Kaja Skålnes Knudsen, MSc.
I have obtained a bachelor’s degree in nanotechnology and a master’s degree in nanoscience at the University of Bergen. In my masters I worked with developing a co-delivery nanocarrier to be used in cancer treatment. As a student I was active in several volunteer positions, such as manager of the nanoscience student council and CEO of the student program called Talentjakten. After finishing my degree, I worked 50 % in the same group where I took my masters (Herfindals group, Department of Clinical Science, UiB) and 50 % as a farm hand. In January 2018 I started in CealTech as a laboratory technician and am now working as a scientist.
What I like about my job at CealTech?
Being new in the work life, I really appreciate the opportunity to take part of not only the lab work, but also the research and planning behind the different projects and experiments. Learning about the process of commercializing science. It is also fun to get to work with graphene, as this is the material that got me to study nanotechnology in the first place. I do also have to mention the kind and supporting environment here, that nourish both good discussions and laughs.
What I like to do in my free time?
I enjoy using my free time out in the nature, either hiking or kayaking. These are activities allowing me to clear my mind and experience the wildlife that can be found just outside the house door. I do however also appreciate a calm evening with knitting in front of the tv or learning to play the mandolin. And let us not forget about the cows! My boyfriend’s family own a farm and being an animal lover, I try to become best friend with all of them. So far, my experience is that bribing them with food works the best.