University for the Computational Physics MPhys degree. I was interested in acoustics at the time and my Masters project looked at numerical modelling of guitar value amplifiers. However, one of the 5th year elective courses that really grabbed my attention was a series on soft matter physics, and this prompted me to pursue PhD opportunities. Following a recommendation, I joined an EPSRC-funded PhD in the Physics department at Durham University. There I worked on various problems in computational fluid dynamics, specifically in the area of active matter (the study of living fluids).
I was also lucky to gain some industrial experience through a consultation / research project with Schlumberger.
After my PhD, I stayed in Durham for two more years as a post-doc, where I focused on modelling flow instabilities in polymer physics.
Most recently, I joined Canon as a research engineer in the Image Analysis group. I have been there for just under a year, but already I have worked on a range of interesting problems, e.g., using deep learning for image segmentation.
EUYSRA (Edinburgh University Young Scientific Researchers Association) are hosting two events next week in collaboration with the Careers Service on summer internships and further study. Details on MyCareerHub
https://www.ed.ac.uk/careers/mycareerhub – search event tab with EUYSRA
Interested in getting some summer experience overseas?
This coming week is #GoAbroad week – click to find out more about opportunities to spend your summer abroad (lots being advertised right now), funding (register for Erasmus+ and Go Abroad Fund) and hear from students sharing their international experiences – don’t miss the chance to find out more!
· Finding Opportunities Abroad–Making the Most of Your Summer on Weds, 23rd January – Get tips on what funding is available and how you can identify and successfully apply for a summer experience abroad.
· How do I #GoAbroad? Student Q&A Panel on Thurs, 24th January – Come and hear from fellow students who have gone abroad to work or volunteer (with funding) about what it was really like and how you can do it too!
· PLUS Recruiter in Residences in the Main Library Building: Think Pacific (21st 10-1pm), BUNAC (21st 1-3pm), Camp Leaders UK (22ND 10-2pm), Education First (23rd 10-2pm) and Macau Edinburgh Exchange Tour (MEET) (24th – 10-2pm) – meet some of the employers with opportunities abroad.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @uofedcareers #GoAbroad – we have a special series of posts about GoAbroad opportunities, how to find funding, the resources that you can access 24/7 and blog posts by students sharing their international experience.
Great roadshow organised by Ozi, IOP Scotland student rep, outside the Magnet café to raise awareness of the benefits of student membership. Their website, Physics World magazine, events programme and contacts can introduce you to a range of options and career advice. Find out more online
Cool cakes too…
The Institute of Physics are coming to Edinburgh on Wednesday for a mini-fair from 11 – 2/2.30 outside the Magnet cafe.
Their student rep Ozi will be there along with IOP staff and me, offering information, advice, resources and freebies. There will be food too…