Joydeep – PhD Research Scholar

If you would like to work in a research environment, are always up for a challenge, and are interested in finding out more about the latest cutting edge technologies, then read on to find out more about Joydeep’s career. Would you like to follow in his footsteps?

What attracted you to this job?

The entire world of nanoelectronics is in itself a place full of mysteries and playing with new mysteries everytime provides a different satisfaction which cannot be expressed in words. I am currenly working on the light emission of Silicon, which is not a natural light emitter, so I am trying to model the Silicon nanocrystals to emit light. This research topic is in itself is highly exciting.

What does your typical day involve?

The use of cutting edge technologies along with reading lots of science journals, designing new models of approach and implementing them in real time.

What gives you the most job satisfaction?

Mostly, my time is invested in setting up different models, implementing them and then seeing if, after experimentation, you manage to get the desired results and can prove your ideas.

What do your friends and family think about your job?

The potential difficulty is making them understand the impact of the area of research in such nanoscale dimensions and once the first part is over, it seems to them highly interesting. A tough and challenging job, I should say, but very much enjoyable and lots of scopes are available for research.

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

Well, what can I say? I work in a very friendly and professional environment where all my fellow researchers work together as a team and we try to enjoy every moment of our research work along with our supervisors.

How did you get to where you are today?

Firstly, I completed a B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering with 1st Class honours from India in 2007. I then worked for Wipro Technologies in the software development of international clients gathering an industrial experience for 2 years. I was then given the opportunity to work in the field of nanoelectronics, and so I took up the MS course in Nanoelectronics at The University of Manchester which I completed successfully with Distinction in 2010. Following this, I then started my PhD at the University of Manchester last year and am currently in my first year of research.

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

As we all know, research in itself is a highly self-motivating process and very challenging because at times we have to challenge even our limits in finding the basic questions of science. Still, I would say it’s very fascinating and once you are in, you love to go deeper and deeper in your quest for more knowledge. Another aspect is patience, which always proves to be the key to success…along with hard work.

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?

As I am a PhD Research Scholar, I am getting the full scholarship for my research. Currently, the job opportunities are quite good for both academia as well as research areas.

Out of ‘office hours’, what lights your fire?/ What kind of hobbies or extracurricular activities do you do to relax?

Being a trained Indian classical vocalist, I love to sing and perform as well as listen to songs. Apart from singing, I love to cook new dishes and have been cooking for over a decade now. Also, I have a strong inclination towards the different aspects of life involving science, nature and its advancements. Thus, I read a lot of advanced materials over the web. Last but not least, I want to highlight my tech-crazy personality – I have always loved to tinker with toys and electronics!