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Dr Florian Busch

Dr Florian Busch

Dr Florian Busch
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

There are many people who have inspired me and for different reasons. I very much look up to people that can critically assess scientific data and take them for what they are, even if that means giving up a long-held belief that is now being contradicted.

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

You will work towards mutually agreed goals in a supportive lab environment. You will have plenty of opportunity to think and tinker so you can maximise your creativity.

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

Initially I take responsibility for your technical training with detailed instructions, but I expect this to be leading to more independence later.

Progression monitoring and management:

I will set out my expectations of your progression on a regular basis. If these progression criteria are not met we will always discuss a plan of action together. During the second half of your PhD I will expect you to take more ownership of your progression but I will act as a collaborator and will give guidance when you need help troubleshooting.

Communication:

I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or my/our expectations. Ideally communication will happen during normal working hours face to face, but I am also open for discussing issues via email or video conferencing. I will send emails at hours that are most convenient for me to manage my work/life balance and I expect you to do the same.

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 fortnight

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

Preferred face to face (if allowed under current health and safety advice), video chat possible

Open door policy?

Yes, I am usually contactable for an instant response 3 or 4 days per week.

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

The timing of work in my lab is flexible, and (other than attending pre-arranged meetings), I expect students to manage their own time. Tasks requiring access to shared equipment need to occur at the times pre-arranged with other members of the team, and students need to be able to commit to these times.

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.