Jamie – Lecturer

If you would like a varied job where no two days are the same and are interested in forensic science with a view to solving crimes, then keep reading – Jamie’s career as a lecturer in engineering and environmental geoscience may be of interest to you.

What attracted you to this job?

I’m very inquisitive and curious to find answers about things. In Earth Science I am always searching for more information about how the earth works.

What does your typical day involve?

No two days are ever the same! My job is very varied. I could be working with students either lecturing or doing student practicals; I could be doing some of my own research; or I could be carrying out an active forensic search for the police!

What gives you the most job satisfaction?

Finding out the answer to something, particularly solving crimes.

What do your friends and family think about your job?

They think I’m a bit weird, especially when Im burying pigs!

Tell us more about your environment in terms of work-life balance

Out of semester time, I can work pretty much when I please, so I can balance work and home life which is very important for me as I have two young children.

How did you get to where you are today?

I did a BSc in Geology, a PhD in petroleum engineering and worked for a few years getting experience before coming back to academia.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of following your path?

Work hard to get your qualifications and get some experience if you can. Best of all be keen!

How well is your job compensated? What is the starting salary for someone in your field, and how much can this be expected to rise?

I would earn more money if I worked in industry but academia isn’t too bad, about on a par with teaching I think.

What kind of hobbies or extracurricular activities do you do to relax?

I love running – cross country, road running or track, but I’m getting a bit long in the tooth these days.

Have there been any embarrassing moments?

Plenty of those! The last forensic job I did the body I was looking for was found in the next field, doh!