Success for Freddie

Freddie Ferguson (MPhys) was one of the physics team captains who got his team to the semi-final of the IBM Universities Business Challenge in Edinburgh this year.

He has just been successful in getting a Saltire internship this summer at Finning International in Vancouver.  He will be a Business Analysis Intern. You can find out more about the Saltire programme here. Freddie has agreed to write a couple of blogposts for this blog later in the summer.

171 bright, ambitious and talented students from across Scotland’s universities have secured internships around the globe. I’m very pleased to say that 12 are from the University of Edinburgh.

Saltire group 2018 inc Freddie

Here is what the Saltire Foundation told us:

“This year was a particularly competitive year, with over 1,500 students applying to take part in the programme – a 30% increase on last year. This incredible number is a strong indication the value your students continue to see in our programme and the opportunity it presents them. The Careers Service’s support of the programme and encouragement you provide your students has been instrumental in 2018 being yet another record breaking year.”

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AI Careers Fair – 19th June, UoE

AI Fair

Submit your CV, get on-the-spot interviews, participate in talks and workshops, meet leading AI companies such as Facebook and Microsoft, welcome to EdIntelligence’s AI Career Fair!

Do you use Artificial Intelligence techniques in your studies? Are thinking about working in the sector?

No matter if you are doing a PhD in Physics, studying AI in your Masters or are a curious Bachelor student, they welcome everyone with knowledge in Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, High-Performance Computing, Vision/ Imaging or anything related from all programmes!  At this career fair you can:

– meet companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, Lloyds Banking Group, Five AI and Skyscanner ( for a full list see our website: https://edintelligence.github.io/fair/companies.html)
– submit your CV beforehand to have companies contact you and increase your chance to…
– get an interview at the day through our on-the-spot interviews.
– listen to talks and workshops that are held throughout the day. (You can find a provisional schedule at https://edintelligence.github.io/fair/schedule.html)
– simply explore the AI company space from startups to large companies!

If you are a student or recent graduate from ANY university and interested in AI, sign up here https://edintelligence.github.io/fair

PS Use the Careers Service guides on interviews & CVs and get some feedback on your CV before you share with any employers.  The Careers Service is open through the summer

 

PhD Careers Horizons event

Our recent PhD Horizons event went very well with around 160 PhD students and research staff attend on the day, and 29 speakers, including the School of Physics and Astronomy’s very own Dr Ross Galloway, talking about his career experience.

We had speaker panels covering areas including policy & research, entrepreneurial, non-academic science, creative industries, professional roles in higher education, academic careers, business & consultancy

Feedback on the day was very positive. Summaries from all speaker panels will be available on our website soon and the summaries from 2017 are still available on the PhD section of our website

Find out more here

 

Employer focus: Newtyne

Newtyne Consultancy and Training is a Business Intelligence services company based in Edinburgh.

Newtyne recruits numerate graduates and train you up through an intensive training programme comprising five courses enabling you to obtain the SAS Certified Base Programmer qualification. Once the training is complete you will spend 52 weeks within an organisation putting all your skills and knowledge into practice.

At the end of the 52 weeks the organisation has a choice of transferring you to their organisation, extending or ceasing the engagement. The main objective of the Newtyne Academy is to transfer you to the host organisation.   There is no cost incurred by graduates.

They have three analyst vacancies right now within Tesco Bank and are targeting Physics and Astronomy graduates as, in their words…

“We have found these to be a rich vein of talented and highly suitable individuals”

Find out more on MyCareerHub

Featured employer: MThree Consulting & technology jobs in Scotland

MThree Consulting offer an interesting route into working in tech with supported training.  They say:

We understand that taking those first steps into your career can be daunting. With so many different opportunities and routes into employment in front of you, it’s hard to know how to navigate. Within our Alumni Programme we are currently looking for Graduates who enjoy problem solving and coming up with creative solutions to join our firm.

They use words like “flexibility”, “stepping stone to your future”.  If this sounds like something you want to know more about, find out here:

Alumni By MThree Job Advert

They are currently recruiting for jobs in Glasgow and Bournemouth and they are have an insight networking event in Glasgow on Thursday 14th June. More details here.

You can also read Tim’s blogpost to find out what it’s like for a physics graduate with MThree

 

Featured job: Materials Scientist, De La Rue

De La Rue provides governments and organisations with the secure products and digital solutions that enable countries to trade, companies to sell, economies to grow and people to move securely around an increasingly connected world. De La Rue partners with governments, central banks and commercial organisations across the world.

In the last three years, De La Rue has provided services to 142 countries, generating over 7 billion unique products and solutions annually – in the form of banknotes, passports and secure product identifiers.

They are currently recruiting for a New Product Development Scientist to work on security document development projects within our Technology Centre in Overton, Hampshire. The New Product Development Scientist will lead projects within the Development Team from idea creation through to product launch following the De La Rue innovation process. You will be involved in the development of scientific, technical and product expertise in key areas such as: coatings,  polymer, print and ink technologies.

