Science Postgraduate Studies and Beyond – What’s Ahead?

For Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)¬†undergraduates looking ahead to¬†Honours, Masters or Doctoral studies, it’s important to hear from others who’ve already “taken the plunge” and scouted ahead for the hazards and opportunities that lie in wait. STEM skills are sought across many employment sectors, from academia to industry to government to community, so it’s hard to know exactly where your studies are going to take you.

Come spend a relaxed afternoon at the Royal Society of Victoria in conversation with three recent PhD graduates to hear about their journeys, ask your burning questions and discuss some strategies for approaching your future in science. A special event for undergraduate RSV members and members of the Young Scientists of Australia (Melbourne Chapter) – please register below to attend.


Dr Catherine de Burgh-Day

Catherine did her BSc, Masters and PhD all at the University of Melbourne. She went into her BSc with the intention of majoring in meteorology, but very quickly got distracted by the wonders of astrophysics. She went on to complete a Masters and then a PhD in astrophysics, studying weak gravitational lensing. As a final year PhD student, she won the Young Scientist Research Prize for the Physical Sciences from the Royal Society of Victoria in 2015.

Things have come full circle and she now works at the Bureau of Meteorology, where she has been a software developer on the Bureau’s super computer systems, currently in the research department developing applications for seasonal forecasting of sea surface temperatures around New Zealand for aquaculture industries. Catherine likes to keep her eggs in many baskets, and firmly believes in always keeping your options open – after all, who knows what the universe might throw your way?

Viktor PerunicicViktor Perunicic

Viktor is a physicist at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) at the University of Melbourne, and a Councillor of the Royal Society of Victoria. He develops techniques for in situ imaging of single proteins and will hit why this is important for your own health. During his PhD, he developed and patented a blueprint for miniaturising MRI machines onto a chip using Quantum Computing technology.

Viktor will be drawing on his broad experience to share pragmatic insights to:

  • The professional and personal benefits to be gained from postgraduate training in scientific research;
  • The pros and cons of working as an early career researcher in Australia at the present moment and near future, and;
  • The character traits researchers rely on and the deeper motivations that drive scientists’ work.

Nicole LakeNicole Lake

Nicole is passionate about research that helps us understand how genetics influences health and disease. She is currently completing the final year of her PhD with the Mitochondrial Research Group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Her PhD has focused on using sequencing technologies to identify the genetic causes of mitochondrial disease. Prior to this, Nicole completed a BSc from the University of Melbourne and the University of Edinburgh, and a MSc (Genetics) degree from the University of Melbourne. Her Master’s research project investigated how our genes influence our good cholesterol levels, which was complted in the Genomics and Systems Biology laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. Nicole is also a member of the community organisation Rotary International, and is a past President of the Rotary Club of Melbourne Park.

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Date(s) - Tuesday 26 September, 2017
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The Royal Society of Victoria