Like many people, I often avoid exposing myself to politics. Political discourse has, amidst the rise of Populism, become highly polarized. Reading heated debate between the so-called left and right is extremely draining and an unnecessary demand on my sanity as I survive life as a researcher. Where the topic of political discussion is more… Read More Off in the Distance: Horizon Europe and Why you Should Care
Day 14 in our ChristmasCalendar2019!Food: Hungry for Light A haiku from a Vitamin D-deprived researcher
Welcome to Part 3 of this series, the final instalment in this discussion of the arduous postdoc phase.… Read More What is a postdoc? Finding answers amidst ambiguity – Part 3
Welcome to Part 2 of this series exploring the principal problems plaguing the postdoctoral period.
Part 1 discussed the poorly defined expectations of a ‘postdoc’ and the lack of infrastructure available to them. If you haven’t yet read Part 1.… Read More What is a postdoc? Finding answers amidst ambiguity – Part 2
It’s 8pm on Friday evening. You’re halfway through the experiment you had to restart because you forgot to add a crucial control sample in the first assay. You forgot to add the control in the first place because you’re extremely stressed. You’re stressed because you need to finalise a grant submission that you already worry isn’t good enough, aren’t receiving enough support with and aren’t sure if it will actually be enough to apply for an assistant professorship. You hear the last of your colleagues’ laughter as they disappear off to the bar and you’re left alone in the lab. A weekend at the bench and your computer looms ahead.… Read More What is a postdoc? Finding answers amidst ambiguity – Part 1