In the final months of my D.Phil, I joined NNL as a technical specialist in the discipline of understanding how to dispose of nuclear waste. My day-to-day job involves running exciting experiments on how materials behave under simulated disposal conditions, as well as everyday learning on nuclear history, current technology, and upcoming innovations. While I loved studying the surface of Mars, there is something deeply satisfying about contributing to solving a worldwide challenge for humanity, one that makes clean energy sources safer for future generations.
Was your D.Phil relevant to what you are doing now?
Yes: the formation of minerals under wet, oxygen-free conditions is as relevant to Martian geology as it is to the disposal of nuclear waste underground.