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By JONATHAN THON | March 10 2016

To read the previous articles in this series please visit the links below: The door to an academic science career – open or closed? Commencing the academic job search – impetus and deadlines The academic job search – getting your foot in the door Preparing your application package for an academic job Preparing for the […]

By DAVID KENT | March 01 2016

Let’s focus our evaluations on the research rather than the person completing it.

By JONATHAN THON | February 22 2016

A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams. – Simone Weil  To read the previous articles in this series please visit the links below: The door to an academic science career – open or closed? Commencing the […]

By DAVID KENT | February 12 2016

Focus your efforts and don’t waste other people’s time.

By JONATHAN THON | February 01 2016

If you are not sure what you want to do for a living, that message comes out loud and clear in the interview. To read the previous articles in this series please visit the links below: The door to an academic science career – open or closed? Commencing the academic job search – impetus and […]

By DAVID KENT | January 19 2016

I’m being applauded for taking parental leave, yet my partner – also a scientist – faces the usual obstacles for her maternity leave.

By JONATHAN THON | January 12 2016

Most importantly: remember your audience.

By DAVID KENT | January 05 2016

Jonathan and I want to wish our readers a very happy new year. In 2016 we want to continue to expand the back and forth with readers as we compile things for our book based on Black Hole ideas and discussion. We’re delighted to be working with superstar editor Angela Jameson Potts on getting these […]

By JONATHAN THON | December 21 2015

There are problems with academic science. We all know this to be true. After roughly eight years of maintaining The Black Hole blog, and three decades having experienced academic science from the ground up — as curious kids, volunteers, undergraduates and then graduate science students, postdoctoral fellows, instructors, professors, thought leaders and mentors — Dave and I have accumulated a comprehensive […]

By DAVID KENT | December 08 2015

Last week, a series of articles came out in Nature that highlighted the need for urgent change in PhD education. This is not a new call, but in one of the articles, Julia Gould does an excellent job of drawing attention to some serious efforts that are underway to both understand and address the problem. […]

By JONATHAN THON | December 01 2015

We don’t know where our first impressions come from or precisely what they mean, so we don’t always appreciate their fragility. – Malcolm Gladwell To read the previous articles in this series please visit these links: The door to an academic science career – open or closed? Commencing the academic job search – impetus and […]

By DAVID KENT | November 25 2015

In my last post, I alluded to a wish list for our new government that would “inspire change across a country that has become, in international eyes, a non-supportive scientific environment.” When I began my PhD in 2003, there was much more liveliness in the science community of Canada: people had bold ideas for how to create vibrant scientific research […]

By JONATHAN THON | November 16 2015

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. – Albert Einstein To read the previous articles in this series please visit the links below: The door to an academic science career – open or closed? Commencing the academic job search – impetus and deadlines […]

By DAVID KENT | November 10 2015

There has been a lot of chatter in social and news media about the recently elected Canadian Government and its “pro-science” stand. There is not one, but two, ministers who have  the word science in their titles. The long-form census will be restored. Just this week, the government dropped the policy of muzzling government scientists, issuing strong statements […]

By JONATHAN THON | November 02 2015

There is every reason not to pursue an academic career in science save one – that you could not, in good conscious, do anything else. — Jonathan N. Thon, PhD This is the second in a series of articles. To read the previous article, visit the link below: The door to an academic science career […]

By DAVID KENT | October 28 2015

An article came out earlier this month in the FASEB Journal (published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) that contained a somewhat shocking set of data: it turns out that the number of  scientists undertaking postdoctoral research in life sciences is declining. While these data are only for the United States, they are still surprising amid […]

By JONATHAN THON | October 19 2015

My purpose is not to scare you, but to summarize the reality of the present economic climate for young scientists.

By DAVID KENT | October 09 2015

After many months of consideration, Jonathan and I have finally decided to push forward with making the Black Hole blog entries into a book. The last six years have seen a steady stream of blog entries, reader comments and guest posts that have highlighted many of the major issues challenging the way our system currently […]

By DAVID KENT | September 30 2015

One of the best peer-review processes that I have experienced is one that I didn’t get a great outcome from. I was applying for one of my first research grants with the U.K. Medical Research Council and did not get an interview based on the reviews of six experts who each had read my research […]

By JIRO INOUE | September 21 2015

Editor’s note:  This week, we are very pleased to have a guest post from Jiro Inoue, a postdoctoral fellow at the Robarts Research Institute, Western University. He is the current vice-president, external, of the postdoctoral association at Western, and the vice-chair, operations, of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars. Dr. Inoue has shared his thoughts on […]