So you are nearing the end of your PhD at KI, and need to start planning and applying for defense. Maybe you are in a group that has done this process 50 times, in which case you might not need this help. However, when I found myself at the time that I needed to apply for defense, I realized I am the first PhD student in my group, and so navigating the application process included a bit of “figuring things out”. Some things are clear and well documented, others are rather mysterious. None of it is hard, but around this period we are usually freaking out, so even small hurdles can cause stress, and it’s really not needed when someone can just tell you how it works. Now that all the application stuff is over, I’ve had multiple fellow-PhD-defenders contact me to clarify things. So, I figured there are probably more of us out there, freaking out about the ins and outs of the application process, and I decided it could be useful to write a guide based on my own experience. Additionally, I’ve also been a student representative in the dissertation committee (the ones you send your application to), and I think it will be helpful for both you and the committee if you have an idea of how it all works. So, here we go!… Read More Applying for PhD defense at Karolinska Institutet
(Mood: optimistic) December is coming to an end, the new year is approaching, and it’s time to look ahead. You may have big decisions to make in the coming year. If you are finishing a PhD, a postdoc, or something third, you may have to decide whether you will stay on your current track or… Read More Changing direction can be the rational choice－how to base career decisions on your present, not your past
Las Posadas, Latin American festivities before Christmas. Today’s post in the advent calendar is written by KI Alumni Irina Jovel-Dalmau.
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(Mood: anxious) Now what? This is the question that came up when my contract as a postdoc was about to finish. It was exactly the same question when I was about to finish my PhD and I can even go back to the time when I finished my university degree. And every time I got… Read More Leaving Academia? Now what?
Can you imagine a lab where you feel part of a great team, where your PI makes you feel valued and, at the same time, motivates you and inspires you? Are you lucky enough to share your days with colleagues who are friendly, excited about their work and always happy to discuss or help? Do… Read More New blogger Ana Amaral: An academic saga in 3 chapters
I met Y. Vladimir Pabon Martinez (sounds official, but people have to know the heroes, right?) for the first time on the course “Health innovation and entrepreneurship”. During the daytime lectures, we listened how to develop a business, based on our scientific experience and entrepreneurial spirit. In the evenings, after the intense work on our… Read More “Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality”
As we headed out of the conference center, we felt the burning heat of summer in southern France. I had asked Ben Libberton for an interview on his post postdoc career, and we aimed for a small bakery where we could get a baguette while talking. I didn’t know I would run into Ben in… Read More From postdoc to science communicator: how to make the leap?