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Just arrived here on Mastodon so here's an ! Total Internal Reflection (TIR) is a ( but one that focuses on the human side of science instead of research.

Posts typically fall into two types - either commentary/opinion (sometimes silly, sometimes serious), or guides aimed at improving young scientists' .

I'll be highlighting new postings here, and would be delighted to get comments/feedback/input - the blog is all about starting a discussion rather than having the last word.

New posting! I’m less than a year into my new scientific career in the /#pharma sector, and the biggest difference with is already clear: it’s the money.

But not, as you might think, in terms of salary…👇

New posting! You wouldn't think that mandatory company training on policies & procedures would come across as a beacon of enlightenment, but that's how it did for me 😂 👇

New posting! A riff on permanent positions in , and how 6 months in has already brought more career stability (= permanent position) than 20+ years in . 👇

New posting! Here is the Total Internal Reflection #2023 retrospective: >30,000 page views, nearly 20,000 visitors, and the most shattering decision of my professional life to date.

As always, a massive thanks to all of you out there for reading/favouriting/boosting/commenting on the postings - much appreciated.👏

It's also just over 1 year since arriving here, and it's been fantastic to meet and connect with so many of you. Here's looking forward to many more reflections in 2024!😊

New posting! This is the annual look at some great and great in honour of . This year's style winner comes from Japan 🤩

A massive thanks to @batroelens for nominating a couple of 2023's style exemplars...😊

New posting! This is a short riff on the importance of scientific supply chains. The departure point is the coronavirus pandemic, and the way it illustrated the vital need to have a domestic supply chain to complement outsourcing. The same lesson, I think, is true to science training. Hope you like it!

The outrageously talented
Oliver Hoeller hasn't contributed to TIR in a long while (😢) but he does have a new book out 🤩- now all you budding artists and fans can learn some tips & tricks if you'd like to try sketching the world around you👇

One week in to and it's time to celebrate some more great scientists with great ! Here's Part II of the TIR Movember series. Anybody you'd like to nominate for the 2023 edition?

is under way! For those not in the know, the foundation raises awareness of , , .

To tie in with the event, TIR has an annual posting of "Great scientists, great ", and 2023 will be no exception!

First though, let's take a look back at previous iterations in the series... Got someone you'd like to nominate? Let me know.😃 👨👇

New ! This one suggests that good offers an escape to the problem faced by many (most? all?) contemporary group leaders in . Hope you like it! 👇

Naive question: how would you define the difference between a steady state and a futile cycle?

It's out! This paper (FA:
, A.Konle), now out in
@J_Cell_Sci is very much the story of the Morriswood group; it was started by one of my 1st rotation students, ended by other undergrads prior to the group's closure.

Massive thanks to
@ReviewCommons for handling the process, & also
@Co_Biologists for providing the best journal service I've ever encountered - rigorous, courteous, friendly, helpful. The paper is now also part of then#ForestOfBiologists initiative.

Also, don't forget that the "director's cut" is still available as a reviewed on
@biorxivpreprint here, where aficionados can dig a little deeper if they're interested:

Journal of Cell Science  
Daja Schichler, Antonia Konle, Brooke Morriswood @TIR_scienceblog and colleagues discover that entry of surface bound cargo in the trypanosome flag...

"More and more bitter, self-pitying, repetitive" - a regular reader slams TIR's recent content (ouch!). Reminds me of a similar discussion I had nearly a year ago that inspired the following posting (👇)'s certainly difficult balancing scientific wonder with structural commentary. But point taken; let's see if I can provide a bit more sunshine 🤩

Interested in and ? My dear (Tootless) friend Susanne Kramer has a -funded position available now in my old home of the University of Würzburg. Full details (including contact email) in the pic below 👇

New posting! This one riffs on a few talking points from my latest (not quite my last!) paper, namely the role of in accelerating research and providing a "director's cut" of papers, how NOT to do , and the importance of involving in frontline research.

Highlighting another posting from one of the best new blogs I've come across. Jess' descriptions of are heartfelt and will resonate strongly with those in a similar situation.

New posting! After at the end of April, my "jobseeker" status lasted exactly 2 weeks in the end. As of Friday I have now started a new career direction in - some thoughts on that in the posting 👇

New posting! This is the latest instalment in the series, in which /#BAME scientists talk not about their research, but about what inspired them to pursue a in .

Here, Ko-Fan Chen 陳克帆 (@kofanchen) discusses the accidental path that led from art to design to . Can you spot the pattern in the example he includes? (I couldn't).

If you'd like to contribute to this series, send me a message😃


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