A microscopic view from the academic community First, a quick recap from the previous post on this topic: we talked about public criticism and suppression of junior researchers, conveying the impression that the opinion of junior researchers will always be secondary to their seniors. The outlined example in previous post made it clear that the… Read More No title, no expert? (Part 2)
A macroscopic view from the academic community Stanford Professor, John Ioannidis, is no stranger to controversy; in 2005 he published a paper titled “Why most published research findings are false”. However, his latest attack in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation (where he was recently Editor in Chief) is focused less on the substantive content… Read More No title, no expert? (Part 1)
Sometimes, I’m a reviewer. As a researcher-in-training, I’ve learned about the flaws of the peer-reviewed-publication-impact-factor system almost at the same time I’ve learned of its existence. Submission and reviewing process can end up being more detrimental than beneficial for the quality of research. At the end of my PhD I became convinced, and I still… Read More Live up to your principles, even if it means shooting yourself in the foot (or not)
Perfectionism has been a blessing and a curse in my life. But, at the end of the day, in science, as in life, perfection does not exist.… Read More I got the fellowship! What now?
As early career researchers, we are all trying to figure out our paths. Knowing this, Reinhart Reitmeier, professor at the University of Toronto, recommends everyone from PhD student to senior investigator to have a mentor that is around 10 years ahead of you in their career. For graduate students, he sometimes recommends to get a mentor outside of academia.… Read More Mentoring matters – how to lead your research group
I love reading scientific articles. One of the best parts of my job is reading about new discoveries and elegant studies. But despite my excitement over new knowledge, I often struggle to get through an entire article. I often have to read parts several times to grasp what the authors are trying to say, and… Read More Is academia facing a readability crisis?
Many postdocs dream about starting their own research groups. But what is required to become a principal investigator (PI) and how have other postdocs made the leap? To help answer these questions the Karolinska Institute Postdoc Association (KIPA) and the KI Junior Faculty arranged an event called “From Postdoc to PI: How to make the… Read More From Postdoc to PI: How to Make the Leap?
We need a counter-narrative to the traditional view of a supervisor’s role as merely making sure research group members complete their projects on time with enough funding. We may even need to re-think some common expressions in academia such as “to be a leader in the field”, which is more commonly related to scientific production… Read More Leadership in academia
Riccardo finished his PhD at KI in March of 2014. Since then he has gone on to thrive as a postdoctoral fellow at the Francis Crick Institute in London. Within minutes of meeting Riccardo you realize that he is incredibly organized and a strong communicator, two assets which certainly aided him in securing his position… Read More “Tips to secure your first PostDoc”- my notes from the lecture given by KI alum, Riccardo Guidi
The working conditions of young researchers in the first few years of their academic career are surprisingly similar to the working conditions of low-rank drug-gang members. This provocative conclusion can be drawn from the blog post which I came across recently, although it was published in 2013 by Alexandre Afonso, Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the… Read More Ways in which academia resembles a drug-gang