The love for your subject

When starting on the path to academia, you generally know, broadly what subject area you like. First you realise you like science. Then you figure out that you prefer biology to chemistry or physics. Somehow a few years later you’re studying the intricate details of spider gait (and realise that Read more…

Life advice (part 2): Holi-daze

And now for something completely different. Let’s jump ahead to that (seemingly impossible) point in the future where you’ve spent enough time working on THE graph as well as many other graphs and words, which have themselves come from what feels like millions of experiments. You’ve not slept a full Read more…

Working the lab

The big decision has been made, you have picked the right supervisor. They’re going to help you flourish and develop into the perfect, employable graduate student. They’ll always be there to answer all your questions, but wait, what? What do you mean they’re in another country, before going to a Read more…

The art of supervisor wrangling

A colleague of mine was sitting beside a senior academic at a conference. A young researcher was giving a presentation on the preliminary results from their doctoral research, and the senior academic was really impressed. The topic coincided perfectly with his research interests. Meeting the young researcher over coffee, the Read more…