Episode #43: Interview with Jon Tennant about Open Science

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Jon Tennant

In this episode, Johanna Havemann will talk with an expert in scholarly communication and publishing Jon Tennant.

He will tell us why he has decided to join the Open Science community, what are the main challenges on the way to alter the traditional publishing system, and share his tips how to contribute to the open access culture being a PhD student or a young researcher.

Jon finished his award-winning PhD at Imperial College London in 2017, where, as a paleontologist, he studied the evolution of dinosaurs, crocodiles, and other animals. For the last 7 years or so, he has been a fervent challenger of the status quo in scholarly communication and publishing and became the Communications Director of ScienceOpen for two years in 2015. Now, he is independent in order to continue his dino-research and work on building an Open Science MOOC to help train the next generation of researchers in open practices. He has published papers on Open Access and Peer Review, is currently leading the development of the Foundations for Open Science Strategy document and is the founder of the digital publishing platform paleorXiv. Jon is also an ambassador for ASAPbio and the Center for Open Science, a scientific advisor for Guaana and ScienceMatters, a Mozilla Open Leadership mentor, and the co-runner of the Berlin Open Science meetup. He is also a freelance science communicator and consultant and has written a kids book “Excavate Dinosaurs”.

We spend billions and billions and billions and billions, perhaps even trillions, every year, on doing research. And then we spend billions and billions and billions and billions, locking that research away. That just does not make any sense. That is not democracy; that is not a benefit to society.

– Dr. Jon Tennant

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Episode #21: Filippo Guarnieri’s story

Episode #21: Filippo Guarnieri’s story

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Dr Filippo Guarnieri earned his PhD in theoretical physics in 2014. He is currently working as a postdoc in theoretical physics at the Nordc Institute for Theoretical Physics NORDITA in Stockholm, Sweden and is the chair of the Max Planck Alumni Association. In this episode, Filippo will share his story about his transition from academia to entrepreneurship, which he is presently undertaking.

“Many PhDs aim to transition outside of academia. However, many PhDs also prefer to procrastinate this transition, further venturing into academia. Procrastination may provide additional time to better develop your transferable skills and find your mission in life, but may also come with a price.”

Dr. Filippo Guarnieri, Postdoctoral Fellow at NORDITA

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Episode #19: Güneş Özhan’s story

Episode #19: Güneş Özhan’s story

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In episode 19 of PhD Career Stories Güneş Özhan talks about her career that led her to the current position as research group leader at the Izmir International Biomedicine and Genome Institute in Turkey.

Website: ozhanlab.com 
Twitter: @ibgizmir (institute account)


Hi! My name is Güneş Özhan; I am 36 years old. I graduated from Middle East Technical University Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2003. Continue reading “Episode #19: Güneş Özhan’s story”

Episode #18: Umesh Gangishetti’s story and tips

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In episode 18 of PhD Career Stories, Dr Umesh Gangishetti describes his transition from a PhD student working on Drosophila Embryogenesis to become a senior scientist conducting clinical studies on Alzheimer’s disease.



Hi my name is Umesh Gangishetti. I am from Hyderabad “A south eastern city in India and currently working as a Senior Scientist at Emory University in Altlanta, USA. Atlanta is at the East Coast, a city in Georgia State.

Today I would like to talk to you about my Journey in molecular biology and biochemistry career and how I transition into clinical sciences. During my PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology I was working on Drosophila Embryogenesis and soon I got interested in different developmental pathways that are required for proper embryonic development. At this time, I had no clue about industry and clinical research and was only thinking of doing a postdoc and later continue within academia. Continue reading “Episode #18: Umesh Gangishetti’s story and tips”

Episode #17: Amanda Bengtsson’s story

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In episode 17 of PhD Career Stories, Dr Amanda González-Bengtsson shares the story of her transition from academia to industry.

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Dr Amanda González-Bengtsson is a Public Relations Manager at Stockholm University and her passion is to promote science and make it known in society and to stakeholders. She explains how she managed to get a lot of job offers after the PhD just by actually doing all those things that career advisors tell us to do. She hopes that all of you can benefit from listening to the podcast and that you will achieve great things in your life.

Instagram: deep_insights_sthlm_uni


I started a PhD because everyone told me I would not stand a chance without it. They told me I would not get any good jobs if I didn’t have a PhD. And looking back on it, I do agree with them.  Continue reading “Episode #17: Amanda Bengtsson’s story”

In the press: Universitätsläraren

In the press: Universitätsläraren

Yes! We are in the Swedish newspaper for university lecturers called Universitetsläraren. Read the interview with our founder Tina Persson in Swedish at universitetslararen.se/…


English translation:

Podcast supporting researchers who want to leave academia

Hello there Tina Persson, founder of PhD Career Stories, a podcast that supports and assists researchers who want to change their careers.

Text: Per-Olof Eliasson

What happens in the pod?
– Scientists and university teachers talk about their experiences after they defended. They also share tips and tricks on how to be successful in seeking jobs.
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Episode #16: Fatma Guettou’s story and Tips & Tricks

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In episode 16 of PhD Career Stories, Dr Fatma Guettou shares the story of her transition from academia to industry and gives us a few tips and tricks on how to successfully complete the journey.


Dr Fatma Guettou is a structural biologist with a PhD in X-ray crystallography from Karolinska Institute.

After completing her PhD, Fatma moved to Munich for a postdoc position in the field of cryo-electron microscopy. However, she soon made a career transition to the industry and is currently working as a crystallographer at Medivir.

Fatma is involved in drug discovery projects where her main responsibility is to understand how proteins and drugs interact. The structural information generated by X-ray crystallography is very useful for the design of new and improved drug molecules.

In this “tips & tricks”-themed episode Fatma will share 4 tips that she found useful throughout her career pathway.