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Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, MaREI, the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland in University College Cork

Karthik Rajendran

Job title
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher
Company
MaREI, the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland in University College Cork
Industry
Bioenergy and Biofuels
Experience
Three years
Education
  1. Bachelors in Biotechnology
  2. Masters in Energy and Material Recovery
  3. PhD in Chemical Engineering
Favourite subjects in school
Fermentation
The best thing about my job
I bridge industry and academia which is where you will see the laboratory results getting transferred to industry.

It doesn’t matter which field you’re in, but master the art. Do it like no one else could do it better in the world. Let the haters hate, let the speakers speak, do it in a way that nobody would ever do.

Research is sometimes challenging and when you run experiments you might have to run them over the weekend. But, if you like it, you will enjoy it. 

My main tasks

I manage a project that has standard deliverables that need to be delivered before a stipulated time. This involves developing prototypes, carrying out experiments, finding the bottlenecks and providing a solution that is technically feasible, environmentally sustainable and economically viable.

Challenges

The main challenge in general with respect to research as a career is it uncertainty. But with uncertainty comes rewarding challenges, a breakthrough that will shape your future.

Who influenced me

I’m from India and have seen people standing in queue’s when there is rise in fuel price. This has motivated me to look for alternative sources of energy that are economically competitive.

Work/life balance

In general, research is sometimes challenging and when you run experiments you might have to run them over the weekend. But, if you like it, you will enjoy it. I feel joy when my laboratory product has been installed in an industry and that has commercialised into a product.

Most useful aspects of my education

Most experiences that I use are outside of education. Most of them were practical training that leads to out of the box thinking. Bookish knowledge is limited, whereas real-world hands on experiences stick to you for life.

Useful work experience

You need to understand the blend of technology, economics and policy aspects.

Top tip 

Have a sense of economic analysis irrespective of your background, that will help you sustain your future.