This job was initially part of my industrial placement year in the 4th year of my degree, and counted towards my MChem. Following graduation, I stayed in this role as a contractor for another 3 months. My job was to use analytical chemistry, such as chromatography, to assess how new drug molecules are broken down in the body. Basically, how good the new medicine is at doing what it's been designed to do!
Publishing Editor, Royal Society of Chemistry
I worked on the production of the inorganic chemistry journals produced by the RSC. These journals are a collection of articles describing current and innovative research going on in different areas of chemistry. Coordinating the editing, peer review and proof reading of article submissions prior to publication in the inorganic chemistry journals
Gap to travel
I travelled around South East Asia for a few months before starting the graduate scheme with BP.
Development Technologist, BP
I worked in the development of different lubricant products, from the engine oils used in cars and motorbikes to lubricate the engine, to hydraulic fluids used at the seabed to control the flow of crude oil out of reservoirs and up to the surface. Lubricants are made by putting additives into hydrocarbon oils that are refined from crude oil. We do this by adding different chemistry molecules into those oils, and testing the lubricants to understand how the chemistries we've added affect the performance in the system its designed for. We work closely with the engineers to do this
I provide global support for the products that we sell in the Marine market, by answering technical queries from customers, designing test programs to demonstrate the performance of products, and responding to issues experienced in the field.