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Thread: Post. Doc. Research Associate, Post. Doc. Training Fellow and Post. Doc. Research Assistant - diff?

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15-Nov-19, 11:46
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This is great. Thank you all!

Thread: Post. Doc. Research Associate, Post. Doc. Training Fellow and Post. Doc. Research Assistant - diff?

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14-Nov-19, 21:16
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Hi all,

Apologies if this might sound like a basic question, but I am trying to get the correct clear definitions of and the distinction between Post. Doc. Research Associate, Post. Doc. Training Fellow and Post. Doc. Research Assistant, particularly for the UK, where I am based. I understand that a Research assistant can be of any level of qualification. However, I am trying to differentiate between all the Ph.D./ Doctoral roles bearing these titles

I've looked around, and for example, found this:
but it's making it even less certain given the differences in opinion.

I'd be most grateful if someone could define these roles and elaborate on them, particularly in regards to seniority, experience required and teaching duties etc...

Many thanks,
Jamie

Thread: Concerned about Thesis (Submitted)

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09-Nov-19, 23:29
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Well done!

Thread: PhD with 2:2 MChem possible?

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25-Oct-19, 23:52
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pm133, I get the sense that you are projecting your own feelings of inadequacy at achieving a 2:2 onto the questioner. I don't think that necessary not helpful. For instance you yourself, by your own admission, were one of the 2:2 students. The suggestion that you "upped" your grade to a 1st and corrected your knowledge deficit is rather ridiculous - for a start, an undergraduate or integrated degree covers a broad area of the subject, whereas a masters, particularly in STEM fields, focuses on a very specific area. Therefore, it wouldn't be possible to fix all of the foundation knowledge in all areas of the subject. Also, your masters doesn't change your initial degree, and unfortunately there is some prejudice in academia. That said, whilst it may be fashionable to get hung up on degree classifications, I don't think it guarantees success at PhD, as you yourself have succeeded at one.

Grimnebulin19, I don't think that having a 2:2 will stop you from achieving a PhD. However, in my opinion, it would be difficult to gain a more highly-funded place where there is a lot of competition from those with a higher degree classification. As others have said, the funding body would have specific eligibility rules. This would certainly be the case for a sought-after scholarship at a prestigious university.

If you have your heart set on a prestigious university, then I recommend you work hard and prove yourself on your PhD and perhaps get a post-doc. position at a more prestigious university. There's certainly nothing stopping you if during your PhD you have been able to make some recognised and impactful contributions - through publications etc...

Thread: Can you do an MRes if you have a MSc to lead onto PhD?

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21-Oct-19, 13:04
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Meardonna, I think an M.Res would be great for you. Alternatively, there are some Doctoral PhD programmes which offer the 1st year of the degree as a taught component, in which students are exposed to different areas of research, reading groups etc.. before choosing their specific topic. I knew fellow PhD students in the Cyber-security area who undertook such a doctoral training programme. I myself did the classic MPhil/PhD with upgrade to PhD-proper in the 2nd year - this didn't have such a year, but I already had a defined problem to work on. Good luck!

Thread: possible outcomes of minor corrections

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27-Sep-19, 22:27
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Great! Well done. I'm sure it'll all be fine.

Thread: possible outcomes of minor corrections

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24-Sep-19, 18:16
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Hi Tudor, Hope you're well. Have your minor corrections been approved?

With minor corrections, I would think it is very rare for an examiner to cause an issue unless the corrections have not been carried out properly, as requested. If they haven't been carried out appropriately, the examiner may not be willing to sign off on all of the criteria needed for the Dean to award the doctorate. But I think that's a very rare scenario as they gave minor corrections in the first instance.

Thread: Tips on applying for post-docs in UK, potentially in slightly different field

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27-Aug-19, 15:58
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it's very encouraging to hear you got a post-doc from networking at a conference. I appreciate the support!

Thread: Minor revisions - editor decision taking ages

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27-Aug-19, 15:56
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posted about 3 months ago
Congratulations Tudor! :-)

Thread: Minor revisions - editor decision taking ages

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24-Aug-19, 21:12
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...they do say a watched pot never boils :-)

Thread: Minor revisions - editor decision taking ages

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24-Aug-19, 21:12
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Aww bless. Hopefully you'll hear back soon!

Thread: Tips on applying for post-docs in UK, potentially in slightly different field

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20-Aug-19, 23:33
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That's a great suggestion, i sort of had something like that in the back of my mind but it didn't quite click, lol. Thanks rewt :-)

Thread: Tips on applying for post-docs in UK, potentially in slightly different field

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19-Aug-19, 18:51
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Hi all,

I'm currently working in a research institute in the UK (but employed in a non-research role). I would like to get back to full-time research (with or without teaching - but not a teaching-focused role), preferably in the UK, if not Europe.

The role I am in is good but feels like there is no chance of progression or a career development path.

The issues I am facing are:

1) the possibility to work in slightly different fields than my PhD (which was on distributed computing for molecular biology) - my undergrad/masters was in Pharmacy/Chemistry with a hard-core Chemistry dissertation. I am particularly interested in in-silico drug discovery as it was something I employed in my masters, but has come a long way since then (2011), and also I have much more experience in distributed computing now that I could apply to that area. What will a potential supervisor look for in this case, i.e. from someone who didn't specifically do a PhD in this area. Chemistry is also an interest, but I guess I'd be at a disadvantage for not knowing the lab protocols by heart as compared to someone who used specific techniques during their PhD (though I am confident I could do whatever is required as I have publications in Chemistry and Computer Science).

ii) what sort of things make a post-doc application stand out positively, I mean does anyone have any suggestions on how to be successful in this regard.

I did secure a post-doc from a famous professor at my university, from him knowing me and inviting me to apply to be interviewed. This was just as I was completing my PhD. However, I had some corrections which meant I couldn't do both and had to focus on the corrections (as the post-doc had tight deadlines) and therefore I couldn't start it.

Thanks for suggestions!

Thread: Minor revisions - editor decision taking ages

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17-Aug-19, 16:42
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Hi Tudor, I saw this post the other day and was going to reply but didn't have time. Firstly, congratulations on your paper, secondly minor changes is good and it is therefore very unlikely that it will then be rejected, unless it hadn't been reviewed by all the reviewers (but that's unlikely as the editor told you this). It could be that they are collating and organising the paper submissions for different editions -- how often is it published? Or, more likely it is just simply that they were busy!

Just be thankful you're not submitting to a Computer Science Journal - they work to geological timescales! :-) I submitted a paper to a Computer Science (Algorithms) journal in late December 2016 (for a mid January 2017 submission deadline - it was a special edition), whilst writing up my thesis, and despite the schedule saying they would give a decision in May 2017, they informed me of acceptance in the beginning of September 2017. After some minor revisions, and confirmation of final acceptance in November 2017 the paper went to print at the very end of December 2018 a few days before 2019!

By May 2018, I emailed the Editor (who is in the US), and they said the edition was tentatively scheduled for September or November 2018 (and that there was no October issue), this drove me a bit nuts, but I was just patient and it finally went to print. I've heard frequently from colleagues in theoretical computer science that 2 year turnaround times are not uncommon!!

My other papers in Molecular Biology and Chemistry were turned around much quicker -- in months not years!

Thread: Exotic locations for PhD conferences and best pics

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23-Jul-19, 22:32
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:-)
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