Naturejobs podcast: Family life, career life: Making it work

Transitioning from academia to industry is a common direction for a career move. But it is possible to move the other way, even as a mother of five children? In this podcast we share Paula Littlejohns’ story. Paula started her microbiology…

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Naturejobs podcast: Life in the PhD lane

The Naturejobs team looks at careers in sports science and life as a PhD student in 2017 following publication of Nature’s biennial PhD survey. A combination of sport science and PhD life data is what this Naturejobs podcast: PhD in the fast lane, offers.…

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Naturejobs podcast: Life in the PhD lane
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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…

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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…

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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…

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Vitae Panel Discussion: Might increasing expectations limit the intrinsic attributes derived from a research degree?

Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2014: panel speaker "This workshop aims to consider the juxtaposition between the increasing demands on time, research outputs and broader skills development with some of the core elements that make doctoral graduates stand out. There…

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Curiouser and Curiouser

Today has been a pretty monumental day for science. At around 06.30 (BST) NASA had their own Higgs-like event: the Curiosity Rover was safely guided to the surface of the planet Mars, and the world celebrated with the scientists who…

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