There are very few jobs where you can actually practise a discipline like mine.
Here I get to work on a wide range of real applied physics projects. Most of our group’s work is on medical devices and I spend my time designing and carrying out experiments, analysing data, performing calculations, conducting literature reviews and writing proposals.
In some cases you’re starting new projects every eight weeks. You learn so much, so intensively, that it’s very stimulating, but it does require a lot of focus and attention.
Recently, I’ve been involved with a diagnostic product, looking at how liquids interact with different types of plastics. Before that I researched energy-based healing therapies for an orthopaedic company. I’ve also done detailed experimental analyses, for example of a new inhaler technology, and I have analysed hypodermic needle designs to optimise their performance.