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Dr Jill Johnson

Dr Jill Johnson

Dr Jill Johnson
Aston University
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

I like scientists who have persevered in the face of adversity – Rosalind Franklin and Robert Hooke are two of my favourites.

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

Detail-oriented, supportive, organised.

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

I prefer to take responsibility for your technical training at first, leading to more independence later. Postdocs and PhD students in the lab will also provide support.

Progression monitoring and management:

I like to be kept up to date, and will expect to see evidence of method development/data generation results on a daily/weekly basis. I have high expectations and will push you to your full potential.

Communication:

The team has a WhatsApp group chat 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 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 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). Otherwise, by video chat.

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. However, certain tasks in my lab need to occur at set times, and students need to be able to commit to a rota/timetable shared with other members of the team for these tasks.

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

I need at least 2 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.