PERCAT Rep for the School of Physics and Astronomy.
Phone: 0121 414 8376 | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Quantum Hub, School of Physics and Astronomy, Metallurgy and Materials Building
What is your academic background and your current research field?
I hold a PhD in Mechanical Engineering fom the University of Birmingham, following which I worked in the research and innovation sector whilst maintaining collaboration with the University of Birmingham. This has given me a unique access to industry and academia careers at the same time and allowed me to understand the pros and cons of these two paths and how to maintain diverse professional network and career paths options in the future. This led to the appropriateness of my current position: Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the Quantum Hub, in which communication between the research staff and local industry is conducted.
What is your role as a PERCAT Rep and how can postdocs in your school contact you?
I am one of two PERCAT Reps for the School of Physics and Astronomy. I try to support fellow post docs with particular interests in the field of quantum technologies and/or postdocs who are not necessarily physicists, even if they work for the School of Physics. In addition, I feel comfortable to say that I could represent fellow knowledge exchange colleagues in the EPS schools in general and in the School of Physics and Astronomy in particular.
I can be contacted via the details above or via LinkedIn.
What do you feel are the benefits of the PERCAT programme for postdocs and what do you feel have been the benefits to you from being a postdoc rep?
My feeling is that PERCAT’s main impact on post docs is getting in touch with people who can shine the light on their possible, yet unclear, career paths and giving them the chance to live and learn from senior academia and industry experts by being exposed to their career tracks and challenges. I believe that being a rep is extremely helpful in expanding my professional network and enhancing my awareness of the higher education system in general and the tools University of Birmingham implements towards maintaining post docs career progression and development.