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Department of Earth Sciences


WHERE: Downtown Common Room WHEN: Wednesday 14th November 5-7pm WELCOME: Everyone from all years


Welcome Welcome to the Sedgwick Club and Department of Earth Sciences Careers Event! The evening is an opportunity for all Earth Scien,sts in whatever part of their undergraduate or post-graduate degrees to be exposed to the range of career paths available on gradua,ng. Geologists are some of the most employable students gradua,ng from Cambridge. Although financial sector and management consultancy graduate schemes are available to all those gradua,ng with scien,fic degrees, a wealth of alterna,ve career sectors are available only to those gradua,ng with an Earth Sciences degree. We have invited a number representa,ves from companies and career sectors who have graduated with degrees in Earth Sciences, many of whom are alumni of this department. We hope you will take this opportunity to explore career paths you may never have thought of and to ask real people about the jobs they do. This booklet is a guide to the evening, each of the representa,ves have submi4ed a career profile and a job summary. Use this booklet to read up on sectors you may be interested in and to tailor how you spend the evening.

We hope you enjoy the event and look forward to seeing you.

The Sedgwick Club Commiee and Department of Earth Sciences


Contents Victoria Price

Mo4 Macdonald

Hydrogeology (water resources)


Maria Andersson

Mo4 Macdonald

Environmental/Water resources


Victoria Edmonds




Sarah Nixon

Quarry Ba4ery Company (QBC)

Energy Storage (Geotechnical Engineering)


Roger Wilmot

Galson Sciences Ltd Radioac,ve waste management consultancy


Jenny Omma




Kirsty Reynolds

Rio Tinto

Mining Industry


Karen Heyburn


Oil, Gas & Mineral Explora,on


Teal Riley

Bri,sh Antarc,c Survey (BAS)

Survey Geology


Graham Smith

Ministry of Defence Government / Civil Service


Douglas Palmer


Science wri,ng/communica,on


Susan Francis

Cambridge University Press



Liz Hide

University of Cambridge Museums



David Neave

Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge

University research and teaching


Jonathan Paul Jen Roberts


Name: Victoria Price Job position: Hydrogeologist Careers Sector: Hydrogeology (water resources) Degree & Specialisms: MSci (Natural Sciences/geology), MSc (Hydrogeology)

Personal pro#ile: When I started out as a hydrogeologist, I worked on a variety of contaminated land and water resources projects. Currently, my role is as a groundwater modeller which involves programming, data analysis and a good understanding of the flow equa,ons behind the numerical models. However, many people do not do any modelling at all with projects ranging from contaminated land site inves,ga,ons to groundwater monitoring and environmental impact assessments. I’ve worked on a conceptual model of the London Basin; the ground inves,ga,on for the London Cable Car; a water features survey, monitoring and pump test analysis in West Cumbria; and a water balance of the Sultanate of Oman amongst others. During my career as a hydrogeologist, I’ve enjoyed the variety and technical nature of the work. Depending on your interests, you can end up doing a lot of site work or spend your ,me working at a computer. In addi,on, there are opportuni,es to work abroad which can involve some interes,ng challenges.

Company pro#ile: Mo4 MacDonald is a global consultancy with 14 000 employees in 75 countries. There are offices across the UK but much of the Environment division is based in Cambridge. There are jobs available in many different fields, including but not limited to; hydrogeology, geotechnical engineering and hydroecology.

Career sector: As a consultancy, Mo4 MacDonald works in most of the major hydrogeological sectors which leads to a large variety of work. Elsewhere, work as a hydrogeologist could take you into the mining or oil and gas industries.


Name: Maria Andersson Job position: Graduate Environmental Scientist Careers Sector: Environmental/Water resources Degree & Specialisms: BA (Hon) in Natural Sciences (Geology) (Cambridge), MSc in Environmental Sciences (UEA) Personal pro#ile: I have worked with Mo4 MacDonald for 3 years now, and have had the opportunity to work in two different teams within the Environment Division: the EIA team and the water resources team. Although I am more of a general environmental scien,st, allowing me to work on a huge range of projects, I have ended up focusing primarily on water resources. I am currently working with diffuse pollu,on in East Anglia – work I have had the opportunity to present at both UK and interna,onal conferences.

I really enjoy working for an environmental consultancy, as it allows me to work on many different projects, and develop a wide range of skills. Although it can be stressful (I can't deny we have deadlines!), it is also very sa,sfying. I also really enjoy working in a mul,-disciplinary team, which includes, amongst others, engineers, ecologists and contaminate land experts.

