Beautiful fusion deliciousness… or a hot mess?

Interdisciplinary research. So hot right now... or is it? To be clear - I'm a super fan of interdisciplinary work. I'm happily 'post-disciplinary' myself. My PhD was interdisciplinary, and my current job is transdisciplinary. I work with all kinds of research students, from physics to fine art; education to chemistry, I embrace you all! While … Continue reading Beautiful fusion deliciousness… or a hot mess?

To be, or not to be doing a PhD (that is the question?)

I'm constantly surprised (although I don't know why) at the ability of a PhD program to trigger a full blown existential crisis. While most of the time the feelings will pass, sometimes the crisis is a good thing - it's your subconcious speaking and you'd be advised to listen. Last week an ANU student, let's … Continue reading To be, or not to be doing a PhD (that is the question?)

How to get a job in academia when you finish your PhD

How do you get an academic job? Much of the advice out there boils down to one statement: "publish early, publish often". However, after reading Jen's post last week I think we should approach this advice to 'just publish' with caution. Jen's figures showed clearly that being 'one dimensional', i.e. just a researcher or just a teacher, was the surest road to marginal employment. Academics in permanent positions tend to do teaching and research.