Work Samples

Work History

Work History
Oct 2010 - Present

Doctoral Researcher

University of Birmingham
  • Further demonstrated exceptional data acquisition and analytical skills with a proven ability to achieve and publish results.
  • Developed exceptional written and oral communication skills.
    • Successfully published in the scientific literature.
    • Accepted for oral presentation at international conferences and successfully pitched our research to potential industrial partners.
    • Assisted supervised students in composing written work, offering advice on style and general SPAG.
  • Further improved my project and time management skills.
    • Designed and qualitatively assessed a group research project.
    • Managed several projects (both my own and supervised students) concurrently.
  • Active member of my research group, demonstrating outstanding team working skills.
    • Collaborated with colleagues on characterisation experiments, seamlessly transferring data and analytical expertise via Dropbox.
    • Supervised multiple individual research projects, acting as first point of contact for the project assessor and responsible for reporting on progress.
    • Supervised and qualitatively assessed small group research projects, ensuring adherence to strict deadlines.
  • Actively engaged in professional networking, developing a strong online presence for both myself and my research group

Reason for Leaving: Insufficient room for upward movement, seeking a career change.

Jun 2010 - Sep 2010

Dealing Service Assistant

Halifax Share Dealing

Recruited to handle an expected increase in call volumes due to an upgrade to customer’s online share dealing portal, in addition to general share dealing calls.

  • Further developed my excellent customer service skills in a fast moving work environment.
  • Learnt to quickly assess customer’s technical expertise when offering technical assistance with a newly designed customer-facing website.
  • Well experienced in general account maintenance, and the use of in-house software (largely VBA).

Reason for Leaving: Relocation to the University of Birmingham.

Sep 2009 - Sep 2010

Subwarden

University of Leeds

Subwardens reside in undergraduate accommodation and act as part of the pastoral care system for first year students.

  • Developed a professional and personal relationship with the students under my supervision.
  • Worked with a team of wardens and subwardens to organise social activities for the students.
  • Developed exceptional communication and organisational skills from chairing and minuting weekly group meetings.

Reason for Leaving: Relocation to the University of Birmingham.

Jul 2009 - Sep 2009

Summer Research Placement

University of Leeds

Competitive paid research placement at my Undergraduate University.

  • Developed skills in project management.
  • Learnt to take responsibility for independent and collaborative projects.

Reason for Leaving: End of Placement.

Jun 2008 - Nov 2008

Dealing Service Assistant

Halifax Share Dealing

Recruited to handle an expected increase in call volumes due to the ongoing HBOS Rights Issue; a highly technical Market operation that required action from all shareholders.

  • Developed excellent customer service skills in a fast moving and stressful work environment (my employment coincided with the Market Crash of 2008).
  • Matured my oral communication skills through explaining the Rights Issue to customers with very little Market experience.
  • Developed skills in general account maintenance, and the use of bespoke software (largely VBA).
  • Developed in-depth knowledge of the Stock Market and Stock Brokering.

Reason for Leaving: University commitments.

Education

Education
Sep 2006 - Jul 2010

MPhys

University of Leeds
Sep 2006 - Jul 2010

BSc (Hon.) 2.1

University of Leeds
  • Specialised in Biophysics and Thin Films & Interfaces, in addition to; photonics, solid state physics and advanced mathematical methods.
  • Developed exceptional numeracy and literacy skills.
  • Core and specialised modules requiring complex analytical skills.