||Currently PhD researcher; able to advise on how to get into a PhD, what to do when you get there and why in the world you would want to.
Experienced working with physics and engineering subjects, but getting into a PhD is pretty similar in any science subject.
Some of the skills acquired during researches are: communicating with supervisors and colleagues, speaking up in meetings, saying no, coding, keeping one’s hatred for stupid machines from exploding outwards, speed-reading papers, note keeping, dealing with crippling self-doubt at 3am, office etiquette, doing things that are not technically my job, finishing a project before moving on, science. All are vitally important to cultivate.
||Research Student at Heriot-Watt University.
Majority of my PhD work is carried out in areas as micro and nano fabrication( Mask Design, Lithography , Etching, Depositions, Lift Off, Polishing, Dicing ) of diffractive optical elements, designing fabricating and testing optical EMP sensors, Modelling using numerous appraches such as Finite Elements Method, Finite Domain Time Difference , Beam Envelope Methods , designing and constructing optical fiber imaging systems. As well as teaching expiriences and carrying out LEADS1 and LEADS2 ( HEA Accredited ) .
||After graduating and having developed a keen interest in cancer biology and aptitude for wet lab work during my honours project. Began working in the Drug Discovery Unit at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute. Junior Scientific Officer role involved a lot of practical lab work, writing up of said lab work into reports and presenting at group and project meetings. This kind of role greatly increased my laboratory skills and confidence. It is for this reason that I commenced a research career and currently commencing PhD and can offer advice on both going straight into work after graduating (for those seeking a practical laboratory job), with an honours degree or the option of further study.
||Graduated with Honours Degree in Physics and Electronics with over ten years experience working as a Research Scientist. Postgraduate training focussed on studying magnetism, and associated phenomena, using in-house laboratory apparatus as well as neutron and muon techniques at national and international research facilities. Current research interests are focussed on problems at the biology-physics and life sciences interface. Through scientific research collaborations have over 100 peer reviewed research publications and am active in the areas of dynamics and peptides, diffusive motions in drug delivery media and solvent confinement phenomena in clays and dental cements.
||Experience of working as Antenna Design Scientist/Engineer. Worked as Scientist/Senior Scientist with QinetiQ designing phased array antenna concepts for radar applications then with Andrew (Commscope) designing mobile phone antennas. Recently had career change to Trainee Patent Attorney. Now retraining as a Patent Attorney with Marks and Clerk LLP.
||Experience of working with academia through postgraduate student experience studying for a PhD and as a postdoc.
PhD trained microbiologist with a license to work with animals, two years postdoctoral work in vaccine development and immunology. Experience in obtaining funding for research placements. Mentor training and a keen interest in helping others to achieve whatever it is they want to achieve.
||Experience in company start up and growth. Management through sales/acquisition/ divestiture.
General management of clinical diagnostics (clinical immunology, allergy, autoimmunity and infection) company with P & L responsibility. ISO and FDA compliant product development and manufacture for world markets. Multi-disciplinary/ international collaborative development project management.
Wide breadth of life science technical and market knowledge. Extensive contact network.
||Academic postdoctoral biological/medical research in CNS, metabolic and inflammation. Number of papers published whilst postdoc.
Fifteen years management of drug discovery projects in pharmaceutical company, CROs and University laboratories. Experience of working for foreign pharmaceutical company, with responsibilities, from identifying new targets, to finding international industrial and academic collaborators, commissioning studies, and sales and marketing of existing drug portfolio. Development and maintenance of clinical research work. Prince 2 project management qualification.
Set up and launched life science start up, building business plans, customer needs and market assessments, creating collaborations and partnerships, sales and marketing, and running an SME
||Chemical Manufacturing - Ink Jet Dyes (1998 - 2007) Pharmaceutical Analysis (2007 - 2010) Animal Health Products (2010), Pharmaceutical Analysis (2010 - present)
Provided first line technical support to the manufacturing department (including 24 hour on call cover). Developed and validated a new dye process from lab scale through pilot plant(kg) to main plant (tonnes). Regarded as a technical expert for certain dyes.
Provided technical and regulatory guidance and support for all products. Managed, coached and developed chemists to meet current regulatory and industry requirements. Managed health and safety for 30 chemists. Increased teams annual sales threefold to £350k.
||Health and Safety Manager in complex and research environments. Has experience of public, private and charity sectors. Experienced in biological containment, human factors and human error, radiation safety, chemical safety, engineering safety, personal protective equipment, respiratory protective equipment, fieldwork, management systems (including ISO9001, ISO14001 and BS OHSAS 18001), training delivery, audit and inspection, management and stakeholder engagement, line management and staff development.
||Currently working as a Geophysicist with Maersk Oil on their graduate training scheme and would be able to provide advice for students in technical subjects looking to join the oil and gas industry into a geoscience focused role, such as Geophysics or Petrophysics.
||Completed Gap year at Thermo Fisher Scientific immediately after graduating. As a Test Engineer became more efficient at analysing complex situations and problem solving. Learned how to execute my work fast while keeping a high focus on details.
After completing masters degree in Energy Science joined Energy Pool as a Global Energy Anaylst within the business development department. Moved to a more operational role which involves a wide array of technical and commercial responsibilities. As a Project Commissioning Engineer I look after the development and depolyjment of our solution abroad. This opportunity has helped me to gain significant international exposure where I get to use my interpersonal and communication skills as I am in constant contact with customers and suppliers.
||Currently Head Distiller with Sipsmith Independent Spirits which gives me the opportunity to do something out of the ordinary and make whatever my imagination can concoct (within reason) on a regular basis. Everything from pumpkins and coconut to elderberries and beetroot have found their way into products I have made. Recently moved into the world of distillation and am looking forward to pushing boundaries of spirits and liquors.
Previously worked along with creating limited edition products and honed the permanent range in order to create a quiver of iconic and sessionable beers to make up the backbone of sales. As a result of recipe formulation and development this has become one of my major strong points. Process improvements and quality control are two other areas of experience with significant changes being made to production techniques, stock control, scheduling and communication paying dividends in my previous role.
||Project Co-ordinator with Charles River Laboratories.
Have worked in the pharmaceutical industry for two years. Role requires me to be punctual, astute in meeting targets, and open to expanding my knowledge in a rapidly changing industry. As someone with knowledge of the intricacies of conducting research, gained from conducting my own as part of my degree studies, have been able to apply myself coordinating a variety of different drug research studies, and implementing the various background components required to conduct drug research in the first place.
||Lab Project Set-Up Coordinator with Quintiles.
Since graduating from university have worked at a two CROs in the drug discovery process. Both have involved support roles which have allowed me to apply the skills and knowledge gained during my time at HWU in a new environment which would have an impact on the day to day running on clinical studies (previously pre-clinical studies).
Aside from the chemistry/scientific background and skillset have extensive knowledge of computing and technology which has allowed me to better understand the role of technology in the scientific world.
||Practicing NHS Consultant Surgeon with an interest in quality improvement, medical education and mentoring. Experience in the field of healthcare in the UK, Ireland and the USA.
Have postgraduate qualifications in education and an MBA from Heriot Watt university. Aside from my clinical responsibilities, involved in the interactions between businesses and the public sector and also postgraduate clinical and basic science research.
Mentoring of students and more junior colleagues is the most rewarding aspect of my job.