• Question: Is doing science your full time job?

    Asked by p5avictoria to Tomas, Richard, Reka, Paul, Oliver, Laura, Judith, James, Hannah, Gemma, Emma, Ed, David, Anthony on 14 Jan 2019.
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      Anthony Redmond answered on 14 Jan 2019:


      Yes! I think I would go crazy if I was trying to do another job too!
      It would be very difficult to make progress on any scientific problem I’m working on!
      I try to keep my hours to roughly a normal 9-5 at the office. But I do also do some stuff at home (I think most people do). I wasn’t so good at that during my PhD and science kind of took over my life! But I do feel lucky to get to do this as a job!

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      Hannah Currant answered on 14 Jan 2019:


      Yes! I also work 9-5 most days, and a bit extra if I have a big deadline or something.

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      James Cole answered on 15 Jan 2019:


      Yes, although I don’t just do scientific research, I also teach my own university students and have various administrative tasks.

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      Reka Nagy answered on 15 Jan 2019:


      Yep – and the best part is that the scientific mindset that I have built up over the years doesn’t stop working after I step out of the office! Even when I am, for example, cooking, I get to experiment with different things and at the end, draw (tasty) conclusions about whether that extra ingredient I added (or left out) really had any impact or not 🙂

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      Richard Milne answered on 15 Jan 2019:


      Yes, but a lot of that means writing up studies, presenting the work at conferences as well teaching and admin – and endless emails!

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      Laura Nolan answered on 15 Jan 2019:


      Yes it is my full time job. I wouldn’t have any time or energy to do another job on top of this!

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      Emma Meaburn answered on 15 Jan 2019:


      Yes! Although I am a research scientist at a university so whilst on paper ‘science’ is my full time job, it is comprised of many different things, including teaching science to undergraduate and postgraduates, supervising and overseeing research, writing papers and grants, sitting on committees, going to talks, etc. It is very diverse, and every day is different.

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      Judith Sleeman answered on 15 Jan 2019:


      Yes, I’ve always worked full time as a scientist in universities and now do a mixture of research, teaching and the dreaded admin! I do have friends and colleagues who work part-time as scientists and it works well. Academic science can be very flexible, which is helpful if you have family responsibilities although often the flexibility works the other way an you can end up working far more hours then is sensible.

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