“Be good and always do your best”

Helena Idborg has the best job in the world. She is assistant professor in rheumatology at Karolinska Institutet, where she works in a dynamic environment. “I get to change work every time a new project starts. There are always new challenges, new scientific questions, and new methods to learn. I cannot picture a better job”, says Helena.… Read More “Be good and always do your best”

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“Use Your Expertise outside the Laboratory”

Bastian Thaa, a Senior Medical Writer, got his PhD in Berlin, Germany, in 2011. After his PhD studies, Bastian did his first postdoc in the same laboratory and then did a second postdoc at Karolinska Institutet. He returned to Germany and tried to raise his own money for an independent research project but unfortunately failed. He came back to KI to finish a project that he had started. Publishing this work in PLoS Pathogens was the final achievement on his academic path before he left academia. He got a job in a medical communication agency in Berlin and has been a “Senior Medical Writer” for nearly two years now.… Read More “Use Your Expertise outside the Laboratory”

“Science takes you to new places”

Gunilla Karlsson Hedestam, professor at the department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) at Karolinska Institutet, started her PhD in biochemistry at the University of Oxford and continued as a postdoc at Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. After her postdoc, she worked in a biotech company for 3 years and returned to academia afterwards. Now, her group focuses on the function of B lymphocytes and immunogenetics. She is one of the two researchers at Karolinska Institutet who received the ERC Advance Grant 2017 (granted in 2018) from the European Research Council.… Read More “Science takes you to new places”

“S.O.S. – Stability Over Status”

Knut Steffensen left his position as Associate Professor at Karolinska Institutet to work as Medical Advisor in a company. “Although many people think the opposite, after 20 years in academia I’m still connected to it and I think I could still go back, not necessarily in research. There’s need for industrial experience also in academia, and more doors are opened now than before”.… Read More “S.O.S. – Stability Over Status”

“Resilience, grit and passion: the key for success in academia”

“Never forget the fun part of your work and choose the right mentor to work with.” This is the secret of Myriam Aouadi, who works as Principal Investigator at Karolinska Institutet since 2015. “At every step of my career I was about to choose between academia and industry: I was not seeing lots of opportunities in academia, while I really wanted a stable job and a good salary. But I still like academia better.”… Read More “Resilience, grit and passion: the key for success in academia”

“Life is a box of new things to be learned”

Ulf Orrenius is now the CEO of a small start-up company with six employees trying to develop new technological solutions for the refinement of biofertilizers which are of better environmental sustainability. After being a technical specialist at the large international company Bombardier for nearly 18 years, his new job deals with a totally different area and tasks.… Read More “Life is a box of new things to be learned”