Danmar Gloria

What is your current position, and what do you do?
I am the current Molecular Spectroscopy Product Specialist of Thermo Fisher Scientific (TFS) in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). I am overall accountable for the molecular spectroscopy technology of the company (FT-IR, NIR, NMR and Raman) in ANZ.
 
What made you decide not to pursue/to leave research?
I wanted to be able to apply the technologies which I have used for my research to solve real world problems. While I was doing my PhD at UNSW School of Chemistry, most of our work dealt with proving new ideas and concepts. In my current work, we deal with applications of validated methods in resolving real world problems (e.g. such as the use of our technology in the medical diagnostic field, mining industry, manufacturing)
 
How did you transition into this current role from a science degree?
Thermo Fisher Scientific needed someone with expertise in molecular spectroscopy (FTIR and Raman spectroscopy). It was through professional networking (colleagues and Academic Supervisor) that I was made aware of TFS’s need.

How have you used the skills/knowledge that you acquired, from studying chemistry, in your current role?
My research topic highly involves the use of the technologies (FTIR and Raman), which I now manage for Thermo Fisher Scientific in ANZ.

What has been your biggest challenge, career-wise?
My current role required “business and marketing skills”. I attended workshops and mentorships to learn commercialisation skills and combine them with my technical background.

What achievement are you most proud of?
Being recognised by peers for being able to give outstanding performance and business growth to the company’s product portfolio.

What are your interests outside of work?
Outside work, I spend most of my time with family and friends. I enjoy going outdoors (e.g. camping, swimming, climbing) and travelling to new and exciting places.
 
What advice would you give to students starting their science careers?
Aim high and keep your options open! A degree in Science will open multitudes of opportunities outside the university. As I am aware, it can lead to various professions such as being a lawyer, businessman, and even be an actor! :)

What helps you achieve a work-life balance?
Family and quality friends! It’s also a bonus that I get to travel a lot for work as this keeps my day-to-day job exciting and enjoyable.

Is there anything you would like to share?
Increase your professional network. The more people you know in the industry the greater chance you’ll know of career opportunities that are available.

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