10 mai 2014

Postdoctoral Parent Series: Plans gone awry…

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogTheBlackHole.pngBy David Kent. Today the Black Hole is delighted to launch a short series of posts dedicated to postdoctoral fellows with kids. Two current postdoctoral fellows (Jenn and Erika) who have recently had children whilst pursing science at the very highest levels have kindly agreed to share their experiences. We are really excited to be able to provide them a forum that will hopefully stimulate some changes in how we can do a better job of supporting the offspring of our best and brightest. We begin with introductions to Jenn and Erika and will continue over the coming weeks with their thoughts on what can be done. More...

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20 avril 2014

Should academics lose out financially for taking maternity leave?

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/7515301283cfe16f903a8b3593c8af220b510907/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy Anonymous academic. The risks of taking maternity leave as an early career academic are never made clear. One postdoc shares her story. For a good few years I have known that having a child as an early career academic might be risky. More...

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19 avril 2014

Running a Teaching Postdoc

HomeBy Gary DeCoker. Most postdocs arrive on campus with well-defined research agendas, but in teaching, a key part of many postdoc programs, they often express less confidence. Although teaching is sometimes called a solitary art, successful teaching requires a lot of support. As director of the ASIANetwork - Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Program, I’ve noticed time and again the benefits of careful planning and thoughtful mentorship. Read more...

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13 avril 2014

Postdoc diaries: to research or teach?

The Guardian homeBy Securing a job may require setting aside cherished plans. Mel and Dean reflect on some difficult decisions. Last month, I mentioned that the Williams Syndrome Foundation (WSF) has decided to fund my research and provide my maintenance. So this month, I have been focusing on finishing my PhD thesis. Read more...

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23 mars 2014

Is pressure on postdocs leading to 'massaged' research?

The Guardian homeBy Anonymous academic. Merciless competition for jobs and funds pushes some researchers to spin data in the eternal quest for success. Academics are rated on how many publications we produce, how often we publish, and in which journals and our CVs boast of every printed word. It all amounts to one thing: publish or perish. Read more...

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22 mars 2014

Changing the dominant narrative of success after the PhD

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/Blog-phd-to-life.jpgBy Jennifer Polk - From PhD to Life. At last night’s Versatile PhD meetup in Toronto, a fellow PhD told me about her experiences talking to professors about her current (non-academic) work. In some cases, they were positive, encouraging, and interested; in others, they were confused and dismissive. More...

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02 mars 2014

The trouble with the entrepreneurial mindset

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogTheBlackHole.pngBy David Kent. The November 2013 meeting of the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) brought together hundreds of members of the private sector, government and academia to discuss new directions for a Canadian “innovation-based” economy. One mission of the conference, in its fifth iteration, is to mentor future science and innovation policy thinkers. Many of the panelists featured in a series of sessions aimed at early career scientists argued that emerging scientists need to be entrepreneurs; most PhDs will not get academic jobs, so they need to get better at courting the private sector. More...

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Transition Q & A: Maureen McCarthy

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/Blog-phd-to-life.jpgBy Jennifer Polk - From PhD to Life. Maureen McCarthy earned her PhD in English in 2013 from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She is now the assistant director of advancement and best practices at the Council of Graduate Schools. Find her on Twitter @maureentmcc.
What did you hope for in terms of employment as you completed your PhD?
I was looking for a position in Washington, D.C. for personal reasons. One of the main reasons I ultimately decided not to pursue the tenure track was because of a desire to be free to choose my geographic location. Specifically, I chose to live close(r) to the people I most love, most of whom are concentrated on the East Coast of the U.S. More...

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Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience

DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst / German Academic Exchange ServicePostdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (P.R.I.M.E.)
The German Academic Exchange Service  (DAAD) offers a new funding programme - co-financed by the Marie Curie Programme of the European Commission -  for outstanding postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines and nationalities: „Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience“ (P.R.I.M.E). The funding consists of salaries instead of scholarships.
Funding is provided for 18 months, in which 12 months have to be spent abroad and 6 months (re-integration phase) at a German university. The re-integration phase is mandatory. The German university administrates the salary during the whole funding period.
call for applications 2014 (German)
call for applications 2014 (English)
The application form will be available from March 1st 2014 at the application portal. To get to the portal please click on Stipendiendatenbank für Deutsche, fill in Fachrichtung (subject of your research), Zielland (country of the period abroad) and Status „Promovierte“ (position) and select the programme. More...

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09 février 2014

Postdoc diaries: where are all the entry-level academic jobs?

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy Mel Rohse and Dean D'Souza. From setting up job alerts and meeting with academics to tutoring schoolchildren, Mel and Dean say it's not for lack of trying that they haven't secured an academic job. Securing employment is becoming increasingly difficult. But there are at least two routes to a postdoctoral research career. The first is to develop a research proposal and then seek funding for it. The advantage of this option is that you can seek answers to questions that you thought about during your PhD training but never had the time to pursue. More...

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