Over at Grad Life, nice interviews with five McGill University biology postdocs (the majority of them in ecology and evolutionary biology) on trying for a career in academia. Lots of good advice, both on how to get an academic job and on being clear-eyed about your chances. Also personal stories to let you know that, whatever your experience has been, you’re far from alone.
I sympathize especially with Suzanne Gray, who’s been told repeatedly by senior faculty that “The only people who don’t get a job in academia are those who stop trying.” Protip to those senior faculty: you’re confusing cause and effect. Don’t. And stop giving postdocs advice based on how the job market worked back when you were starting out.
My own story, which I think resonates with these interviews, is here.