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Examining Medical Device Design
Posted by National College of Art and Design - NCAD

Examining Medical Device Design

An interview with Enda O’Dowd       Enda O’Dowd, the course coordinator for MSc in Medical Device Design (MDD) at NCAD, holds a degree in Polymer Technology and an MSc in Engineering Product Design. He specialises in using science, technology and design thinking

Alison Liddy - Product Development Engineer
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Alison Liddy - Product Development Engineer

Alison Lidddy is a Development Engineer with Cook Medical.  My name is Alison Liddy and I work with Cook Medical as a Product Development Engineer. I started with Cook Medical almost two years ago, following positions with Roche and Boston Scientific’s R&D departments. Undergraduate Degree

So you want to work in Video Games
Posted by CareersPortal

So you want to work in Video Games

The gaming industry is a rich, vibrant and varied world – bursting with commercial potential, constant change and creative, vibrant people.  We’ve got good news and not quite so good news for you. Let’s start with the good. The good news is that you don

What Can I do with a Degree in Engineering?
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What Can I do with a Degree in Engineering?

Engineers design and innovate. They take ideas and make them a reality. Engineers face a problem, work through ideas and then come up with an innovative solution. Science gives us an understanding of the world but engineers take this knowledge and bring it to life. Their work spans across a

Sinead Hodgins - Health & Safety Advisor
Posted by Construction Industry Federation

Sinead Hodgins - Health & Safety Advisor

As part of the  #BuildingEquality 2018 Campaign , Sinead Hodgins, Health & Safety Advisor with Flynn Management and Contractors, shares her story as a woman in construction.Hailing from a family background in construction, I was always adamant to pursue a career within the fast pace market of commercial construction

Want to be an Oceanographer?
Posted by Marine Institute

Want to be an Oceanographer?

Faces of the Sea Dr Guy Westbrook has worked in oceanography and marine operations at the Marine Institute for the past 25 years. Guy provides support for a number of projects and infrastructures, including Ireland’s weather buoy and tide gauge networks, both managed by the Marine Institute. The

 Data Analytics plays huge role in STEM innovation
Posted by Dublin City University

Data Analytics plays huge role in STEM innovation

Data Analytics adds value “I work with businesses that are looking to innovate, and data analytics plays a huge role. At The Dock, Accenture’s Global Innovation Centre in Dublin, I help companies to build solutions that embed artificial intelligence, or AI, into their processes. AI can bring

STEM is opening new careers in Biomedical Engineering
Posted by Dublin City University

STEM is opening new careers in Biomedical Engineering

New Bioengineering Careers “I started my career with Biotechnology in DCU and today I oversee global vaccine manufacture with GSK. While at DCU I learned about biology, engineering and the hands-on, practical aspects of biomedicine. That has really stood to me going on to work with various pharmaceutical

Client solutions using STEM
Posted by Dublin City University

Client solutions using STEM

New Bioengineering careers At just 26, Liam Sexton has already built up an impressive CV. His interest in maths, technical graphics and physics at school in Waterford prompted him to study biomedical engineering at DCU, which combined mechanical engineering with aspects such as human anatomy and medical device design. He

How STEM can save the planet
Posted by Dublin City University

How STEM can save the planet

Saving the Planet with Science Clean, safe water is a foundation for good health. Without it, the threats of environmental damage and human and animal illness loom large. A Chemical Engineer who has worked in the pharmaceutical industry, she completed a PhD in Biotechnology in DCU and now works on

STEM research essential in programming computers with modern technology
Posted by Dublin City University

STEM research essential in programming computers with modern technology

The Internet of Things joins the dots “Have you ever wondered how self-driving cars can react to what is around them? Getting computers to ‘see’ in the way that we do is not easy. That’s why part of my research at DCU is enabling

Using STEM to understand ourselves
Posted by Dublin City University

Using STEM to understand ourselves

Data Analytics adds value “I work at DCU developing new technologies to help us understand ourselves. We develop smarter methods for the collection of information about a person’s health and performance including those related to moods, decisions and physical well-being — all with their consent. With

What is the study of physics?
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What is the study of physics?

