• Question: Where is the most different place you have worked?

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      Asked by awsomegymnast2005 to Lynn, Jessica, Andrew on 19 Jun 2015. This question was also asked by 007geeck.
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        Lynn Martin answered on 19 Jun 2015:

        I have worked for the environment agency in the past. This was in the sewage labs and my job entailed going out to sewage treatment works to take samples and bring them back to analyse them. This was not very nice as the smell was poo literally but you did get used to it eventually. I also had to sample the run off from meat plants to see if they were polluting water ways. In the summer this was not good as there could be hundreds of maggots in the samples gross. That was the worst job i think. I have also worked in a aircraft manufacturers where I was in charge of the treatments that stop the aircraft corroding. I have also spent some time as a sales rep which was nice to get out and about but a bit too high pressure for me. I like working away in my nice clean not smelly lab 🙂

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        Jess Wade answered on 26 Jun 2015:

        Amazing question gymnastic!

        I have worked in the labs in Samsung in South Korea. South Korea is a huge country near Japan, with a population of 50 million! It’s about 9020 km away and was a really long flight :D. Luckily university paid !

        Samsung is a secretive company with lots of money- they have great facilities and very good pieces of kit to do experiments on. When I worked there, I had to give in my mobile phone and passport so I wouldn’t steal any of their ideas (!). I used their very high energy X-Rays to look at the way different molecules in my devices were arranged. One evening, we were at the university in Korea called KAIST (Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). In KAIST we stayed up all night doing experiments! But we also ordered Dominos pizza to the lab! Perfect.

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        Andrew Fensham-Smith answered on 26 Jun 2015:

        I’ve worked in an ice cream laboratory, assessing something called ‘scoopability’ (how easy it was to scoop the ice cream!) and also the general rheological (that means how the material flows) properties of the ice cream.

        I’ve also done some work on something called micro-NMR. NMR is the same technology used in MRI machines which look inside people at hospitals. NMR machines are normally pretty big (about a meter across as a cylinder, and about 2 meters high). The machines I was using were about a foot deep and 20cm high – much smaller!