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Dr Bernhard Staresina

Dr Bernhard Staresina

Dr Bernhard Staresina
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

My own PhD supervisor, Lila Davachi, because she taught me a ‘glass half full’ attitude in science, which is so important when critically viewing the work of others and when in need to overcome the struggles with uncertainty that science brings.

In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

My goal is to enable trainees to grow by fostering an environment that is inclusive, safe and where ideas, collaborations and friendships thrive.

In one or two sentences please describe your strategies regarding the following.
Provision of training:

Science is teamwork. I help you get started with analyses and then team you up with a buddy (either another PhD or a postdoc).

Progression monitoring and management:

I reserve a minimum of 1 hour per week for face time, where we discuss your overall progress and specific results from your research. We also hold weekly lab meetings in which we discuss research as a group.

Communication:

I’m flexible on communication channels, but we’ve had good experiences with Slack to ensure a quick turnaround when you have questions.

How often do your PhD students see you in a timetabled group meeting?

At least once per week

In year 1 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

At least once per week

In year 2 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

At least once per week

In year 3 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

At least once per week

What form do your 1:1 meetings with PhD students take?

Face to face (if allowed under current health and safety advice)

Open door policy?

Yes, I am usually contactable for an instant response (if required) on every working day.

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

Work in my lab requires being present on site (be it in a laboratory or at a field site) during the core hours of [complete defined hours and days] (or a subset if working part time).

Notice for feedback (e.g. on reports, manuscript drafts, thesis chapters)?

I need at least 1 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.