Physics is defined at the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them. But what does that really mean? Physics is the most fundamental of all the science subjects. It aims to describe the behaviour of everything in the physical universe. It has such a large scope that it

What Can I do with Biology?
Posted by CareersPortal

What Can I do with Biology?

Biology is the study of life in all its shapes and forms. The scope of biology is wide and varied and covers not only the traditional study of plants and animals but also areas such as molecular biology and biotechnology which have clear relevance to modern society.   Biology is

 8 Reasons to Work in STEM
Posted by CareersPortal

8 Reasons to Work in STEM

People working in STEM in Ireland are changing the face of the world we live in everyday, whether it is by making life-saving drugs and devices, researching new cures for cancer or creating new technologies that keep us healthier and safer. Over the past decade, Ireland has grown into

What Can I do with a Degree in Maths?
Posted by CareersPortal

What Can I do with a Degree in Maths?

If you have an aptitude for numerical reasoning and enjoy working out complex equations you may find yourself considering a course heavily based in Maths. Engineering, computers, science, accounting, actuarial studies, statistics will all give you enough maths to satisfy your hunger for problem solving. But what if you took

5 Ways Ireland is an Attractive Location for Biopharma Companies
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5 Ways Ireland is an Attractive Location for Biopharma Companies

Biopharma is a buoyant industry in Ireland and it is growing from strength-to-strength with approx.  20 biologics manufacturing sites operating in Ireland. In the last decade there has been capital investment in the region of $10 billion in new facilities. This represents close to the biggest wave

Construction Needs YOU
Posted by CareersPortal

Construction Needs YOU

There has never been a better time to be working in the Construction Industry. Construction activity is increasing and is projected to grow by 30 per cent in the next four years.  Employment in the sector was up by 9.9 per cent in 2017, the second highest sector

Six Reasons to Choose Medtech
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Six Reasons to Choose Medtech

The  Medtech  sector in Ireland is renowned internationally and Ireland has fast become a medtech global hub. A government strategy to invest €5bn per year will support growth in this sector and will aid the creation of an expected 4,000 jobs in medtech by 2020. 

What do Pharmacists do?
Posted by CareersPortal

What do Pharmacists do?

Pharmacists are experts in the development, preparation and usage of medicines. Pharmacists are considered some of the most visible, accessible and trusted healthcare professionals in the world. Modern medicines are very powerful and have a great potential for relieving suffering and curing disease but also for misuse and inducing dangerous

Changing Career - Your Options in Science
Posted by CareersPortal

Changing Career - Your Options in Science

Judith Moffett from CPL Science explains the options if you want to move from a non-science job into the science sector, or are thinking of moving from one science area into another. The science industry is still one of the most thriving and resilient sectors in Ireland. It encompasses

Dr. Catherine Deegan, Researcher - ITB
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Dr. Catherine Deegan, Researcher - ITB

Dr. Catherine Deegan talks to Smart Futures about her career as a researcher and lecturer in the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown. What type of scientist are you? I qualified in applied physics but I’m working in an engineering department. So the main scientific area is physics crossed with

Simon Curran - Project Chemist
Posted by Smart Futures

Simon Curran - Project Chemist

Simon Curran talks to Smart Futures about his career as a Cost Improvement Project Chemist. What are the main tasks, responsibilities and skills required? The designing, developing and improvement of the chemical processes currently used on plant to increase efficiency and overall lower cost. Describe a typical day? Generally speaking

Mike Gleaves - Technical Director
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Mike Gleaves - Technical Director

Mike Gleaves talks to Smart Futures about his career as a CTO (Technical Director) at Arralis. What are the main tasks, responsibilities and skills required? I report to the CEO and am responsible for the company’s technology focus. Working with sales, marketing and R&D. I develop

Ellen Byrne - Creative Director
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Ellen Byrne - Creative Director

