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
- 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