Career

Section describing the real issues affecting scientists careers in Europe today

Two myths shattered: the gender differences in leadership and the glass ceiling for women

According to a new doctoral thesis by Anne Grethe Solberg, there is no difference in the leadership styles of men and women. In groups comprised of both genders, an androgynous leadership style was found to be the best for creating a climate for innovation. Her study shows that women’s and men’s leadership styles are only marginally different. Read more [...]

Trends Shaping Education

Imagine education in 2050: Will memory implants let us learn a language in an afternoon? Will city students need to learn about strange concepts like “farms”? Will students still go to universities or just study online? The OECD has just published the latest edition of "Trends Shaping Education", which identifies key factors that may affect the future of education, and poses some thought-provoking questions on how that influence might be felt. Read more [...]

Commercial awareness for PhDs and Postdocs: why should you care?

When employers were asked about the type of skills they thought researchers would have only about a quarter of respondents said they thought researchers would have high levels of commercial awareness. This compared to closer to 100% who thought researchers had a high level of skill in data analysis (phew!). So why should this matter? Well, because employers in many sectors of industry value commercial awareness. Read more [...]

Why academics need to know about internationalisation of industrial R&D

A new EC report, The role and internationalisation strategies of multinational , scrutinises the nature of industrial innovation in Europe. Today, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, automotive, IT hardware, electronics and electrical equipment are the most internationalised industries. The report is published as part of European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry’s global review of innovation policies. The lessons from this report may have implications for academic research that is likely to result in technology transfer of research into innovative solution Read more [...]

Deadline for the Rammal Award extended to 1st April 2013

The Rammal Award was created in memory of the great Lebanese physicist Rammal Rammal (1951-1991). It is awarded each year to an outstanding personality or organisation of strong scientific stature who, through their life and through activities pursued in a Mediterranean country has elevated the level of scientific exchanges or the perception of science in the region. Read more [...]

Conjure your own career opportunities

It was a dark and stormy night. Annette was bored with Angry Birds and was dreaming of a way she could expand her horizons, advance her skills and learn more about a particular subject. She was especially interested in working with a certain genius in her field and wondered to herself if there was a fellowship or grant available for which she could apply to aid her in attaining her goal. She did some online research, but lo, there was no grant to be found. Read more [...]

Scientists can’t network and other myths

Recently, a newly minted science doctorate asked me for some help finding a job. He had applied for hundreds of advertised openings, both postdoc and non-academic positions, but to no avail. So I asked him about his networking strategy. “What networking strategy?” he replied, clueless to what I was referring. I spent the next hour emphasising the importance of networking in finding hidden job opportunities and communicating your value to decision-makers. I outlined for him a customised networking plan which would enable him to meet and interact with professionals who have the power to hire him for the jobs he so desperately wanted. When our meeting concluded, I asked for feedback on the career consulting session – “Did you find our discussion helpful?” I inquired, thinking I was up for a major pat on the back. “No,” he said instantly. “You didn’t tell me where I can apply for a job or places where there are more advertisements for jobs.” Read more [...]