We have come to the end of the post-PhD career profile series where we’ve heard from my friends who have left academia and those who have stayed. I hope that it was useful and inspiring for those who are currently doing a PhD. You may have noticed that people left/stayed in academia for many different reasons. There isn’t a formula for what you should or shouldn’t do but I have noticed some trends which I want to summarise.
Elaine Emmerson, Postdoc at the University of California, San Francisco, USA
Elaine started her academic career as a research technician at the University of Manchester. Six months into a project investigating impaired wound healing, she realised that academic research was her true calling and started a PhD a year later. After her PhD she was awarded a prestigious fellowship from The Healing Foundation, naming her the David Hammond Charitable Foundation Postdoctoral Research Associate. After her PhD, she made the transatlantic journey to UCSF as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Program in Craniofacial Biology.
Néstor Sáiz, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York , USA
Néstor did his PhD in Developmental Biology at the University of Manchester. His PhD focussed on how cells in the early mammalian embryo coordinate their fate decision-making and their spatial arrangement. After his PhD, he moved across the Atlantic to pursue his academic career in New York. “I continue to work in academia because I enjoy having the chance to think about the general principles that underlie biological processes and to dictate the focus of my own research.”