Applied Nuclear and Radiation Physics Career Opportunities

“All science is either physics or stamp collecting”- Ernest Rutherford, 1908 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry – “for his investigations into the disintegration of the elements, and the chemistry of radioactive substances.”

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Nuclear physics studies the building blocks and interactions of atomic nuclei. Most commonly known applications of nuclear physics

  • Nuclear power
  • Nuclear weapons and technology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (NMR/MRI)
  • Ion implantation in materials engineering
  • Radiocarbon dating
  • Geology
  • Archeology

Particle physics evolved out of, and is taught in close association with nuclear physics. Radiation Physics studies the effects of ionizing radiation (α, b, and γ-rays, n, X-rays) on matter, and of its measurement. The field has been instrumental in improved manufacturing processes, nuclear energy, and advanced medical diagnostic and treatment options.

 

Main Employment Sectors

  • Relevant Government Ministries (Many)
  • Kenya Bureau of Standards (SSRL)
  • Banks and the Financial Sector
  • Radiation Protection/ Health Physics
  • Medical Physics
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Diagnostic Radiology and Imaging
  • Research  (wide ranging areas)/Teaching
  • Nuclear Electronics &Instrumentation
  • Nuclear & Radiological Engineering
  • Nuclear Power Industry (global renaissance)
  • Technology Innovation: Entrepreneurship

Collaborations

  1. Dr N. O. Hashim, Kenyatta University, Kenya
  2. Dr N. Mohammed, University of Dar es Saalam, Tanzania
  3. Mr. D. M. Maina, Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology
  4. Mr. M. J. Mangala, Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology
  5. Prof. N. Tole, Depatment of Diagnostic Imaging & Radiation Medicine
  6. Dr. D. W. Bulimo, Department of Biochemistry (and KEMRI)
  7. Dr Ian Darby, Nuclear Science Applications Section, IAEA,  Austria