Hearty congratulations to Dr. Sabiha Majumder who is all set to join ING in Amsterdam on a new exciting career path of banking/finance.
Sabiha got a PhD from the Physics department of IISc in 2017/18, working jointly with me and Sriram Ramaswamy. Her thesis applied ideas from nonequilibrium statistical physics and stochastic systems to analyse risks of ecological collapse. She published a number of excellent papers on this topic, in prestigious ecology journals. After her PhD, she joined ETH-Zurich for a postdoc, where she continued for two years.
In her new job, Sabiha will be employing her interdisciplinary skills as a Risk analyst in the banking/finance sector!
This shows how skills learnt in PhD are highly transferable. One need not continue in the traditional academic set up after PhD — something that a lot of PhD aspirants are unaware of. There are a large number of opportunities outside the academic set up where skills of PhD are going to be extraordinarily useful.