What is a postdoc? Finding answers amidst ambiguity – Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of this series, the final instalment in this discussion of the arduous postdoc phase.… Read More What is a postdoc? Finding answers amidst ambiguity – Part 3

What is a postdoc? Finding answers amidst ambiguity – Part 2

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

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

“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality”

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”

“Tips to secure your first PostDoc”- my notes from the lecture given by KI alum, Riccardo Guidi

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