Applied Physics specialization: Biophysics vs Quantum

In summary, the speaker is starting their Master's in Applied Physics at TU Delft and is deciding between bionanoscience and quantum nanoscience for a research track. They are asking for advice on which track would lead to better career opportunities in industry and academia, as well as which one may be easier. The expert summarizer predicts that bionanoscience may have better job prospects due to the rapid growth in bio-technologies, and that quantum nanoscience may be slightly easier. They also note that TU Delft is a leader in solid state quantum technology and is likely to benefit from the EU's Quantum flagship funding.
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Spce Ace
Hi! I am starting my Master's in Applied Physics at the TU Delft next week and I have yet to decide a research track (i.e. specialization). I have narrowed my options down to bionanoscience and quantum nanoscience. Of these two, which would be better? Of course, 'better' is a vague term, so what I would like to know is which one of these:
-Has better career opportunities in industry?
-Has better prospects for an academic career?
-...Is easier? (I am only human)
 
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Spce Ace said:
-Has better career opportunities in industry?
-Has better prospects for an academic career?
Research in bio-technologies has been growing very rapidly over the past decade so bionanoscience will probably land you a job faster than quantum nanoscience.
Spce Ace said:
-...Is easier? (I am only human)
I don't know for sure, but if I'd have to guess, I would say quantum-nanoscience may be "easier" but not by much. In my experience, studying living systems is often more of a hassle than studying non-living systems.
 
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It is perhaps worth noting that TU-Delft is currently a real powerhouse when it comes to solid state quantum technology (which presumably includes quantum nanoscience) with at least two of the best groups in the world (not to mention the groups that use .e.g NV centres for quantum optics for e.g. loophole free Bell tests etc) . One of these groups is also working with Intel.
Moreover, it is also very likely to be one one the place that will benefit greatly from the money from the new EU funded Quantum flagship which is about to start.
 

Related to Applied Physics specialization: Biophysics vs Quantum

1. What is the difference between Biophysics and Quantum in Applied Physics?

Biophysics is a branch of applied physics that focuses on studying biological systems using principles and methods from physics. It involves understanding the structure and function of biological molecules and systems at the molecular and cellular level. On the other hand, quantum physics is a branch of applied physics that deals with understanding and manipulating the behavior of matter and energy at the atomic and subatomic level. It involves studying phenomena such as quantum entanglement and quantum computing.

2. What career opportunities are available for those specializing in Biophysics or Quantum in Applied Physics?

Both Biophysics and Quantum have a wide range of career opportunities in various fields such as biomedical research, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials science, and energy. Biophysicists can work in areas such as drug development, genetic engineering, and medical imaging, while those specializing in Quantum can work in fields such as quantum computing, cryptography, and telecommunications.

3. What are the key skills required for a career in Biophysics or Quantum in Applied Physics?

Some key skills required for a career in Biophysics include strong analytical and problem-solving skills, knowledge of biology and chemistry, and proficiency in data analysis and computational techniques. For a career in Quantum, key skills include strong mathematical and computational skills, critical thinking, and the ability to work with complex theoretical concepts.

4. What are the current research areas in Biophysics and Quantum in Applied Physics?

Current research in Biophysics includes studying the structure and function of biomolecules, protein folding, and molecular interactions. In Quantum, current research areas include quantum computing, quantum cryptography, and quantum materials. Both fields are also actively involved in interdisciplinary research, such as in the development of nanotechnology and medical imaging techniques.

5. Is it possible to specialize in both Biophysics and Quantum in Applied Physics?

Yes, it is possible to have a specialization in both Biophysics and Quantum in Applied Physics. However, it may require additional coursework and research experience in both fields. It can be beneficial for those interested in interdisciplinary research or pursuing a career that combines both Biophysics and Quantum principles, such as in biotechnology or medical physics.

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