“Studying biology should be considered a hobby”, that is what a speaker humorously mentioned at a job talk hosted by the Bonner Forum Biomedicine last year. The speaker, who had a PhD in biology and successfully worked in industry for two decades, did not intend to say that studying biology is easy, but she pointed out that there are simply too many students for too … Continue reading Pride and Prejudice – or: How to deal with the employment office
We had recently started talking to people who are scientists by training and successfully launched their careers after finishing their studies. Here, we mostly got our hands on fellow scientists who managed to gain foothold in industry, which is why it was about time to recall that the rocky road of academia might also be an alluring prospect. When hunting for potential new interview partners, … Continue reading Science and the City
After working at the National Institute for Medical Research (UK) and at the National Institutes for Health (USA), Christoph Wilhelm joined the cluster in July and was appointed as assistant professor for Immunopathology in September last year. We talked to him about the different mindsets he encountered on his way and his ideas on how to develop his research as well as the German research … Continue reading Welcome, Prof. Wilhelm!
According to this year´s Nature Graduate Student Survey , most graduates worldwide plan to pursue an academic career. In Germany, almost sixty percent of the graduates are very certain that they want to stay in academia, while only ten percent answered that they will very likely leave the academic track. Within the Cluster Science Days evening program “Life after your PhD” we discussed the questions … Continue reading Career development: Have the right feeling
Bonn is full of extraordinary scientists doing extraordinary research. One particularly extraordinary scientist is PD Dr Dagmar Wachten, who currently leads her own Max Planck Minerva research group at research center caesar. Her research deals with developmental processes with a special focus on sperm and heart development. “We use different imaging techniques and most of them are related to molecular imaging, meaning we want to … Continue reading Success Comes from the Heart
Dr Matthias Geyer is the leader of the Structural Immunology group located at the center of advanced european studies and research (caesar). After studying physics in Kiel and Heidelberg, he decided against chasing the Higgs boson but became fascinated about applying physical and chemical methods to biological questions. Here he talks about the use of biophysical methods in immunology, important character traits of young researchers … Continue reading Matthias Geyer gives structure to the World of Immunology