David, a particle accelerator operator, discovered his job when he took a tour of the Synchrotron Light Source facilities while in university. His job entails monitoring the accelerators and fixing the machines when an issue comes up. Here, he tells us about what particle accelerators do; he tells us that the accelerators at Light Source creates light brighter than the sun by making electrons move at near light speed.
Physicists and astronomers study the fundamental nature of the universe, ranging from the vastness of space to the smallest of subatomic particles. They develop new technologies, methods, and theories based on the results of their research that deepen our understanding of how things work and contribute to innovative, real-world applications.
Many physics and astronomy Ph.D. holders begin their careers in a temporary postdoctoral research position, which typically lasts 2 to 3 years. During their postdoctoral appointment, they work with experienced scientists as they continue to learn about their specialties or develop a broader understanding of related areas of research. Their initial work may be carefully supervised by senior scientists, but as they gain experience, they do more complex tasks and have greater independence in their work.
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