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Jessica James is managing director at Commerzbank AG in London, UK
The emerging quantum technology industry offers a dynamic career pathway for creative and adaptable physical scientists
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Sixth-form student Annabelle Gill discusses a week-long internship at CERN
From quantum technology to green jobs, Physics World Careers 2022 showcases the range of career options open to physicists
City University of Hong Kong’s undergraduate physics programme wants to attract ambitious international students as they take their next step towards a scientific career in resea...
Summer internships: Claire Houghton – ‘I got to see real scientific experiments, where no-one knows exactly what’s going to happen’
Laura Hiscott speaks to Claire Houghton, an early-career physicist who did summer internships at Kurt J Lesker and Adaptix
Summer internships: Marion Cromb – ‘I learnt good coding practice, and the code was actually sold to customers at the end’
Laura Hiscott speaks to Marion Cromb, a physics PhD student who did an internship every summer of their undergraduate degree
Careers in medical physics
The MYRRHA project in Belgium is seeking enthusiastic scientists, engineers and project managers with a talent for cross-disciplinary collaboration
Suman Shrestha, who is doing a PhD in medical physics in the US, on why he wants to return to Nepal with his new-found skills and expertise
Video showcase: physics graduates share their stories
Physics World Careers
The 2022 edition of Physics World Careers is packed full of advice for early-career scientists. Including a range of valuable advice, informative case studies and recruiter profiles, it demonstrates the variety of jobs that use a physics degree.
Mark Richards describes how his search for a community of fellow “quantum black dots” led him to found the Blackett Lab Family – the UK’s first national ne...
Joyful Mdhluli describes the joy that a career in physics brings, even after hitting rock bottom during her PhD
Ask me anything: Janina Moereke – ‘I wish I’d known how beneficial a healthy amount of self-doubt is’
Janina Moereke is a development engineer who uses optical and electrical techniques to characterize and develop thin-film solar cells
Ask me anything: Sara Fry – ‘There are always opportunities to develop simple solutions for complex problems’
Sara Fry is the head of sustainability and of safety, health and environment at a multinational engineering solutions company
Ask me anything: Nicholas Attree – ‘With the basic toolkit of physics techniques…you can approach any new research areas’
Nicholas Attree is a postdoctoral researcher studying comets through the European Space Agency’s Rosetta and Comet Interceptor missions
Petrophysicist Oliver Grimston talks about his career at British oil and gas company bp, from its graduate programme to his current role as the firm’s chief of staff in Iraq
From studying physics to making documentary films, with his latest being Coup 53, about the 1953 coup in Iran orchestrated by the British and American secret services
Experimental physicist Freya Blekman talks to Tushna Commissariat about the joy of working on big science collaborations
Engineering physicist Christine Tremblay on making fibre-optic networks cheaper, smarter and more resilient, and opening the way to send voice, data and video streams at eve...
Physicists at QinetiQ are developing systems that combine and control high-energy laser beams to provide a powerful and cost-effective countermeasure against drones and other uncre...
Roland Harwood on open innovation, how he's helped organizations from Lego to the UN to implement change, and why he believes physics is leading the way in collaboration
Ask me anything: Maksym Sich – ‘The quantum-technology sector is very new and there’s a lot to be discovered, in terms of science and business’
Maksym Sich is co-founder and chief executive of Aegiq, a quantum-photonics spin-out company
Quantum scientist Joanna Zajac spent three years in industry before returning to fundamental research. She advises on how academia and industry differ and deciding which one...
Laura Hiscott speaks to Perdi Potgieter, a research scientist at NPL who left school at 16 to do an apprenticeship
Donna Strickland shared the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics for her work developing the technique of “chirped pulse amplification”
Akihiro Kojima and Mike Lee, winners of the 2022 Rank Prize for Optoelectronics, on developing new materials for solar cells and switching into different career areas
Ask me anything: Giulia Grancini – ‘I’m very lucky as a scientist, because my job is also my passion’
Giulia Grancini is a professor of chemistry and an expert in next-generation materials for photovoltaic cells at the University of Pavia
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