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PHOTONICS RESEARCHER, IN-DEPTH: People Should Work On Things They Like

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Kayvan is a Photonics Researcher. Kayvan discusses how he got into the research route and encourages people to do what they like, regardless of what kind of work it is. Kayvan goes into detail about what he likes about his job, key career decisions he made, the competitiveness of his industry and how he's working on his work-life balance.

School: University of Georgia
Job Title: Photonics Researcher

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Computer and information research scientists invent and design new technology and find new uses for existing technology. They study and solve complex problems in computing for business, science, medicine, and other uses.

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m='21080'>And</span> <span m='21360'>you</span> <span m='21480'>see</span> <span m='21650'>what</span> <span m='21960'>other</span> <span m='22200'>people</span> <span m='22600'>do</span> <span m='25130'>via</span> <span m='25260'>certain</span> <span m='25640'>new</span> <span m='25890'>research.</span> <span m='27660'>We</span> <span m='27750'>do</span> <span m='27890'>new</span> <span m='28160'>things.</span> <span m='29642'>And</span> <span m='30100'>that's</span> <span m='30510'>what</span> <span m='30765'>I</span> <span m='31020'>like</span> <span m='31240'>most.</span> </p><p><span m='31960'>My</span> <span m='32080'>research</span> <span m='32530'>is</span> <span m='32659'>in</span> <span m='34000'>super</span> <span m='34330'>resolution</span> <span m='34840'>microscopy.</span> <span m='36410'>When</span> <span m='36550'>you</span> <span m='39540'>can</span> <span m='39760'>image,</span> <span m='40230'>when</span> <span m='40535'>you</span> <span m='40840'>can</span> <span m='41390'>go</span> <span m='41580'>deep</span> <span m='41880'>inside</span> <span m='42430'>some</span> <span m='43760'>biological</span> <span m='44170'>cell,</span> <span m='44650'>get</span> <span m='44920'>images</span> <span m='45240'>that</span> <span m='45810'>previously</span> <span m='46400'>wasn't</span> <span m='46680'>possible,</span> <span m='48570'>that</span> <span m='49210'>gives</span> <span m='49460'>you</span> <span m='50180'>the</span> <span m='51170'>feeling</span> <span m='51570'>of</span> <span m='53070'>satisfaction.</span> <span m='54460'>Key</span> <span m='54730'>decisions--</span> <span m='57050'>at</span> <span m='57505'>one</span> <span m='57960'>point,</span> <span m='58830'>when</span> <span m='59050'>I</span> <span m='65360'>started</span> <span m='65870'>my</span> <span m='66440'>PhD</span> <span m='67230'>in</span> <span m='67350'>England,</span> <span m='67810'>I</span> <span m='68090'>thought</span> <span m='69830'>I'm</span> <span m='70050'>doing</span> <span m='70290'>something</span> <span m='70620'>that</span> <span m='70840'>I</span> <span m='70920'>don't</span> <span m='71120'>like.</span> <span m='72210'>And</span> <span m='73140'>many</span> <span m='73390'>people</span> <span m='73670'>were</span> <span m='73870'>telling</span> <span m='74050'>me,</span> <span m='75180'>stay here</span> <span m='75580'>and</span> <span m='75850'>finish</span> <span m='76240'>this</span> <span m='76370'>work.</span> <span m='77930'>But</span> <span m='78400'>I</span> <span m='78520'>thought,</span> <span m='79080'>this</span> <span m='79270'>is</span> <span m='79330'>not</span> <span m='79460'>what</span> <span m='79650'>I</span> <span m='79760'>like.</span> <span m='80600'>So</span> <span m='80860'>I</span> <span m='80980'>switched</span> <span m='81410'>to</span> <span m='82130'>something</span> <span m='82520'>that</span> <span m='84080'>I</span> <span m='84750'>will be</span> <span m='84850'>happier</span> <span 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m='106670'>some</span> <span m='107270'>national</span> <span m='107650'>labs,</span> <span m='108030'>or</span> <span m='108910'>do</span> <span m='109060'>a</span> <span m='109170'>post</span> <span m='109730'>in</span> <span m='110590'>some</span> <span m='110870'>labs.</span> <span m='111670'>So</span> <span m='112000'>I</span> <span m='112140'>need</span> <span m='112290'>to</span> <span m='112390'>have</span> <span m='113520'>publications.</span> <span m='116800'>I</span> <span m='116910'>need</span> <span m='117060'>to</span> <span m='117160'>have</span> <span m='117340'>done</span> <span m='118020'>a</span> <span m='118340'>lot</span> <span m='118770'>of</span> <span m='119678'>work,</span> <span m='121040'>written a</span> <span m='121440'>lot of</span> <span m='121560'>papers.</span> <span m='122750'>So</span> <span m='124270'>it's</span> <span m='124500'>hard,</span> <span m='124850'>but</span> <span m='125680'>it's</span> <span m='126160'>possible.</span> <span m='126800'>It's</span> <span m='126980'>doable.