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Dr Johannes Boltze

Dr Johannes Boltze

Dr Johannes Boltze
University of Warwick
Who is my scientific inspiration and why?

Prof Michael A. Moskowitz, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Michael has a deep understanding of all aspects of cerebrovascular diseases and more than 50 years of experience in the field. Nevertheless, he still has the curiosity of a little boy and really sharp mind. He has always been in the background, but always influential. The only measure of quality he applies is scientific excellence. Michael has also been a teacher to generations of neuroscientists.

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

Supportive and collaborative, outcome-oriented, student-centred

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

Your practical training and day-to-day supervision will be supervised mostly by our experience post docs. However, we will meet frequently to discuss results, progress, and any potential challenges you may face to overcome them. I will also provide extensive background knowledge in the areas of neuroscience, will give you access to my academic network, and want to teach you on skills being relevant for your future academic career such as paper and grant writing.

Progression monitoring and management:

My primary goal as a supervisor is to reveal your full potential and make the time with us a highly rewarding and successful one. I like students having an eye on their progression and take responsibility for it, but will always be around for troubleshooting and support. You will be aware of what I expect from you as we will have frequent progress meeting, also given you the chance to ask for the optimal support you need in order to achieve your ambitious aims.

Communication:

I have an open door policy, so we can meet (almost) every time when there is a demand. Apart from that, we will have regular (at least fortnight progress meetings). It is important to keep each other in the loop – thus I tend to my team/PhD students at all hours of the day and night. Although I expect a timely response, however I will not expect you to do the same.

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 fortnight

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 fortnight

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?

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, and on most weekend days.

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.