Starting a postdoc in a new country in the midst of a pandemic

In my blog introduction I promised a recount of my experiences starting a new postdoc during the pandemic. For me at least it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions. Although a touch melodramatic, I felt that breaking it down into stages summarised the highs and lows fairly succinctly.  Stage 1: Giddy anticipation twinged with dread  As an avid traveller (pre-COVID), I was so excited about the prospect of moving to a new place and… Read More Starting a postdoc in a new country in the midst of a pandemic

Unsung Heroes: A short story in tribute to Sweden’s Eurovision triumph

A low-frequency tone filled the air blanketing all natural sounds from audibility. Our soldier resolved that the pervasive drone of heavy-machinery was only a minute concern compared to the inexpressible stench exhausting his sense of smell. He stood alert, but ultimately exhausted and scared. Forsaken on a task that few before him had managed to… Read More Unsung Heroes: A short story in tribute to Sweden’s Eurovision triumph