Physics Careers

Creating a career in physics with Kromek

Physics careers at Kromek

At Kromek, we have jobs for physicists from different backgrounds to work on our research challenges, radiation detector products and medical imaging products.

Some of our recent research challenges are:

  • Building personal radiation detectors to protect teams and the general public from radiological threats and secure borders from nuclear smuggling.
  • Improving baggage and bottle scanners in airports to ensure all passengers are protected from potential threats.
  • Working to revolutionist the breast cancer screening process with our new MBI (Molecular Breast Imagining) technology, to find early cancers in women with dense breast tissue.

These are just a few things our physic teams are working on at the minute.

Physics careers in the UK at Kromek

We have two offices in the UK and both employ physicists.

Physics careers in the USA at Kromek

Our main US site at Zelienople Pennsylvania also employs physicists. This site is one of our


Sheep skull subject for medical scanner

We have two types of areas that our physicists work in within Kromek:

  • theoretical analysis – developing ideas, using computer simulations and mathematical modelling techniques to make predictions and explain behaviours.
  • experimental research – design-controlled experiments to test how well theories stand up to results.

Jobs for physicists

Of course, there are many jobs you can get with a physics degree, including:

  • develop new medical instruments and treatment
  • work in satellite technology and space exploration
  • investigate better or new ways to generate power
  • explore robotics and artificial intelligence
  • teach in schools, college or universities
  • work in publishing, broadcasting or journalism
  • or a huge number of professions where the clear-thinking and analytical skills that a degree in physics instils would be of use – in other words almost everything.

The Cheeky Scientist website lists a top ten of alternative careers for PhD science graduates which is another source of inspiration.



physics career - working as a team

What do Kromek’s physicists do?

Kromek’s physics teams work in the radiation, x-ray, particle and space areas of physics. Below we have some of the team describing the work they do inside Kromek.

Peter Rhodes

Peter Rhodes, Technology Lead, talks through what it’s like being a physicist at Kromek and some of the interesting work he has been involved in.

Alex Cherlin

Alex describes how he became a physicist, why he specialised in radiation physics and what it is like being a radiation physicist at Kromek

I am a school student - how do I get into physics?

To become a physicist you need to ensure that you are studying STEM subjects at school. Some examples of these subjects are:

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil engineering
  • Computer science
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

By studying STEM subjects at school or college (pre-university) you’re getting broad training in skills that all employers value. As well as learning about how the universe works, you will gain the ability to grasp concepts quickly, the determination to find coherent answers, as well as problem-solving, mathematical, analytical and IT skills.

When applying for university, there are two categories of physics degrees; the Bachelor degree and the integrated Masters degree (MPhys or MSci)

I am a physics university student - where do I go next?

Physics grads have a wealth of career opportunities, the various skills that studying physics develops are useful far beyond the lab and are valued in a vast range of careers.

So, whether you already have a physics degree or are just thinking about studying the subject at university/college, you’ll want to take some time to think about your long-term options and decide what would suit you best.

Different places physicists work

Physicists work in a laboratory, workshop or factory, or outdoors carrying out fieldwork. You may have to wear protective clothing for some jobs to prevent contamination and contact with hazardous substances. Fieldwork is likely to involve travel and working away from home, possibly for weeks or months at a time.

Physicists work and specialise across a range of sectors. Some sectors could be:

  • Armed forces and defence solutions
  • Astronomy
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Medical
  • Meteorology and climate change
  • Nanotechnology
  • Oil and gas
  • Particle physics
  • Radiation protection
  • Renewable energy
  • Scientific research
  • Space exploration industries
  • Telecommunications

See what opportunities are available

Want to join Kromek?

You can see all our current vacancies on the main careers page, as well as subscribe to our vacancy alert newsletter which we also use to announce any internships and work experience places.

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