Company pro#ile: Mo4 MacDonald is an engineering, development and management consultancy with offices on all con,nents, and at many loca,ons in the UK. The Environmental Division has its main offices in Cambridge and Croydon, with satellite offices across the country, including Glasgow and Leeds. We work in a range of sectors including transport, buildings and infrastructure, power and water, with both private and public clients. The Environment Division oDen works with other divisions within Mo4 MacDonald, covering most of these sectors. Our exper,se, in the Environment Division, includes water resources, flood risk, hydraulic and geotechnical engineering, contaminated land, waste management, ecology, landscape architecture, archaeology and environmental impact assessments. Although much of the work is UK based, we also work on interna,onal projects. Recent projects include water resources in Oman, a train line in Mozambique and dams in Pakistan.

Career sector: Mo4 MacDonald has a well established, but growing, environmental team, covering a large range of projects both in and outside the UK. Although we did no,ce the financial crisis, we were recrui,ng throughout and were s,ll very busy. We are an employee owned consultancy, which means that we get the benefit when we do well, and we don't have to worry about the poten,al issues with a change of owners. Mo4 MacDonald is for people who are happy to take on a range of roles and develop skills in many areas.


Name: Victoria (Vix) Edmonds Job position: Engineering Geologist Careers Sector: Geotechnics Degree & Specialisms: Geology MSci, Engineering Geology MSc

Personal pro#ile: I have 6 years experience as an engineering geologist. ADer comple,ng my undergraduate degree I joined a site inves,ga,on company in the UK. The projects were generally small to medium scale for a wide variety of clients. For example we carried out founda,on design inves,ga,ons for residen,al houses up to nuclear power sta,ons, or inves,ga,ng slope stability on a sec,on of a motorway cuQng. I spent between 30-50% of my ,me on site, which could be anywhere in the UK. In four years I worked on between 60 to 80 projects. I then moved to Western Australia and worked for a small geotechnical consultancy (25 people) which specialised in mining infrastructure projects. This included new heavy haul railways, up to 500km long, roads and founda,on design for plant sites. All the projects were large and in two years I worked on just two projects. The work involved slightly less site work, 20-30% (all in WA), more geotechnical interpreta,on and client interac,on. As well as site inves,ga,ons, the work also involved aerial photograph interpreta,on, terrain and geological mapping of route corridors. Last year I moved back to the UK and completed a masters in engineering geology. I joined Atkins less than two months ago and have been placed in the energy geotechnics sector, working on large linear infrastructure projects. The projects are generally interna,onal with my team working on projects in Algeria, Turkey, Indonesia, Azerbaijan as well as the UK.

Company pro#ile: Atkins is a large interna,onal engineering and design consultancy, with their head office in Epsom, UK. They have 300 offices worldwide. They employ just over 250 people within the Ground Engineering sector, who are split into three technical streams:

Tunnelling & underground space: We focus on mass transit and major infrastructure projects (such as Gautrain Rapid Rail Link, South Africa); engineering services for bored tunnels, including ground risk; tunnel ven,la,on & fire life safety; and heavy substructure engineering.

Energy geotechnics & specialist services: We provide a leading-edge geotechnical service for our clients in areas including offshore and onshore oil & gas, renewable energy (wind, current and hydro-power), low carbon engineering and nuclear power. We also provide geotechnical expert services to global clients.

Infrastructure geotechnics: We offer our tradi,onal range of geotechnical services to the infrastructure market including the highways, rail and water sectors.

Career sector: With such a large number of geotechnical professionals within the company Atkins is able to bid for and win a large variety of work, as can been seen by the informa,on given in the company profile. We bid for projects in many different industries, at a variety of scales and all over the world.


Name: Sarah Nixon Job position: Project Developer Careers Sector: Energy Storage (Geotechnical Engineering) Degree & Specialisms: BSc Geology, PhD Earth Sciences – Intra-plate volcanism of the Al Haruj Volcanic Field

Personal pro#ile: I began my career at QBC as an Energy Storage Analyst performing GIS mapping of poten,al sites for pumped storage development. QBC is a young, small and enthusias,c. The range of ac,vi,es I performed on a daily basis quickly grew as the business expanded. I now have experience in geotechnical site inves,ga,ons, hydrogeology, environmental impact assessments, planning applica,ons, UK and European energy policy and a range of energy storage technologies. I now manage the development of new pumped storage sites but s,ll perform technical work. Working for a small company is great as the range of work is large and varied. Although technically a 95, my working hours are flexible and I work from home 1-3 days a week. We have site visits to Wales/ Scotland approximately every 2 months.