Ellen Byrne talks to Smart Futures about her career as the co-founder and creative director of the Festival of Curiosity. What is a creative director? I have the pleasure of being the creative director at one of the most exciting festivals of science, culture and curious technology in Europe

So you want to be a Property Surveyor
Posted by CareersPortal

So you want to be a Property Surveyor

Do you have a strong business acumen? Are you a creative problem-solver? Do you like dealing with people? Are you looking for a varied career that puts you at the heart of organisations globally? Property Surveyors are highly trained professionals who specialise in one of the following areas: Estate

So you want to be a Geomatic Surveyor
Posted by CareersPortal

So you want to be a Geomatic Surveyor

Have you ever wondered who creates the maps that we use on our Smart Phones and SatNavs? Geomatic Surveyors are the professionals responsible for collecting, processing, managing and analysing geographic information. By creating “intelligent maps”, the surveyor adds information which could, for example, allow you find where you

So you want to be a Quantity Surveyor
Posted by CareersPortal

So you want to be a Quantity Surveyor

All construction projects – including housing estates, office developments, airport terminals and national sports stadiums – cost a lot of money to complete. Quantity Surveyors are the professionals who manage the purse strings on these projects from start to finish.  Quantity Surveyors provide value for money through the efficient

What a Data Analyst does
Posted by CareersPortal

What a Data Analyst does

What is Analytics? What does a Data Analyst do? A large number of students / young professionals ask me this. Especially when they see the articles from Mckinsey stating Analytics is the next big thing in business and that there is a substantial shortage of manpower.  Or when Harvard Business

What is the difference between a UX Designer and a UI Developer
Posted by CareersPortal

What is the difference between a UX Designer and a UI Developer

I’ve recently found myself trying to explain the difference between the skills I bring to a project as a UX Designer and why I’m not able to cover the role of a dedicated UI Developer. There is of course a necessary overlap between the skills-sets

What a Glycobiologist does
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What a Glycobiologist does

Triona O’Connell is a research scientist at Dublin City University (DCU), where she studies the structure of sugar cells. She’s also involved in TOG , a Dublin-based ‘hackerspace’ for people to work together on creative projects involving any materials from circuit boards to cardboard

So you want to be a Data Scientist?
Posted by CareersPortal

So you want to be a Data Scientist?

Eoin Hurrell, Data Scientist Each time you buy something on Amazon.com or watch a movie on Netflix, you are adding a little more information about yourself so, the next time you log on, there are personal recommendations. They might not always be accurate (since when did Twihards watch the

Big Data, Big Goals, Big Rewards,
Posted by CareersPortal

Big Data, Big Goals, Big Rewards,

Gary Lineker likes the quote: “Football is a simple game played over 90 minutes…and in the end the Germans win”. That was certainly the case at this summer’s World Cup when “Der Manschaft” as the team is known roared to victory in

A day In the life of An Astronomer
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A day In the life of An Astronomer

" My research area is in gamma-ray bursts, which is a very hot topic in astrophysics. There are reports of new discoveries almost every day. The bursts are tremendous explosions which we can detect even to the edge of the visible universe" .  My day usually begins early , so I

A day in the Life of a Computational Physicist
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A day in the Life of a Computational Physicist

" Instead of warding off evil trolls or jumping plumbers with a joystick, I get to create the game, the physics, to help see how the real world works".  My work day begins around 9:00, depending on the number 10 bus. Sometimes there isn’t one for a

A day in the Life of an Econophysicist
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A day in the Life of an Econophysicist

"We discuss is the future of our work on correlations of stocks on the London Stock Exchange. This work was based on nuclear physics techniques".  Arrive at the office, not so early in the morning. I prefer to work during the evenings, it is more inspiring. The first thing

A day in the life of a Failure Analysis Engineer
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A day in the life of a Failure Analysis Engineer

"I x-ray the device to see if there is any internal damage such as broken bond wires or a cracked chip" Arrive at the office at 8.30am and log on to my email account. I check to see if there are any important emails from my sales colleagues

A Day in the Life of a Solar Physicist
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A Day in the Life of a Solar Physicist

