Keeping Track of Your Research Output

March 4, 2018

When you first start working in research, for example in the last years of your studies or when starting your Ph.D. project, you haven’t produced any research output yet.

Eventually, the research projects you are part of or your own research start to shape into actual research output, which may materialize into a conference abstract or paper. This further develops into a poster or talk to be presented at a conference, and later it may become a journal paper. Continue reading…

The End-of-Year Review and Goals for the Coming Year

January 3, 2018

The time around New Year’s is the perfect moment for reviewing the past year to remind oneself of tasks, projects, results and achievements. Once the review has been written, it can be used, together with one’s personal ambitions, to formulate goals for the coming year. Continue reading…

Six Essential Habits for Your Ph.D. Project

September 3, 2017

Completing a Ph.D. project successfully depends on a number of factors, such as working on an interesting and well-posed problem and together with skilled people from whom you can learn the trait of becoming and being a researcher. It also, however, depends on you and your ability to develop the right habits during the project.

In this post, I share the essential habits that I formed and developed during my own Ph.D. project – several of which I’m still relying on and holding on to in my post-Ph.D. career. Continue reading…

Publishing after Leaving Academia: How Long to Continue?

April 11, 2017

When you near the end of your PhD or postdoc project, you aim at wrapping up all projects and results, so that you get the last results and manuscripts submitted. And you likely do not manage to finish everything, and interesting work and results therefore remain unpublished. So what do you do? Continue reading…

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…