Company pro#ile: Quarry Ba4ery Company (QBC) is based in Witham, Essex. Staff commute from within Essex and out of London. QBC seeks to develop disused quarry systems into pumped storage facili,es. Pumped storage facili,es act as big ba4eries for the electricity grid by collec,ng energy during the night, storing it, and releasing it when demand for electricity is highest. QBC aims to set a new standard in quiet, efficient and sustainable energy management helping the UK make the most of renewable energy resources. The business has developed by mapping out poten,al sites for pumped storage in the UK and assessing the capital cost and risk of bring the sites into planning. Roles at the company include Data Analysts (GIS mapping and field inves,ga,ons), Research Analysts (Energy storage policy in UK) and Project Development (Engineering, Planning and Environmental Impact Assessments) and Business Development (the business case for pumped storage in the UK).

Career sector: QBC is a small, friendly company compe,ng with the likes of EDF, SSE and E-On. QBC is unique in its ambi,on to turn brownfield quarry sites into energy storage facili,es. Our focus is on developing small to medium scale facili,es (50-200 MW) compared the large scale facili,es considered by the “big 6” (300-600 MW). Before I began working for QBC I did not appreciate the importance of energy storage in keeping the Na,onal Grid working. As intermi4ent renewable energy genera,on expands and baseload fossil fuels diminish energy storage, at all scales, will become increasingly important. Developing pumped storage allows the use of geological and environmental knowledge whilst working to promote sustainable energy management in the UK.


Name: Roger Wilmot Job position: Principal consultant, Galson Sciences Ltd Careers Sector: Radioactive waste management consultancy Degree & Specialisms: BA Natural Sciences; PhD Geology Personal pro#ile: I started working for the Bri,sh Geological Survey as a clay mineralogist, providing support to early site characterisa,on studies for both near-surface and geological disposal facili,es. I then spent some years in the oil and gas service industry, assessing deposi,onal and diagene,c controls on reservoir proper,es. I returned to the radioac,ve waste disposal field following a move to an environmental consultancy which was suppor,ng the research programme for HMIP (the predecessor of the Environment Agency). I joined Galson Sciences Ltd about 20 years ago, soon aDer its founding, and have seen it grow from 2 staff to its current 19 staff. During this period, I have worked on a wide range of projects for clients in the UK, USA, Sweden and Belgium.

Company pro#ile: Galson Sciences Ltd is an interna,onal research and consultancy company in the fields of radioac,ve waste management and nuclear decommissioning. Based in Oakham, Rutland, there are currently 16 technical staff, most with PhDs. Senior staff mostly have experience from other sectors, but we have employed several people with no previous experience and are always prepared to consider applicants who feel they could contribute in an environment where the work-load can be varied and challenging. The ability to quickly learn about new topics and to develop new skills is important.

Career sector: Radioac,ve waste management is just one area where staff in consultancies provide support to government organisa,ons and other companies, and the points to consider when thinking about this career sector are similar. Consultancies vary from individuals to departments within large companies and in the la4er, where the projects are larger, there may be li4le to dis,nguish work in the consultancy from working directly for a company or organisa,on with responsibility for a par,cular site or programme. In smaller consultancies, however, there are typically opportuni,es to work on a wide range of projects for a variety of clients. This can be at the expense of not geQng closely involved with the programme as a whole and perhaps feeling somewhat remote from the decision-making that determines the direc,on of a programme.


Name: Jenny Omma Job position: Geologist, BP Exploration and Operating Co, Sunbury Careers Sector: Petroleum Degree & Specialisms: Natural Sciences/Earth Sciences BA/MSci and Sedimentology PhD

Personal pro#ile: I am a geologist with BP, based in Sunbury, close to London. Here I work in the central technical team, suppor,ng BP’s opera,ons worldwide. My previous BP roles have been across Explora,on and Produc,on, studying the geology of the Arc,c, North Africa, the Middle East and North Sea. Training makes up a large part of my role and I have undertaken about 8 weeks of training each year during my three years in BP. I have completed various geology-geophysics courses as well technical training in petrophysics, seismic interpreta,on and reservoir engineering. I have also completed training in several soDware packages and offshore survival training. Before joining BP I completed a PhD in geology at Cambridge University, studying the tectonic evolu,on of the Arc,c. During my PhD I worked part-,me on offshore oil rigs in the North Sea, analysing samples from the well during drilling opera,ons. This was a high pressure but highly exci,ng workplace which taught me a lot about challenging myself to expand my comfort zone.

