Do you dream about an academic career in science?
I know your struggle. I have been in your shoes and I have created this course to give you pragmatic advice on how to become a professor in science.
open secrets of academia that nobody tells you!
What you get:
I’m a Full Professor for Neuroanatomy and the Director of the Doctoral School for Medicine & Life Sciences at Hasselt University in Belgium. In partnership with other colleagues and universities in Belgium, I also organise university and national events to support young scientists in their careers.
In my current role, I’ve found a good career and life balance. However, like many scientists my career has been an emotional roller-coaster, jumping between many different jobs and countries. I discovered my passion for science studying medicine in Berlin (Germany). I did a lot of research there and was also very mobile. I studied in Parma (Italy) with ERASMUS and did research stays in Hamamatsu (Japan), Harvard (USA) as well and London (UK). I moved back to Berlin and worked for six years in an anatomy department. Then, after two tedious years of applying for a limited number of professor positions in Germany, I started looking internationally. I managed to secure three interesting offers, from Imperial College (UK), University of Southern Denmark (Denmark) and Hasselt University (Belgium). After negotiating for several weeks and weighing up the different options, I moved to Belgium in 2008 and have never had minute of regret!
Navigating my science career has been a long and challenging journey so I’m excited to help make it easier for young scientists. Through this course I will share my experience, as well as bringing you the best advice from other star and role model scientists.
Who should follow this course?
PhD students, postdocs and young professors in science - especially in the life sciences and similar domains such as biology, biomedical sciences and medicine - who want to get the best advice on how to become a professor and how to pursue a scientific career with success.
Prof. Hendrix provided me with invaluable insight into the world of academia! I have learned to see myself through the eyes of the recruiter and how best to sell my strengths, skills and experiences.
Dr. Dearbhaile Dooley, postdoc --> assistant professor, Dublin