How I Got This Job | Toward a Pleasurable Postdoc

Courtesy of Andrew Pemberton

Early Indications: I saw a flyer for marine biology degrees on a school bulletin board when I was either 16 or 17 years old and just thought, "This is for me."

How I got here: After earning my Bachelor's degree at Liverpool University, I spent a year at Leicester University learning basic molecular biology techniques before starting my PhD at Aberdeen University. During the third year of my PhD studies, I began to think about what I wanted to do next. I had secondary-school teaching as a backup plan, but thought I'd try to stay in science. I was lucky enough to get funded as a Leverhulme Trust Special Research Fellow [now called an Early Career Fellowship]. During that time, John Bishop, a fellow at my host institution, the Marine Biological Association of the UK, had...

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