Interview of Shubha Tole from TIFR, Mumbai, on the social and subconscious biases in society against female scientists and some approaches to tackling these challenges.
A couple of weeks back it was my first one year in Kolkata and India after pretty long overstay in the USA. Amidst all fear, speculations, we took a rather bold decision to come back to India. My position was not permanent; it still isn't, but that rarely affects my work or my daily functioning. We left our comfortable jobs, beautiful home, green-card to work for our country. Now after … More
As one nears the end of their Ph.D., a question that begins to daunt some of us is “should I or shouldn’t I do a postdoc.”
Setting up my own lab has been an exhilarating experience, which I have thoroughly enjoyed the past few months. Mid semester recess brought the much-needed break and without much realization month of March knocked at our door. I was oblivious as to what was in store for me.
After I joined the perfect new institute to perform research and teaching simultaneously, the next logical step I embarked upon was setting up the lab. This required finding vendors, comparing specifications and pricing and procuring desired material. This was a responsibility I was utterly unprepared for and was completely naive in the vendor's market.