Science-ing as a pregnant postdoc

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This post is my attempt to recognize all the things I was able to do while science-ing as a pregnant postdoc, while acknowledging that I am not super woman, and that the changing realities of my situation did have (a sometimes frustrating) impact on my work. Continue reading

Announcing Early Career Mentoring Program at ESA 2016

I’m cross posting this opportunity for funding ($200), one-on-one mentoring, and networking with fellow early career peers, from the Early Career Ecologist Section of ESA. I organized and launched the Early Career Mentoring Program last year, with the help of several other early and established ecologists, at ESA 2015. We received outstanding feedback from last year’s participants – both mentors and mentees really enjoyed the program and some have even maintained longer-term connections and communication post ESA. We’re running the program again at ESA 2016 this year for early career graduate students or postgrads who are entering a transitional career stage (last year of graduate program or 3 years or less post graduation date). Find out more details and how to apply here! Continue reading

Time management and science

Time management is important in any career. You want to get the work done that you need to, you want to do it in a reasonable amount of time, and you want to leave enough extra time to do all the other things in life that you enjoy. But in positions where work time or location is largely unstructured, keeping track of how you get things done and how efficient you are can be a lot more difficult.

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Reblogging – How to fail better in the academic job market

A few days ago, there was a great post on some (mostly) common sense advice for the academic job market on Tenure She Wrote. I’ve been thinking about these things recently, since the spring job season of on-campus interviews (I had one, yay!), acceptances, and (in my case) job rejections has just been finishing up. Overall, I think I was aware of most of the advice in the article, and I have been privileged to have some great mentors to help me out. But the blog post seems like a great no-nonsense refresher on things to keep in mind for each of the main steps in the application process (cover letter, phone interview, on-campus interview). I also really like the sentiment from the comments that:

“…becoming one of the top three candidates is saying you’ve done many things right, and it’s probably a matter of fit at that point (unless the job talk was surprisingly bad), so it’s worth a celebration.”

So keep your head up, because a whole new season of academic job applications is about to begin!