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Student Profile: Roger Duthie

What are you studying?

Currently I'm investigating the Earth's magnetotail and the commonplace phenomena which are observed there by 'in-situ' instrumentation on board scientific satellites

Why were you drawn to this?

Personally, I enjoy the relevance that solar system science has above the really 'out-there' stuff plus Earth's magnetosphere and its plasma are the closest kind of outer space there is.

Where do you hope this will take you?

I hope to finding a role within the space sector after I gain my doctorate.  During my PhD, I've opened up my horizons to potential work in Europe, North America or further afield.  I would like to try and stay in academic research; your colleagues are guaranteed to be interesting.

What's the best thing about you PhD?

Being in control of your own work is really refreshing, especially after finishing your undergraduate studies. Of course, the opportunities to travel and meet other like-minded individuals in exotic locales isn't too bad either. A week in a five-star hotel in Corfu - all in the name of space plasma physics - is alright by me!

Opportunities

Ph. D

Most scientists start out as post-graduate Ph.D students. Ph. D's give budding scientists the opportunity to study their subject area and produce research under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

The Space Plasma Group offers a number of potential projects for students to undertake. These projects are based around our expertise, analysing data from the Cluster mission, and undertaking development of future missions, such as Solar Orbiter.

Our students go on into a variety of careers, including research jobs around the world and jobs in other sectors.

Our students are given the opportunity to interact with scientists from around the world, both through collaborations and presenting research at international conferences.

Other opportunities

The Space Plasma Physics group offers the opportunity for school students and undergraduates to work with members of the group for work experience or summer placements. Undergraduate students are encouraged to contact members of the group for summer placements. School students are encouraged to contact the Nuffield Foundation. Some un-funded places may also be available.

Research and spacecraft operations post occasionally become available within the group. These will be advertised on the MSSL and UCL websites.

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