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Dr Dan Hebenstreit

Dr Dan Hebenstreit

Dr Dan Hebenstreit
University of Warwick
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

The nutty professor

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

Laid-back, outcome-oriented, collaborative

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

My group is interdisciplinary and collaborative; people are helpful and supportive and have a wide range of wet lab and dry lab skills, so most hands-on training will happen among colleagues, i.e., post docs/PhD students. I am always available, though, and will directly supervise where necessary/desired.

Progression monitoring and management:

I am always happy to have a chat about the project and usually can meet on the same day to discuss progress. I set out intermediate and long term goals, but with the understanding that some independent thinking, self motivation and organization is part of a PhD project.

Communication:

We have group meetings every 1 to 2 weeks, where we discuss papers or group members present their work. I am emailing my team/PhD students at all hours of the day and night, however I will not expect you to do the same. The team has a Slack workspace with which we regularly communicate during the week and weekends. Whilst I expect you to keep up with my/ team communications I will expect you to manage your work/life balance

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

At least once per fortnight

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 month

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 month

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 month

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

A mixture of face to face or via video chat or telephone.

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?

The timing of work in my lab is completely flexible, and (other than attending pre-arranged meetings), I expect students to manage their own 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.