Episode 37

37: Work/life balance in academia

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February 17th, 2017

56 mins 30 secs

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About this Episode

In this episode, we talk work/life balance for early career researchers. Do you need to work a 70-hour week to be a successful scientist or can you actually have a life outside the lab?

Some of the topics covered:

  • An update on "the postdoc that didn't say no" story
  • Brian Wansink's response
  • De-identifying data in research
  • The perils of public criticism
  • Criticising the research vs. criticising the person
  • Some sage advice from a senior academic on "Making science the centre of your life"
  • Look for a boss that won't make insane demands of your time
  • How much good work is really coming out of a 70-hour week?
  • An old hack Dan used to do to pretend he was working on data when he was really just on twitter

Links

GRIM test calculator

http://www.prepubmed.org/grim_test/

Jordan's follow-up post

https://medium.com/@OmnesRes/the-donald-trump-of-food-research-49e2bc7daa41#.me8e97z51

Brian Wansink's response

http://www.brianwansink.com/phd-advice/statistical-heartburn-and-long-term-lessons

The "Making science the centre of your life" slide

https://twitter.com/hertzpodcast/status/832501121893724160

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