The Inside Track.. Career Options for Research Postgraduates

10 March 2016, 1.00 PM - 10 March 2016, 2.00 PM

Gareth Hughes, Faculty Employability Adviser. Dr Rhodri Watkins, Frazer-Nash Consultancy Dr Nima Ameri, Rolls-Royce Simon McIntosh-Smith, University of Bristol

1.11 Merchant Venturers Building

This session brings together three speakers who will offer their personal experience of the value in completing postgraduate research before entering their current profession and the different routes available after completing a PhD in an Engineering or related field. The format this year will be round table discussions (10 minute talk and opportunity to ask questions at each of the three tables).

Our visitors will also offer an insight into some of the different areas that research can be undertaken in, including academia and industry, as well as the option of embarking on a new and unrelated career.

Whether you are a postgraduate looking for ideas about future career plans, or an undergraduate interested in where a PhD can take you, this should be a fascinating seminar.

Our speakers for 2016:

Dr Rhodri Watkins - Senior Consultant Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd
  • Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons) 1st Class Department of Mechanical Engineering - University of Bristol
  • PhD ‘Variable Volume Heat Exchange’ Department of Mechanical Engineering - University of Bristol
Dr Nima Ameri - Project Vibration Engineer - Rolls-Royce (Bristol) (2013 – 2015)
  • MSc in Aerospace Engineer at University of Rome “La Sapienza” (5 year course) 2001 -2006  
  • PhD student and RA at University of Bristol, funded by Marie-Curie European Excellence grant.  Subject: Flight dynamics of Morphing Aircraft 2006-2009           
  • Agusta-Westland University Technology Centre (UTC) Research Assistant (RA) at University of Bristol (research collaboration) Subject: Operational Modal Analysis applied on Helicopter Data 2009-2012  
Simon McIntosh-Smith
  • Head of the Microelectronics Group and Bristol University Business Fellow
  • Senior Lecturer in High Performance Computing and Architectures

Bring your lunch - all welcome.

The Inside Track Seminar series is an informal forum aimed at students to provide a regular opportunity to discuss in an open forum any industry or careers related issues you have. Each week will have a theme, but there will also be the opportunity to bring any other questions you have (e.g. about CVs, job applications, types of industry, internships etc.). Members of staff from the Careers Service and Industrial Liaison Office will be at each session, and each week we will invite relevant guests from industry.

Contact information

For more information please contact: The Industrial Liaison Office on or 0117 331 5547

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