Career Profiles: Caroline El Khoury

What is your name?

Caroline El Khoury

Where do you work and what is your role/job title?

University of Toronto – Research Scientist

Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?



Questions about your current Job

How did you go about getting your current job?

I was a student at the university and after graduating I continued to work with the same group and same supervisors.

Describe a typical day.

Currently, I work from home. But a typical day on the job would be doing astronomy observations in the middle of nowhere all all there is a giant forest and some lakes that surround you.

What’s the coolest part of your job?

The coolest part of my job sometimes comes when we are observing something new in the sky and the feeling of slewing our telescope and figuring out if our signal is real and not just radio interference.

Are there any elements of your job that you dislike

Sometimes it can be isolating now that we work from home and some parts can be repetitive.


Questions about education and training

What subjects did you take in school/college and how have these influenced your career path?

I studied Mathematics and Physics. Both subjects have influenced my career path in research, science communication, and education.


Questions about yourself

What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?

One of the most rewarding times in my job was the ability to travel across the world and communicate my research focus! What time, we flew to China to visit one of the largest telescopes in the world, and that in itself, just being in the area (the telescope is nestled in a mountain range) was very rewarding.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a roaming astronomer and educator. I’d like to work in the field and teach astronomy at the same time.


Advice for people thinking of this job as a career choice

What advice would you give to someone considering this job? Are there important personal characteristics, or good work experience they can undertake for example?

I would highly suggest being open to new and fields and being able to be flexible in working in several research places. In my experience, having the opportunity to work in different countries really gave me more perspective and narrowed down the parts of my job I really like!