Quite a lot compared to some other jobs I think! It varies quite a lot, sometimes if I am doing a difficult experiment or I have a big deadline coming up I have to work very hard and I don’t get much time off at all. Other times I have more free time. To be honest though doing science is quite relaxing most of the time anyway!
Well, normally I get to work about 8am, then have a quick coffee break about 10 or 11…sometimes this involves a chat with the folk in my office – the chat can be about work, but normally its about what we are doing at the weekend, or where we are going on holiday next!! Then back to work until lunch at 12.30. Normally lunch will be 30 mins or an hour, then I work again until sometime between 4 and 6. Then I go home and do whatever I want! I don’t normally do any work on weekends either. So I think I manage to fit in quite a lot of relaxation time…you can’t work all the time or you lose your concentration (and go a bit crazy!).