I’m a student who is currently undertaking a Master of Physics (coursework & research) at the University of Western Australia. I have also previously completed two Bachelor’s degrees: one in physics and one in electrical engineering (with honours). Next year, I am hoping to start a PhD in high-energy physics (HEP) somewhere in Australia, doing a highly theoretical topic (such as supersymmetry, string theory, etc.) with the long term goal of following an academic path in this area of research.

From my understanding though, it is VERY hard finding academic jobs relevant to this particular field. I’ve heard through the grapevine that you have more chance of becoming a professional athlete than becoming a professor in theoretical HEP which is honestly quite dejecting.

However, understanding physics beyond the standard model is undoubtedly my passion so I would really like to pursue a PhD in it to determine whether or not it can become more than just a hobby. I’ve heard of theoretical HEP PhD’s going into finance, etc. when finding an academic position proved fruitless, but if I’m being honest, that doesn’t sound all that appealing to me. If the academic path didn’t work out, I have always had a super keen interest in areas such as signal processing, control theory and data analysis. Which leads me to my main question:

In case I can’t find an academic position in theoretical HEP, do you think my EE degree and MPhys (both of which involved experimental research projects highly focused on signal processing and data analysis) would be sufficient credentials to land a job in engineering/signal processing/data analysis? Or perhaps if I’m lucky, even some area of industry research (if so, what areas)?

Further, do you think having a PhD in theoretical HEP, in addition to my other credentials, would be a benefit or a hindrance in securing these types of jobs?

Some potentially relevant information:

I have 3 months of work experience at an electrical engineering company

My EE research project involved analyzing audio signals using a DSP to achieve desired acoustic properties

My MPhys research project is about detecting gravitational waves which involves heavy signal processing and manipulating large sets of data (100GB+) using python

By the end of this year my MPhys research should produce at least 1 or 2 papers in the Physical Review Letters journal

I’m currently seeking my masters degree. Part of what I do is testing the design on a PCB. My institute doesn’t have OrCad or Altium Designer licenses, so I opted for the free Altium CircuitMaker. However, one of my colleagues has pointed out that its results can’t be accepted in an official thesis. So I want to make sure, is he right? Should I halt it and start looking for a way to get a fund for one of the commercial programs?

I have a Simulink signal, and am using FFT to analyze it’s harmonic content. I need use the magnitude values of each harmonic obtained from the analysis in a fuzzy logic controller as one of the inputs. The purpose of the simulation is to analyse the harmonic content in the system, and the fuzzy logic control needs to give me the frequency with the highest magnitude compared to the fundamental frequency.

I have to one select among the three universities for MS in Electrical Power Engineering

  1. North China Electric Power University (NCEPU)
  2. Xi’an Jiao Tong University (XJTU)
  3. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)

Shanghai Jiao Tong University has several joint degree programs as
SJTU-Monash University Dual Degree Program
SJTU-Norwegian University of Science and Technology Double Master degree program and others like these.

Please also provide your valuable suggestion about this especially about joint degree programs of SJTU whether they are good or traditional single university programs?

Thank you.

I want to request for scholarship to get masters in electronics.

I’m from Saudi Arabia. I have bachelor degree in general electronics but in the bachelor I didn’t get advanced topics in electronics because half of the program was about pedagogy courses and little electronics so basically I’m the diploma background + my simple hobby in microcontrollers.

I’m at the beginning in microcontollers, I’m moving around communication protocols; like, SPI and I2C. And, didn’t finish the UART.

But, I have to request for masters scholarship now to get the approvement very soon.

My question is which country is the best? Australia or USA, these two countries are the best options. And, which universities are the best?

I have an undergraduate GPA of 3.06, in Physics, with a minor in mathematics. I am interested in a Masters in Electrical Engineering, but most programs seem to want somebody with a GPA of 3.25. I feel like my GPA isn’t reflective of my current abilities at all, because I mostly partied a lot in undergrad, and now live a mature married lifestyle. I have been an Active Duty Army Officer for 8 years, and recently got a GRE of 166V 164Q 5.5AW, which I believe is much more in line with my academic abilities.

Is it worth applying to anywhere? If so, is there a general category of schools anybody could recommend? I don’t need funding as I have the full post 9/11 GI bill if that makes any difference.

So the situation is that I did a research project in a company related to communications(electrical engineering). I feel that some concepts may also be applicable in image, video signal processing for example. If in future, I do my own research in image and video compression and come up with a new research that may be vaguely based to the research done previously in a company.

Will that be considered violate of my contract with the company in which I have stated that all work I have done in the company is their property.

Best Regards,

My name is Luka and I am currently third year of electrical engineering, specifically Power and Control Systems. I have very high GPA, and I am certain I will be applying for MSc in two years (I have to finish this year, and specialize next year in order to get Bachelor). I am 100% sure that I will pursue PhD after MSc and hope to continue working in academia. But there is one problem in this. During these years I have confirmed that my passion for physics(especially high energy physics)is much greater than one for engineering. In fact, I do not think I would be able to do any research in engineering. Because of this, I want to switch fields and to get into MSc program for High Energy Physics. My question is: Is there anyone with similar experience that has made a successful transition? And if it is possible, is it possible to follow the material? Any advice or information would be very helpful. Thank you

I am preparing my application for several top graduate programs (GaTech, UTexas, NC State…) in Computer Engineering starting in Fall 2018. I finished my Bachelor’s in Electronics Engineering last June. Now I am enrolled in a 1-year Master Degree in Teacher Training for Secondary School.

My undergrad GPA (3.65) and GRE scores (Q: 168, %94) are pretty good . However, I wonder if not dedicating this academic year to engineering related studies/work will harm my chances to be admitted.