Applying for University Faculty Jobs after the PhD — The Process

(This is Part 2 of a two part series)

I have the best job in the world (for me). I get to read, write, mentor young people, and contribute to science each day. I get to do this for the most part with the freedom to read and write when I want and where I want, and to travel to conferences and research sites throughout the year. I visited Austria, China, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Slovakia, Taiwan, Turkey, and the US this year. I presented my research to international audiences who asked thought-provoking questions. I published papers in high-impact journals. I won research funding; and I learned a great deal from my colleagues, students, and those who participated in my research. I am tremendously lucky.

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On a Maths Mission

As a school maths teacher, one of my favourite topics is the Venn diagram. Imagine a Venn diagram with one circle representing the set of Cambridge University Doctorate students, another circle of the viewers of the BBC quiz show University Challenge and a final circle for fans of my new BBC TV programme Monkman & Seagull’s Genius Guide To Britain.

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