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Top PI Marc Wilkins (2/2): Starting from scratch again

After six years in industry, Marc Wilkins took on the challenge of returning to academia. In this second of two articles, he tells Gerd Winter how he succeeded.

Marc’s top tips 

  • Negotiate initial start-up funding and then focus on publishing as much as possible.
  • Use your experience of industry, with its disciplined, outcome-driven workflow, to benefit your academic research.
  • Focus on a targeted and achievable research strategy to convince Australian funding bodies.

For many academics, moving into industry to build up a company from scratch would be a daunting prospect. But how about leaving industry again after six years to successfully relaunch a high-profile university research career?

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