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Covid Contingency Plan
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I agree with rewt. Try plan out your expeirments as much as possible-For each method what material do you need. For examples I am starting a new batch of trials in 3 weeks ( if i am allowed back in the lab) and I have pre-made data sheets for excell,made a list of material needs like shaken water baths etc and check with other lab mates there requirments, to make sure I have what I need and wont be set back due to equiment. Likewise for regents etc find out what you need what there and order stuff thtas missing. Try plan stuff for the gaps if you have long wait times.

Depending on you lab rota it might be worth teaming up with some people . For example there are a few of us running similar expeirments and will have access on different days- they will monitor my trials when im not there and vise versa. Equally for prep work were planning to make similar items in batches to share out. I also wouldnt plan long experiments if you can help it that way if you have to shut down you wont have lost months of data.

The work I am doing requires public input- at the moment I am arranging as many video calls as possible and sending the a list of question/things i want to dicuss pre-call, thatway they will equally be prepared they can equally be prepared.
In terms of stuff you could do outside the lab - review paper, moddeling, get you head around any equations that you might be needing.
Read as much as possible- get on top of references- attend online training events- talk wiht your boss and see if they have any old data that you could be working with.

Looking into doing a Masters in Ireland and have questions
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1. There is one particular uni better or worst at accommodating difficulties, it all personal experience.
2. In terms of staying in Ireland after grad, look at courses that offer work placement etc. In terms of during, I cant really say but I'd imagine there all the same.
3.SUSI grant are means tested and it doesn't change much from year to year. Look at there website the info is there, they also have a checker. But be careful, as far as I am aware you have to live in Ireland for 3 out of the last 5 years to be eligible. Also, for postgrads it only fees that are covered by this. I could however be wrong, its a while since I would have looked at this system.
4. I dont know of any company that offers advice of help with this.
5. As far as I know, you would have to register as a patient with a GP over here to get scripts etc.


Best bet is to email the college about the course your interested in and get there advice. Also bare in mind a lot of taught course are online now !

Postdoctoral Fellowship
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That's a hard one. What are the funder guidelines on it? I know some funder won't grant funding to do a post-doc in the same institute as you PhD, unless its a really niche area.
When I was applying for funding I used people who wouldn't be mentoring me as recommenders- my mentors taught it would look better.

Changing subfields between postdoc - good or bad idea?
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I don't know what the correct advice is.
However, My PhD was in wastewater treatment (using reators), after my PhD I work as a research microbiologst (undergrad and 3 chapter in my PhD related to this) for 6 months, before starting a post-doc (2 years but leaving after 1 for a job closer to home) in reactors for biofuel production (ethanol) and in a few weeks a start another post doc in alchol production for the food industry.
I haven't came across to much issues which crossing over fields, once the underlying skill set are the same. Hope that helps

No response after positive review of my application
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How long has it been since you responded? These things can take some time, especially if they have to set up a panel for interviews etc.
I would wait about 7-10 working days before emailing when you do be poilte and courtesies. Hope it goes well.

Applying for grants (postdoctoral)
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Personally I am applying for some grants to extend my postdoc. My boss will only let me apply for one at a time. Some funding are like papers and don't like your proposal to be under consideration elsewhere.
His view is that it would look quite bad to apply for two grants, get both and have to turn one down.
I made a list of the ones I wanted to apply to, when the application open and close. I have downloaded the templates and slowly working through them. I presume if your applying for a postdoc you will need a PI support ask them how they feel. Also, look at your uni guidelines, in mine, they have to approve all grant applications and arent ken on people applying with the same proposal over and over again, I have to change them up.

How do you rent a room if there's less than one year left?
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I had this issue during my PhD. However my lease said one month's notice was required before leaving, and leaving early would result in loss of deposit. In my case, it was like 500 euro. I didn't mind that.
From my understanding, if you paying it monthly and leave early, youll lose your depost, but wont have to pay for the other months.

Do impact factors matter?
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I agree with pm133, you should be focused on being a great scientist over the IF of a journal.

