Masters + PhD) Material Science

In summary, the conversation discusses a person's background in materials science and their goal of working in the industry after completing their PhD in thin film technology. They ask for advice on industries that may be interested in their research and the response suggests listing current industrial applications and areas of research in order to identify potential opportunities. It is mentioned that there is a high demand for scientists with thin film expertise in companies such as TI, Intel, and Novellus.
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Hi,
I did Masters in Materials science and presently about to complete PhD in materials technology, to be more specific, thinfilm technology. I prefer working in Industry after this. Could you let me know the possibilities and any industries of interest?

Do I have more choice? :(
 
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I would start by listing the current industrial/practical applications of thin films and also the current areas under research and take it from there.I suspect there may be many opportunities in this field.
 
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Dadface said:
I would start by listing the current industrial/practical applications of thin films and also the current areas under research and take it from there.I suspect there may be many opportunities in this field.


Thanks. Well my project has more industrial partners so obviously my work suits current applications but as far as coating only my lab is involved. I want to get clear picture in my mind about industries who might be interested. I mean I want some list and so it would be a motivation factor.
 
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There is a lot of demand for scientists with thin film expertise. The big name semiconductor companies like TI or Intel do a lot of fundamental work in CVD and ALD. There are also semiconductor equipment manufacturers such as KLA Tencor and Novellus who specialize heavily in thin film technology. I knew a guy who was hired by Novellus to study PVD of tungsten nitride layers.
 

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1. What is the difference between a Master's degree and a PhD in Material Science?

A Master's degree in Material Science focuses on developing a deeper understanding of the principles and theories behind the behavior and properties of materials. It typically takes 1-2 years to complete and involves coursework, research projects, and a thesis. On the other hand, a PhD in Material Science is a more advanced and research-intensive degree, where students conduct original research and make significant contributions to the field. It usually takes 4-6 years to complete and requires a dissertation based on original research.

2. What are the career opportunities for someone with a Master's + PhD in Material Science?

Individuals with a Master's + PhD in Material Science have a wide range of career opportunities in industries such as aerospace, energy, electronics, and healthcare. They can work as material scientists, research and development engineers, quality control specialists, and professors. They also have the option to pursue careers in government agencies or research institutes.

3. Is it necessary to have a Master's degree before pursuing a PhD in Material Science?

No, it is not necessary to have a Master's degree before pursuing a PhD in Material Science. Many universities offer direct PhD programs for students with a bachelor's degree. However, having a Master's degree can provide a solid foundation in the field and make the transition to a PhD program smoother.

4. What skills are important for success in a Master's + PhD program in Material Science?

Some important skills for success in a Master's + PhD program in Material Science include strong analytical and problem-solving skills, critical thinking, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently and in a team. Good communication and time management skills are also essential for presenting research findings and meeting deadlines.

5. What research areas are commonly explored in a Master's + PhD program in Material Science?

Research areas in Material Science are diverse and constantly evolving. Some common areas of research include nanotechnology, biomaterials, polymers, composites, and electronic materials. Other emerging areas of research include sustainable materials, artificial intelligence and materials, and materials for renewable energy applications.

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