Featured employers: Edinburgh Graduate Recruitment Fair

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

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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.

Big win for the School of Physics – 3rd place out of 300 UK university teams

IBM UBC final all 5The IBM Universities Business Challenge (UBC) Worldwide is the world’s longest established undergraduate simulation-based competition designed to develop employability and enterprise skills and starts with 300 teams across the UK.

Facilitated by Susan Bird (Careers Consultant, School of Physics & Astronomy), the School submitted two teams, one team making the semi-final in Edinburgh. After a keynote introduction from Shelagh Green, (Director, Careers Service), the teams did a series of intensive, timed business simulations culminating in a 60 second innovation pitch.

The Physics undergraduate team – students Imran Marwat (team leader), Fidel Elie, Ziyi Zhang, Adamos Spanashis and Brandon Christman – not only won 2nd place at the semi-final – but also won Best Business Idea on the day, beating 19 teams from other UK universities.

The School funded the team’s travel & accommodation expenses to the London final, the team was mentored by Mike Ross from Standard Life Investments & supported by the Careers Service – a good example of how we work with Schools & industry partners to support the employability and professional development of our science students.

The UoE team of physicists went on to win third place in the final gaining a prize of £250 and beating a number of business teams from universities across the UK.  A real coup for the School of Physics & the University of Edinburgh.

Here’s how team member Ziyi Zhang reflected on the Challenge:

“Thank you for being at the competition and supporting us throughout this experience. I realized studying physics not only made us “book smart” but also taught us critical and logical thinking which can be applied beyond academics.

Combined with creativity and hard work, physicists can be successful in any field of our interest. We should all branch out to areas outside of our textbook, and explore our hidden potential.”

Featured employer: M Squared & opportunities in photonics & quantum technology

Meet award-winning photonics technology company M Squared at this exclusive careers event at its Glasgow headquarters on Thursday 30 March 2017, 5–8 pm.

Working with a company such as M Squared presents a unique opportunity to draw upon your knowledge as a scientist.

  • Collaborate with world-leading researchers as a scientific specialist, create world-class laser systems with its manufacturing team, or develop new applications within M Squared’s Innovation Group.
  • Learn about the advances the company is making in quantum technology, biophotonics and chemical sensing.
  • Develop a broader understanding of what it’s like working with one of the UK’s most innovative companies

This event is being held at M Squared’s headquarters in Glasgow: M Squared, Venture Building, 1 Kelvin Campus, West of Scotland Science Park, Glasgow G20 0SP.//

This event is free to attend.  Book Now https://www.iopconferences.org/iop/1082/home

HIGHLIGHTS*

  • Take a tour of M Squared’s headquarters in Glasgow
  • Talk one-to-one with M Squared staff
  • Gain insight into the wealth of career opportunities available with the company worldwide
  • Discover the skills you’ll need to include on your application form/CV
  • Get practical advice and information to help you with interviews or assessment days

*ABOUT M SQUARED*

Recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing technology companies, M Squared is a leading developer of photonics and quantum technology.

The company designs and manufactures advanced laser platforms that underpin the groundbreaking work being carried out by Nobel Prize-winning scientists, the world’s leading universities and innovative businesses. Its pioneering R&D work is also making a direct impact in sectors as diverse as healthcare, food and drink, security and defence, with new applications aimed at diagnosing Alzheimer’s, searching for cures for cancer and detecting chemical weapons.

M Squared’s contribution to scientific discovery has been recognised with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation and the Institute of Physics Innovation Award. M Squared’s excellence in innovation has also been recognised by Deloitte Technology Fast 50, The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 and Export Track 100, The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards (Innovation) and the Amazon Growing Business Awards (Innovation).

Founded in Glasgow, M Squared has offices throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, serving its international customer base. The company’s talented team includes more than 85 scientists, engineers and software developers as well as commercial experts; over 90% of its staff are educated to degree level or above.

SCI Day of Science and Careers

Organised by  School of Physics academic Dr Tiffany Wood, Director of Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership and Chair, SCI Scotland Group

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Calling UG and PG students across all scientific disciplines

SCI’s Day of Science & Careers , University of Edinburgh, 5 April 2017

Explore a wide range of careers in science-based industries. Speakers from industrial, academic and independent backgrounds will present their career pathway and offer insights in to what to look out for, and what to consider when choosing your next steps. Plus sessions on interview skills and CV writing, with opportunities to network with speakers and fellow delegates.

