Sudarshan Paramesvaran

Sudarshan Paramesvaran

Geneva, Switzerland

I absolutely love working in an international environment, in an area that combines physics, engineering and computing. And the fact that we are really breaking new ground every day is really exciting!

At one of the world's biggest science facilities

What do you do in your job?

CMS is one of the large experiments on the 27km large hadron collider ring. My job is to make sure that when protons are colliding in our experiment, CMS collects as much data as possible! This is to make sure that the people looking for new and exotic physics particles have as much chance to find them as possible!

How do you use science in your job?

Sometimes there are difficult decisions to take in my job, which affect how the experiment collects data. Only by assessing the potential impact on the science results at the end can we decide how best to operate the detector.

What is your role within the team?

The CMS Experiment is made up of several different detectors, a bit like the different parts of a camera. In order to get a good image we need all of the detectors working properly – my role is to make sure these different parts all come together!

If you had to summarise the impact your job has on everyday life – what would you say in two sentences?

Particle physics has had several impacts on everyday life! E.g. helping to advance proton therapy as an alternative to standard radiation treatment. Another impact is the world-wide web, which was invented at CERN for scientists to share their data!

What’s the best thing about your job?

I absolutely love working in an international environment, in an area that combines physics, engineering and computing. And the fact that we are really breaking new ground every day is really exciting!

What did you study at school?

I studied A-Levels in Maths, Physics and Business studies.

What inspired you into your career?

I always had a fascination with figuring out how things work, so the study of science appealed to me from an early age. Also my mum was a science teacher, and my dad was an engineer, so I guess it makes sense I ended up in a place which combines both!

What top tips would you have for people wanting a job like yours?

My tip would be to study a subject you enjoy! There really is no substitute for coming to work and looking forward to the day ahead!

 

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