Since graduating from York, in 2009, I have been working for the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) as an accelerator physicist at the ISIS facility. ISIS is a world-leading centre for research into the physical and life sciences. We produce neutrons which scientists use to probe materials on the atomic scale. Using a series of particle accelerators we deliver high energy protons which in turn generate neutrons when they interact with one of our two tungsten targets.
Working as an accelerator physicist I am involved with enabling the efficient, reliable and safe operation of the particle accelerators as well as understanding the underlying physics to help design upgrades and particle accelerators of the future.
"Studying at York provided me with an excellent foundation for my move into the workplace, and I thoroughly enjoyed my four years there."
The university was a friendly and sociable environment, both the academic and support staff were always incredibly helpful and approachable which made for a great atmosphere within the physics department. The lecture courses, laboratories and weekly problem sheets were stimulating and challenging but my favourite aspect of the course was definitely getting stuck into the final year project. The campus and the city were both great places to be and university life enabled me to pursue and get involved in my existing hobbies whilst giving lots of new things a try too!