They are looking for innovative individuals with the following skills;

  • Graduate or above in Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, Chemical Engineering or similar subject.
  • Industrial experience in bringing a technical and/ or complex products to market either through a focus on technical research or product development.
  • Experience of working within coatings, packaging, ink, print, paper or polymer development is advantageous
  • Knowledge of polycarbonate security documents and/ or laser engraving/ laser science is desirable.
  • Understanding of the processes involved in the delivery of projects or sub-projects with evidence of delivering to challenging timescales.
  • Ability to learn the science involved in one or more areas of scientific focus to support the De La Rue product ranges.
  • Possess good commercial understanding and able to connect with challenges outside of the Materials Development team.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work proactively and independently.

The role will involve travel in the UK and overseas at times

To find out more visit www.delarue.com

 

From physics to petrochemical industry

IneosOlivia Steele studied Physics at the University of Edinburgh, but her role is open to chemistry and chemical engineering graduates.

Degree Subject

Masters of Physics with Honours Astrophysics, U of Edinburgh, graduated July 2015.

Brief career history, including current job title & employer

I started working for INEOS as a commercial graduate in Cologne, September 2015. I was out there for almost two years and had two roles in that time: ethylene operator and polymers performance analyst. From May of last year, I have been Assistant Product Manager for INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe, based in Grangemouth.

Where was your current job was advertised/how did you find it, what was the appeal, what attributes were the organisation looking for?

I met INEOS at the Edinburgh University Careers fair and so applied online. I was keen to start a new challenge and the commercial graduate scheme was a perfect fit. It appealed to me because INEOS wanted graduates who studied a STEM subject, even for the commercial roles. They appreciated the analytical/numerical skills and problem solving I had learned through university.

Which other organisations offer similar roles?

Most other petrochemical companies offer similar roles, however with INEOS you are given real responsibilities from day one. The company offer lots of support and give you space to expand your role with time.

Can you describe what your job entails or a typical week in your job? With your crystal ball, what does the future for your sector/job look like?

I am responsible for the day-to-day planning of all our chemical products we make on site. This means working with our customers and consumers, the shipping team, different assets and taking part in many cross-optimisation conversations. The future for my current role looks exciting – I am beginning to learn more about cracker economics, getting involved in market analysis and taking part in some long-term projects.

Best/Worst parts of the job

Best part of the job is that every day is different (not a cliché!) and I get to interact with various teams both on site here in Grangemouth and abroad. Worst part of the job is that I have to deal with unforeseen complications – but only sometimes!

How have you used the skills and knowledge from your degree in your job?

Creative problem solving helps when dealing with certain issues and analytical thinking is needed not only for day-to-day planning discussions but also to work out the most cost effective solution in a time-pressured environment.

What extra-curricular experience (eg work experience, volunteering, societies, sports, interests etc) do you believe helped you get where you are today?

I have had a range of different types of work experience – as a shop assistant, a waitress, a summer research student at the observatory and as a research assistant for a company who make sports equipment in Austria – these were all great opportunities to learn about different techniques, improve communication skills and develop customer relations. Being involved in societies and sports also helps with organisational skills and working with different types of people.
Is there anything you wish you HAD done in your past to make it easier to get where you are today?

Perhaps taken some more chemistry modules at university…it’s been a bit of a learning curve!

What advice would you give to students wishing to enter your field of work?

The petrochemical industry is fast paced – make sure you are ready for a challenge, it won’t disappoint!

CGG on campus & recruiting physicists

CGG

Are you passionate about science and technology and want to use your skills to solve real problems?

CGG provide geological, geophysical and reservoir expertise to natural resource clients around the globe. They are looking for people with excellent analytical and problem solving skills, who will apply these skills to solving these complex data issues.

CGG will be visiting the University of Edinburgh to share information with you about their graduate and internship programmes, their image processing technology & offer advice on how to prepare for their video interviews & assessment centres.

If you are currently studying Physics, Geophysics, Geology, Maths or Engineering, see them on Thursday 15th March from 1pm – 2pm.

Details here: https://mycareerhub.ed.ac.uk/students/events/detail/488927

Physics teams at the IBM Universities Business Challenge

A huge pat on the back for the two undergraduate teams (mentored by Standard Life Investments and iHandover) who made it to the Edinburgh semi-final  of the IBM University Business Competition.

They were the only non-business/finance teams and it’s a hugely competitive, prestigious competition so big congratulations to team leaders Anna Oprandi and Freddie Ferguson and their teams (Dafydd Cian, Jon Maxey, Luke Stevens, Sophia Self, Keir Parker-Mian, Georgia Clark, Brinley Terrell and Aidan Marshall)

They didn’t make the final this year but all agreed it was a great opportunity and they learned a lot from the competition process,  from each other and it’s an impressive achievement for their CVs.