Biophysical Reviews

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 131–134 | Cite as

Trials and tribulations of an early career academic pathway after returning to Australia: reflections from an early career investigator

Letter to the Editor

Recent PhD graduates are often faced with the decision of whether to follow an industry, government and/or academic career path. For those who cannot decide, the option to continue onto post-doctoral training is a natural one. Deciding whether to move interstate or abroad for this critical training period often encompasses a multitude of stressors. This includes but is certainly not limited to applying for visas, relocating their lives to another country, establishing themselves within their new laboratories, considering building a family if they have not already and the decision of whether not to return to Australia. A recent comprehensive survey details important factors to consider during post-doctoral training, see (McConnell et al. 2018). In this contribution, I will try to describe some of the decisions, check and balances one encounters along the road to a productive academic career from the perspective of an early medical biophysics researcher.

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Amy Li declares that she has no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Discipline of Anatomy & HistologyUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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