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NSC podcast: Postdoc or not

NSC podcast: Postdoc or not

Please enjoy the first of our series of podcasts. The first topic: Shall I do a postdoc or not? https://naturalscience.careers/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/NSC-podcast-1-Postdoc-or-not.mp3

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Verve, ownership and team-work wanted!

Verve, ownership and team-work wanted!

We interviewed an HR manager at a chemical cooperation in the Netherlands.   What does the standard interview process look like? Firstly, I phone people up. Just to get a first impression and find out more about their motivation to apply....

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My professor, the career advisor

My professor, the career advisor

First published in ‘Nachrichten aus der Chemie’ (07/08-2017) In a seminar, we are discussing the application of a female postdoc. “You just said you never intended to have a career in academia. Why did you start this postdoc then?” “My PhD...

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Don´t think 8-8-8

Don´t think 8-8-8

"I can´t imagine that these jobs would be family-friendly," judges Maya, a PhD student. In our Women and career seminar, she already mentioned that she´s planning to start a family in the next few years. I observe how she is creating space for kids...

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Interview with a quality manager

Interview with a quality manager

Interview with Christoph Reiter (CR) CU Chemie Uetikon GmbH.   By Sabrina Kreutz (SK) SK: Good evening, Mr. Reiter, thank you for taking the time for this telephone interview. CR: With pleasure and I hope I can help you with some questions. SK...

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Research funding from industry

Research funding from industry

In a seminar that we provide for senior postdocs and group leaders, we talk about the topic of funding. After covering the usual suspects, I am asking whether the attendees have ever considered funding from industry. Fred, who is currently getting...

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“It’s only crazy until you do it.”

“It’s only crazy until you do it.”

About working at a conservation NGO Nirmal Jivan Shah is ‘the face’ and the CEO of the largest and oldest NGO for conservation in a place where other people make holidays; the Seychelles. We have been lucky to interview him about his career and his...

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Which type of conference delegate are you?

Which type of conference delegate are you?

This text has been translated from a German original written by Dr. Eliza Leusmann (published in Nachrichten aus der Chemie (April 2018, p. 446)). The drawings are from Maike Hettinger. Answer these eight questions in order to prove once more,...

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Trade fairs for job hunting

Trade fairs for job hunting

Trade fairs are great events, not only for buying or selling equipment, but also for networking and career development. Am I talking about career fairs? No, at the end of this post you´ll know why trade fairs might be better than career fairs for...

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Biological age or academic age?

Biological age or academic age?

In my office I find the application of a female academic in her early forties. The file feels heavy, 22 pages. Once I see that she is applying for a full professorship, I also know why. Fortunately, there is a table of contents, telling me what to...

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Seriously! Do I need to work?

Seriously! Do I need to work?

We are women, the women of the future! In Germany we have been allowed to vote since 1919 and have not had to ask our husbands for a “work permit” since 1977 (wow this is not THAT long ago!!!). Most of us also have a free choice as to whether and...

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Postdoc or not?

Postdoc or not?

Shall I do a postdoc or not? That is a fundamental question that you have to ask yourself before starting to apply for jobs. We believe that in most cases, it is relatively easy to answer this question. You should ask yourself what you would like...

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Overcoming the PhD Stereotype

Overcoming the PhD Stereotype

Guest post from David Giltner, PhD, founder of TurningScience. When I’m honest with myself, I’ll admit that there are two main reasons I got a PhD.  The first was the realization while earning my undergraduate degree that one doesn’t truly become a...

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Return to academia: The price I’m willing to pay

Return to academia: The price I’m willing to pay

Does academia deserve its reputation as a bad employer? And if so, why do some people choose to return? Philipp Gramlich and Karin Bodewits spoke to four scientists moving from the “real world” back into the ivory tower. Read the full length...

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Don´t speak with anyone!

Don´t speak with anyone!

The plane is shaken twice before we get to know the runway. We roll out briefly until we stop in front of the airport building, which is not much bigger than a barn. “Aeroporto Marco Polo Di Venezia.” It looks bleak; only a few men in orange safety...

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Podcast: How to find your dream job

Podcast: How to find your dream job

How to find your dream job? First of all you need to get to know yourself. This is the personal inventory that Tina talked about in podcast #4. Now in order to find a dream job, your own personal dream job, you need to know about the other side as...

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The girl with the gun- hobbies in your CV

The girl with the gun- hobbies in your CV

I'm sitting at the kitchen table with two friends, both team leaders. We talk about the applications they are processing. Blues music echoes from the speakers. An applicant recommended this music to my friend this morning. "You talked to her about...

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220 Shades of Grey

220 Shades of Grey

Wednesday 5:45h, Munich airport. I am at gate 16, Air Berlin. Life is grey, blue, black. Mostly grey. So many men. So many suits. So many shirts. So many shiny shoes. A few pairs of jeans, below a practical Jack Wolfskin coat. Tech staff or...

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