Science-ing as a new parent postdoc

Wow, my last post here was over a year ago, which nearly feels like a lifetime ago.

I had a baby. I am a scientist.

But balancing those two things feels like a constantly evolving magic trick. In the past year, I’ve learned a lot about myself, how to take care of a tiny human being, and how to keep getting work done. My heart has grown at least three sizes.

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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!