- What do researchers do? Labour market information
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- Electronic engineer
Between 2006 and 2009, 0.2% of employed doctoral graduates, or 35 employed doctoral graduates are known to have been working as electronic engineers six months after graduation.
Doctoral level electronic engineers are typically found as non-HE researchers at the start of their careers, although some enter HE research roles.
Academic 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 academic research roles should have a good idea of the basic nature of the job and many of the key responsibilities.
Electronics is the technology associated with electronic circuits and systems, and is one of the major branches of electrical engineering. It is a discipline that uses scientific knowledge of the behaviour and effects of electrons to create components, devices, systems or equipment that uses electricity as part of its source of power.
Electronics engineers research, design, develop and test precision components and systems, developing the way electricity is used to control equipment. The work is usually carried out in cross-functional project teams, with colleagues in electronics and other branches of engineering.
Electronics applications are diverse and include acoustics, defence, medical instruments, mobile phones, nanotechnology, radio and satellite communication and robotics. Subfields of electronics engineering include control engineering, instrumentation, signal processing and telecommunications engineering.