</span> </p><p><span m='127386'>I'm</span> <span m='127792'>not</span> <span m='128199'>very</span> <span m='128360'>good</span> <span m='128580'>at</span> <span m='128750'>my</span> <span m='129240'>work</span> <span m='129520'>life</span> <span m='129770'>balance.</span> <span m='130780'>I'm</span> <span m='131160'>trying</span> <span m='131430'>to</span> <span m='132370'>balance</span> <span m='132540'>it,</span> <span m='132760'>but</span> <span m='132970'>it's</span> <span m='133200'>not</span> <span m='133690'>really</span> <span m='134020'>possible.</span> <span m='136260'>I'm</span> <span m='136450'>a</span> <span m='136560'>good</span> <span m='136730'>example</span> <span m='137170'>in</span> <span m='137310'>that.</span> <span m='138230'>Sometimes,</span> <span m='138650'>I</span> <span m='138720'>work</span> <span m='139480'>until</span> <span m='139950'>2:00</span> <span m='140180'>or</span> <span m='140320'>4:00</span> <span m='140880'>AM.</span> <span m='143450'>And</span> <span m='143850'>sometimes,</span> <span m='144540'>I</span> <span m='146640'>go</span> <span m='146820'>very</span> <span m='147110'>late to</span> <span m='147400'>work.</span> <span m='149224'>So</span> <span m='151520'>that's one</span> <span m='151730'>of</span> <span m='151930'>the</span> <span m='152030'>good</span> <span m='152240'>things</span> <span m='152590'>about</span> <span m='152860'>being</span> <span m='153290'>the</span> <span m='154010'>university.</span> <span m='155030'>You don't</span> <span m='155452'>have to</span> <span m='155874'>have a</span> <span m='156296'>routine</span> <span m='156718'>job that</span> <span m='157140'>you</span> <span m='157440'>have</span> <span m='157650'>to go</span> <span m='157820'>from</span> <span m='158060'>9:00</span> <span m='159550'>AM</span> <span m='159810'>to</span> <span m='159920'>5:00</span> <span m='160190'>PM.</span> </p><p><span m='161790'>So</span> <span m='162210'>if</span> <span m='162360'>sometimes,</span> <span m='164050'>you</span> <span m='164230'>think</span> <span m='166790'>you</span> <span m='166950'>are</span> <span m='167090'>going</span> <span m='167260'>to</span> <span m='167360'>finish</span> <span m='167670'>something--</span> <span m='169980'>sometimes,</span> <span m='170260'>you</span> <span m='170360'>have</span> <span m='170640'>to</span> <span m='171430'>stay</span> <span m='171760'>and</span> <span m='171790'>work.</span> <span m='173380'>Sometimes,</span> <span m='173770'>you</span> <span m='173850'>have</span> <span m='174050'>some</span> <span m='174230'>samples</span> <span m='174840'>that</span> <span m='176170'>they're</span> <span m='176880'>good</span> <span m='177080'>for</span> <span m='177530'>a</span> <span m='177630'>certain</span> <span m='178190'>amount</span> <span m='178510'>of</span> <span m='178610'>time</span> <span m='179570'>for a</span> <span m='179700'>few</span> <span m='179880'>hours.</span> <span m='180680'>So</span> <span m='181160'>you</span> <span m='181260'>have</span> <span m='181430'>to</span> <span m='181620'>stay</span> <span m='181860'>and</span> <span m='181960'>work</span> <span m='182290'>until</span> <span m='183110'>whatever</span> <span m='183380'>it</span> <span m='183710'>takes.</span> <span m='185340'>And</span> <span m='185750'>sometimes,</span> <span m='186670'>you</span> <span m='186800'>can</span> <span m='186970'>actually</span> <span m='188230'>do</span> <span m='188340'>a</span> <span m='188680'>lot</span> <span m='189120'>of</span> <span m='189560'>fun</span> <span m='189760'>things.</span> <span m='191840'>You</span> <span m='191950'>need</span> <span m='192170'>that,</span> <span m='192430'>otherwise,</span> <span m='194470'>you're</span> <span m='194660'>affecting</span> <span m='195170'>your</span> <span m='195570'>mood.</span> <span m='196130'>And</span> <span m='196290'>if</span> <span m='196410'>you're</span> <span m='196680'>not in a</span> <span m='196930'>good</span> <span m='197346'>mood,</span> <span m='198180'>you</span> <span m='198270'>cannot</span> <span m='198530'>do</span> <span m='199070'>research.</span> </p><p><span m='199630'>So</span> <span m='201560'>I</span> <span m='201640'>think</span> <span m='202440'>there</span> <span m='202580'>should</span> <span m='202760'>be</span> <span m='202840'>some</span> <span m='203070'>balance.</span> <span m='203920'>You</span> <span m='203970'>have</span> <span m='204130'>to</span> <span m='204670'>find</span> <span m='204910'>the</span> <span m='204970'>stuff.</span> <span m='205290'>You</span> <span m='205360'>have</span> <span m='205470'>to</span> <span m='205570'>do</span> <span m='205810'>research.</span> <span m='209140'>But</span> <span m='209330'>sometimes,</span> <span m='211056'>it</span> <span m='211524'>goes</span> <span m='213290'>either</span> <span m='213610'>side.</span> <span m='216880'>It</span> <span m='217050'>should</span> <span m='217250'>be</span> <span m='218250'>balanced,</span> <span m='218780'>but</span> <span m='218950'>sometimes,</span> <span m='219250'>it's</span> <span m='219550'>impossible.</span> </p>","file":{"id":703106,"video_id":"","name":"3221-Photonics Researcher IN-DEPTH.mp4","duration":220890,"thumbnail_url":null}});