Postgraduate education

PhD Studies with the CRC-P enhance career options

After completing a Masters in Science, Dylan Nagle had thought his studying days were behind him.  However with a difficult job market at that time, he opted to undertake a PhD funded by the CRC for Polymers, in association with Queensland University of Technology.  His investigations centred on the development of plastic film, such as that used in agriculture, which would break down in an environmentally neutral manner of a period of several months.

With his thesis now complete, Dylan has started the next phase of his career at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) where he was specifically recruited because of his polymer experience.  Dylan says, “The main benefits of doing a PhD with the CRC for Polymers were three-fold: firstly, the extra-curricular learning opportunities on offer for CRC-P students such as the R&D leadership course, media training, annual meetings and Summer Schools – these were all useful for building my CV; secondly, the generous scholarship allowed me to concentrate on my PhD studies without having to supplement my income with part-time work; and thirdly, the exposure to the CRC-P’s partners both in the industry and government gave me a much better idea of how R&D is conducted in the private, public and university sectors as well as gave me confidence when applying for jobs.”

After submitting his thesis and relocating to Melbourne, Dylan reflects on his PhD experience, “Overall I feel lucky and honoured to have been a part of the CRC for Polymers.  Certainly with all the benefits and extra funding, I was the subject of envy of my fellow post graduate colleagues at university.  To anyone who is a recipient of a CRC-P scholarship I would encourage them to take full advantage of the many opportunities that is presents – not only in scientific research, but in all aspects of technological development from the creation of an idea through to the implementation of a product.”

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