PhDs in Industry versus Academia?

“Are you currently debating whether to apply for a university-based doctorate or for a graduate job in industry? Maybe you want the best of both worlds to keep your options open? Read on, there may be a way to combine the two……….” 

Great post by my colleague Deborah Fowlis

Bright Recruits – IOP recruitment site

This website has some great videos giving you an insight into what jobs involve and where they are. Here is just one of them. Bright Recruits also advertises job for physicists in a wide range of academic and industrial sectors. You can search by specialism, there is an Employer A-Z and a search for graduate jobs. Good careers advice too!

Find more here

Edinburgh Graduate Recruitment Fair

Poster of the Edinburgh Graduate Recruitment Fair

Edinburgh Graduate Recruitment Fair  #EGRF16 is on next week with over 60 exhibitors. It’s a good opportunity to explore opportunities.Find out more here.  However:

  • If your palms get sweaty at the thought of talking to employers
  • If you have limited time
  • If you simply don’t know how to make the Fair work for you

watch our ‘Prepare for the Fair’ video here  to get the most out of the event.

Funded summer school in science communication


The STEAM Summer School provides training in science communication for university students, researchers, and educators, connecting science and art in science communication practice. The 10-day programme (13-22 July, 2016) at Rhine-Waal University (Dutch/German border) offers a unique experience in science communication training.

There is funding available for University of Edinburgh students. Deadline for application is Fri 29 April.

The programme covers the main aspects of science communication including journalism, social media, policy, management, arts, and science theatre. The workshop will be a fully immersive experience on science communication theory and practice, and no previous communication experience is required.

They aim to train science communication ambassadors eager to engage with various sectors of the public back in their home countries.

For more information:

Optima PhD Doctoral Training

I heard a great presentation recently from Dr. Kev Dhaliwal, founder of Edinburgh Molecular Imaging.  In addition to his roles as clinician and technology developer, he is also a key figure in OPTIMA which provides Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging.  OPTIMA has two key elements:

  • Projects at the interface of medical and physical science
  • Bespoke training in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship

OPTIMA students can choose from a range of exciting and innovative projects that breakdown the barriers between physics, chemistry, medicine and engineering.

They are now recruiting for the OPTIMA 2016 Cohort – closing date 1st April 2016.

More information at :

Should I do a PhD?

A great post from my colleagues at Warwick for those of you considering a PhD – with different perspectives from two physicists. If you’re not sure about your reasons for doing a PhD, book an appointment with me to discuss it – it’s confidential, impartial and just might make that decision easier.

The Careers Blog

Have you ever wanted to answer the emergency call for a doctor on a plane? “I can’t resuscitate him captain, but I can increase his understanding of the application of nanotechnology to enhance hydraulic fracturing in unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs.” Aside from the allure of adding ‘Dr’ to your name, what impact could a PhD have on your career? What should you be aware of when considering an application for a PhD?

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What do graduates do?

Some very positive and welcome news about graduate recruitment in the UK….there ARE jobs out there!

The Careers Service Blog

A broadly encouraging picture of UK graduate recruitment was painted by the latest annual statistics on graduate destinations, released yesterday (Wednesday 21st Oct). What Do Graduates Do? 2015 analyses the results of a survey carried out in January 2015 on people who graduated the previous summer.*

It shows a higher percentage of graduates entering professional level jobs, and graduate unemployment levels falling to levels last seen before the 2008 recession, which is good news, particularly after all the negative stories reported in the media about graduate unemployment over the past few years.

Of the 267,735 UK graduates who responded to the survey:

  • 71.2% were in employment and  6.3% were unemployed
  • Average salaries of graduates employed full-time in the UK was £20,637.
  • 5.5% were working and studying at the same time
  • 12.1% had continued with further study or training

The report also includes valuable insights, features and analysis by some…

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Think about doing a Masters? Information events coming up

Postgrad Launchpad is offering two events on 14th and 21st October looking at:

  • Why do a masters?
  • The range of degrees available in the UK and further afield
  • What information do you need to consider?
  • Employability – and how a masters might help
  • Funding – what’s out there, and how to go about looking for it

After the talks there will be plenty of time for questions with all of the staff. Current postgraduate students will be also on hand to answer your questions. You’re welcome to bring your lunch – we’ll provide tea and coffee

More details and booking via Postgrad Launchpad

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