Something to add on IF though:
There are some well know, well-respected journal with lower IF, but are very specialised journals. Then you have a journal with high IF, that take a wide range of paper on a different area- hence a higher IF.

The way I seen it published is published, no matter the IF. Yes, higher IF look better, but I have yet to do one interview where I've been asked about IF.

Have you been back to the lab and are you working in shifts?
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I get to go back to the lab next week. We are being given half-day slots with a max of 20% of people allowed in the lab. We can have 4/ 5 people at once. We have been told the reason for half days, is our kitchen facilities and lunchroom will be closed, alongside offices- therefore by giving a half-day no one should be taking a lunch break for food and should not need to use their office.
Were trying to arrange that people work on a like-minded project will work sperate shifts so that if sampling etc needs later in the day, someone else can do it.

With no publications or awards, how can I make my CV look better?
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Quote From rewt:
Quote From Tudor_Queen:
Awards can set you apart. But I still think the personal statement can be a killer.


I agree that awards can set you apart but they have no real bearing on your ability to do research. They are nice but should have little impact on your post-doc job prospects.

I have a few awards from conferences and there not of my CV. My PI of my PhD very kindly reviewed my CV for me for postdocs position, and told me to take them off- its braggy and not essential like what rewt said.

With no publications or awards, how can I make my CV look better?
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First of all, be very careful about taking a post-doc role while writing up. Post-docs can have a lot of work to do, not a typical 9-5. Secondly, A lot of PI (and uni rules) need you to have your viva done to offer a position, or show that you have submitted, and will be completed in 6 months. Check the rules out of where you applied to. Personally I undertook a technician role, prior to my postdoc, one to get more experience and so that I had a better chance of getting accepted.

On to your CV. I wouldn't put the paper down until they're at least under review somewhere. Having co-authored papers is better than nothing- for these of your CV, I would highlight the contribution you made to each. If you have attended conferences, maybe highlight that. I would add a small description of your projects, and give the skills/techniques you have learnt. Remember you will have to change your CV and cover letter to each job application.
In terms of anything you can do .. can you get a paper out as 1st author? Depending on your area of study will depend if they what you to have a paper published before you postdoc, I know my PI doesn't take any postdocs who haven't pubhlied at least once (Be it as a 1st or co-author). Check and see what skills you have and what you may need for the postdocs you're interested in. Can you do some outreach activities that might look good on your CV?
Hopefully that might be of use

Including published data in your thesis
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I didn't have to modify any text of the published papers. Literally copy and pasted them in, and formatted the font etc to match the thesis style. Like Tudor said I did have a section at the start stating what chapter were published and on each chapter made it clear where it was published and what journal.
To be honest, I think my supervisor would of having a heart attack if they all had to be changed and she had to recheck it !
Like what pm133 says check with your uni and what other students have done and base your judgement on that. If other people haven't changed them you should have a good case.

Including published data in your thesis
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Hi Rewt,
My thesis was written the standard way with modification on chapters. I had the standard review chapter, following which the next three chapters were published (no changes just slotted straight in- not allowed to do thesis by publication) followed by two normal chapters and a discussion. Like Tudor had said, before by chapters began (After the abstract), I had a section title "Structure of Thesis", which I basically outline which chapter was published or not and the main objectives of each part.
Also, on the Chapter page for each new chapter, I had the title and where the paper was published with the DOI and full author list and credits.
My examiners had no issue with it at all.

Should a PhD be paid for work for a company.
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I don't think you can ask for financial compensation, especially if this work will go into your thesis. A lot of students work in collaboration with industry and don't get paid additional monies for it.
Do you need this work for your PhD? As in is it directly related to your project? If so I don't think they will pay you, as it benefits your thesis.
If its a side project (completely different and will take time away from your own studies), that you have been asked to help on you might have a chance of getting paid. However than may say no, leaving you in an awkward situation. But if they haven't mentioned to you about getting paid, I doubt you are.

Do you list postgrad conferences on CV/staff profile post PhD?
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I do the same as Tudor_Queen. I still have them on listed under conference proceeding and have paper publication as a separate section.