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So you have a PhD in Nanoscience? What Now?

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09:00 – 20:00 3 Dec 2013
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Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London, W1B 1NT

The Nanoscale Physics and Technology Group invites you to a one day workshop titled..." So you have a PhD in Nanoscience? What Next?" This event explores the career options for early career researchers, postgraduates and students considering a PhD in nanoscience. There will be a variety of presentations and round table discussions with a selection of nanoscience professionals from academia and industry. You will also have the opportunity to sign up a 15 minute career session with Vishanti Fox, Careers Manager, IOP.

There is a £10 charge to attend this event.

To help with your travel expenses Seagate is funding a limited number of travel grants of £50 so we strongly encourage early applications.

Confirmed speakers:
Martin Humphry - Phasefocus, Technical Director.
Following the award of his PhD in the area of nanotechnology instrumentation, Martin was appointed post-doctoral research fellow at Nottingham University, and founded and led a spin-out company to commercialise a novel scanning probe microscope technology. Previously he had been a Design Consultant for Reuters ADL, where he was technical lead on the development of a real-time foreign exchange pricing system that is now in use throughout the world in many of the world’s largest banks.

Holly Hedgeland - Formerly a postdoc at the University of Cambridge, I'm returning to science after two years of secondary teaching.
My postgraduate and postdoctoral research both focused on the dynamics of molecules at surfaces, using experimental techniques to benchmark the latest developments in calculation. From January I'll be based at the London Centre for Nanotechnology with an exciting new experimental programme to build on my previous work in semiconductor systems and gain further understanding of their electronic properties.

During my first postdoc I also held a teaching Fellowship at Robinson College, Cambridge. I continue to take an active interest in the teaching and learning of STEM subjects in higher education, and the connection with the secondary sector."

James Hayton - Author of ‘The 3 month Thesis’
I completed my PhD in physics at the University of Nottingham in 2007. After three-and-a-half difficult years of research, I overcame severe procrastination and self-doubt and wrote my entire thesis in just 3 months. Not only did I write fast, I enjoyed the process!
I now work with students to help make the process easier, and I share what I know and learn on my blog

Cyrus F. Hirjibehedin  Reader in the Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry at University College London (UCL) and a Principal Investigator in the London Centre for Nanotechnology. 
His research is focused on understanding the electronic and magnetic properties of nanometer-scale structures and exploring their potential applications in future paradigms of information processing, data storage, and sensing.  The primary tools that he uses for his research are low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopes, some of which operate in high magnetic fields.  These systems are able to image, manipulate, and probe structures on surfaces at the scale of individual atoms.

Jiansheng Xu - Senior Engineering Manager, Vacuum Engineering, Seagate Recording Head  Springtown Operation
Jiansheng obtained his BSc in  Optical Engineering in  Zhejiang University, China. He then came to the Queen’s University of Belfast and did his PhD on Studying Magneto-optical Recording  Materials in the Department of Physics. Following his PhD, he continued his research on  Giant Magneto-resistance (GMR) effect of  magnetic multilayer thin films  in Physics Department at University of Leeds as a postdoctoral research fellow.  He joined Seagate in 1997 as a process engineer, and has since been in various management positions in Process Engineering  at Seagate  Springtown Facility.  He is now the manager of Vacuum Engineering group, which covers all  PVD deposition and  Ion-mill etch processes in the recording head wafer fabrication.

Richard AJ Woolley
Driven by his interests and the prospect of riding the nanotechnology wave to make some money Richard undertook a PhD in nanoscience in 2001. This wasn’t to say his previous career in electronic warfare or blowing up tanks was uninteresting but it wasn’t going to be the ‘next big thing’. Toward the end of his PhD in 2004 Richard joined a new spin out from the Nottingham Nanoscience group, Nanograph Systems Ltd, a scanning probe microscope manufacturing and nanotechnology company.  His role there as Technical Director taught him about the highs and lows of running a high tech start-up, since learning these valuable lessons he has gone on to develop his own niche scanning probe technology.

Combining artificial intelligence with an instrument that can manipulate matter at the atomic scale defiantly has academic interest but the commercial aspects of the work are also very real, hence his formation of Quantulus Technology Ltd. Both these aspects have been recognised by Technology Innovation awards, various academic grants and recently in the 2012 HUMIES competition for the application of human competitive genetic programming. Of course all this is just enabling technology to create a quantum computer; one must have the right tools to mine the gold!

Nick Shuttleworth (Oliver Wyman)  - profile coming soon
Philip Moriarty (Nottingham) - profile coming soon
Cate Ducati (Cambridge) - profile coming soon
Mick Philips (Oxford) - profile coming soon

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