Working with PhD Students and ECRs Partners

Getting funding as a researcher – let alone an early career researcher or PhD student – is increasingly difficult. Particularly in the form of competitive grants. However, one source that remains somewhat untapped and under utilised is industry-funded research. In order to get access to industry funds, researchers need to find partners.

Should I Join a Team, Build a Team, or Go It Alone?

Academic research is increasingly collaborative across all disciplines.1,2,3,4 Yet being more collaborative does not necessarily increase productivity – certainly not on a per-author basis.5 Thus, as an ECR or PhD student it is a legitimate question to ask – should I join a team, build a team or go it alone? To be clear I’m […]

Industry Engagement for PhD students and ECRs

Getting funding as a researcher – let alone an early career researcher or PhD student – is increasingly difficult. Particularly in the form of competitive grants. However, one source that remains somewhat untapped and underutilised is industry-funded research. In order to get access to industry funds, researchers need to find partners.

What Does It Take to Become a Researcher?

For most people the beginning of the answer to this question will be “get a PhD”. However, in my experience a PhD is not necessary to become a researcher. Nor is it necessary to become a published researcher1. Of course, if you want a senior academic role, you’ll need a PhD. But if all you […]