Talks will include the following areas:

  • Working in Analytical Chemistry
  • Intellectual Property & Patents
  • Life in an SME
  • Scientific Publishing
  • Academic Careers
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Academic/Industrial Partnerships
  • Scientific Marketing

For the full timed programme and to book online please visit: http://bit.ly/DOSCS17

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From CGI to cleft palates, mapping disease to space science & bedbugs!

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STFC is one of seven publicly funded UK Research Councils. With a combination of expertise, facilities and resources, they drive knowledge and innovation in the UK and throughout the world, shaping societies, strengthening economies, building industries and transforming lives. Based across six key sites nationwide, with collaborations around the globe, their teams are a mix of scientists, engineers, technology specialists and support professionals (all 2000 of them) –  harnessing what they know to meet real-world requirements.

Their success stories give a good flavour of what they do – and what you could be doing with them.

Find out more about careers with STFC on their website. They recruit via MyCareerHub too so start following them on MyCareerHub and on LinkedIn to get updates on opportunities.

They are currently focussing on inspiring careers for women in their organisation and have won awards for addressing  gender inequality.

Focus on: NHS Medical Physicist

Jonathan Dixon, University of Edinburgh physics graduate and NHS Medical Physicist joined me at my physics career drop-in last week and gave an excellent presentation.

He introduced the different areas you can choose to specialise in and the training route ( working while you qualify).  The opportunities for progression and professional are good and appeal to those who want to apply physics in a healthcare context.I have attached his slides with his contact details. medical-physics-jonathan-dixon-nhs-stp_edinburgh

He encouraged students to:

  • contact him for informal enquiries
  • try and get a visit to an NHS medical physics department or an Open Day
  • look at the Careers Service resouces on medical physicist

Open days in Edinburgh at the Western General are regularly advertised each year by our current contact Bill Nailon  email:Bill.Nailon@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Available now – grad scheme directories

These are good for identifying some, larger organisations interested in recruiting physicists. Not all employers advertise this way though so if you don’t find what you are looking for, don’t worry. There are different strategies you can use.
Start with our advice on finding graduate jobs.

The Careers Service Blog

Times Top 100, Prospects Student Career Guide and Guardian Top 300 – all shiny, appealing and ready for you to pick up at the Careers Service – so which one to choose?

for-blogTimes Top 100: Over 18,000 final year students were asked “which employer do you think offers the best opportunities for graduates?” The 100 organisations most frequently mentioned make up this listing. Whether through the perceived quality of their training programmes, the business success that they enjoy, the scale of their graduate recruitment, or by the impression that their on-campus promotions have made – these are the employers who seemed most attractive to the students surveyed. Not a light read, and heavy on the statistics – a business-like approach.

Guardian Top 300 – three times as many employers feature, and they’re selected on the basis of a massive 52,000 responses to a student survey. This title presents…

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Featured employer: Theodo

You still have time to catch Theodo at today’s Careers Fair but if you can’t make it…

Theodo are a team of digital experts finding digital solutions to complex business problems. They use a range of technologies including Python for big data. Evolving from  a small student start-up, Theodo has grown to meet the demand for web and mobile development. They now have a team in London and over 100 in France, solving complex business problems for clients world-wide, from start-ups to large corporate clients.

Find out more about their work through their online case studies. Co-founder Fabrice Bernhard told me:

We love tech-savvy physicists!

Voted no 1 in Les Echos Happy at Work 2016. 99% of Theodoers took part in the survey which led to Theodo being recognised as the best start up to work for in France.

 

Scottish physicists win five IOP medals

Five out of sixteen IOP awards went to Scottish physicists this year.

IOP Awards recognise teams and individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the development or reputation of physics in the UK or Ireland. You can find out more about their work in academia and in industry on the IOP news website

One of the winners is Dr Graeme Malcolm received the Swan Medal award for his role in founding M Squared Lasers, and his contribution to the design and manufacture of transformative award-winning photonics products. The IOP’s president, Professor Roy Sambles said:

“the revolutionary technology M Squared develops has global impact” and that this was in no small part due to Malcolm’s drive and commitment to his work.

Malcolm has created two multi-million pound companies. Together, they generate more than £300m and employ around 150 high-level graduates and PhDs, designing more than 25 world-class products and exporting high-value laser systems all over the world.

M Squared Lasers is now one of the UK’s highest-growth technology companies. with more than 70 staff specialising in the development and manufacture of high-performance lasers for aiding research into quantum technologies, chemical sensing and biophotonics. You can find out more about it and Malcolm’s work here.

Previous winners of the Swan Business & Innovation medals include those working in KP Technology, IBM Research, Renishaw, Oxford Instruments Nanoscience, Cambridge Display Technology, Andor Technology.