We’re delighted to bring you a blogpost from Arun Verma, PhD student at University of Dundee (who has just submitted his thesis). Arun is also one of our past correspondents, who writes today as a guest blogger. Recent conversations with colleagues have kept bringing up this notion that academic research is a game to be played. (It's also something that … [Read more...] about Playing the research game
We’re delighted to share this guest blogpost by Alex Conner, Senior Lecturer in Medical Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Alex addresses some of the themes that he spoke about at the Vitae Hangout on "Successful career planning for researchers" alongside our own Fiona Colligan. His advice is clear and his experienced perspectives are useful to early … [Read more...] about Well into your PhD? 5 helpful career planning topics
We’re delighted to hear from a researcher who has wrestled with the post-phd limbo and come out the other side with an alt-ac career. Dr Rob Edwards has found a career that makes the most of the knowledge and skills he honed on his PhD – and builds new ones. Read on to find out how he found his alternative career path. In the beginning… I started my PhD … [Read more...] about My Alternative Academic (Alt-ac) Career – Guest blogger, Dr Rob Edwards
Guest blogger and independent consultant Dr Echo Rivera shares her experience and offers support to researchers who want to create and use effective visuals when communicating your research. My passion for effective visual communication began when I was an undergrad over 10 years ago. I was torn between two majors--graphic design and psychology--and … [Read more...] about How I stay inspired, for effective visual communication of research
Following on from last week's post on the crisis that Europe is headed for, our latest guest blogger, Vera Reed presents an overview of the career position of those with a PhD or doctorate in the United States. Only 1.68% of Americans who are 25 years old or more have earned a PhD, which adds up to about 2.5 million persons, according to data from the … [Read more...] about US Doctorate Earners and Their Earning Potential: What Do We Know?
We’re delighted to feature this co-authored guest blogpost by Lynn Kamerlin (Uppsala University) and Gareth O’Neill (Leiden University). Read on to learn more about the crisis that those with a PhD are facing, as well as ideas for how the problems could be addressed. The number of doctoral candidates produced by European Universities is increasing at a … [Read more...] about Glass Ceilings and Revolving Doors: a Crisis for European Doctoral Candidates
In this guest blogpost we hear from Dr Jenna Lane. She tells an inspiring story of how a career can take shape when you know what you love doing and can recognise opportunities – even if you still don’t know what you want to be when you ‘grow up’. I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had passing thoughts of being a doctor (too much … [Read more...] about What do you want to be when you grow up?
This guest blogpost by piirus.ac.uk member Doug Rocks-Macqueen looks at estimated numbers to enhance our understanding of the academic job availability across the disciplines in the UK. Academic jobs— PhD students and Early Career Researchers are told they are either handing them out like candy or that the job market is like a dystopian young adult novel … [Read more...] about Got (or getting) your PhD? Great! But, how likely are you to land an academic job?
As we’ve been looking a lot at post-phd career paths lately, we’re delighted to feature this guest blogpost from Irene Garcia Losquino, in which she shares a great technique for researchers to identify their skills (both academic and transferable). When I was eight years old, my mother asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I did not hesitate: ‘I want … [Read more...] about Tricks from an expert: how to identify your skills and boost your confidence
We’re delighted to share this blogpost by piirus.ac.uk member Dr Beth Hellen who explains a little about her path from PhD to career librarian and how she got to where she is now. Her career decision-making process provides a useful example for other early career researchers who aren’t so sure any more about seeking a traditional academic post. For 15 … [Read more...] about Guest post: From PhD to career librarian: a bold leap or a natural step?
In 1973 Marlon Brando famously sent Sacheen Littlefeather to accept - or rather reject - his Oscar for the Godfather. At this year’s ARMA Conference, as I accepted the piirus.ac.uk sponsored award for Technological Innovation and Application, I wished I’d had Sacheen on speed-dial. She could have saved me. I’m not great in the spotlight. Of course, … [Read more...] about Me and Sacheen – in the social media spotlight
This guest post from Álvaro López-Franco describes his research which is both interdisciplinary and international in its scope. What led him to become an interdisciplinary researcher and why is an international perspective suited to his work? Nowadays, we live in an interconnected world. It′s obvious. I am writing this article from a small city of the … [Read more...] about Interdisciplinary and international research: a local case
In this guest blogpost we hear about a forthcoming event which focuses on the role of the media in muslim-majority countries. Scholars are also very welcome to submit papers for panel discussion by 31 July 2016. Internet penetration of the Middle East and South Asia is large and growing, and this allows a profusion of new information and the formation of … [Read more...] about The role of the media in Muslim-majority countries
In this excellent blogpost from Damien Debecker we hear about what researchers might gain from reading scientific blog posts, but also we can glean some ideas about why and how to write about science in blog posts. In addition to the regular scientific literature, the world-wide-web is now full of alternative forms of scientific narration. Among those, I … [Read more...] about 5 reasons why I read scientific blog posts (or why to blog your science!)
We're privileged to hear once again from our regular guest blogger, Kate Maxwell. Kate writes about themes of collaboration in research from Norway, and in this post she sheds light on some of the dangers of cross-disciplinary collaboration, sharing Norwegian researchers' responses to them. In my last blog for Piirus, I ended on the rather depressing note … [Read more...] about Norway series. How to fight off a barbarian invasion!