Company pro#ile: BP is a global company and BP geoscien,sts work in many offices worldwide, in the UK, Norway, North America (Houston and Anchorage), Australasia (Perth, Jakarta, Mumbai) and North Africa (Cairo, Tripoli). Most Explora,on projects are managed from the UK. Here, geoscien,sts work in Sunbury (close to London) and Aberdeen. In BP, there are two main routes for geoscien,sts: Integrated and Applied. Integrated geoscien,sts specialise in Explora,on-Appraisal, Development-Produc,on or Well Planning-Opera,ons. Applied geologists and geophysicists apply skills acquired during PhD study across Explora,on, Appraisal, Development and Produc,on. The Applied Geology routes are sedimentology, structural geology, petroleum systems and biostra,graphy. The Applied Geophysics routes are seismic processing, geophysical analysis, opera,ons and survey. BP has a small Alterna,ve Energy sec,on, mainly in Wind Power, Solar Power and Biofuels.

Career sector: BP is a supermajor oil and gas company, along with ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, Total and ConocoPhillips. BP is one of the largest companies in the world, with opera,ons in over 80 countries across Explora,on & Produc,on and Refining & Marke,ng. BP employs approximately 80,000 staff and we work closely with a wide range of oil industry service companies.




Name: Kirsty Reynolds Job position: Exploration Geoscientist (though now a 1st year PhD student at the Bullard) Careers Sector: Mining industry Degree & Specialisms: MSci Geology

Personal pro#ile: I joined Rio Tinto Explora,on the summer following my degree for a 6-week internship based at an iron ore explora,on project in the Democra,c Republic of Congo. I was then offered a permanent posi,on on the project, and have been working as an Explora,on Geoscien,st for the past year. “Explora,on” is the process by which we iden,fy new mineral targets. We can use many techniques to do this; producing field maps, running ground or airbourne geophysical surveys, examining remote sensing images, taking river sediment samples and taking soil samples for geochemical analysis, to name a few. Explora,on geoscien,sts have to tailor these methods to the commodity they are searching for, be it gold, coal or uranium, and have to be able to piece together a variety of data, all while working in challenging and possibly remote field environments. It takes several years to collect and analyse enough data for you to get a picture of whether there is an economically viable deposit or not. I had a FIFO (fly in – fly out) role, spending ~4 weeks at a ,me on project, then flying back to the UK for 10 days off. I worked from a temporary, tented field camp, situated in remote, mountainous jungle in the NE corner of the DRC. The camp housed up to 20 people at a ,me, the majority being local Congolese drillers, porters, cooks and guards plus one or two geologists. My role involved a wide variety of tasks: field mapping; selec,ng and preparing rock samples; analysing geochemical and structural data; iden,fying new drill targets; logging drill core; supervising the drill team during drilling opera,ons and prepara,ons for the rig to be moved by heli-slinging; and remote camp management. There is a steep learning curve - most of these tasks I had no prior experience of, and you are oDen the most senior person on site, in charge of keeping the drill camp running smoothly both in terms of the drilling and logis,cs. In fact, a lot of your day to day tasks may not be technical at all. Feel free to ask me ques,ons about any aspect of life as an explora,on geoscien,st!

Company pro#ile: Rio Tinto. This is one of the largest mining companies in the world, dual-listed in London and Melbourne. It owns mining, smel,ng, refinery and explora,on opera,ons all over the world, the majority in Australia and the US. There are a huge array of technical, opera,onal (logis,cs), management and health and safety roles, split across 7 opera,onal groups; Aluminium, Copper, Diamonds & Minerals, Energy, Iron Ore, Explora,on and Technology & Innova,on.