“The other project with which I’m involved is Solar Orbiter. It is in its infancy, but is expected to be launched by ESA in 2015 and is a mission to orbit the Sun.” – Louise Harra, Solar Physicist A typical day? Well that depends! My job

Sophie Murray -  Space Weather Research Scientist
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Sophie Murray - Space Weather Research Scientist

Dr Sophie Murray is taking a close look at the sun to better predict the ‘space weather’ that can affect us on Earth. We all know you should never look directly at the sun. But by looking at close-up images and magnetic field data from our local

Thinking of a career in Physiology and Neuroscience?
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Thinking of a career in Physiology and Neuroscience?

Nikita Burke, researcher The Friday interview: Science Ambassador Nikita Burke talks about how she chose her career, her work in postgraduate research in physiology and neuroscience, and her tips on work experience and what to study. What have been your main ‘career decision’ milestones so far? Scientist Nikita

A day in the life of a Nanosystems Researcher
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A day in the life of a Nanosystems Researcher

"At present we are trying understand how we can tailor the structure of zinc oxide nanorods so that we get nanorods growing on top of a network of nanowalls, than simply growing as separate little pillars" - Enda McGlynn, Nanotechnology Researcher  8.45am – a rushed start this morning with

A day in the life of a Meteorologist
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A day in the life of a Meteorologist

"Just before midnight I go into our small radio studio, just beside the forecast office. I phone up the sound desk in RTÉ Radio 1 and we do a sound level test. Shortly after I will go out live on air broadcasting the 1 minute general forecast script and

A day in the life of a Forensic Physicist
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A day in the life of a Forensic Physicist

" A trajectory from the staple gun to the eye appears impossible with the glasses on. Could it have tumbled or deflected? My tests say no line of sight, too much aerodynamic drag and too little momentum for injurious bounce or deflection. Injured party was not wearing his glasses. Trial goes

A day in the life of an Onboard Geophysicist
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A day in the life of an Onboard Geophysicist

"Breakfast at 05:30 means it’s time for a break and a chance to watch the sun rise over the north sea....then it’s back to work." - Mark Connolly, Onboard Geophysicist 11pm – time to get up and make the short commute from my cabin to

A day in the life of a Games Developer
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A day in the life of a Games Developer

"My team is at a very early stage in production and we have 3 of the best people in the company on a team of 6, so no stress at this meeting for me." - Hugh Grimley, Games Developer Working as a producer with IO Interactive, creator of such computer games

A day in the life of a Geophysicist
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A day in the life of a Geophysicist

"Installing the site takes about 2.5 hours, and most of that time is spent digging holes for each of the sensors. I then attach all the sensors to the recording box and set it to record data for the next 3 days." - Jessica Spratt, Geophysicist  Today’s

A day in the life of a Mathematics Modeller
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A day in the life of a Mathematics Modeller

"Often my day involves preparing for teaching undergraduate tutorials, teaching is a constant challenge and helps keep me on my toes!"- Joanna Mason, Mathematical Modeller.   For me there is no such thing as a typical working day; no two industrial mathematics problems are the same, but one thing is

A day in the life of a Physics Lecturer
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A day in the life of a Physics Lecturer

"The lab is a hive of activity with a number of experiments running" - Síle Nic Chormaic, Physics Lecturer  First job of the day – ensure I am in the right place! I work both as a lecturer in the Physics Department at University College Cork and conduct

A day in the life of a Laser Physicist
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A day in the life of a Laser Physicist

I work as a Senior Laser Engineer in a company that designs and builds laser machining tools. 9.00am – My typical day starts with a project planning meeting to ensure that my team and I are clear on what we need to do for the day. We discuss problems

A day in the life of a Low Yield Analyst
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A day in the life of a Low Yield Analyst

"Another aspect of our work involves split lot analysis whereby some of a lot purposely receive non-standard processing – experiments carried out in a bid to qualify the introduction of a modified process step with a view to improving yield trends." - Emily Gleeson, Low Yield Analyst  My work