Careers

Front cover of the RAS careers booklet
Here at the RAS we have worked to create a brand new careers booklet highlighting the skills you get from studying astronomy and geophysics, and opportunities in and away from the space industry. The careers booklet also contains some excellent case…
Carole Haswell: Professor of Astrophysics
My job Professor of Astrophysics, Head of Astronomy and Exoplanet investigator at the Open University. Also includes — Keeping teaching, research & admin balls in the air. Sitting at a computer. Feeding ideas & data to research students.…
Helen Mason: Solar Physicist
My job Solar physicist and public engagement fellow. I am a solar scientist with a passion for studying the Sun and sharing that knowledge with others. I lead the Atomic Astrophysics group, DAMTP, and have supervised many young researchers. Although…
Haida Lang: Professor of Physics
My job I am Professor of Physics and head of the Imaging & sensing for Archaeology, Art history and Conservation (ISAAC) Lab at Nottingham Trent University. The best of my job My job is very varied which makes it fun. There is research,…
Simon Foster: Outreach Officer
My job Outreach officer and teacher at Imperial College, London. My main role is to promote Physics and Astronomy to school pupils and the public, hopefully getting more people to study the subject. I also lecture, occasionally do some solar physics…
Steph Kellet: teacher
My job Secondary school teacher and planetary physicist. Enthusiastic head of science at Manor High School in Leicestershire. Inspires future scientists, motivates staff and has a genuine love of all sciences (particularly space!) The best of my job…
Kim Steed German: Business Relationship Manager
My job Building Relationships Manager. Building partnerships between some seriously smart cookies who do cool collaborative scientific research together is my bread and butter. The best of my job Building and maintaining relationships is at the very…
Carolin Crawford: public astronomer
My job Public astronomer  at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge. I am an enthusiastic communicator of Astronomy, organise and train others to do outreach activities, and teach maths to undergraduate scientists. The best of my job During my…
Sheila Kanani
+ What got you interested in science? I come from a science background as my parents are pharmacists so I think I’ve always been quite interested in science, but I probably didn’t realise it until I was in secondary school. When I was 8 I wanted to…
Caroline and William Herschel, professional astronomers.
Astronomers use scientific techniques to study the origin and make-up of stars, planets, galaxies and other celestial bodies, as well as the origin and structure of the Universe in general. Geophysicists apply physics concepts and techniques to…