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October 28, 2005

The End of the Road

Our own awareness of our primary driving force is perhaps of greatest help when we need to make tough career decisions.

September 23, 2005

Yours Transferredly: The Fallback Option

"My reputation in the eyes of the very people who could determine my future may be at stake, but we postdocs would be very foolish indeed if we only pursued one opportunity at a time."

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.

July 22, 2005

Yours Transferredly: Published but Unpaid

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

June 24, 2005

Yours Transferredly: Time Out

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

May 27, 2005

Yours Transferredly: Standing in the Welfare Line

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

April 29, 2005

Yours Transferredly: New Territories Beyond the Great Unknown

Temporary unemployment presents an unparalleled chance for change and for wiping your slate clean.

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.

February 25, 2005

Laboratory Notebook-Keeping for Busy Scientists

This slimmed-down lab notebook means I don't have to waste hours every week neatly writing lengthy prose describing every detail of what I have done.

January 28, 2005

The Fringe Benefits of Working as a Scientist

True, we might not have nice bonuses or many of the other benefits that more commercially employed citizens have, but we may have very some real - if not so obvious - fringe benefits.

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.

November 19, 2004

The Unspoken Things of Science

Don't be afraid to be your own advocate; aim your sales pitch at the right people and win their confidence.

October 15, 2004

Bringing Closure to Your Project

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

September 17, 2004

A Toolkit of Transferable Skills for Postdocs

We can look at things in a fresh way. ... Originality of thought is our greatest unsung quality.

August 20, 2004

When Research Is Your Second Career

My euphoria at being a scientist raises the disturbing question of how I might cope with, well, not being a scientist anymore.

July 02, 2004

Sorry, No Time, I'm Off Abroad to My Collaborators' Lab

I successfully figured out an incomprehensible map of the underground while wondering who would be in the audience and if they would subject me to a tough interrogation.

May 21, 2004


"Whatever means you choose to get ahead in the technology stakes you have one important barrier to overcome: the peer-review system."

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 19, 2004

Biting the Bullet

"Push on to complete individual tasks rather than spinning plates, because task completion equals your stress level coming down a notch or two."

February 20, 2004

Networking on Your Doorstep

"There is always a local wave to catch (often with some money floating in it), and you need to get yourself and your surfboard right in there."