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Careers outside academia

Alun 2.01 (Management Centre)
Wednesday 11 March 2020, 14:00–16:00
Alison Wiggett

Session Overview 

As part of this year’s Researcher Development Programme, we are running a series of career development sessions aimed at early career research staff and PhD students.


The first of the “Careers outside academia” sessions will feature Dr Melanie Davies who works as a Testing & LIMS Process Specialist for Siemens Healthineers, and Dr Les Pritchard who is the Director of Neterix - Cyber Security. Each speakers will give an approx. 20min presentation talking about their careers and career paths from doing a PhD (and post-doc) at Bangor to where they are now. Following the presentations there will be time for questions and discussion. The session will be informal and interactive and will provide participants the opportunity to hear about other possible career paths and to challenge the perception that the academic route is the typical or “normal” route.



Dr Melanie Davies, Testing & LIMS Process Specialist Siemens Healthineers

PhD Biological Sciences, BU (2003)

Post-doc North West Cancer Research Fund Institute, BU (2004-2008)

Melanie completed her PhD on “The Wnt signalling pathway in colorectal cancer” in the School of Biological Sciences at Bangor University in 2003. Following her PhD, she took a post-doc position in the North West Cancer Research Fund Institute at Bangor University. In 2008, Melanie left Bangor University (and academia) and worked as a Team Leader for Inspired Gaming before joining Siemens Healthcare (now Siemens Healthineers) in Llanberis in 2009 as an Immunoassay Support Specialist. She is now the Technical Lead on the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) Implementation Project. Melanie has responsibility for the design and implementation of new LIMS system for all Quality Control and R&D testing for Siemens Immulite systems.


Dr Les Pritchard, Director Neterix - Cyber Security

PhD Computer Science, BU (2004)

Over his career, Les has worked in a variety of areas. Starting with building computers for a PC manufacturer, he has gone on to manage networks of up to 20,000 users and acted as a consultant to the North Wales Police's Hi-Tech Crime Unit. His main area of interest has always been networking and security and Les now runs his own business providing cyber security and cloud consultancy services. These include auditing, penetration testing, network security, monitoring and training. The business now works with multi-national PLCs, international charities, SMEs and public bodies.

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