Name: Karen Heyburn Job position: Consultancy Team Leader Careers Sector: Oil, Gas & Mineral Exploration Degree & Specialisms: MSci (Geology), PhD (Structural geology, palaeomagnetism) Personal pro#ile: I graduated from Cambridge in 2002, with a 2.1 in geology. ADer this I studied for a PhD, using palaeomagne,c techniques to inves,gate fault block rota,ons. I joined NeDex in 2007, immediately aDer comple,ng my PhD. Ini,ally I worked as a geoscien,st in the mul,-client Central America team, gathering and interpre,ng public domain informa,on on the region, and using it to generate detailed chronostra,graphic charts, and gross deposi,onal environment maps. During this ,me I visited clients in both Europe and North America to explain our products and sequence stra,graphic model. In 2008 I joined the Consultancy team, which provides single client studies u,lising proprietary data. The projects I work on are typically basin and block scale evalua,ons, to help our clients determine if they should consider acquiring acreage, and subsequently iden,fy leads and prospects. The majority of my ,me is spent interpre,ng seismic data, though I also interpret well data, and conduct play fairway analyses. There is a great deal of client interac,on, and I have had the opportunity to visit client offices across the world. Working for NeDex gives me the opportunity to study a wide range of basin types, deposi,onal seQngs, and geographical loca,ons. I have been encouraged to develop a broad range of skills, in addi,on to my principal role as seismic interpreter. I have been able to work closely with clients in explora,on companies from the early stages of my career, as well as a4ending interna,onal mee,ngs and conferences.

Company pro#ile: Founded in 2001 NeDex has rapidly grown to become one of the largest geoscience consultancies in the world. Based in Milton Park, Oxfordshire we now employee around 90 staff, more than 70 of whom are geoscien,sts supported by our informa,on management team. We specialise in the colla,on, integra,on and interpreta,on of large geoscience datasets and the delivery of these as digital subsurface models. We are recognised as the industry leaders in the provision of web-based sequence stra,graphic products and their global applica,on. Our products and services provide a comprehensive picture of subsurface geology, helping to reduce play risk and increase value across mul,ple sectors. We have an enthusias,c and dynamic workforce in a growing company which offers great scope for career development. We offer a dedicated training programme for all new staff as well as offering specific training and development dependant on roles and career aspira,ons.

Career sector: NeDex is a geoscience consultancy, opera,ng primarily in the hydrocarbon explora,on sector. Our clients include many of the largest super-major oil companies, independents, and state oil companies. Our integrated global geological database – the NeDex Earth Model – delivers data, knowledge and insight, to help our clients reduce geological risk in their explora,on and investment ac,vi,es. We are now expanding our consultancy services into the mineral explora,on sector.


Name: Teal Riley Job position: Geologist Careers Sector: Survey Geology Degree & Specialisms: B.Sc Geology, PhD Geology, Geochronology, Geochemistry Personal pro#ile: I’m the head of the geological mapping sec,on at the Bri,sh Antarc,c Survey. I oversee the produc,on of geological maps involving field geology, airborne geophysics, marine geology, spectral geology from airborne and satellite plaVorms. I’m an experienced field geologist with 12 Antarc,c field seasons, plus experience working with Surveys in Greenland and Canada.

Company pro#ile: The Bri,sh Antarc,c Survey is based in Cambridge on the West Cambridge site and it employs a wide range of scien,sts: geologists, glaciologists, biologists, climate modellers, oceanographers etc. Many of the scien,sts spend significant periods of ,me working in Antarc,ca, oDen in tents in remote environments.

Career sector: Opportuni,es to work as a geologist for the Bri,sh Antarc,c Survey are very limited, but careers as survey geologists are possible in many countries. e.g. Canada, Australia, Greenland, or working for geological inves,ga,on organisa,ons that provide field surveys for petroleum companies.


Name: Graham Smith

Job position: “Fast Streamer” – Ministry of Defence Careers Sector: Government / Civil Service Degree & Specialisms: MSci (Hons) Geological Sciences – Durham (20012005), PhD Igneous Petrology – Cambridge (2005-2009) Personal pro#ile: Following eight years at university, I decided I needed to give something else a try, outside of academia. My main requirement was that whatever I did, it had to be interes,ng and varied. A good friend of mine had started on the Civil Service FastStream a year before I leD Cambridge, and was thoroughly enjoying it. It was varied work and constantly challenging, so I applied and started the following year. No regrets so far! I’ve wri4en le4ers on behalf of Ministers, conducted tribal analysis on the Taleban, helped inform UK policy on deten,on opera,ons and got to work for 3.5 months with the US Marines in Helmand. I’m currently based in Bristol with a team responsible for procuring new equipment for the military, and in July 2012 will be back to London. By complete coincidence I was also involved in the MOD’s response to the Icelandic volcanic ash “crisis” of 2010, and so my geology background actually became quite useful!

