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Fiebelman - A PhD is Not Enough

Tags: books, grad school

  • Always a place a theme to your work
  • Postdoctoral advisors do not necessarily have your best interests in mind
  • Aggressively try to find a mentor
    • Most professors take a darwinian approach because it is less work and they are not at fault
    • Make sure the mentor teaches survival skills
  • Postdocs are cheap labor
    • Important notes:
      • Thesis presentation
      • Not overtly long PhD time
  • If fields are being changed, start reading before the postdoc position starts
  • Clocks start ticking the moment you leave grad school!
  • Finish something as a postdoc. Do not take on long projects with future payoff, focus on projects that can be quickly accomplished.
  • Postdoc should give you 3-4 staff members with good letters of recommendation.
  • Write compelling papers via:
    • The structure of a news article is a good model to follow in preparing a scientific publication. Newspaper readers, like your research colleagues, rarely have much time for acquiring new information. This is just the reason that news articles present a story several times, in increasing levels of detail. Their headlines, equivalent to the titles of your scientific papers, are there to draw readers in by providing a succinct description of what is noteworthy.
    • Missing links in logic and wishy-washy arguments require more work
  • Professorships
    • Aim to teach less in the first few years to setup a lab
  • Dilittantes are not looked upon favorably
  • Do not waste time grant writing as a postdoc, this skill will be learned later on
  • Become problem oriented instead of technique oriented

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