Becoming a part of a world class European facility was a milestone touched whenI joined Extreme Light Infrastructure.
As pretty and majestic ELI-NP appears in the pictures, the facilityis intricately designed for the features it holds within.
The research areas are segregated into teams foran organized approach. My research team is focused, well-coordinated, each member uniquely specialized,
and it has been encouraging to work alongside them. They have also provided me with an opportunity to expand my skills in areas of my interest.
I am constantly surrounded by an ambitious multicultural science community, and with activities that promote powerful laser research.
In the few months I have been here,it has been very accommodating.
I believe it is one of those rare opportunities where you get to grow alongwith the institution and it is a privilege to be here.
This is my first experience of working at a research facility and my initial reaction was how impressive the recently built facility is.
The grounds, artistic arches and water feature of the experimental building are a good indication to the attention to detail contained within.
I later discovered all the buildings are energy efficient using the latest developments in sustainable, geothermal energy.
I am proud tobe supporting researchers in the RA5 team who are all dedicated to the ELI-NP project. It is good that we can all communicate in in a single (English) language.
The administration staff provide a lot of assistance with settling into life in Romania as well as the work environment. The team is very friendly and we all get along well.
My role as a technician is to assist with the setting up of equipment for control and data acquisition. At the current stage of the project we are at the calm before the
storm stage while we wait for all the equipment for the many research projects to arrive. As the equipment is received, I help with testing, constructing any additional cables / accessories
that may be required, downloading and adapting any software that might be available and make sure the documentation is stored in electronic as well as hard copy form.
From a technical point of view, it would be nice to have a dedicated workshop where all the tools are available and materials can be cut and drilled for example.
I have also worked with other ResearchActivity groups and fond their dedication to the project to be equally as good as RA5.
It is certainly the right place to start your career as a young scientist in Laser physics.
With the new office building and state of the art experimental facility, ELI-NP is expected to be one of the world's leading centers for laser physics and related applications.