Focus on: Cambridge Consultants


Cambridge Consultants are a leading supplier of innovative product development engineering and technology consulting.

  • Facilities: over 100,000 sq ft of fully equipped laboratories and prototyping facilities on their own premises in Cambridge and Boston
  • Scale: more than 500 staff, including scientists, mathematicians, engineers and designers, able to bring multidisciplinary technology insight to client problems
  • Breadth of operation across medical technology and pharmaceuticals, wireless communications, consumer and industrial, energy and transport, and defence and security, enables insights and solution approaches to be transferred efficiently between sectors


Are you keen to apply your mathematical and scientific knowledge to solving creative and technically challenging problems? Join their team of talented mathematicians, physicists and engineers to develop future leading edge information systems.

They are currently recruiting for a graduate physicist or mathematician to work on client assignments and provide key ideas for projects involving the design, implementation and test of a wide range of products and systems. This will involve working with data from sensors or unstructured data and developing algorithms to extract valuable information. Clear presentation of results both internally and to clients is also important.  Full vacancy details here

They also offer summer internships and have some good videos on their site giving a  flavour of their projects


Looking at the Scottish job market, on St Andrew’s Day

Keen to work in Scotland? Some good advice here

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We know lots of our graduates love Edinburgh so much (and who can blame them!) they want to stay within easy reach and look for jobs in Scotland.  On St Andrew’s Day* let’s take a quick look at a few sites you can use to keep up to date with what’s happening in Scotland’s world of work.

Want to see some stats? Download Scottish Enterprise’s latest summary of Scottish Economic Facts which includes summaries of the state of play in twelve key Scottish sectors. A good way to get an overview of growth areas, and to contextualise your more focused research.

For breaking news and special reports from Scotland’s business scene, go to Scottish Business Insider. Find out who’s likely to be hiring – or firing. It’s good for news of SMEs as well as the big players.  See, for example, this recent article: Five rising stars of Scotland’s tech…

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Internships in energy

Wood Mackenzie are currently recruiting for summer internships,  including Edinburgh based ones. Closing date 31st January

The Wood Mackenzie UK Internship Programme is open to third and final year students  in a numerate or analytical discipline. Based in their Edinburgh, London and Guildford offices, the programme will provide invaluable experience for anyone considering a career within a research or consulting environment and who wants to find out more about the Natural Resources industry
Find out more here


Earning and learning to be a teacher

PGCE with Supported Induction Route (SIR) –  a new course at the University of Dundee designed:

  • to help you become a teacher in a 52-week course
  • to meet Scotland’s demand for secondary teachers of STEM subjects
  • to combine Master-level training with school-based experience

Unlike other routes into teaching currently available in Scotland, with this programme you can study while receiving the equivalent of a probationer teacher’s salary (£22416 p.a. as at 1st April 2016).

Running from January to January, it brings together the first two steps in your career as a teacher, the initial teacher education programme and the Teacher Induction Scheme, and you will be fully registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), allowing you to teach pupils of secondary age in your subject specialism (Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Mathematic,) in Scottish schools.

Rather than the three 6-week placements you experience in a traditional teacher training course, the PGCE with SIR features a 37-week school placement, enabling the development of stronger, continuous working relationships with the school, its staff, pupils and the community.

Find out more here

Graduate physicists needed!

Are you keen to apply your scientific and mathematical knowledge to solving creative and technically challenging problems?

Cambridge Consultants are looking for a graduate physicist (or mathematician) to work on client assignments and provide key ideas for projects involving the design, implementation and test of a wide range of products and systems. The job involves:

  • working with data from sensors or unstructured data
  • developing algorithms to extract valuable information
  • clear presentation of results both internally and to clients

They recruit for summer internships too.

Find out more here

Joining a learned society – what’s in it for me?

Good post from my colleague Rachel Taylor on the benefits of joining a learned society. The Institute of Physics is a particularly helpful one when it comes to career advice.

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Rachel Taylor, Careers Consultant, highlights one way of developing networks which you may not have considered. And it has other benefits too….

