PhDs in Industry: Geremy Farr-Wharton

Geremy Farr-Wharton did a PhD because he wanted to change the world by solving real problems.

He says his role as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the CSIRO enables him to do just that: use the research skills developed through his PhD to create life-changing solutions to real-world problems.

“I made the choice to pursue impact and I do a lot of really exciting things at CSIRO. I’m lucky enough to work with amazing colleagues on some really life-changing projects, from (re)designing our Australian cities for the coming future, to shaping the role of technology in healthcare, liveability and well-being. I even get to play a role in reshaping the futures of young Australians through artificial intelligence and machine learning. I get to work closely with industry, with different levels of government, and with tech start-ups to drive solutions for a better future.”

Read more about Dr Farr-Wharton’s professional journey and his advice for PhD graduates interested in industry careers.

“A cross-disciplinary tool box” – the value of a PhD in industry

“The real value of a PhD is the methodological tools. I grew in my ability to manage and manipulate ideas, frameworks and data from various disciplines. My problem solving skills are much, much more refined now.

For me the greatest value of the PhD has been to draw upon diverse problem solving methodologies from different disciplines to address the very challenging problems that sometimes arise”.

Dr Matthew Turnour embarked upon a PhD in the QUT Business School after 15 years working in industry. Read our Q&A with Dr Turnour for his thoughts on the value of a PhD outside of academia, plus advice for doctoral graduates interested in pursuing careers in industry.

Seeing Business Opportunities in the Changing Environment

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, the leading hub for entrepreneurship, innovation and small business research in Australia, along with QUT foundry, an innovation and startup hub at QUT, invite you to the free breakfast seminar:

“How to Understand Different Changes in the Business Environment & Their Potential to Trigger, Shape & Enhance Business Opportunities”.

Hear from experts in technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, design, hardware, robotics and health. Please register now to secure your place.

Event details:
Friday 1 June, 7am Breakfast, 7:30am Talks.
QUT Gardens Point Campus, Gibson Room, Level 10 Z Block.
FREE
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Publishing from your thesis: tips, advice and resources

After submitting his thesis for examination, Dr Stephen Vincent prioritised publications and produced five papers from his PhD research. He describes:

“Not only is it important to share your findings with the wider community, but this will help to boost your research profile and demonstrates a tangible long-term project outcome to potential employers.”

Dr Vincent is a 2011 QUT PhD alumnus. Read more about his career post-PhD and his advice for new graduates, including tips for boosting publications.

The Value of Networking – Brisbane event

“I cannot emphasise enough how critical, valuable and powerful networking is. Make lots of connections (and of course maintain them!). Each connection could be a potential opportunity in your future.” (Fulbright Scholar Dr Elham Sayyd Abdi)

Building your professional networks and connections with industry, other researchers and academics can powerfully help launch your career. Join the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) in Brisbane next week to discuss The Value of Networking with industry leaders. This session deep dives into the how, when, where and why of professional networking. Free.

Event details:
Thursday 12 April, 7:30am – 9:30am
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Embracing challenges & networking effectively: experiences of a Fulbright Scholar

Passionate information researcher and educator Dr Elham Sayyad Abdi has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence to explore people’s information experience in all aspects of life, with an aim to enhance informed citizenship.

A 2014 QUT PhD graduate, Dr Sayyad Abdi describes her Fulbright program, and how an eagerness to embrace new challenges and build professional networks has led her to exciting new opportunities in Australia and overseas.

We asked Dr Sayyad to tell us about her Fulbright program, her work and future goals, and for her tips for early career researchers.

 

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Graduated in 2017? Find your entry in QUT’s Research Graduates Yearbook

Last year, all QUT research students and their projects featured in the inaugural Research Graduates Yearbook. The E-Yearbook showcases the depth and breadth of research being undertaken by QUT students, celebrating their achievements as they move into the early stages of their careers in industry, research, and academia. Click on the links below to explore, or download a PDF.

QUT’s 2017 Research Graduates Yearbook

Download a PDF of the 2017 Research Graduates Yearbook (1.9MB)