In 2001, I decided to study a four year integrated Masters degree in theoretical physics at Swansea University after attending an open day with the very welcoming staff of the small but close-knit physics department. After graduating in 2005 with a 1st, I returned to the department to extend my studies to Ph.D. level, which I completed in 2009. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Swansea University, and studying within the physics department was a great & very productive experience. Due to having studied to Ph.D. level, I was able to secure a job as a physicist with Ultra Electronics, a FTSE 250 company, based in Dorset. I work on the design, development & testing of neutron flux detectors used within the reactor of AGR nuclear power stations throughout the UK; qualification of materials & instrumentation in radioactive environments, project which relies heavily on my multidisciplinary background.
Following the successful completion of the 4 year MPhys course offered by the Physics department at Swansea University, I continued to study and conduct research with antimatter which lead to the award of my doctorate degree in 2010. Having the opportunity to study under leading researchers, within the friendly atmosphere of the Physics department, Swansea University and the City of Swansea, not only provided a very enjoyable 9 years but led directly to my current position as an Associate Professor at Washington State University, USA, where I continue to use the skills and expertise I acquired during my time at Swansea. Whether someone is considering a 3 year or 4 year course, in preparation for industry, academia or the flexibility offered by an excellent degree for the future, I thoroughly recommend Swansea to anyone with an appetite for knowledge.
After receiving offers to study physics at numerous universities I decided that Swansea was definitely the place for me.
The campus is a wonderful, friendly place. A fantastic location close to the sea, and a great place if you are interested in pursuing sporting interests alongside your studies. For me the close proximity of the athletics track and the fantastic gym facilities were a massive positive.
My four year MPhys course was such a fantastic time for me that I decided I wanted to extend my stay in Swansea and fortunately was taken on for an Experimental PhD under Professor Michael Charlton.
I credit the staff of the physics department; the course structure; and the University as a whole for enabling me to get a job offer from the first company which I interviewed with - starting the job less than a week after my viva – as an Experimental Physicist/Modeller for a Government defence contractor.
British Council IAESTE Traineeship in Department of Physics 2013.
"During my traineeship in the Physics department at Swansea University, I worked under the supervision of Professor Michael Charlton and Dr. Dirk Van Der Werf.
I took part in an experiment measuring positron lifetimes in gases. I also worked on the installation and characterisation of detectors, and performed several measurement with these detectors.
My time in Swansea was a both professionally and personally very enriching experience."
I am currently working as a Research Assistant in the College of Engineering at Swansea University. After completing my BSc in Physics in 2005, I went on to study for my PhD in Physics researching novel optical sensors for Medical research. Swansea University’s strong track record for encouraging and supporting inter-disciplinary research enabled me to collaborate with the College of Medicine, developing a new skill set and gaining knowledge and experience in a new subject. Currently I am based within Swansea’s new Centre for Nanohealth, working on a project to develop biosensing technology for medical devices – a project which relies heavily on my multidisciplinary background.
Swansea University ticked all the boxes for me with an excellent teaching standard for physics. During my studies I was fortunate not only to work with world leading scientists in Swansea but also to be part of an International collaboration, ALPHA, based in CERN.
For my dissertation I was not required to do independent study but was placed into an active research group within the department and managed to publish my first Publication, I also received a prize in experimental physics for my work.
I completed my PhD in March 2011 and relatively soon after I began employment within an international company. My current role puts me in a position of high responsibility and directly allows me to apply the knowledge and skills obtained during my studies.
Alampountic returns from a CERN summer studentship, organised and paid by CERN. He worked on our ALPHA experiment, and followed a number of lectures at CERN from leading physicists from all over the world. “It was great to be doing actual research, you get to learn a lot of different problems and how to solve them. Unlike larger CERN experiments where physicists focus on a super-specialised project that doesn't let you see the greater picture, the experiment in ALPHA is small enough to get you involved with a lot of different aspects of physics that are complex enough for you to sharpen and develop new tools that you never thought they existed. ALPHA is undergoing an upgrading phase at the moment so no shiny results just yet, but I've been working with a simulation of cold positron-ion plasmas for a future plan to laser cool the particles even further, something that could potentially increase the efficiency tenfold. The results are a mixture of already acquired knowledge and a little bit of "why on earth did it just do that..?", so I can say that things seem great! Other than that, it was a fun environment and definitely a good research placement!”
MPhys Physics, British Council IAESTE Traineeship in Serbia 2013.
"During this summer I travelled to Belgrade, Serbia as part of a paid IAESTE program organised by the British Council, where I worked at the Vinca Institute for Nuclear Sciences. While there I was part of a multidisciplinary group focused on producing and studying functionalized nanoparticle-polymer composites, and wrote a small seminar on microscopy and spectroscopy techniques in nanoscience. Working there not only gave me important research skills that will help me to write my Masters thesis, and communication skills inside a research environment, but also pushed me towards looking to further my studies with a PhD. The best parts of the placement however were my amazing fellow IAESTE students, and the many trips and excursions we organised, such as our trips to Montenegro and Prague. I now have friends for life in every continent, and had an overall unforgettable experience!"