I recently attended a conference entitled ‘Enhancing the Employability of Biosciences Students’.  The event was hosted by three learned societies and a key theme emerging from the day was that being a member of a learned society holds a wide range of benefits.  This is particularly the case for students from STEM disciplines or those who are keen to pursue a career in research.  At the conference we heard from a PhD student who had been offered his PhD off the back of a presentation he delivered at a conference run by the Physiological Society.  There were also a number of students speaking who had completed internships run by learned societies.   Many of the speakers were affiliated with a society in some way and all spoke about the…

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Why #ExperienceWorks – a student perspective – part 2

#ExperienceWorks – great post from Robbie. You can find more on our Inform.ed blog

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This afternoon we have another current student sharing some insight into their experience of undertaking an internship this summer, and how the internship allowed him to build up some great skills that he hadn’t even been aware of previously.  Robbie is a 5th year MPhys student.

This summer, I had a great internship experience working at the digital office for Kingfisher Plc, the parent company of B&Q, Screwfix and a few other international home improvement organisations. Here, we were working on a big project, creating a new digital platform for customers to use. While this sounds like a bit of a bore, it wasn’t just updating the website and refining the app; we were coming up with innovative digital solutions for home improvement problems using ‘design thinking’. This is a term that is becoming a big buzz word, and doesn’t mean ‘making things pretty’, but refers to a methodology and mind-set that…

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Trying things out – teaching & science writing: student story

University of Edinburgh Physics & Astronomy student Sarah Rigby shares her summer work experiences and how they have helped her make some good career decisions.

This summer, I was fortunate enough to be able to carry out two internships that helped me formulate my career plans much more solidly.

First of all, I spent a month at a secondary school in York doing a physics teaching placement, arranged by the Ogden Trust. While I started out simply observing lessons, by the time I left I was treated like a teaching assistant: not only did I work with individual students and small groups regularly, but I also got the chance to plan and deliver a whole lesson. On top of this, I ran an extracurricular club with the other intern, and of course I also had to put up a few displays. This gave me a well-rounded view of the different elements of a teacher’s job.

It’s often said that you don’t understand something unless you can explain it to someone; my understanding of chemistry and biology were definitely stretched at times! That said, having a strong foundation of physics knowledge helped me to explain things in a way I found intuitive, and sometimes to link different subject areas together to make useful analogies. I would definitely recommend the Ogden Trust’s Teach Physics internship to anyone who is considering a career in teaching, however unsure they are.

The month I spent there gave me a realistic view of life as a teacher, allowing me to make a very well-informed decision about my future career. Even though I won’t be pursuing a career in teaching, I’m really glad I got this opportunity. I really enjoyed the time I spent at the school, and I gained a lot of confidence in myself and my ability to communicate effectively.

Shortly after this, I travelled to Bristol, where I spent two weeks doing work experience with BBC Focus Magazine, a science and technology publication. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I got to write while I was there.

  • Most of what I contributed was published on the website, but one very short ‘Eye Opener’ piece – an extended caption to accompany a striking image – made it into the most recent print issue.
  • I wrote a feature on weird and wonderful pain relief
  • I contributed to the ongoing ‘This Day in Science History’ series
  • I interviewed a renowned cosmologist from MIT about his new book on artificial intelligence.

One skill that came in useful in particular was the ability to research a topic, quickly understand the basics, and distil it down to the essential and most interesting parts; for once, I was thankful that I’d done the group project the previous year!

I loved my time at the magazine: I was fascinated by the day-to-day organisation, especially leading up to their publication day, and I realised how much I love writing about science. This helped me to decide that I want to pursue a career in science communication once I graduate.

Working with monsters and the macabre

Spookily good post from my colleague Jane, our Information Manager!

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Halloween’s great for dressing up and partying and the excitement it generates is good for the retail industry too. Spending on novelty goods, costumes and themed foods all contribute to making this the third biggest retail event in the UK (after Christmas and Easter), worth well over £300 million, as this brief piece from the market intelligence agency Mintel shows:  Halloween spending in UK set to reach 320 million 

Apart from the retail side, there’s money in monster experiences. If you’re someone who just can’t get enough of spooky scenarios and gruesome gigs you may be casting an envious eye on the people who are creating a career out of them.

The scare entertainment industry has expanded over the last few years. Some scare attractions, scream parks, fear farms and haunted houses operate all year round, others feature as seasonal specials hosted by less niche theme parks, or open for…

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Interested in Teaching in UK Schools?

Nick Hood from Moray House is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Secondary Education (Physics Specialist) and will be here to answer your questions around teaching as a career, postgraduate study options (at Edinburgh and the rest of the UK) and getting experience.   Nick is a chartered physicist and an interesting guy!

Mon 30 Oct 2017, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Weir Building (Careers Service), King’s Buildings

Book a place via MyCareerHub