Karen Syres

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Nottingham

Karen Syres

My role is very varied; from working in the office, to carrying out experiments in the laboratory, to crawling through oil with spanners to fix the equipment!

Physics (4 years) [MPhys] and PhD in Physics

From: 2002 to 2010

My PhD

During my PhD, I enjoyed being able to work on my own research project and being able to collaborate with researchers from other departments. It’s nice to think that you have become an expert in your narrow field of research. I was also lucky enough to go on trips abroad to work at other facilities and to attend conferences.

Doing a PhD is a great opportunity to carry out cutting edge research and develop your personal skills. I would encourage anybody doing a PhD to take advantage of any opportunity that comes along, whether it is outreach activities, development courses or learning new skills. It all sets you apart from the others when applying for jobs after your PhD.

Since I have continued in a research role, all of the skills I learned during my PhD have provided me with a thorough grounding in my chosen research area.

Life after Manchester

I now work in a Chemistry department where I am responsible for carrying out research projects, maintaining experimental equipment, supervising students, managing the grant budget and writing proposals for external experimental facilities.

The role is very varied; from working in the office, to carrying out experiments in the laboratory, to crawling through oil with spanners to fix the equipment! I also enjoy working away at external experimental facilities and going to conferences. Sometimes it’s a bit hectic but mostly enjoyable!

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