Alternatives to Academia SRUK London

· London

Not sure what to do after your BSc/MSc/PhD? Tired of the PostDoc life? Don’t know what skills you need to do a career transition?

The society of Spanish Researchers in UK (SRUK) brings you a knowledge sharing platform to support and enhance the employability of graduates and postgraduates in the private and public sector. The speakers will discuss alternative careers to academia and give you hands-on tips on how to change your career pathway.

The speakers, coming from different sectors (Scientific Computing, Research in Industry, Publishing and Banking) will give insights into their career transitions, how is their job like, and what could you do to start a career on their field. They will also point out which soft-skills are valued in each sector.

10:00 – 10:20 Registration
10:20 – 10:30 Welcome and Introduction by Dr Larissa Zárate, Director of the London Constituency of the Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK
10:30 – 10:50 Research Software Development: Dr Diego Alonso Álvarez, Research Software Engineer, Research Computing Services, ICT, Imperial College London
10:50 – 11:10 Integrity and Ethical Standards in Scientific Journals: Dr Elena Vicario Orri, Research Integrity Team Lead at Frontiers
11:10 – 11:30 Research for Neuroinflammatory Diseases at a Biotech: Dr Anna Vilalta, Tecniospring Plus Fellow, Minoryx Therapeutics
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 – 12:20 Research at the National Physics Laboratory (NPL): Dr Ana Mónica Lourenço, Higher Research Scientist, NPL
12:20 – 12:40 From Banking to Academia: Jacobo Roa, Quantitative Research VP at JP Morgan, PhD student at University College London
12:40 – 13:30 Panel Discussion moderated by Kiko Rul·lan
13:30 – 14:30 Networking & Light refreshments

This event will be a great opportunity to learn what “out-of-Academia” options are available out there for you, how to start focusing your career, and start expanding your network on that field.

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Our fantastic selection of speakers are:

Diego Alonso: As many physicists, Diego started his degree with an eye in astrophysics and astronomy… but then he ended up working on semiconductors science and nanotechnology, doing a PhD on quantum nanostructures with application in infrared devices such as light detectors, lasers and solar cells. As a postdoc in the UK since he arrived in 2012, Diego devoted his efforts to the research of new materials for photovoltaics. Over time, however, his experience broadened to include not just the solar cells, but the photovoltaic system as a whole and its integration with other systems, like in hybrid photovoltaic-thermal solar systems to produce both electricity and hot water for industry or domestic applications.
During all these years as a researcher, first as a PhD and then as a postdoc, Diego worked extensively developing software for his research. Combined with his teaching duties at Imperial College, precisely on programming and computational physics, by the end of the last postdoc contract he decided to move on and try something different, outside the academic path. In November 2018 Diego joint the Research Computing Service, at Imperial College London to work as Research Software Engineer, putting this computational experience into practice and making it his goal, rather than a means to achieve something else.

Ana Lourenço: Ana Lourenço received a Master degree in Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics (2013) from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, followed by a PhD in Medical Physics (2016) at the University College London, UK. During her studies she carried out projects on image guidance and adaptive radiotherapy, developed techniques to improve the accuracy of dose measurements and designed, developed and characterised new water-equivalent plastic materials for clinical light-ion beams. Ana joined the Medical Radiation Science group at the National Physical Laboratory in 2016.

The focus of Ana’s research is the development of measurement and modelling techniques for new and emerging radiotherapy techniques such as proton and carbon-ion therapies. This includes the development and implementation of a new Code of Practice for reference dosimetry of proton and ion beams which will utilise the NPL proton calorimeter, commissioning and calibration of proton and carbon-ion facilities, calculation of ionization chamber perturbation factors using Monte Carlo methods, development of tissue-equivalent phantom materials specifically for proton and carbon-ion therapy beams and development of proton dosimetry audits.
She is a member of an IPEM working group to provide a proton dosimetry code of practice in the UK and has contributed to more than 20 peer-reviewed publications.

Jacobo Roa Vicens: Jacobo is a Spanish investment banker and data scientist. He is currently focused on global macro systematic strategies as Vice President of Quantitative Research at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. He previously covered sovereign debt and interest rates markets at Morgan Stanley for European institutional clients, as well as strategic corporate derivatives. Meanwhile, Jacobo conducts research in applied artificial intelligence at the University College of London, where he currently focuses on developing new models of statistical machine learning related to inverse reinforcement learning. He earned his degree of Electrical Engineer at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, a MSc in Management from HEC Paris (Diplôme Grande École) and a MA in Economics from the College of Europe in Belgium, in addition to courses at École Polytechnique in France and Harvard University in the US. Jacobo has received excellence awards and scholarships from the Lucent Technologies Foundation and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others.

Elena Vicario: Elena is an experienced human biologist and neuroscientist, passionate about science, outreach and open access. She completed a BSc in Human Biology at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and a MSc in Neuroscience at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. After that, Elena moved to San Diego to pursue a PhD in Neurosciences at the University of California San Diego. She currently works at Frontiers, an open-access scientific publisher, leading a team responsible for ensuring research integrity and quality standards of all publications in our journals.

Anna Vilalta: Anna a biologist with a strong background in clinical, translational and basic research. She studied her PhD in the Neurotraumatology and Neurosurgery Research Unit in Barcelona (Spain) and was focused on the study of brain metabolic alterations, brain neurochemistry, pathophysiology, new monitoring techniques and treatments for traumatic brain injury and stroke patients. After finishing her PhD, she obtained a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development at the Department of Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). As a research associate in Cambridge her focus was to investigate the role of microglial phagocytosis in ischemic/hypoxic and traumatic neuronal loss and in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer disease with the aim to discover new potential therapeutic targets. After this period of time she was granted with a Tecniospring plus fellowship which is allowing her now to learn on technology transfer back home at Minoryx Therapeutics. Anna’s role in this biotech company is to find out new indications of the PPARy agonist MIN-102 in neuroinflammatory diseases.