What is “Career” anyway?

So, this blog is organized by KI Career Service, and though I’ve only worked here for less than a year, there have been plenty of moments where I’ve asked myself “What’s in a name?”. Philosophize with me, if you so please.… Read More What is “Career” anyway?

What is a postdoc? Finding answers amidst ambiguity – Part 1

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

A wish to make a real difference – Career Path of Linnea Eriksson

Her first dream job was to become an archeologist and live the life of Indiana Jones. After realizing, that what she has known from books is not even nearly as exciting as she thought, she wanted to be a veterinarian. Currently, Linnea Eriksson holds a Ph.D. degree in Medical Sciences and works as a Clinical Trial Manager, but all of the above seem to share at least two common features: genuine interest in science and a wish to make a real difference.… Read More A wish to make a real difference – Career Path of Linnea Eriksson

“Remember to bottle the grand feelings”

Magnus Wetterhall was hooked on mass spectrometry during his master’s thesis and went on to conduct a PhD in analytical chemistry at Uppsala University. “I started my PhD in the late 90s when mass spectrometry was far from as developed as it is today. We were working on technical solutions and methods to enhance the analysis. This new field of research was very exciting, and I was eager to make new discoveries.”… Read More “Remember to bottle the grand feelings”

Co-up lab – envisioning yourself as an entrepreneur, or should I use another word?

For the longest time, I would never think of myself as anything close to an entrepreneur. It’s way too scary, it must be for people who have a perfect business plan ready to go, have investors,… In other words: not me. And I’d probably never be one either, because how does one get from “me-not-an-entrepreneur” to “me-entrepreneur”?… Read More Co-up lab – envisioning yourself as an entrepreneur, or should I use another word?

“S.O.S. – Stability Over Status”

Knut Steffensen left his position as Associate Professor at Karolinska Institutet to work as Medical Advisor in a company. “Although many people think the opposite, after 20 years in academia I’m still connected to it and I think I could still go back, not necessarily in research. There’s need for industrial experience also in academia, and more doors are opened now than before”.… Read More “S.O.S. – Stability Over Status”