Desk Reject: der PhD-Cast

Im podcast "Desk Reject: der PhD-Cast" unterhalten sich die 4 Nachwuchsforscher Sopherl, Sasha, Didi und Boris über alles was angehende, derzeitige oder bereits promovierte PhD oder Doktoratskandidaten beschäftigt. Unter anderem werden Themen angesprochen wie: - Wieso überhaupt einen PhD oder einen Doktor machen? - Mit was möchte man sich beschäftigen? - Mit was beschäftigt man sich tatsächlich? - Wie geht man mit der Einsamkeit und Ängsten um? - Wie vereint man Forschung mit Lehrverpflichtung? Wir finden uns, mehr oder weniger, regelmäßig in, mehr oder weniger, derselben Konstellation im Keller der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien ein, um unsere Halbweisheiten mit der Welt zu teilen. Disclaimer: Wir übernehmen keine Haftung für den Wahrheitsgehalt unserer Aussagen und raten Zuhöreren davon ab, wichtige Entscheidungen aufgrund unserer Ratschläge zu treffen.


episode 40: Post-Doc reasoning (with Jackie Lane from HBS)

An interview with Jackie Lane and a discussion on postdocs vs Assistant Profs

Episode 40 is a milestone for the Desk Reject team in 2 respects. 1st, we recorded our entire episode in English - which will be our MO for the near future. 2nd, it's EPISODE 40!! And we have a very special guest, Jacqueline Ng Lane, former Post Doc at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard and current Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School. In the first part of the episode, she will be sharing advice for grad students regarding:

  • What is a lab in Social Sciences
  • visiting abroad in general and the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard specifically
  • what the decision process was around starting a postdoc after her PhD
  • how life will change as an Assistant Professor
  • Whether you should apply as a visiting researcher or postdoc at one of Harvard's labs

Thereafter, your usual hosts (minus Sophie who couldn't make it) discuss whether our opinion about embarking on a postdoc has changed in light of Jackie's input. Finally, Alexander has a more positive review of his stay abroad after several complaints regarding his last episode's resumé.

If you are interested in learning more about the wonderful Jacqueline Ng Lane, you can learn more about her research here:

This episode was recorded in Vienna at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Music for the intro and outro was provided by: Blue Dot Session

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This episode was recorded and produced by: Alexander Staub .

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 2022-07-11  48m