Peer Review Coordinator
Kaidi Liang's interest in applying science in a real life setting led to pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in Medical Physics and Imaging Technology and a Masters after that.
Career: Peer review coordinator, Dove Medical Press, Auckland
Programme: Bachelor of Technology in Medical Physics and Imaging Technology (University of Auckland), Master of Science (Hon) in Medical Physics (University of Canterbury), project done at University of Auckland.
"Physics appealed to me in my final year of secondary school. I had a period where my options were either geography or physics. I went to geography the first day which involved colouring in a map. I ran out of there and took physics instead, a subject I hadn’t done since Year 10 Science. It turned out I had a knack for it and enjoyed it too.
"I decided to pursue a Bachelor of Technology because of my interest in applying science in a real life setting. The best part about this qualification was learning scientific theories and utilising it to diagnose and solve real life problems.
"Since graduating, I have had a number of jobs, most recently as an editor at a medical journal publisher which involves taking research through the peer review process. I read submissions and check all aspects of the manuscript to ensure it fits and complies with standards and procedures. This involves identifying possible breaches of ethics, integrity, corrections and provides guidance for the selection of peer reviewers. My broad science background has helped me to understand a wide range of subject matter in the journal submissions.
"I find the most enjoyable aspect of my role is reading about current advances in the medical field, especially when I come across research which directly applies physics in diagnosing and treating medical problems.
The broad range of physics principles I learned during my studies and how those basic principles can lead to sophisticated solutions to hard problems has been invaluable in my job.
"If you’re thinking of studying physics, have a clear goal in mind and know what you want out of the degree. If you just want a job, then it’s probably not for you. But if you’re seeking knowledge and have a curiosity to discover – you’re the perfect candidate.
"Embrace the rarity of being a physics graduate and be proud of it. I got my current job because the company had never come across a physicist before and I told my interviewers they are unlikely to ever come across another one.
"Finally, remember to embrace all of university life. Try different things - university is a time to interact with others, not just to study and attend classes. These interactions will define your life. Be a lab demonstrator or a tutor and you’ll gain skills that set you apart. Don’t be afraid to ask about and take an interest in people’s research, as most are really happy to show off their work and shiny toys. Most."