Computational Physicist
ETP Electron Multipliers

Bachelor of Science (Honours)
PhD (Physics)

Russell applied to study a pure science degree at UQ because he wanted to get the broadest background in science possible.

“I didn't just want to learn the science that people thought would be useful in industry at the time. I wanted to learn everything,” he says.

“That decision has definitely proven to be the right one for me today.”

In his role as a Computational Physicist with ETP Electron Multipliers, Russell uses a combination of advanced software engineering, electro-dynamics, quantum mechanics, statistics and condensed matter physics to develop cutting edge electron-ion optics simulations and software tools.

Those simulations allow his team to model both the travel of electrons and atomic/molecular ions, as well as what happens when they collide with various materials.

“I enjoy doing research and inventing tools that allow other people to do more in their own research,” he says.

“I've heard people refer to physics  as ‘enabling science’ and I get to do it on a global scale, developing key components for the world's most widely used scientific instruments such as mass spectrometers.”

“It is definitely rewarding to know that the work you do is indirectly benefiting millions of people today, and potentially billions into the future.”

Studying at UQ opened a lot of doors for Russell  as the university’s reputation proved to be a huge advantage when he was looking for a job.

“People don't want to waste a lot of time and resources interviewing people, so it makes sense to cull as many people as possible based on their CVs,” he says.

“Having a PhD. in physics from UQ means that I have  almost always made it to the interview stage of any job I've applied for.”

Russell’s studies provided him with significant programming experience as well as a broad theoretical background in mathematics, statistics and physics which are also valued by employers.

He was also fortunate to be able to travel to Europe, South Africa and America during his studies where he rates accidentally meeting celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking as a highlight.

“Being at university is one of the best times of your life,” he says.