Tag: academia

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: 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: 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.

Nature: Core facilities: Shared support

Nature: Core facilities: Shared support

Core facilities: Shared support is an insight into what core facilities are and how they run. As the traditional academic career track is becoming more and more difficult to pursue, this article gives researchers an alternative science research-related career path that still lies within academia. Scientists working in core facilities continue to have opportunities to publish, …

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