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DoctorYou S02E15: Why a PhD? with Martin

05.06.2019: Big question and big guest for the last episode of this season. Martin Ghisletti is in the studio to discuss the question „Why a PhD?“ in a career perspective. He was Head of the ETH Career Center and is currently leading the team of Personnel and Organisational Development at ETH.

Francesco and Martin after the episode.

Some of the questions that we try to answer during this episode are:

  • What are motivating factors for a PhD? What are good ones?
  • For which jobs is a PhD a must? For which ones is it a nice-to-have? And for which ones can it be an obstacle?
  • What is a good point during the PhD to start to think about the next career step?
  • What are important career factors after the PhD in academia? And in industry?
  • How to translate the skills acquired during the PhD for jobs outside academia?

Check out the webpage of Career planning – My Future, a guideline for career planning, and the course My career prospects within and beyond science, a course offered by the Human Resources of ETH.

Thank you for having followed DoctorYou S02!

The old episodes are available on SpotifyiTunesMixcloud to add an interesting twist to your summer! On the train, at the beach, in the mountains, at home or on the way to your job: every place and every moment is good for listening to DoctorYou!

Stay tuned on Instagram and Twitter for updates and see you again on air in September for DoctorYou S03! I look forward to it… but in the meantime…

Have a nice summer!


DoctorYou S02E14: After graduation…? Unconventional paths with Andi

Andi and Francesco after the live stream.

04.06.2019: Andrea Blankenship, also known as @alles_gute_andi on Instagram, guests on DoctorYou today! We talk about her unconventional choice of moving to ETH for a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering after graduating from MIT and the experiences related to her choice.

We also get to talk about Instagram, the blog „Never Mind the Gap“ that she writes with her colleague Molly and prototyping big life choices as moving to another country or deciding to do a PhD.

The episode will be soon available on SpotifyiTunesMixcloud. In the meantime you can listen to all the juicy episodes of this second season of DoctorYou!

Tomorrow, 16:45, Why a PhD?

We are going to discuss the big question „Why a PhD?“ with Martin Ghisletti, who works at the HR section of ETH. Tune in and send us your questions in the chat section of this website or on InstagramTwitter and YouTube!

See you on air!


DoctorYou S02E13: The gift you would give to all PhD students…? with Nolwenn and Matthew

28.05.2019: Dr. Nolwenn Lemaître and Dr. Matthew Clarkson from the Department of Earth Sciences guest on DoctorYou. Also Aditi Chatterjee, who guested in S02E04 is in the studio!

The big question opening this episode is: What would you give as a gift to all PhD students if you would not have any constraint? The two answers we get are self-awareness (Matthew) and excitement about science (Nolwenn). We also discuss how to get self-awareness and excitement about science.

Other two topics we talk about are collaboration vs. competition and having multiple supervisors. In that regard, Nolwenn and Matthew have experience of having multiple supervisors: Nolwenn has had 4 supervisors and Matthew 3 during their PhD. They share with us the roles their supervisors, the advantages but also the challanges of having multiple supervisors.

We close the episode with the worst and best from their PhD experiences. Go in and listen to the episode on on SpotifyiTunesMixcloud.

Chat with us in the studio during the live stream!

As I mentioned Aditi was in the studio and send us a question in paper form! For you who are listening at home, in the library, in the train or wherever you might be on Tuesday afternoon, we have many channels, through which you can send in your questions and chat with us during the live stream! The most practical and anonymous is the chat section on (see. picture). Else we also have Instagram and Twitter, where you can comment or send DM’s.

Next week, Tuesday 17.15, …

Which one is the unconventinal path?

we are going to talk unconventional paths, with Andi, a Master Student who did her Bachelors at MIT and now is doing her Masters at ETH! Tune in!

If you want to propose a guest for the program, give a feedback or share an experience, fill in the form below! Many thanks and see you soon on air!


DoctorYou S02E12: The Nightline with Ricarda

21.05.2019: Ricarda Rosskopf, who studies Earth Sciences in the last semester of her Bachelors and is in charge for the events of the Nightline Zürich, guests on DoctorYou.

We start with the Nightline in 3 emojis:

  1. 🌔 : moon, because the help and the service offered by the Nightline is offered during the night.
  2. 📱 : phone, because you can call or chat with the Nightliners during the night.
  3. 👥: two people communicating, because the Nightline is about talking and chatting.

We discuss also the principles of the Nightline (anonymity, non directive approach and confidentiality), what is the mission of the Nightline, what it is like to be a Nightliner and how you can start to volunteer in the Nightline. Go in and listen to the whole episode to get to know more about the work of this student association! It will be soon available on SpotifyiTunesMixcloud.

Next week, 17:15, on…

surprise… The content is still to be defined. Stay tuned on our social media for updates:  InstagramTwitter and YouTube. And if you have suggestions for the program or want to share something, fill in the form below, which is anonymous.

Thank you for listening and see you on air next week!


DoctorYou S02E11: The process of scientific publication with Rita

Rita and Francesco after the episode

14.05.2019: How is the process of scientific publication? What are our experiences of it? Today Rita Saleh, PhD student at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology, guests on DoctorYou for the second time. We have already collected some experience in the process of scientific publication and we share some thoughts rising from our (still limited) experience about 4 points :

  1. Journal selection
  2. Writing
  3. Content
  4. Review

A very interesting point brought up by Rita is the difference between Abstract, Conclusion and Summary! Listen to the podcast soon available to get to know more!

Next Tuesday, 17:15, the Nightline

is going to guest on DoctorYou. The Nightline is a student initiative, where volunteers are available during the night for anonymous phone calls. To get to know the Nightline better I invited the president Friederike and the coordinator of the events Ricarda to guest on DoctorYou!

Remeber to tune in next Tuesday at 17:15 on and see you on air!


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