Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex
I am a lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex, UK. My current duties include a mix of research, teaching, supervision, and administrative tasks. My work days vary depending on the time of the year: they include teaching preparation, marking, discussing research with collaborators, writing manuscripts or grants, attending conferences or seminars, etc. There is only one constant, unfortunately, which is answering many emails. Generally speaking, I am very happy about my job, because it is varied, intellectually challenging, and because it allows me to travel, interact with interesting and smart people, and ask myself what I consider profound questions, e.g., what the role of emotions is.
My years spent at the CISA were fundamental for launching me on my career path.
My years spent at the NCCR for Affective Sciences (CISA) were fundamental for launching me on my career path, and I am deeply grateful for having had that experience. The CISA was such a rich and stimulating environment, bringing together scholars from many disciplines, and it provided me the means and intellectual freedom to develop and pursue my own scientific interests. After leaving the CISA, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in several laboratories across four countries and two continents. I, therefore, feel confident in my very positive judgment about the CISA.
I advise to make the most of their time in such an exceptional academic environment.
To future doctoral and postdoctoral students, I want to give the advice to make the most of their time in such an exceptional academic environment, to take in every interdisciplinary opportunity offered, while also taking care to develop strong expertise in their own specialty.