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June 24, 2005

Yours Transferredly: Time Out

I am using the time wisely and, right now, I feel like I'm the lucky one

April 16, 2004

?Lab Cred?

A key indicator of your ‘lab cred’ is whether people you’ve never met know who you are when you first meet them.

March 15, 2002

Your First "First-Author" Paper, Part 2--The Act of Submission and Peering at the Review Process

We'd only been given a few weeks to respond with our amended ms. If we missed the window, we'd have to start the submission process all over again.

July 22, 2005

Yours Transferredly: Published but Unpaid

Now is the time to make the most of getting published, even while unpaid.

January 19, 2001

Yours Transferably: Going Global 1--Why and Who?

December 24, 2004

Endurance Training for Researchers

In the game of science, we need to be calculated risk takers, consciously trying to get into scoring positions.

July 18, 2003

Finding the Spark that Lights Your Fire

"Admit that sooner or later you need to be yourself when you're at work--and that's when you'll start to enjoy it."

October 15, 2004

Bringing Closure to Your Project

The downtime between projects is a rare and precious momentary mental freedom.

October 19, 2001

The Secret of Research Success

Part of becoming a successful scientist is building up your own portfolio of ideas: experiments you'd love to do if you ever get the time (and money).

February 21, 2003

Score Your Own PI Potential

You are asked a particularly awkward question after your conference presentation. Do you: a) Blurt out 'I was afraid someone would ask that question.'

July 20, 2001

Your Ph.D. Boss: Adversary or Superadvisor? Part 2

"Start to negotiate with your boss about your project aims, your workload, anything."

April 18, 2003

Yours Transferredly: Reading Between the Lines

If you read things at face value and don't wise up to the hidden meanings in paper-speak, you might get left behind.

September 15, 2000

Bad Poster Art

September 20, 2002

The PhD Viva: Thrive or Survive

"If you can give a good account of why you did what you did, you are already a long way to winning your examiners over."

May 27, 2005

Yours Transferredly: Standing in the Welfare Line

Fancy having a Ph.D. and not being able to get a job!

August 19, 2005

Your Real Alternative to a Career in Science

Whilst I deliberate on my next move, the view from this narrow ledge is interesting.

June 21, 2002

Get Some Help! Extra Pairs of Hands

"You want your student to be able to turn the handle and watch at least some decent results slowly emerge."

March 25, 2005

Facing the Great Unknown

We postdocs, all of us, live under the recurrent if not constant threat of a more or less major career meltdown; a run of bad luck can spell disaster.

August 30, 2002

Let Yourself in on Science’s Secrets

"Scientists might be portrayed as geeks, but a successful one certainly has to be a people person."