Company pro#ile: The vast majority of Civil Service FastStream jobs are based in London (with all the Government Departments – Jus,ce, Treasury, MOD etc), though opportuni,es exist all over the country. Typically individuals in London get more access to Ministers and high-level decision-making, whilst those in different areas get more autonomy and a much greater experience of line management. The scheme for new entrants is changing considerably from when I started in 2009, such that the scheme will be a much more cross-Government one, with Fast Streamers being posted into at four different Government Departments. The FastStream exists to iden,fy high-calibre candidates and prepare them for a senior career in Government. The roles you may have as a Fast Streamer are many and varied, from working on upgrades to the UK’s Chinook fleet to developing policy on winter fuel allowances and the deporta,on of terrorists. Important to note is that the FastStream is, and is becoming increasingly moreso, a generalist scheme and thus any specialism you have, such as geology, will not be heavily u,lised. Your transferable skills such as presenta,onal skills, analysis of evidence and working as a team will however be put to good use. (h4p:// For those who like the sound of the FastStream but would prefer to keep their hand in science, the MOD offers the Defence Science and Engineering Group (DESG) Graduate Scheme, which is a solely MODbased scheme which rotates people through slightly more technical jobs.

Career sector: Despite swathing cuts across the public sector, the FastStream remains the principle “talent management” vehicle across Government, and so if you’re aDer a career in this sector, the FastStream should be your first point of call. My experience over the last three years has been uniformly an enjoyable one, albeit with the stereotypical bureaucra,c drawbacks you might expect from a job in Government. The work is worthwhile and has a tangible impact on the country. The main downside to any job in the public sector is the salary, which is unlikely to ever eclipse that which you would receive in the private sector at an equivalent level of seniority/responsibility.


Name: Douglas Palmer Job position: Freelance science writer Careers Sector: Science writing/communication Degree & Specialisms: B Sc and Ph D in geology, specialising in palaeontology Personal pro#ile: Following some years lecturing and researching in Trinity College Dublin, I worked in the Na,onal Museum of Wales and then became a freelance science writer and lecturer, based in Cambridge. Star,ng as a freelancer, it was necessary to establish contacts and as many wri,ng opportuni,es as possible. Most of the jobs were inevitably very short term and included a wide variety of sources of journalis,c work from Country Life to the New Scien,st, Financial Times and Science, basically anywhere that would pay for an ar,cle. But the spasmodic nature of this work meant that it had to be supplemented with teaching (University of Cambridge Ins,tute of Con,nuing Educa,on, Open University, WEA etc) and other publishing work such as copy-edi,ng for publishers. ADer a few years it was possible to get longer-term book contracts but in recent years these have become increasingly difficult to obtain as the non-fic,on book market has retrenched. However various electronic manifesta,ons of publishing are providing new opportuni,es and I have most recently been involved in the produc,on of an iPad app for the Natural History Museum (called NHM Evolu,on).

Company pro#ile: I work for myself at home in Cambridge and could work anywhere were it not for the need to have access to a good specialist library, such as the Department library. Although much of the literature can now be accessed remotely it is not free. Science wri,ng has various full-,me specialisa,ons these days, ranging from the kind of technical wri,ng required by major companies to science journalism, as well as a diversity of freelance opportuni,es. Most of this work is best approached through postgraduate courses in science communica,on and journalism, such as the MSc in Science Communica,on at Imperial College London, or Cardiff’s MSc in Science, Media and Communica,on.

Career sector: As an ini,al career opportunity, these days I would advise anyone interested in this par,cular path to get a post graduate qualifica,on. However, places on the best of these courses are hard to get and require solid evidence of experience in science wri,ng. Consequently, it is essen,al to take every opportunity as an undergraduate to get ar,cles published, especially in established student papers and magazines. Keep copies, especially edited files that can easily be accessed and log the work on your publishing cv.


