- What do researchers do? Labour market information
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- Research outside the higher education sector
- Metallurgist/material scientist
Between 2006 and 2009, 0.2% of employed doctoral graduates or 30 employed doctoral graduates, are known to have been working as metallurgists and materials scientists six months after graduation.
Doctoral level metallurgists and mineral scientists are typically found as researchers outside the HE sector at the start of their careers, although many enter HE research roles.
Much of this research 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 research roles should have a good idea of the basic nature of the job and many of the key responsibilities.
Metallurgists and materials scientists are concerned with the physical and chemical behaviour of materials of all kinds, including ceramics, composites, glasses, plastics, polymers, textiles and metals.
In the course of their work, they can be responsible for the research, specification, design and development of materials. Their expertise lies in understanding the properties and behaviours of different substances, from raw materials to finished products.
Metallurgists may specialise in chemical, physical or process metallurgy and this determines the type of job they do.
This can be a very diverse field, and the exact types of work involved tend to vary depending on the materials that the graduate specialised in. Typically, a doctoral graduate will be considered a technical specialist in one material or technique, or be involved in team management.