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A podcast in which we discuss PhD life, research mechanics, and the tools for doing research.

A podcast in which we discuss PhD life, research mechanics, and the tools for doing research.




A podcast in which we discuss PhD life, research mechanics, and the tools for doing research.




Interview with Deborah Navarro Rosenblatt - Ep. 51

In today's episode, we interview Deborah Navarro Rosenblatt, who works at the Ministry of Health of Chile at the evidence informed health policy unit and is doing her PhD in public health at the University of Chile. In this episode, our main topic is being an academic parent during the COVID-19 pandemic, as Deborah has a 4-year-old daughter. We also reflect on what has changed in being a PhD candidate who is a parent from before the pandemic. Another topic that we touch upon is the PhD in...


Q&A - Ep. 50

We recorded a Q&A episode a while back in the middle of the Fall semester, but only got to publishing it now as we slowed down to one episode every other week. In this episode, we give a general update on how our Fall semester is going so far, as well as what we currently are working on. In the next part of the episode, we discuss a few questions that came in. The first question is about the social media platforms we use for our research, and why. We discuss ResearchGate, LinkedIn, and...


Interview with Cindy Harley - Ep. 49

In today's episode, we interview Dr. Cindy Harley, Associate Professor of Biology at Metropolitan State University in St Paul, MN. First of all, we learn about Cindy's career path, and how her career path is interwoven with the stage of life in which she had her son. We then dive deeper into her research, and learn about her research on leeches. The main topic of today's episode is on being an academic parent. We discuss both how having a child changed some of Cindy's attitude towards work...


How we make our science more open - Ep. 48

We've been talking about open science and open access publishing in previous interviews, but today we wanted to evaluate if we practice what we preach. We identify various parts of our research that we've made more open: publishing our databases or research data online, using available datasets. We also discuss how we are moving towards more open access publishing, the role of open peer review, the importance of preprints, and how Eva's attitudes towards open access have changed over time....


Interview with Veronika Cheplygina - Ep. 47

In today's episode of the PhD Talk podcast, we interview Dr. Veronika Cheplygina, associate professor at IT University Copenhagen in Denmark, blogger, and cat lover. We learn about Veronika's career path, and how academia has been pushing her away as well as pulling her back, and how she found her current position. We also learn about her research in machine learning, and the applications to medical imaging, as well as some current criticisms on this field of research. We then go into...


Work-life balance research and practice - Ep. 46

In this episode, we discuss the topic of work-life balance. First, we look at findings from the literature on this topic, which Eva has used to write an encyclopedia entry about (and since this entry is a tiny part of a large project, it will take time before it will see the light of publication). We look at findings from the literature on work-life balance satisfaction in general, the history of the topic, and findings on work-life balance in higher education, with a special focus on the...


Interview with Lena Karvovskaya - Ep. 45

In today's episode, we interview Dr. Lena Karvovskaya. Lena did herPhD in theoretical linguistics at Leiden University. After her PhD, she took up a job as a data manager at Utrecht University Library and then went to the library of VU Amsterdam to become a community manager for research data management. We learn from Lena's research on endangered languages during her Master's studies and her work on possession in languages during her PhD. We also look at the role of a community manager...


Impact of COVID-19 on Academic Parents - Ep. 44

In today's episode, Rico interviews Eva on the research she did with a group of international colleagues on the impact of COVID-19 on academic parents. We discuss the main findings of the research, that show that the negative impact on the research of academic parents is considerable, that most academic parents found more challenges than opportunities, and that associate professors are dealing with COVID-19 on top of the mid-career minefield. Another interesting finding is that both...


Interview with Jennifer Polk - Ep. 43

In today's episode, we interview Dr. Jennifer Polk, who has a PhD in history (2012) and has been working as a career coach and consultant since 2013. She is an expert on the challenges PhDs face transitioning to employment. We learn from Jen how she went from being a PhD in history to a career coach, and what her research back then has in common with the work she does nowadays. She explains us the different steps one should go through when starting to think about a career after the PhD...


Responding to reviewer comments - Ep. 42

In today's episode, we discuss Rico's experience in replying to the comments of the reviewers on his first journal article. We discuss the timeline between submission and receiving the comments, as well as what one can expect from various journals here. We also discuss the time it takes to implement reviewer comments and write the rebuttal, as well as the process Rico and his colleagues followed. Their approach (and what Eva uses) is based on working through the comments sequentially, but...


