Working Scientist is the Nature Careers podcast. It is produced by Nature Research, publishers of the international science journal Nature.
PhD programmes in "the rainbow nation" mostly lead to academic careers, but reform is needed to boost collaboration and integration, higher education experts tell Julie Gould.
The thesis is a central element of how graduate students are assessed. But is it time for an overhaul? Julie Gould finds out.
Scientific research is not the endeavour of a single person. It requires a team of people. How can this be better reflected in graduate student training, asks Julie Gould.
Julie Gould asks six higher education experts if it's now time to go back to the drawing board and redesign graduate programmes from scratch.
Students need to be clear about their reasons for pursuing a PhD and the career options open to them, Julie Gould discovers.
Tom Baden's work into the neuroscience of vision has earned him the inaugural Nature Research Award for Driving Global Impact.
Two projects aimed at boosting female representation in STEM have won the second Nature Research Awards for Inspiring Science and Innovating Science, in partnership with The Estée Lauder Companies.
China is looking to lure young materials researchers from other nations, but its trade war with the US could hamper collaboration and innovation.
Gaia Donati and Julie Gould discuss some of the career issues faced by physicists today.
Moving to a new branch of science is scary, but learning new skills and collaborating with different colleagues can be exhilarating, Julie Gould discovers.