Guidance from a good mentor is vital for any life scientist, whether you are starting out in grad school or taking your next steps as a promising postdoc. In this guest blog, Ksenia Kastanenka of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School shares insightful thoughts on the importance of mentoring at postdoc level.
Stats show that the number of PhDs awarded each year vastly outweighs the number of tenure track jobs available, so with so few academic positions up for grabs, why do we still think of leaving academia as a failure? Dr Joanne Kamens of The Impact Seat considers the huge variety of career options available to scientists outside of academia, and the skills you need to secure them.
Scientific career paths are often littered with rejection and setbacks, so how do we find the strength we need to reach our goals? Dr Matthew Caley of Queen Mary University of London shares the challenges he faced on his own career journey, from 6-year-old wannabe pirate to successful skin researcher.
Being a great life scientist requires more than just a steady pipette hand! Qualifications are important but so are your communication skills. We’ve picked out 10 of the most important soft skills that researchers should think about when applying for or taking on a new role in life science…
So you’ve nearly submitted your PhD dissertation, but what next? If you’re looking to apply for a postdoc position, there’s a lot to consider. That’s why we’ve put together The Life Scientists’ Guide to Applying for Postdocs, containing fantastic advice from experienced scientists to help you take that next step on your life science journey.