PhD 021: Post-doctoral Life and the European Experience with Aleksandra Badura

This week we talk to Aleksandra Badura, a neuroscience post-doctoral researcher at Princeton University about the post-doc life and differences between the US and European PhD programs.

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  • Coming to the US from Europe to be a post-doctoral researcher
  • The “importance” of brand when accepting positions
  • Choosing a post-doc laboratory
  • Parallels between business world and academia
  • Job security
  • Applying for fellowships is vital for success in research fields
  • Differences between European counties and US in PhD training
    • Fewer courses in PhD program in Europe
    • Masters degree (~2 years) is mandatory before pursuing a PhD
    • Fewer European programs have a rotation system
    • Work/life balance
  • Considering starting a family
  • There is no magic end point to your career

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