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Phd Discussions Complementary Skills Session: Elisabeth Pain, Science Careers
Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 10:00 am–11:00 am
Planning for an Academic Career: A postdoc and beyond
Elisabeth Pain, Contributing Editor for Science Careers, Europe
Academic careers have become very competitive these days, and the career decisions you make as a Ph.D. student or postdoc may greatly influence your chances of success later on. Choosing well your first postdoc is particularly important, as you must ensure that you will be developing your skills while starting to make a name for yourself. When you should you start looking for a postdoc? What aspects should you consider? Where is the best place for you? In this session we will explore how to plan ahead and secure a successful postdoc, and how to prepare for the next steps on the career ladder.
After obtaining an engineering diploma in biotechnology from her native France, Elisabeth went to the United Kingdom to pursue her Ph.D. in immunology at the University of Bristol. Finding her calling in science journalism, she went on to obtain a postgraduate diploma in journalism studies from Cardiff University, with a bursary from the Association of British Science Writers. Since 2002, Elisabeth has been working for Science Careers, the online jobs and career guidance magazine of the journal Science – first in Cambridge as U.K. Editor and, starting in 2004, in Barcelona as Contributing Editor for Europe. Elisabeth has extensive experience covering a broad range of topics relevant to young scientists, going from job and funding opportunities in academia to alternative careers and work-life balance. Elisabeth also regularly contributes Spanish and French news stories for Science and its policy blog Science Insider.