Moving on from academia into scientific publishing

March 5th, 12:00-12:30

I work as an editor in the ‘Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’ team at Nature Communications and enjoy my job very much. In my presentation I will talk about how I made the transition from academia into scientific publishing and the challenges I faced. I also want to give some insights into what my daily job looks like and how the hiring process for editorial positions works in our company.

Dr. Karin Kuehnel

Senior Editor Nature Communications

Karin studied biochemistry at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Cambridge. After completing her PhD studies at the University of Cambridge she returned to Germany for a postdoctoral position at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund, followed by a second postdoc at the MPI for Medical Research in Heidelberg. Karin then started her own group at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and worked on the X-ray crystallographic structure determination of autophagy related proteins. In September 2016 she moved to London to become an editor at Nature Communications. Karin has been interested in structural biology throughout her academic career and now enjoys handling submissions in this field at the journal.


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The symposium is funded by the "Excellent science" programme of the Ministry of Education and Science (formerly Ministry of Science and Higher Education).