Philip loved practical science at school, and so decided to pursue science at university after his A-levels. But, after completing his biomedical sciences degree, he wasn’t sure of his next step. The breakthrough came when he applied to do voluntary lab work at Newcastle University. This hands-on experience showed him he wanted to be a technicians, and also proved invaluable when he successfully applied for a technician role at the university.
Philip believes he has the key attributes needed to be a good Research Technician: patience, good problem-solving skills and a natural curiosity.
“I’ve learnt an enormous amount working in a research environment and would recommend technical work in research to anyone who loves practical science”.
As a Research Technician, he gets to be a part of a team that works on a variety of ground-breaking research projects. Some of the projects he’s contributed to hugely improve the lives of those suffering from serious disease – for example, the prostate cancer home-monitoring kit he worked on could significantly increase the quality of life of sufferers, by reducing the amount of hospital appointments they need to attend.
Philip’s really pleased with his career choice. “I get to work in an environment where I learn something new every day and I am constantly challenged.”
Philip's career pathway
- 2009 Left sixth form College after doing his A-levels
- 2012 Completed a BSc Degree in Biomedical Sciences at Northumbria University
- 2014 Undertook voluntary lab work at Newcastle University, and then went on to join Newcastle University as a Research Technician for the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologies department