Naturejobs podcast: Sacrifices for science

Naturejobs podcast: Sacrifices for science

A wide range of initiatives exist to help early career researchers achieve their goals, but there are practical challenges and difficult decisions to make along the way. In this second Naturejobs podcast, Sacrifices for Science, David Payne, chief careers editor at Nature speaks to Burcu Anil Kirmizitas, who describes the struggle to find affordable housing for …

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Naturejobs Podcast: Planning your time and your goals

Naturejobs Podcast: Planning your time and your goals

Time planning and goal setting can make your work and career planning more efficient, as well as help you prioritise what it is you love to do. In this first episode of the new Naturejobs podcast #NJPodcast, Planning your time and your goals, I, along with the Naturejobs team, explore the benefits of time and career planning. It’s worth …

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Nature Outlook: Nutrition: A world of insecurity

Nature Outlook: Nutrition: A world of insecurity

Malnutrition is a global problem. With population and consumption set to rise over the coming decades, achieving food security will require action on many fronts. Nutrition: A world of insecurity is a data-heavy infographic, published in Nature on April 27 2017. This infographic that brings to life some of the complex data about food security. …

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Moderator: 20 Years of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Moderator: 20 Years of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

On 29 November 2016, an event was held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). I was invited to moderate the day’s event, which included moderating sessions on the overview of the MSCA programme since its initiation 20 years ago, as well as short talks by current fellows on their research and outreach …

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Nature: What’s the point of the PhD thesis?

Nature: What’s the point of the PhD thesis?

Doctoral courses are slowly being modernized. Now the thesis and viva need to catch up. What is the best way for a PhD student to summarise their work from the past three, four, five (hopefully not more!) years? Given how much the PhD has changed over the last few decades (from a form of apprenticeship …

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Nature: Q&A with Bali Muralidhar

Nature: Q&A with Bali Muralidhar

A venture capitalist’s transition from medicine into business. Trade Talk: Venture Capitalist, published on 10 December 2015, is the story of Bali Muralidhar, an investment manager at London-based MVM Life Science Partners, an international life-sciences growth-capital fund. He describes his move from medicine into business. This short Q&A looks at how he transitioned from academia …

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Naturejobs: Finding job satisfaction as a venture capitalist

Naturejobs: Finding job satisfaction as a venture capitalist

After a brief stint as a general surgeon, and a PhD in translational cancer research from the MRC Cancer Cell Unit, University of Cambridge, UK, Bali Muralidhar changed career direction to venture capital investment. Finding job satisfaction as a venture capitalist is the career story of Bali Muralidhar from MVM Life Science Partners. It explores …

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Nature: How to build a better PhD

Nature: How to build a better PhD

There are too many PhD students for too few academic jobs — but with imagination, the problem could be solved. How to build a better PhD is a feature piece published in Nature on 2 December 2015. The PhD currently not doing enough to train early career researchers for the career paths they are going …

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Nature: Q&A with Catherine Ball

Nature: Q&A with Catherine Ball

Her job is to get scientific expertise into the heads of decision-makers. Trade Talk: Policy Analyst, published on 12 November 2015, is an interview with Catherine Ball, as part of the Nature Careers Trade Talk series. In the interview, Catherine tells of her work with the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee in …

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Nature: Non-profit organizations: Scientists on a mission

Nature: Non-profit organizations: Scientists on a mission

Opportunities abound in the non-profit sector for researchers who seek to follow their passions. Non-profit organizations: Scientists on a mission, published in Nature Careers on 12 November 2015, explores what it’s like working for various different types of science-focussed non-profit organisations.