Name: Susan Francis Position: Senior Commissioning Editor, Earth & Environmental Sciences Careers Sector: Publishing Degree & Specialisms: Earth Science MA (Cambridge) and Geophysics PhD (Edinburgh)

Personal pro#ile: I joined the Press 12 years ago as a graduate trainee editor. My basic job has changed rela,vely li4le since then although I now also manage the UK Earth Science team of 4 people. As an editor I am responsible for iden,fying new areas and topics for poten,al publica,ons (print or electronic) and encouraging new authors to work with Cambridge Univeristy Press. I conduct market research (typically at major interna,onal conferences or by visi,ng universi,es) to find out what new books (textbooks, research books, reference books) are needed and who the ideal authors for these books might be. My Earth Science background is extremely useful in this although I now work across a much broader spectrum of subjects than were involved in my degrees (everything from oceanography to planetary science and palaeontology to meteorology). As the commissioning editor I am also the person who steers new book projects through to publica,on by managing and advising on all aspects such as finance, legal issues, design, produc,on, marke,ng and sales. The job involves a lot of interna,onal travel to meet with poten,al authors and also requires a great deal of interac,on with a range of colleagues in other departments across the Press. A gregarious and outgoing personality is essen,al!

Company pro#ile: Cambridge University Press publishes academic (university-level) and school books, as well as books for English Language Teaching (ELT) and academic journals. I work for the Academic Division, which publishes across the sciences, humani,es and social sciences. The Press's head office is in Cambridge but we have branches all across the globe including editorial centres in New York, Madrid, Delhi, Melbourne and Singapore. The Press employs approximately 2500 staff world-wide, and offers careers in all the legal, financial, editorial, produc,on, marke,ng, sales and IT aspects of publishing.

Career sector: Cambridge University Press is one of the world's leading Earth Science publishers. Or main compe,tors are Springer, Wiley-Blackwell and Elsevier - all much, much larger organisa,ons than CUP. It would be fair to say that in Earth Science we punch far above our weight! Publishing can be a difficult field to get into as many graduates are keen to pursue a career in this area. You need to be prepared to start at the bo4om on a rela,vely low salary and it's a very good idea to try and get some unpaid work experience before applying for jobs. However if you are lucky enough to break into Earth Science publishing it is an incredibly rewarding career. Although no longer a prac,sing geoscien,st myself, I am involved right at the forefront of new research and am instrumental in its dissemina,on. I also help drive new developments in how Earth Science is taught to the next genera,on of university students.


Name: Liz Hide Job position: University of Cambridge Museums Of#icer Careers Sector: Museums Degree & Specialisms: BA geology; PhD palaeontology

Personal pro#ile: As University of Cambridge Museums Officer I am responsible for suppor,ng and developing the eight University of Cambridge Museums (UCM), which include the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. I manage Connec,ng Collec,ons, a £4.5m Arts Council – funded programme to bring the UCM’s collec,ons to wider and more diverse audiences. My role involves developing crossmuseum collabora,ve projects in collec,ons care and conserva,on, learning and outreach, digital access, marke,ng and audience development and exhibi,on and research development. Although it is rare that I use my geological training in my current role, my experience of managing a geological collec,on is very relevant, while I find my training as a scien,st is both welcome and refreshing in a sector dominated by arts and humani,es graduates. Previously I managed the redevelopment of the Sedgwick Museum’s exhibi,on galleries, and before that was Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology at the Na,onal Museums of Scotland in Edinburgh, responsible for care and cura,on of the Museum’s invertebrate fossil collec,ons, the acquisi,on of new specimens through fieldwork and dona,on, contribu,ng to the development of new exhibi,ons, and developing and delivering public events and ac,vi,es.

Company pro#ile: The eight University of Cambridge Museums vary widely in subject ma4er, size and resources. As University Museums they are closely associated with research departments and hence have a much more substan,al research profile than non-university museums. They also provide museum-specific job opportuni,es which include conserva,on, collec,ons management, digital collec,ons access, educa,on and outreach, visitor services, fundraising and security.

Career sector: As with much of the museums’ sector, UCM funding is limited with many roles funded through short-term external funding. Employment in the museums sector is changing, with much less emphasis now on scholarly curators who have li4le contact with audiences; museums are exploring how collec,ons can be used and accessed in new and interes,ng ways.


PhDs A number of PhD students will be with us throughout the evening to discuss careers in academia and PhD level research at Cambridge.

David Neave

Jonathan Paul

Jen Roberts


Please feel free to email Lois Salem (, Sedgwick Club Talks OďŹƒcer and Careers Event organiser, if you have any ques,ons about the event or sugges,ons on how we could run the event be4er next year. 20

Careers Event Booklet 2012  
Careers Event Booklet 2012  

Booklet to accompany the Careers Event hosted by the Department of Earth Sciences and organised by the Sedgwick Club in November 2012.