Interview with Marissa Edwards - Ep. 41

In today's episode, we interview Dr. Marissa Edwards from the UQ Business School at the University of Queensland, Australia. One of the topics she has worked on, is mental health and well-being in students and educators, which is the main topic of today's episode. Join us to learn more about Marissa's research on whistle-blowing, medical negligence, and mental health and well-being in students and educators. We dive deep into the topics on mental health in academia: where the current...


Q&A: Fall plans, from industry to academia, week in the life, skills for PhD candidates - Ep. 40

In today's episode, we address a number of questions that our listeners sent in through Twitter and other sources. Here's a list of topics we touched upon in this mixed mailbag episode: We are happy to receive your questions and answer these in a future Q&A episode! Reference Automate the Boring Stuff with Python - Al SweigartUdemy courseSummer goals post Corry Doctorow - Walkaway Maya Angelou - I know why the caged bird sings Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities Andy Weir - Project...


Interview with Ashley Hughes - Ep. 39

In today's episode, we interview Dr. Ashley Hughes, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Research Health Scientist at the Edward Hines JR VA Medical Center. She received her doctoral degree in Applied Experimental Human Factors Psychology in 2016 and Masters in Modeling and Simulation in 2013 from the University of Central Florida. Her research extends human factors in health informatics to improve work processes, such as technology uptake and data use, to...


From reading the literature to writing a literature review - Ep. 38

In today's episode we continue on the topic of the literature review. In previous episodes, we discussed our reading habits, and today we take a deeper dive into what comes after reading all these interesting articles: writing the literature review. This episode focuses on writing the literature review section for a journal article as well as writing the literature review chapter of the PhD thesis. We discuss several ways of processing the information from the articles we read, and how to...


Interview with Dr. Hao-Ting Wang - Ep. 37

In today's episode, we interview Dr. Hao-Ting Wang. She is a Postdoc Fellow at University of Sussex and Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Originally from Taiwan, she completed her BSc in Psychology in National Chengchi University, and then a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at University of York, UK. Her work involves brain-behavioral phenotypes discovery using functional MRI in large open access datasets. Working with large neuroimaging datasets ignited her interests in computation...


Where to publish an article - Ep. 36

In today's episode, we discuss how to select the right journal for your article. When it comes to selecting a journal, we discuss how to get the right advice and which tools you can use to decide where to send your article. We also discuss other topics to consider when selecting a journal: time to decision, indexation, copyright, open access, and other aspects that can be important for you to make a decision. We then round off with a discussion with our best tips for making your article...


Interview with Horacio Perez Sanchez - Ep. 35

In today's episode of the podcast, we interview Horacio Perez Sanchez, who is a professor in Spain and host of the podcast Investigando la investigacion. He is the principal investigator of the "Bioinformatics and High Performance Computing" Research Group at the Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia. We talk about his background, and current research. We also learn how much computing power his research requires, and how he finds this computing power available - methods that currently...


Writing a first journal article

In today's episode, we discuss Rico's experience of writing his first journal article. We discuss how much of the research was done before Rico and his coauthors started writing the paper. We also learn about their co-creation process of writing in work sessions through videoconferencing. Another topic we discuss is what Rico experienced as the easiest and hardest parts of the process, as well as how much time the group of authors took to write the article. In addition, we discussed the...


Interview with Dr. David Cañarte on finishing a PhD during a global pandemic - Ep. 33

In today's episode, we interview David Cañarte, who recently got his PhD in the department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida. David, who is originally from Ecuador, has a background in design and marketing. He has studied in Ecuador, the Netherlands, and the United States. We talk about David's meandering career path, and how his path and his wife's path have developed over these years. We also learn about David's research on social networks of immigrants, and...


Research in difficult times - Ep. 32

In today's episode, we take a deep dive into the topic of research in difficult times. We look at how COVID-19 has impacted our research and how we work - a topic we've also previously discussed with our guests on the podcast. We discuss what worked to keep going, or how to keep doing some work in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our best advice for dealing with difficult times is: We round off our recording with some speculations on what the future of (tele)work may look...