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Thread: Visa requirements for short Research Assistant role - UK

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21-Feb-17, 14:41
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If she is NOT a national of an English speaking country (listed here >> https://www.gov.uk/tier-2-general/knowledge-of-english), or if her undergrad, MSc or PhD was not obtained from the countries listed in the link I have provided, I am afraid there are no two ways about it. She NEEDS to sit for an English (IELTS) test. The English proficiency will NOT be waived on account of her having previously done some research towards her PhD in the UK. The advice from the international office was spot on; when you come as a short-term research visitor like she did initially, you don't need to have an English test certificate. I am also assuming that her PhD was not awarded by the British university where she spent some time as a research visitor. If I were her, I would straight away start preparing for an IELTS test. Results usually come out after 14 days. It's better to spend £150 on IELTS test than risk losing the exorbitant visa application fees.

Thread: University reputation , supervisor reputation or funding?

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19-Feb-17, 23:58
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No need to ask your potential supervisor just yet. Most supervisors actually push their students to publish and they're expected to provide guidance and support. You will publish papers from your PhD research findings. Once your start your PhD, it's advisable to interact with senior PhD students and postdocs/research associates in your research group. You will learn a lot from them.

Thread: University reputation , supervisor reputation or funding?

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19-Feb-17, 19:49
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When you apply for a postdoc or Lecturer post, recruiters will be looking for a candidate with an impressive publication record. Don't expect to be handed an academic post simply because you were at a Russell group university. If someone from an ex-poly has a good publication record over a Russell graduate, the former will no doubt get the job.

Thread: 12 days until final submission and feel like I am walking through treacle

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16-Feb-17, 12:15
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Oh, I have been there. I passed my viva last month with minor corrections. A month later I am still struggling to finish up things which under normal circumstances can be done within a day or two.

Thread: Post-Phd... No post! Advice appreciated

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01-Feb-17, 10:46
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In my research group where I am pursuing a PhD, there's a postdoc colleague who got his current post under some interesting circumstances. He attended a conference and a professor in my research group liked his work. The prof approached the guy and asked him if he was willing to take up a postdoc post in his lab. Lucky guy!! The job was advertised formally but of course, the interview was just a formality for him. I am sure there are a number of people who applied for this position and possibly had higher credentials but ended up not getting the job for obvious reasons. Sometimes it's all about networking.

Thread: Research Assistant/Associate Conundrum

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11-Jan-17, 12:41
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Thanks TreeofLife for an elaborate answer.

Thread: Research Assistant/Associate Conundrum

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11-Jan-17, 11:13
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It's quite common to see Research Associate posts advertised with the following conditions: "If the PhD will be awarded shortly, the appointment will be made at the Research Assistant level until the PhD has been completed".

I have picked out two keywords in there, "awarded" and "completed". For someone who's had a successful viva, made corrections and handed in the final thesis, but NOT yet graduated, will they be employed as Research Assistant or Research Associate? Many thanks.

Thread: Post doc- an adventure abroad?!

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08-Jan-17, 10:51
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Last year, jobs.ac.uk hosted a webinar where they discussed research opportunities in Germany for non-Germans. Three non-German postdocs gave their views about language, culture, work ethics etc. You may find it helpful.
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/careers-advice/working-in-higher-education/2467/postdoctoral-and-research-opportunities-in-germany-google-hangout-on-air-summary

Thread: Switching lab (racial gender minority issue)

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30-Dec-16, 11:16
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posted about 2 months ago
By "switching labs"; do you mean moving to another university or simply moving to another research group within your university? There's no guarantee another lab will "embrace" you fully. It may turn out to be worse, but you have to do a thorough check before making that move.

Five months is too short a period to cultivate a working relationship. Take an initiative to reach out to your colleagues. Target one or two who are seemingly friendly to you, say hi to them every morning. Talk about your interests, sports, movies, your culture, global politics, language etc. Whenever there are social events, such as the end of year dinner for the lab, don't hesitate to take part. If someone invites you for a cup of coffee, don't shy away. It may turn out that your colleagues view you as someone who is reclusive, shy and difficult to engage in a conversation with. You should also seek help from laboratory technicians and other support staff on certain techniques.

Thread: Positive ending after R&R

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21-Dec-16, 12:39
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What an inspiring story @fatbob. Your story will undoubtedly help many who've gone (will go) through a similar experience. Well done and congrats.

Thread: Questions on thesis

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14-Dec-16, 12:03
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I am in the engineering field, so my scenario may be different from yours.I started my PhD in October 2013 and I submitted a few weeks ago (waiting for the viva). The literature review in my upgrade report is substantially different from the thesis lit review. Midway through my experiments, I made quite a number of modifications which included conducting additional tests to widen the scope. I finished all the experimental tests in March this year and went into full writing mode. I didn't really have much time for writing before that except for the papers. At the beginning of this year, my thesis just contained a skeleton structure. I started with the literature review (in March) to "align" it with my findings. So I spent close to 7 months from start to finish. I managed to submit two papers which were both accepted in May/June this year. The feedback I got from reviewers was quite helpful. I incorporated these papers into my thesis and they formed the backbone of my results chapters. Good luck.

Thread: Looking for a PhD in Geophysics in Europe

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14-Dec-16, 10:37
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If you are pursuing a funded PhD programme, in most cases the funding bodies pay those funds in advance to the University. These funds pay your stipend, tuition fees, purchase of consumables for your entire PhD duration.My understanding is that EU students already enrolled in UK universities at the time the UK ceases to be a member of EU will continue to pay home fees. Only those who will enrol AFTER the UK has formally left the EU may be required to pay tuition fee at international rates. Lest we forget, UK is still a member of the EU. Just to give you a practical scenario, when UK universities decided to increase tuition fees from £3000/£4000 to about £9,000 (for UK/EU students), this increment only affected future students. Students who had already enrolled continued to pay the old rate, save for the annual inflation-adjusted increments. Just go ahead and apply.

Thread: I need a professional academic advice for pursuing a PhD

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12-Dec-16, 11:22
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Are there any reasons why you aren't so keen to pursue a PhD in a field related to Oil and Gas Engineering? In any case, most PhD projects in engineering (and science) these days tend to be multi-disciplinary in nature. With your background, for instance, it's quite possible to pursue a PhD in areas such as chemical engineering and mechanical engineering under the sub-fields like CFD, combustion, heat transfer, fire engineering. These fields I have mentioned are multi-disciplinary and research groups in most universities dealing with these areas would typically have researchers from various backgrounds such as engineers, physicists, chemists, mathematicians etc. Both Earth Science and Mathematics are quite diverse fields. For instance, there's Applied Maths and Pure Maths. Someone with an engineering background may pursue a PhD in Applied Maths, but highly unlikely to be accepted in Pure Maths. Equally, there are certain fields within Earth Science which closely align with Oil and Gas engineering, others are diametrically opposed. Professors (especially in the UK system) wouldn't accept someone who would struggle and has no basic knowledge of the field. But I understand in the US, it works differently because PhD students there do some coursework for two years or so. The coursework can bridge the knowledge gaps.

Thread: Skype interview for international Post-doc

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14-Nov-16, 16:21
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posted about 3 months ago
I know you are very anxious to hear the outcome, but I would advise you to be a bit patient. I hope this long wait won't distract you from making progress in your PhD. Good luck.

Thread: Acept Phd, then cancel again?

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08-Nov-16, 14:19
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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. I would gladly accept the 2nd choice offer while keeping an eye on the 1st.
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