PhD

SIUConversations Oxford: Academia And Industry - Advancing Science And Your Career

SIUOxford hosted our first educational event for this academic year on November 16th 2017, titled ‘Academia and Industry: Advancing Science and Your Career’. We welcomed three professionals, all with experience in both academia and industry, to share their career journeys and to offer advice to attendees on how to approach bridging the gap between the two areas.

A Journey from Research to Commercialisation of Science – An interview with Dr Jeff Skinner

It is a common struggle for many aspiring scientists to gain knowledge and support to commercialise their scientific ideas. We interviewed Dr Jeff Skinner, the Executive Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School (LBS).

Enterprising Women: How the Greek Financial Crisis Inspired a Startup

Spotting an unmet need and coming up with ideas to meet it are essential for the success of a startup. Where your ideas stem from, however, can be completely unrelated to your background and expertise. Dr. Denise Xifara was the guest of Enterprising Oxford recently and here we bring you the story of her, her doctorate in genetics, the Greek financial crisis and her startup Nupinion.

Academia's Bittersweet Box Of Chocolates: (Tr)eat With Caution!

Becoming a successful scientist, handling difficulties in career choices while maintaining the ever illusive life-work balance...Sounds difficult, doesn't it? Our guest speaker Melissa Vo at the SIUConversations event in Frankfurt has been doing it all and on April 19 she told us about how she handled this mixed box of chocolates that is academia. Here is the summary of her talk. 

Leaving Academia: It’s Okay, and Here is Why

In this next shortlisted piece from the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition, our Frankfurt division editorial lead Dejan Draschkow brings us his thoughts on leaving academia and why it's quite OK to do so because it doesn't have to mean steering away from what you love doing as a scientist. Read on for very useful tips on how to carry on outside of academia after your PhD.

Academia, Startups, Small Enterprises: Do I Need to Choose?

SIU and Naturejobs held a writing competition back in February. Our writers wrote about their opinions on career choices, life in academia versus industry and the option of starting a company for researchers. This week we will publish the articles that were shortlisted for the competition. In this first article, Holly Reeve, a postdoc from University of Oxford, brings us her thoughts on career choices, the challenges facing her and other researchers when it comes to getting ready for the next step and how academia and industry can learn from each other.