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Jumpstart: Find the Right Postdoc Job for You

There is an awful lot to finding a job. Creating the right networks and connections; getting the attention of potential employers; and presenting yourself in the best possible light with your CV and in the interview so you can land the job… these are just the basics. But how do you know you are making […]

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How to Develop Great Collaborations as a Postdoc

Collaboration is the big buzzword in research at the moment and in theory the benefits are clear: your name on more papers, you learn from other groups and you expand your reputation. Why is it, then, that I hear so many postdocs and mid-career researchers complain bitterly about their collaborations? About collaborative projects that are […]

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4 Steps to Independence as a Postdocs

Becoming an independent researcher is the essential step on your path to an academic research career, but how do you get there from a postdoc position? How do you develop independence while working for someone else?  The good news is that your path to independence has quite a few facets to it, several of which […]

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Stressed Out? How to Deal with Stress as a Postdoc

Do you have sleepless nights worrying about experiments not working and your contract finishing soon? Do you feel that tightening in the stomach because you have an unresolved conflict at work? Are you stressed out because there’s a grant deadline is looming and there is still so much to do? And how about that conference […]

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What are My Career Options as a Postdoc?

‘The disposable Academic. Why a PhD is often a waste of time’ (the Economist, 18th June 2012) ‘US pushes for scientists, but the jobs aren’t there’ (Washington Post, 7th July 2012) ‘Doctoral Graduates left chasing dreams’ (the Australian, 16 January 2013)   As the headlines show, the plight of the postdoc has recently gained quite […]

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A Productivity Tip for Postdocs

I had a bad start to the week last week. Bad in the sense that I was falling way short of what I wanted to achieve in the first three days. Actually I realised my productivity had been dropping gradually for a few weeks. Hmm.   I did get the urgent things done and some […]

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Networking Essentials for Postdocs

Whether you are looking for a job, a new collaboration, mentors or anything else to do with people, you have first to meet the right contacts and make a connection – and that means networking.   To boost your networking success you need to have some ‘essentials’ in place. The two most important are your […]

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How to Find a Mentor as a Postdoc

Mentors are essential to your career development. They’re the ones who can give you the key piece of information your are looking for, organise opportunities for you, help you trouble-shoot, give you confidence to stretch your comfort zone and put you in contact with the right people in their networks.   What should you look […]

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Sustainable versus Disposable Knowledge

Many postdocs I talk to feel the knowledge they have acquired has made them ill-equipped for anything other than basic research or teaching, often limited to their specific area of expertise. This is understandable, given our often extreme focus on learning methods and creating output such as papers that really only have a meaning to […]

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When and How to Review a Paper. Part II

Congratulations! Imagine:- you have been asked to review a paper and, having considered the issues raised in Part I of this blog, you have decided that you can, and do want to review the manuscript. But how do you do it?   Below are the 7 steps that will help you through the process:   […]

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Your Mindset as a Postdoc – and Why it Matters

Which would you prefer: thinking of everything you do according to the motto ‘judge-or-be-judged’, or instead, ‘grow-and-help-grow’? These may sound like extremes but according to Carol Dweck, a Stanford professor of psychology, these are the two core mindsets that guide people’s approach to life, as outlined in her book “Mindset, the new psychology of success”. […]

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When and How to Review a Paper. Part I

Have you been asked to review a manuscript but are unsure of how this works? Reviewing manuscripts is a great way to hone your critical skills, improve your confidence when submitting your own papers (realising submissions of other scientists aren’t perfect either!) and gain a reputation as an expert in the field. It’s nice to […]

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