April 06, 2006

PhDs

Well that was annoying.

I have been tryng to sort out this PhD at JET recently. Yesterday morning I had an email basically saying I was being offered the place I want as it had been agreed by the university and just needed the paperwork going through. I also got an E-mail from Warwick asking if I could come to an interview today.

Obviously I didn't really want to get grilled in an interview if I was being offered the JET PhD which I really wanted so I asked if it was being offered for certain. Imperial said they wouldn't say for definate until some time this afternoon, so I went to the warwick interview anyway. It wasn't too bad. The first question was to write down Maxwell's equations which is really easy. They then asked me to derive the wave equations from them, which was tricker but I remebered it more or less.

As I left I wandered into the computer room, checked my e-mail and found the message from Imperial with the official JET offer. Later this afternoon I got an offer from Warwick. So I now have a choice of PhDs – nice, but rather pointless.


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  1. Congratulations on your offers! Which one are you planning to accept out of curiosity, and what is the PhD at JET on? I did my work experience at JET way back when, and my grandfather worked there for about 17 years… Very interesting place.

    07 Apr 2006, 23:19

  2. Thanks,
    I have accepted the Imperial/JET offer, for a number of reasons but mainly because I really enjoyed working there last summer, I've been here 4 years now and it's time to move on and because I really like the sound of the project.

    The project is further developing a very new way of dealing with the data from the machine. At the moment, data from the different diagnostic systems is treated seperately and used to give independant estimations of the details of the plasma inside the machine. The trouble is the diagnostics systems are really intertwined with each other. Sometimes output from one will be required to make sense of the output of another, sometimes two or more systems produce information on the same thing, in which case, at present only the more accurate informtion is used.

    The new approach is to independantly use the output of each system to give a probability distributiuon of the plasma parameters. Each of these can then just be (put simply) multiplied by each other to give the overal distribution which holds all the information you have. It's a much cleaner way of doing it, as it avoids putting in information which you don't know for certain (fiddle factors) and avoids losing information when diagnostics don't agree completely.

    08 Apr 2006, 10:36


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