My main tasks
The designing, developing and improvement of the chemical processes currently used on plant to increase efficiency and lower cost.
What I like
My job involves solving complex problems. However, it is the manner in which the problems are approached which is most appealing: asking probing questions of the process and getting specific answers to those questions.
Routine maintenance of equipment is a necessary part of my job. If the equipment isn’t reliable, neither are the results.
Work / life balance
Though the job can be high pressure at times, there is always leisure time.
Who influenced me
In school, I always had great science teachers, the best of which was my chemistry teacher.
Most useful aspects of my education
My degree was a requirement for the position (though not specifically Medicinal Chemistry, another chemistry degree would be ok). Having a PhD gave me more of an edge when applying for the position as an increasing number of people have postgraduate diplomas nowadays.
Useful work experience
Work experience in a Quality Control laboratory will give a flavour for the lab work but not the critical thinking of process development. For me, the best experience of that was completing my PhD in organic chemistry. Failing that, solving Rubiks cubes!