We asked Sodiq Solagbade Oguntade (cohort 4) to tell us a little bit about his career aspirations for the future, and how QUADRAT is helping him to achieve those goals. Here is what he told us:


Bio: I am a trained geophysicist and hydrogeologist with fieldwork experiences in Nigeria, Cape Verde, France, and the UK. I have worked in multidisciplinary teams and individually on quantitative groundwater modelling, managed aquifer recharge (MAR), groundwater sustainability and health impacts, hydrogeophysics, engineering geophysics and geothermal energy. My current doctoral training is investigating the impact of subsurface heterogeneity on the performance of aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES) systems.


What are your career aspirations?

I plan to work as a research geoscientist in the industry after my PhD.


How has QUADRAT influenced your career aspirations?

QUADRAT funding gave me the opportunity to broaden my knowledge in geoscience, and without this funding, I would not have been able to fund a doctoral training programme in the UK.


Did you do an internship? If yes, please tell us a bit about this experience. How has this influenced your career aspirations?

Not yet, but the opportunity to do an internship was one of the critical factors that made me apply for the QUADRAT DTP. I believe the internship will give me work experience required to get a job in the industry before or after I finish the PhD.


Have you already secured employment for after you complete your PhD? If yes, please tell us a bit about this?

No (Sodiq is in the first year of his PhD)


In which ways has QUADRAT helped you build towards your career aspirations?

Software training e.g R programming language

Management training e.g CMI

Field courses

Multidisciplinary cohort


What opportunities has QUADRAT given to you that you would not have had access to otherwise?

It would have been impossible for me to fund a doctoral training programme in the UK without QUADRAT, considering my financial background.