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PostDoc positions in the UK

Without having to say it, Oxford, CambridgeImperial College London and Kings College London will be the first Universities that come to mind when researchers think about great Universities in the UK. However, the UK has an incredible amount of research institutions that carry out top class research....Read More

IRISH PUBS TO USE AMAZON STYLE DRONES TO DELIVER PINTS OF BEER TO CUSTOMERS IN CROWDED BARS

Amazon are not alone in using drones to deliver goods to customers as currently four bars in Dublin, Ireland (The Stags Head, Odessa,The Mercantile & 4 Dame lane) are developing drones that can deliver pints of beer to customers in crowded bars.....Read more


Why is doing a Literature Review like Making Chicken Curry?

Have you ever made a curry? Do you know someone who has made it? Well, if you have or if you ask someone who has, you will find it’s like doing a Literature Review. The most important hurdle in making a good curry is getting all the ingredients right. The right proportion added at the right time gives the flavour and the taste....Read More


PhD salary expectations

 After 3-5 extra years in further education you would expect that post-graduate students would see a broader spectrum of job possibilities on the market. However, this is not the case with many PhDs and Post-Docs having tunnel visions of becoming group leaders and Professors in academic institutions or finding reduced options in the job markets that deal with their experience...Read More


The story of PostPostDoc - One year on!

If you have been a regular visitor or a new visitor, thank you! PostPostDoc turns one this February and so far I think it has been a great success. Since last February PostPostDoc has had over 9,000 visits, 18,000 page views from 111 countries and our month on month visits and page views are growing steadily!...Read More


Drink less coffee during your PhD / Post-Doc

Caffeine or 1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6(3H,7H)-dione 3,7-dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6-dione (as it is chemically known according to IUPAC) is the fuel that runs the scientific community, it helps many scientists get through late nights in the lab, provides them some extra focus when they are fatigued and provides a common meeting point for Professors, Grad Students and Post-Docs to complain about life in the lab. Not even the lab rats are safe with nearly 5,000 publications found under "Rat AND Caffeine" in PubMed.Gov....Read More 


When I decided to leave my job in science back in 2011 I knew I had to update my CV, be proactive in applying for positions and with some luck I would hopefully get a position I was after. Two of my friends who left academia had recently got positions with pharma companies, so I decided to ask them did they have any advice for my job hunt. The first answer I got back from both of them was to join LinkedIn...Read more


Ten great articles about academic training and grad school life

A collection of some of the most interesting articles from across the web about academic training and grad school life. Articles by NextScientist, FromPhDtoLife and Benchfly discuss topics that we have all been thinking during our time in academia... Read More 


14 Awesome tips to help your write your PhD thesis

This is a fairly easy and motivating tip for writing your PhD thesis. So what you do is place your charger as far away from you as possible (but not too far!!!) and start writing without your laptop cord plugged in. It's now a race of time to see how much you can write before your laptop goes dead, but remember save regularly!...Read More


Science cakes from twitter 

A collection of some of the best science cakes on twitter!..Find out more


Seasonal affected disorder (SAD) is thought to affect more than 12 million people across northern Europe a year. Usually occurring during winter when people’s vitamin D levels drop due to lower levels of ultraviolet-B light. Many affected display symptoms of hopelessness, anxiety, pessimism, social withdrawal and depression...read more


Solving small problems in the lab always lead to greater answers to bigger scientific questions. Whether it’s figuring out why an antibody won’t blot or a protein won’t immunoprecipitate, overcoming these hurdles to help make a project progress can be a determining factor in the publication of papers or the success of grants. However, sometimes optimisation is not the only factor in whether an experiment succeeds or fails, the quality of materials that are being used for the experiment are critical for success....Read More


3 Reasons to publish in open access journals

Over the past few years momentum has gained in the scientific publishing community for researchers to publish their data in open access scientific journals. Open access to published research offers a significant social and economic benefit and ensures scientists and the general public are up to date with the latest scientific discoveries....Read More


The increasing complexity of the cell

The increasing complexity of the cell

The increasing complexity of the cell – a 100 µM blackhole

 

After 6 years of scientific research I have come to realise that a single cell is probably the most complex system known to man. Not that I didn’t realise this already, but recently my friend, a computer programmer, asked me how a cell works. Since he thought that DNA codes for everything, he thought it was just a simple matter of a gene being expressed and the cell carried out its function like a worker bee....Read More 


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5 Tips to increase lab productivity:

When you look back at some weeks in the lab it seems like you have achieved nothing. Your cloning hasn't worked or your mice just won't mate. Or sometimes you are just allergic to working in the lab, and before you know it another year has gone by, your funding is running out and you are wondering where you are going to find to the time to finish those critical papers that will make your grant application. Applying some rules to your working week will hopefully increase your lab output and makes those hours spent in the lab more productive....Read More


How to turn a scientific CV into a business CV

A huge problem that many scientists feel leaving the lab is that they do not have enough business experience to make the transition out of science, and with this little business experience what kind of jobs can they apply for? However, everyday many scientists successfully make the transition into the world of business without a sniff of a MBA...Read more


Academic Myopia - Why I will never return to the lab

Two years ago I resigned from my post-doc at the department of genetics, University of Cambridge and have never looked back. After getting the dream position and moving to Cambridge I thought I that tenure could be a long term goal....Read More


Finding PhD/ Postdoctoral Research Jobs and Positions:

Competition for academic positions are reaching new heights, and it is not uncommon that some jobs at top Universities receive up to a hundred applications for one position and in some cases, two hundred or more....Read More


Grant writing advice for research proposals and fellowships:

First off, and perhaps the most important bit of advice I can suggest, is to give yourself plenty of time when writing a fellowship proposal. Yes, yes, I hear you say…. we know this already. But, you do need to be able to research and write your application, then give it to someone else to read and / or give yourself a bit of a break before you read over it again with fresh eyes and correct it. It’s easy for reviewers to spot when an application is rushed (whether the idea isn’t properly researched / developed or the application is full of typos) and these are unlikely to get past the initial round of screening...Read More


Tips for Writing your PhD Thesis

For most PhDs there can be huge optimism in the time it takes to write your PhD thesis.  Leading up to Christmas I expected to wrap up my experiments and begin writing in the January and submit by the end of the February, Post-Docing by the start of March! ....Read More


How long is a PhD thesis?

One question I did ask myself before I started to write up was "How Long is PhD thesis". If like me you did your PhD under a new PI, you more than likely will not have examples from previous PhD students that submitted theses from the lab. Having previous students and postdocs in the lab will give you a wealth of information about how a professor likes the structure of their PhDs theses...Read More