Hi, currently my job doesn't satisfy my interests as it doesn't especially utilise the skills or knowledge obtained from my PhD. Not only that, but I feel my PhD research itself was very systems based and top level (since it was industrially sponsored) and since then I've been hoping to enter a more theoretical and scientific mindset. I began my studies with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and progressed with a PhD in Future Gas Turbine Propulsion Concepts, sponsored by one of the key industrial market players. I've now spent 6 months working for them in a core area that abides by formulaic process; typical of a highly safety related industry that is technologically very mature. I am now aware that a good salary and a comfortable lifestyle does not satisfy my thirst for conceptual and creative thinking. Where do I go now I ask myself?! The two main aerospace disciplines I see further fundamental scientific contributions being made are fluid dynamics (turbulence essentially) and superconductivity/superfluity. Turbulence seems to be more about computing power than mathematics (not helped by the maturity of the subject) and furthering methods for modelling flows feels quite restrictive. Are there any hot aerospace science areas that may provide an answer? Has anyone experienced this engineering 'pigeon-hole' that seems to limit the research jobs open to oneself? I understand that patience is required to reach the interesting industrial roles, however, the work the experienced engineers around me do does not inspire me. Many thanks in advance.