• Question: what exactly do you do in your job

    Asked by lewis to Matt, Matthew on 10 Mar 2016. This question was also asked by chester mason, REB.
    • Photo: Matthew Round

      Matthew Round answered on 10 Mar 2016:

      Recently I had a meeting with my new manager, we are going through a process of moving people around different departments and this means understanding what people like me do. It took nearly a whole day for me to list all the things I am responsible for and the processes used to control them. It certainly shut up those who thought I really did just drink tea all day!!

      Ultimately I am responsible for the Imaging systems (MRI scanner etc) being on-line and the making sure the servers and client machines they feed into are up and running correctly also. If a doctor cant see someone’s cardiac MRI scan they ring me up!

    • Photo: Matthew Oldfield

      Matthew Oldfield answered on 14 Mar 2016:

      Hi. I spend most of my time trying to make computer programs that can do what we see in real life. A lot of my day is spent building computer models of our steerable needle. By changing things in the model we can see what will happen to the needle if it was a slightly different shape or made from a stiffer material.

      The rest of the day may be spent trying to do an experiment where we look at how to control the needle in something like brain (normally jelly).

      I answer a lot of emails each day.

      There are lots of smaller jobs that always have to be done too. This week I will have to get everyone in our team to help to put together a poster for an event on Monday. Today I have also tried to sort out our air conditioning, which had stopped working.

      Lots of variety!