Leaving Academia after the PhD: One Year After

February 19, 2017

As I entered into the last six months of my PhD project, I started looking more seriously and concretely for my next position. I had, almost since the beginning of my project, kept an eye out for interesting research groups and companies as I came across them, but at this point I started looking more specifically at open positions.

But there was still one big decision I hadn’t made: Stay in academia or leave for the industry? Continue reading…

Writing the Ph.D. Thesis – Part 1: Preparing

February 21, 2016

The Ph.D. thesis is “La Grande Finale” of a big research project and an ideal place for passing on knowledge, insight, and ideas to other researchers and future Ph.D. students. At the same time, writing the thesis can seem like a daunting task, akin to climbing a mountain. Continue reading…

Writing the Ph.D. Thesis: Remember to Read, too

October 10, 2015

An important part of writing the Ph.D. thesis (or any other long document) is to actually write and avoid stalling in fear of the writing not being perfect. The text will never be perfect, especially not the first time writing it, and is better approached iteratively in a “write, correct, write, correct, write, correct,…” sequence. Continue reading…

Communicate Your Research Frequently and at All Levels

June 21, 2015

Communicating research, for example during a Ph.D. project, is tremendously important and rewarding and should have high priority. At the same time, communication takes time and without realizing the both short and long term benefits, it’s easy to not give it the attention and emphasis it rightly deserves.

In this post, I first share a number of reasons why research communication is beneficial – and then outline pratical ways to share and communicate one’s research. Continue reading…

Taming the Information Overflow – Part 3

May 16, 2015

This post is the third of three in a series on my systems for handling the increasing amounts of information, both outside and in my work. My routines for finding, collecting, reading and processing news articles, blog posts and social media links and scientific publications in my research and Ph.D. project were the topics of the two previous posts. Continue reading…

Why Can’t I Find Your Ph.D. Thesis on the Internet?

February 26, 2015

A Ph.D. thesis is the climax of a Ph.D. project where several years of studying, reading, thinking, creating new ideas and knowledge – and a lot of hard work! – is collected into a single, coherent document that puts all of the efforts and contributions into a scientific context and form. Continue reading…