Oksana is a research fellow in Ultrasonics group working with Dr. Rachel Edwards.
Oksana did her PhD at Cambridge, followed by several years of postdoc. She worked on Liquid Crystals and Photonics, and later on carbon nanomaterials, Graphene and Raman Spectroscopy. She moved to Warwick in 2011 and changed her field to ultrasonics, first working on using ultrasound to characterize magnetic phase transitions at low temperatures, and later at applications of ultrasound to non-destructive testing. In 2014 together with her supervisor she won Energy GRP funding for a pilot research project that brought together her earlier expertise in Liquid Crystals and the strength of the Ultrasonics group. Such opportunities for building up independent research lines are amazing for young researchers.
She is currently working on an ERC funded proof of principle project, bringing electromagnetic acoustic transducers closer to being used in Non-Destructive testing and saving people's lives and resources.
"I had tremendous support from my supervisor and colleagues in the Group and in the department. Despite coming into a completely new field, I felt well supported and quickly moved forward. My experience and knowledge from other fields has always been valued, and I have been encouraged and given opportunities to start new research directions. Another fantastic opportunity was to help develop a new interdisciplinary course "Science of Music", which was a lot of fun!
I am also a mum of three, both of our daughters and our son were born while I was working at Warwick. Maternity leave arrangements are very generous. The flexibility that the department offers is invaluable. It is a joy to come back from maternity leave because one can come out part time and slowly build up working hours, the department is very sympathetic to breastfeeding, plus the University Nursery is outstanding. Most importantly, even though I am not in a permanent position, my supervisor ensured that I have somewhere to come back to if I wish."