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The gang mystery_incwere stumped. Researchers kept joining the university and then vanished into thin air!

Was there some dark laboratory in the basement where they were all held captive and never saw the light of day again? It appeared some of them seemed to be able to escape to attend various development sessions but sadly some never did. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr Michael P. Weir is a research associate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, at The University of Sheffield. His blog is Science on Toast and you can find @scienceontoast on Twitter.

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us”. 

– J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of The Ring (voice of Gandalf)


Successful time management could well be the most critical challenge for research staff trying to forge ahead in the early stages of their careers. Gandalf’s words of wisdom may well have been about dealing with the looming threat of cataclysmic evil, but I don’t think many post-doctoral researchers today feel too far away from the cutting realities of the ‘publish or perish’ academic world. I’ve certainly been reminded enough times that a healthy publication record is a huge part of securing that elusive permanent academic position. Read the rest of this entry »