How did you plot your scientific career path?
January 4, 2012 9:57 AM Subscribe
Biologists, biochemists, and microbiologists: how did you choose your field? I'm coming to the end of my undergraduate research year, and hope to apply for doctoral study for 2013, but am finding it very hard to settle definitively on a field and a lab to target. If you were a bright young thing about to start your research career in earnest, where would you hope to end up?
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot to Work & Money (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Details: I'm in Australia, and my research and work experience has been in protein engineering and biomarker discovery, so a lot of proteomics and nuts and boltsy biochem benchwork. My undergraduate education was in biochemistry and clinical microbiology.
There are a few fields that I've only slightly brushed up against, but am quite interested in: for example, a lot of neuroscience topics, especially neurodegeneration processes and neuropharmacology, as well as lot of viral stuff, like oncolytics. I feel like I lack practical grounding in these fields, but I'm not at all averse to a bit of a challenge.
I wouldn't mind continuing with my current avenues of inquiry, but I only really took on the projects I'm soon to complete because of some attractive grant packages - the ultimate purpose of the work I do is pretty mundane.
So, thoughts on fields that are interesting and expanding, and that can sustain a career for at least the medium term? Any tangential advice is also most welcome!