Dr. Robert J. Kelly, MA (Cambridge), PhD (Otago), 1997

Current Job Title: Research Scientist
Employer: Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand, Lincoln

I am currently involved in a research project aimed at making new materials from wool and wool wastes by extracting and reforming the wool protein. It is an interesting and challenging job with good potential for career development. I have been pleased, and initially surprised, to find my training in fundamental science has opened opportunities in applied areas such as agriculture and forestry, vital to the NZ economy as well as the basic research often performed in an academic environment.

My chemistry background has given me a good understanding of many fundamental processes as well as a range of analysis and problem solving skills which I think employers in and outside science find attractive.

Contact: Dr. Robert J. Kelly, WRONZ (Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand), Lincoln, New Zealand