Get To Know Anatune: Meet Our Support Specialists
As part of Anatune’s 25 Years of Progress celebrations, we are giving you the chance to get to know the “Experts behind our Expertise”. In this edition, we speak to one of our Support Specialists to find out all about the career paths that have led them to Anatune’s award-winning Support Team.
Jamie Minaeian, Support Engineer and SIFT-MS Specialist
Which University/college did you attend and what subject did you study?
I studied Chemistry at the University of Sheffield for Undergraduate, then went on to study Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of York for MSc and PhD. I’ve always loved science and atmospheric chemistry was (and still is) a very current topic.
What inspired you to choose a career in science?
Mostly because I’ve just always loved science, particularly physics and chemistry, and I wasn’t good enough at Maths to do physics!
Describe a typical day at work?
A combination of driving and trying to find a solution to a customers’ issue or discover why an instrument won’t work (usually I’ve forgotten to plug something in!)
How has your day-to-day role as a Support Specialist changed as a result of Covid?
It’s been much harder to get onto site during the pandemic and so there has been so much paperwork going backwards and forwards which has been a touch frustrating. Also, wearing a mask for 8+ hours a day is exhausting, but we have got through it and have managed to keep supporting our customers across the country throughout which has been great to be a part of.
What has been the biggest change in your industry since the start of your career?
Definitely the wider adoption of SIFT-MS which is great because supporting this instrument is what I love doing. Fast and easy to use (but not to fix so it’s fortunate that it very rarely experiences any issues!)
What do you think the biggest trend in analytical chemistry will be in the future?
As with many industries, Big Data. Everything comes back to collecting more and more data to optimise the solutions devised.
What is your proudest professional moment?
Being awarded my PhD from the University of York. That felt like reward for many years of very hard work.
Outside of the scientific sector, what is your favourite brand in the world and why?
Probably La Sportiva. I have a pair of their climbing shoes and they keep me upright which as a Support Specialist that’s something I’m especially grateful for!