37: Work/life balance in academia

Episode 37 · February 17th, 2017 · 56 mins 30 secs

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


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Jordan's follow-up post


Brian Wansink's response


The "Making science the centre of your life" slide


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