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
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
“You don’t want to have a publication in Science!? But that is everyone’s dream!” exclaimed another participant of a mentoring for early career researchers at my summer conference. For years, I was not able to say this out loud, but by now – a fourth year in my PhD – I got used to the shocked expression that usually follows my declaration.… Read More The wrong type of scientist?
And then the sky opened up The best part about the ESOF conference earlier this month in Toulouse is that it reminded me on why I wanted to be a scientist in the first place: because the world is interesting, finding out new things is fun, and it is rewarding to do things that try… Read More Post ESOF: how science warmed my heart
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
”I’m gonna abseil down my Ivory Tower And buy myself a jaguar I’m a bad ambassador For that elusive place you’re looking for…” These are part of the lyrics of a song I named this blogpost after, and they explain everything. Yes, I am abseiling from the Ivory Tower. For those of you who still… Read More Bad Ambassador