Merve Mollaahmetoglu talks to Dr Carol-Ann Getty and Dr Basak Tas about the time immediately after completing a PhD. They discuss funding, how to look out for a permanent position and how to choose a post-doc university. They also talk about how competitive fellowships are and when to start applying for them. They also cover the impact of the pandemic and how to look after yourself during and after your PhD.

“I’m in my final year and in the writing up process. but I can’t image doing that alongside writing up a fellowship or a grant application”

“There’s this idea in academia that, because we like what we do, we have to sacrifice our personal life for it…. you do also need to think about your personal life and that can be an important priority in terms of choosing what type of route or what career you do take in academia”

At the end of the episode, Merve interviews Professor Sir John Strang about the SSA’s post-doc transitional scheme and about his own reflections on working in addictions.

“It probably does involve having an approach to [an academic career] where you’re much more willing to listen and to look around you at how both the nature of the problem one’s talking about, but also societal responses might be changing. And I think you have to be prepared to change your own thinking and change the type of work that you do over time. Some people would find that unsettling and view it negatively. Personally, I think it’s what makes the addictions field or substance misuse field endlessly fascinating.”

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