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William Branchett

William Branchett
PhD student, Imperial College London

How many years have you been working in this sector?

2 years, with 1 more year of training to go.

What do you like the most about your job?

It gives me the freedom to be creative and inquisitive through my research, while all the time focussing on questions relevant to human health and disease. I have also been lucky enough to go to a number of conferences and collaborate with senior researchers in the field, so there is always some variety around the corner.

What led you into your current role or career? 

I had always been interested in medical research. After a placement at a pharmaceutical company I decided that I wanted to pursue immunological research in an academic setting so applied for funding to undertake an MSc and PhD in London.

What are the career progression options in this role?

PhD graduates go on to do all sorts of jobs after their training; from further research, to publishing, to management consultancy. My intention is to move on to a post-doctoral research role in another country.

What are the most important skills and experiences that have got where you are today?

Research science is centred on problem solving, both in terms of individual experiments and larger projects. Deep thinking and resilience in the face of difficult tasks are highly important, as is good communication with colleagues and supervisors.

Any tips or advice you would give to someone thinking of going into this type of career?

Work hard, stay enthusiastic, and ask a lot of questions.