Physics Careers

Creating a career in physics with Kromek

You might be considering a career in physics but are unsure where to go next.

At Kromek, we make a difference.

We employ a wide variety of physicists from different backgrounds to work on our research challenges.

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 physicists are working on at the minute.

Kromek Physicists at work

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.

What Kromek do isn’t the only thing you can get involved in as a physicist though. There are many ways you can help to change the world.

For example, some physicists:

  • develop new medical instruments and treatment
  • work in satellite technology and space exploration
  • consider different ways we can protect against threat
  • investigate new ways to generate power
  • explore robotics and artificial intelligence
  • teach in schools, college or universities
  • use their knowledge to work in publishing, broadcasting or journalism
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What our Kromek’s physicists do?

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

Adam Tuff

Adam Tuff, Senior Nuclear Physicist, gives an insight to the work he does at Kromek, as well as giving some advice to the future physicists out there.

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

Medical Imaging

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 for your GCSE’s and A levels. 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

Kromek internships

Kromek offer 10 week internships to young scientists to work alongside our physicists at our Sedgefield, County Durham, developing our next generation of radioisotope identification detectors.

The internship offers undergraduates a fantastic work experience opportunity to expand their scientific knowledge in nuclear physics and radiation detection, to develop their presentation and communication skills, and to be involved in a clear cutting-edge research and development program aimed at enhancing the field of nuclear security. The paid internship is funded by the Nuclear Security Science Network (NuSec), and the selected candidates will also be invited to present their work at the NuSec Network Technical event in 2019/2020.

Our paid internships are open to students who are currently studying at a UK university, reading for a degree or master in experimental or computational physics, or a nuclear physics-related/orientated degree.


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