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The “P” in PhD stands for Programmer.

I’ve been looking at future careers recently, and one general piece of advice I had for most of the careers I’m interested in involve showing rather than telling people about my skills. I definitely consider programming one of my best skills (I’m … Continue reading

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Get Angry!

Today I had a good day. Like, I actually had a good day. For the past couple of months of my PhD I’ve become accustomed to a state of being where I turn up to work, try not to ruin … Continue reading

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Enthusiasm Breeds Enthusiasm

Today I gave a talk at a University of Surrey Open Day about my MPhys research year and what I’ve learned from it. Several months on, I think it’s interesting to see how my thoughts on it have evolved – … Continue reading

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SPADs Update: Introduction!

Today I published the first little bit of the “Rough Guide to SPADs” project which I’ve been going on about. I’m publishing these sections more or less as I’m writing them, so they might be a little occasional. However, you … Continue reading

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SPAD Life

Tuesday marked the final nail in the coffin of my MPhys research year at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. As I’ve previously mentioned, I worked at the CMOS Sensor Design Group there and… didn’t have a very easy time. Nevertheless, I’ve … Continue reading

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Quantum Ignorance

“Quantum ignorance” might sound like a joke, like something a non-scientist might say to show they know nothing whatsoever about quantum mechanics. Well, here’s the punchline; “quantum ignorance” is a real thing in quantum mechanics. Even better, I’ll explain why … Continue reading

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To Write a Paper

So these days all my time is taken up by one ultimate goal, thought, worry, problem, thing which consumes most of my waking hours; I am writing a paper. I’ve self-identified as a scientist for about seven years now, but … Continue reading

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Impactful – Part 3

This is the concluding part of my series on Impact Factors and their use as figures of merit for researchers. Starting with little more than one person’s insult and anger that researchers could be judged on one simplistic figure, I … Continue reading

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Impactful – Part 2

I left off last time with a promise of opinions, and today I shall not disappoint; I’m following on from my previous post by showing you the opinions of some established scientists that I talked to, and walking through how … Continue reading

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Impactful – Part 1

ab initio An interesting thing has been coming up a lot recently. Impact Factors [IF’s] – a thing I had been only dimly aware of previously – have been thrown somewhat into a public debate due to some interesting [not … Continue reading

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