Pauline Hall

vote for me and my dog will love you forever (see pics below)

Favourite Thing: I’m always learning something new and of course making up really bad science jokes.



St Lukes High School in Barrhead, Strathclyde University, Glasgow University and Edinburgh University.


MSci Physics, MSc Medical Physics, PhD Nuclear Physics

Work History:

Morrisons, Next, Debenhams but my favourite was being a mentor at a summer school (got to play games for the whole summer!)

Current Job:

Trainee Clinical Scientist – MRI


NHS Glasgow

Me and my work

You’ll find me in a basement next to a MRI scanner!

I am currently in my part II of the training scheme to be come a clinical scientist. So for the next year and a half I’ll be completing lots of different projects to make sure that I can qualify. I’m working in a children’s hospital.

Over the next few months the hospital I’m working in will be moving to a new site – so I’ll be helping out testing the new MRI scanners. (My new office will not be in a basement and will have windows!)

Currently one of my main projects is MRI spectroscopy – we are using a MRI machine to measure chemicals in the brain, rather than taking pictures. We have many different cases were spectroscopy is needed. It helps to identify which treatment is best for the patient.

Recently I gave my first lecture in MRI – scary! So there are lots of different things to be involved with – I’m not glued to the computer all day.

My Typical Day

Coffee – emails – completing tasks from the boss – cake – home time!

I’ve got lots of projects I’m working on and depending on their deadlines will determine what needs to be done. For example, I just got back from my holidays this week (boo!) so I’ve been catching up on writing up spectroscopy reports, sorting out travel arrangements for I talk I need to give in March in Bristol, organising a time slot with the head radiographer to scan a MRI phantom ( 7 am is the only time they have since they are really busy with scanning patients – at least I get to leave home early). Next week will be different I guarantee you!

What I'd do with the money

I would like to buy and develop an interactive MRI kit for outreach such as “meet the expert” events at the science centre or at schools.

See above.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

The dancing physicist.

Who is your favourite singer or band?


What's your favourite food?

Steak and chips.

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Flying over the Grand Canon in a helicopter

What did you want to be after you left school?

Scientist (geek.)

Were you ever in trouble at school?

I got told off for laughing all the time

What was your favourite subject at school?

Physics of course.

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I found my PhD really interesting as I had to travel to Germany to work in an electron accelerator facility – met lots of interesting people and made some good friends. Didn’t enjoy the night shifts though =(

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My dad he’s a scientist, gotta keep it in the family.

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?


If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

to be three inches taller, become a kung fu master, have laser eyes.

Tell us a joke.

What do you call a bear without teeth. A gummy bear!!

Other stuff

Work photos:


A MRI of my heart!


Some crazy looking offices in the new South Glasgow Hospital.


New MRI scanner being installed and I’ve been running checks to make sure it is good for clinical use.


Outside the new South Glasgow hospital.. not long now until it opens. Btw.. the hospital is huge.




Picture of my desk and a spectroscopy case I was working on.


and here’s my lovely dog!