In order to be good researchers and outstanding academics, we are required to acquire knowledge, develop independent thought and curiosity, but this is not always enough. It is no less important to learn how to share our science, to work as a team, to combine leisure and family life with a career and to deal with failure and success. All of the above are classified as “soft skills” and perfecting them contributes to efficient and fruitful academic research. The workshop’s aims is to teach the participants a number of “soft skill’ tools and methods which will help them and serve them in their careers. The workshop is divided into three 2-hour meetings, each of which will include a frontal lecture, assignments and group work.
This workshop will expose the participants to three topics which are relevant to young researchers:
1. Time management and work-life balance. The workshop will give the participants simple tools to manage expectations, plan their time and prioritize tasks. We will discuss dilemmas and solutions to achieve life-work balance.
2. Motivation and how to find post-doc positions. We will discuss the mid-dissertation crisis and how to reinforce motivation as well as how to take the next step in our careers, with an emphasis on post-doc positions.
3. The imposter syndrome: characteristics and ways to deal with the syndrome.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 10:00-12:00
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 10:00-12:00
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 10:00-12:00
About the Instructor
Dr. Ruth Scherz-Shouval earned a BSc in the life sciences with honors at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2002 and a PhD in biological chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2008. She conducted postdoctoral research at the Weizmann Institute and Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and joined the faculty of the Weizmann Institute in October 2015. In addition to her scientific work, Ruth has been teaching “soft skills” to PhD students at the Weizmann Institute, as well as in academic workshops in the Israeli academia outside Weizmann.
Dr. Ruth Scherz-Shouval
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Medium (6 hours)
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