Questions for Acedemics and Scientists on AA

I’ve noticed that there at a number of academic’s and PhD employers on here so maybe you could help.

My Son has just passed his PhD in Computational Physics at York Uni. His thesis was entitled “Edge-perturbations and Strain Effects on the Magnetic Properties of Graphene Nanoribbons”. Basically you take a ribbon of Graphene, remove a number of atoms to cause stress which effects it conductivity and so starts the process of designing a semiconductor. I suspect there’s a bit more to it than that.

He’s struggling to find a job; more important, he is struggling to find anything even to apply for. I’m so far out of the job market that I don’t know how to help.

Do any of you have any suggestions on the options on how to find what jobs are available out there? Are there specialist firms he could register with.

Cheers, a worried Dad :confused:

What does he actually want to do?

does he want to teach, carry on with research or a bit of both?

has he published? if so are his publications eligible for REF (he should know what that means, if he doesn’t he needs to do some homework).

is he mobile? willing to move to another continent?

Has he tried Russ Andrews.:smiley:


He would love to stay in research. He’s had one interview with IBM for a job researching their next generation of computers , passed the telephone interview and was flown over to Dublin for the face to face. The rest of the people were there from Computational Chemistry. They called him in for another interview but he lacked the experience in Computer Engineering that was required.

He would consider anything involving his field. The would consider finance (he writes algorithm’s) but is not keen on working in London.

Please rearrange as required “Off Right Fuck”

I think he would be happiest with a bit of both. He used to be a research assistant at York and loved it.

Yes, he has published - I’ll check is he is eligible for REF.

Yes - preference Canada or USA. His partner is in the last year of her midwife training so delayed until then.

He’s published 3 papers. He understands that REF means it is available on Open Source, if so yes. Hell send me the links for the papers and PhD, I’ll post them.

I presume he’s seen these then???

And that he’s done the obvious internet searches, and spoken with his careers section at uni…

Does he have a good first Degree ?

Does he have decent Matlab and / or C++ experience ?

If so, I may have a couple of options he could be interested in.


These are 2 of his papers and his Phd thesis. The first published paper was not REF.

Phys. Rev. B 94, 165126 (2016) - Effect of random edge-vacancy disorder in zigzag graphene nanoribbons - Latest Paper. University paid for open access. - Published in an open access journel - Thesis is open access

In Canada, I’d be keen to know more of what the group of PhDs in the Ora-sound team have in the pipeline, after lighter, composite speaker cones.

We all know that electronics has been completely adequate since long time.
Point him at something useful, like transducers. :slight_smile:

not quite right, he needs to publish in refereed journals if he can. I assume he has looked in THES, although most of those look like they m8ght be in Aus.

Has he tried the IoP for careers support? ?

Cambridge Graphene Centre ?

he needs to network with likeminded professionals - has he a carefully crafted LinkedIn profile? Get his careers centre at York to help him (they should know all the tricks)

he needs to understand what REF (all papers submitted for ref have to be open source) - means to UK Universities, how research outputs are measured and the impact his papers might have on a department. In my department we will only employ post doc researchers who can brings papers with them that will contribute to our REF submission - so those published in international refereed journals for example.

is his work being cited by others?

Answers above. Getting above my knowledge level so need to put you both in touch if you are interested.

Maybe, a commercial semiconductor company.
Is in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in the centre of the dutch high tech industry as far as it exists.
Not very exotic (Eindhoven), but some things there are quite spectacular.
It might not be related to graphene. But long time ago doing a graduation project at the Shell research lab on composites, I was astonished to find out the team leader was a PhD in astronomy. By then I understood it was all about using your skills, irrespective of what you studied. Hope it helps at least for a mindset, good luck to your son.

He needs to be incapable of looking another person in the eye and to have zero interpersonal skills if he’s considering a career as a quant.


I thought being Russian also helps. I was amazed at how many Russian math PhD holders I ran into the last time I did some consulting. BO is also ubiquitous amongst Quants…

One place I worked hired a load of Russian (literally) rocket scientists to write some simple scripts.

They appeared to think they were still writing missile targeting software in assembler, hence the immortal

return; RETURN


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