This relatively new science has become one of the most exciting and important avenues of employment and research open to physicists.
Those looking to work in this area should ideally have a practical approach to problem solving (often using mathematical techniques), be able to reason clearly and communicate complex ideas, and be able to work in a company structure and under budgetary constraints.
Companies that may be interested in physics graduates include:
- International Rectifier
A leading semiconductor manufacturer
A leading company in the development and commercialisation of nanotechnology and is based in Oxford in the UK, Mountain View in California and in Singapore
- Hitachi High Technologies
Based in Maidenhead, UK, and makes scanning electron microscopes for use in semiconductor applications
Makers of quantum dots and semiconductors and is based at Manchester University
For further information and for jobs in the nanotechnology world, the Institute of Nanotechnology has a careers section on its website. You can also access the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) for international nanotechnology roles.
If you are interested in nanotechnology and haven't studied it in any detail during your degree, a Master's course will improve your understanding of the field to help you make a more informed decision about pursuing this career path. Additional qualifications may also improve your attractiveness to employers in this multidisciplinary field. There's more advice about finding suitable courses in the further study section.
last edited: April 17, 2013