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By Peter J. Feibelman

A Ph.D. isn't really Enough! is needed analyzing for someone considering using to graduate institution or coming into the technological know-how task industry. targeting severe survival abilities, it bargains sound recommendation on identifying a thesis or postdoctoral adviser; determining between examine jobs in academia, govt laboratories, and undefined; and defining a learn software. This re-creation good points updates all through and a brand new bankruptcy reflecting today's speedily altering global.

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Making your thesis or postdoctoral adviser happy is sensible, and worth doing, but not more so than acting in your own best interests. Know Thyself—A Sweet Job Turns Sour B. obtained a PhD from a top-flight university in the Midwest. He had two different thesis advisers during the course of his four years as a graduate student. The first was a Nobel prizewinner, a theoretician whose name is a household word to chemists. The second was an experimentalist, also a very widely respected scientist. Having completed his degree, and cognizant of the scarcity of real jobs, B.

S, F. ’s lab. The results were inevitable. Being a clever young man, F. realized that his future depended on gaining recognition for a significant piece of work, work that would have to be done in short order. , no less clever, understood that his probationary position required him 0465022229-Feibelman_Layout 1 10/28/10 10:36 AM Page 14 14 a p hd is not enough! to complete several projects and get credit for them. The result was not a happy collaboration but months of bickering over who would turn knobs on the machine and who would get credit for the scientific progress.

Acquiring a postdoc, in short, is much like buying a piece of laboratory equipment. One assumes it will work for a while, helping to produce results. Then it will be replaced with a newer model. From the postdoctoral employer’s viewpoint, signs of a candidate’s viability are, accordingly: . an excellent thesis-research presentation—this implies that the candidate will be a good spokesperson for the supervisor’s research program; . not having taken overly long to finish the PhD—supporting the hope that after a sojourn lasting no more than a few years, the postdoc will have produced several publications; and .

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