Episode 29: Academic Jobs Special 2

For some the viva is a milestone on a greater journey into academia. If you are aiming to stay in academia after the PhD, what can you do to improve your chances – not just of getting that first position, but of sustaining and developing an academic career?

In this special episode, the second Academic Jobs Special (the first was way back in January 2013), I’m joined by Dr Jennifer Cromwell. I interviewed Jenny for one of the earliest episodes of the podcast, and it was great to have her back to share a little more of her story and where it has taken her so far. Jenny and I chatted about the life of an early career researcher, academia and what those who are looking for an academic career can do to set themselves apart from their peers.

If you’ve got any questions or comments about this episode, or any other, then please get in touch: either by commenting here, tweeting @VivaSurvivors, or emailing me. I’m sure that there will be more Academic Jobs Specials in the future, but for the next few episodes it will be more stories and advice from PhD graduates sharing their research and viva experience!

Thanks for reading!

Nathan (@DrRyder and @VivaSurvivors)

Episode 3: Dr Jennifer Cromwell

After a delay of several weeks Viva Survivors is back!

In Episode 3 I talk with Dr Jennifer Cromwell, who earned her PhD in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool in 2008. Jenny is a Macquarie University Research Fellow at Macquarie University in Sydney, and we had our conversation with a nine hour time difference! Jenny had lots to say about her experience as a postgraduate researcher and a really interesting viva story.

I was really interested to hear about her experience as an early career researcher, and she shared some valuable insights from her career so far.

Keep checking back for details of the next episode of Viva Survivors, which will be up hopefully by the weekend! You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @VivaSurvivors – and please RT and share the podcast and site with others that you think will be interested.

Slight Delay

Hi all, hope that you’re finding the first two podcasts interesting. It has been great to see so many people downloading the podcasts already and I’d really love to hear from you if you have any questions for future interviewees, or just questions about vivas in general.

There’s a slight hold-up in getting the next few podcasts ready for upload: I’m directing GRADschools for the KESS programme, so it’s going to be next weekend before Episode 3 goes up. Sorry, I had hoped to get it ready sooner.

It’s worth waiting for though! I’m interviewing Dr Jennifer Cromwell, an egyptologist at Macquarie University in Australia. I really enjoyed talking with her, and I think that you’ll find her perspective interesting! Stay tuned, follow Viva Survivors on Twitter for more updates, or drop me a line.