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GAUSS Career Impulse Session with Dr. Sukanya Sengupta (Thermo Fisher Scientific): “From academia to industry – requirements and responsibilities of an Application Specialist” (10 March 2023, online)


We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Impulse Session for 2023, this time with Dr. Sukanya Sengupta, Application Specialist at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

  • Date: Friday, 10 March 2023
  • Time: 14:00-15:30 (appr.)
  • Location: online
  • Registration:To sign up please send an email to

About the speaker: Sukanya is a geochemist by academic training. After completing her master’s in geosciences in Kolkata, India in 2011, she moved to Göttingen in 2012 for her PhD. Her doctoral and post-doctoral research entailed studying oxygen isotopes and other elements in various geological samples in order to understand early Earth processes. Sukanya stepped into industry in 2020 by joining Thermo Fisher Scientific in Bremen where she is an Application Specialist for the techniques of ICP-OES and ICP-MS.

In her new role Sukanya is active in the laboratory measuring concentrations of different elements in a variety of regularly monitored samples like food, water, soil, industrial raw materials etc. Trace elemental analysis, often covering almost all elements in the periodic table, is one of the fundamental requirements in society to ensure the products being used and manufactured can be designed to have less impurities, be more efficient, and most importantly are safe for use and/or public consumption. Sukanya is engaged in developing new methods and applications that fulfil industry as well as research requirements in this aspect. She assists customers in their daily analytical routines for performing such measurements using the latest available technology.

Sukanya will share more details about her career path and the challenges, hurdles, as well as successes and accomplishments she has experienced during her transition from academia to industry. She will try to shed some light on the career prospects in industry for young scientists and how the skills acquired in academia can be best transferred to new roles in the industrial world to pursue new career opportunities

About the sessions: Our Career Impulse Sessions offer a platform for interactive and informal exchange about career-related topics for PhD students and postdocs in the Life and Natural Sciences. By inviting PhD holders with different career paths, we would like to illustrate the broad range of potential careers for PhD students and postdocs and give inspiration for career choices.