Astrophysics to Heineken

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

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What can I do with Physics? Guitar valves to fluids to polymers to image analysis

Ewan shows how a degree in Physics can take you in interesting directions.

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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.

IAESTE – more than just a summer placement

Summer experience abroad through IAESTE – great story from one of our science students

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Thanks to Desi Davidkova (4th year, Ecological and Environmental Sciences with Management) for this motivational read.

If you are a STEM student interested in getting an international, paid internship in your study field, keep on reading!  I am going to share how thanks to IAESTE I got the opportunity to aid climate change research at a German university and work on the environmental management plans of a mining site in Turkey. Travelling and meeting other international working students were only some of the other benefits.

IAESTE stands for International Association for Exchange of Students for Technical Experience. The organization is present in more than 90 countries, supported by student volunteers. In the UK it is directed by the British Council so don’t hesitate to stop at their stall at the next Careers Fair.

I initially learned about IAESTE at the end of my first year. I was not looking for…

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NHS Clinical Scientist Training Programme (STP) 2019 – open for applications

Want to work as an NHS scientist? Good post by my colleague Rachel Taylor as an introduction.

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Rachel Taylor, Careers Consultant, summarises key points about the 2019 NHS England STP recruitment programme.

Applications opened on 9 January for the 2019 intake of the NHS England STP and will close on 8 February.  The STP is a three year postgraduate training programme during which you will be employed by the NHS in a particular specialism of healthcare science.   There are a large number of possible specialisms in a number of different locations within the areas of Clinical Bioinformatics, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Physiological Sciences.   Following completion of this programme, you will be eligible to apply for clinical scientist posts.

Getting a place on the programme is tough – on average there are 20 applications per STP place (this varies depending on specialism).  Top tips for your application:

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Get summer experience abroad

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.

Thanks to Institute of Physics, Scotland

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…

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Making the Most of LinkedIn

New to LinkedIn? This post by one of our Careers Service Assistants (a 3rd year student) is a really good intro.

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Amy, one of our Careers Service Assistants, shares some great advice on how to use LinkedIn effectively.

When I was in first year I didn’t see the point in having a LinkedIn account, after all, surely it was just a social networking site used by professionals? I couldn’t have been more wrong. Now in my third year of my law degree, I’ve used LinkedIn in many ways; to expand my contacts, to advertise my skills, and to search for job opportunities.

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So, how exactly does one use LinkedIn? Try following these steps to boost your LinkedIn profile:

A Digital CV

LinkedIn is a great resource for keeping all your experience, qualifications and skills in the one place. Having a LinkedIn profile allows you to check back on all your experience so far, and pull out the relevant pieces for the job you’re applying for.

To utilise this fully, there’s a…

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