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Between 2006 and 2009, 2.8% of employed doctoral graduates or 220 doctoral graduates in total are known to have been working as chemists or physicists six months after graduation.
Although subject-specific skills may differ, doctoral graduates employed as chemists and physicists largely start their careers as HE researchers, mainly on postdoctoral research contracts. Some graduates will start in non-HE research settings, but many of the job details are the same.
Much of this work is very similar in nature to the research work the new entrant carried out as a doctoral student, with an increased level of responsibility. As a result, most entrants into these roles should have a good idea of the basic nature of the job and many of the key responsibilities.
Physical science doctorates study non-living systems to increase their understanding of how the physical world works. Scientific research involves designing and conducting experiments to collect observable physical evidence of natural phenomena. This information is analysed to develop practical applications in the creation of new materials and devices.
Academic research is increasingly collaborative across all scientific fields, and the interdisciplinary nature of scientific research means that much of the work involves spending a significant amount of time working on joint projects.