US vs Europe: hours in lab
Karin.Rengefors at limno.uu.se
Fri Feb 23 12:41:52 EST 1996
I don't believe it's possible to generalize about European hours in lab.
In fact, I don't even believe I can generelize for Sweden. However, I
can tell you about my department (Limnology). Most Ph D students seem to
work a reasonable 9 to 6, or something like that, except for grant
application deadlines, intensive lab or field studies. I don't believe
anybody can be effective 12 hrs a day. Also, many of the graduate
students (both male and female) have children while doing their PhD's.
My advisor (male) works 8 to 5. He always leaves and picks up his kids
from kindergarten, and is often the parent at home with the kids when
they're ill. In fact he told me that he thought that it's a good time to
have children while doing your doctorate. He says it makes you very
effective! (I know he spent alot of time at home with his son while he
was doing his Ph D - but of course, he didn't spend 9 months being
nauseous and tired).
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