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Professor Ole Jensen

Professor Ole Jensen

Professor Ole Jensen
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Niels Bohr. Beyond being the founder of quantum mechanics, he created a vibrant research institute in Copenhagen with experts from all over the world. He encouraged open and collaborative interactions creating a rich interdisciplinary environment.

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

Collaborative and structured.

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

The first project will be well-defined for you to learn and acquire skill. After you are expected to take increasing ownership of the projects.

Supervision will be done in a team, including the PIs and experienced postdoc.

Progression monitoring and management:

You do not work for me; I work for you. We will have weekly meetings where I will help to problem solve and keep the project on track.

Communication:

We use Slack for project-related discussions. I tend to answer fast, and delegate support when needed. We have weekly group meetings where general problems and collaborations are being discussed.

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 fortnightmand additional meetings depending on need.

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 and additional meetings depending on need.

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 and additional meetings depending on need.

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?

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.

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.