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Thread: Article Request

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15-Jan-20, 12:40
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posted about 1 week ago
I have access to the paper, how will I send it to you ?

Thread: Tips on time management

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13-Jan-20, 13:28
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posted about 1 week ago
When I was doing my correction, I was also working full time. I would leave for work at 6 am and would not get home until 8 pm, after cooking dinner I was in no mood to look at corrections. I had an hour lunch break in work, I would grab something quick to eat and then do by correction for 45 mins, within two weeks I had them done. Can you do the on a lunch break .. not ideal but might help ?

Thread: Job woes

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07-Jan-20, 20:22
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posted about 2 weeks ago
Hi Sciencegirl

Try to get down on this. I was applying for jobs for 6 months in both industry and academia, before I got a job offer. I was applying to about 4 jobs a week. I started applying before submitting my thesis. I found industry telling me I had no relevant experience after multiple interviews. I eventually got a job as a contract researcher for in a field completely different from my PhD, but using some of the same skill set. I took it and continue to apply to other roles, and within 3 months of that, I was offered a post-doc (related to my PhD) by a prof, who is well known in the area (Didn't think I stood a chance of getting it). I don't know where you're from, but where I live the last quarter of the year sucks applying for jobs, company and academic are at the end of their yearly budget, money tight, and admin staff are being pulled in a different direction, and hiring new staff isn't top of the list.

My tips
1. Change your CV to suit every job application- make sure the skills they want you to have are clearly shown in your CV.
2. Keep a list of jobs you have applied to - you don't want to send your CV to them twice
3. Try applying for roles that you have skills for- they don't have to be in the same area as your PhD.
4. Send speculative CV to wear you'd like to work
5. In interviews make sure you asked question at the end- The question I found a lot of people like is - How does your company/dept measure the KPI of the personal ? or in research goals, what target do you see your lab achieving over the next 6 months to a year.
6. Look up salary and make sure when they ask you what you're looking for you don't over or underprice yourself out of the competition.

In terms of thesis correction, remember there is a deadline in which they have to be submitted. When you do get a job it will be harder to get them done. I had my job a month, took time off for my viva and then had to do correction in the evening. It was tough after a long day in work.

Thread: Anyone here use Linux?

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04-Jan-20, 14:12
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posted about 3 weeks ago
Hi Tudor Queen,
I used Linux on my laptop, mainly for computational biology and stats. I run it as a virtual machine. When I'm running codes (some can take 30 mins to run depending on data sizes) I browse the web, edit documents, read papers, etc. It quite straight forward and I personally find it grand to use. However, I know some of my friends hate it and will make sure they have other stuff to do when running programs on it. I run my VM on an HP laptop which has 8 GB RAM, 1TB HDD and has intel 1 core i3 processor ( this was bought for my PhD- and has lasted very well).
You should be able to transition easily. However, in saying that, if I was buying a new laptop I would personally stick with Windows, and only used Linux if software needed. In my new job they supplied me with a new laptop, I haven't bother with a virtual machine for Linux on it yet, and will more than likely just keep using my own laptop for that work.
In terms of laptop spec.. any should work.

Thread: Is it common to pay for binding and printing yourself or does the lab normally pay?

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08-Dec-19, 20:13
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posted about 1 month ago
My copies for examiner were printed from my college account and I paid the binding, it was like ten euro. When it came to hard copies, in the college I was in, the student pays. It is also customary to offer hardback to your supervisors. Four supervisors, 5 copies (1 is required for the colleges' library, and muct be given to graduate) of the thesis, set be back just let than 400 euro. Expensive, but I was told of this in my first year so I had put money aside.

Thread: Mistakes early on and new place and culture

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04-Dec-19, 09:17
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It is a lot to move halfway across the world and start a PhD. We all make mistakes when we start, for instance for two weeks I was incubating my plates the wrong side up and couldn't figure out why nothing was grown. Keep with it though. I always found writing out the step to experiment before I started beneficial, as well as having everything I would need organised and laid out in the order they are needed. I am presuming you are doing a lot of molecular work, which can be very temperamental. Make sure if you're stuck you ask for help or seek guidance. We have all been there before. I have help new PhD student in the lab and much prefer when the come looking for help, to take notes and ask as many questions as they like and come back to me if they're still confused/stuck. A PhD is a learning experience, you'll have highs and lows and its all about finding the right balance.

Thread: Postdoc reference

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18-Nov-19, 22:08
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posted about 2 months ago
I get that, but it's also understandable for them to look for the latest employer. Two years with any employer is a long time, and it's understandable that they want yo ask them .
If I'm been honest, id want to ask them to. I'd find it weird if someone was working with someone for two years and wasn't willing for them to be contacted. Maybe email HR asking is it a necessary and explain you don't want to my your current role in jeperody. For HR , looking for references is a tick the box job. Could you even ask your current job for a written reference for your records and pass that on to them ? Alternatively could you ask a manger to give the references rather that a senior staff or director ?
Alternatively you don't give them permission to get the reference and could end up losing a job offer

Thread: Postdoc reference

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18-Nov-19, 20:59
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posted about 2 months ago
I don't thinks it's odd that they are asking this. I've just accepted a post doc and due to start in two weeks. I was asked for references and a copy of my thesis before I was given a job offer. I'm my experience they won't give you a formal offer until your references check out. I'm currently working as a research assistant. For that job they also checked my references before any offer.

Personally, I would give them the reference, but kindly make it know that you only want your current employer contacted if a job offer is being considered.
By asking your current job for a reference shouldn't effect your current job. They should be honest in there references. They other side is do you want to work for a company that offer little progression ?

I know it hard call, but I'd give the reference information. At least if you do get the job offer, your current employer will have an idea that your looking elsewhere. Which should make handing in a notice a slight bit easier

Thread: Post doc tips ?

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17-Nov-19, 17:44
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posted about 2 months ago
Hi all,
I am due to start a post doc in the coming weeks. I never taught I'd get this position in this uni. If I'm been honest even my PhD PI was slightly shocked too 😂😂 Imposter syndrome has started. Had anyone got any useful tips on starting as a post doc in a new research group in a new city ?
Thanks in advance

Thread: Too early to prepare for the viva?

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13-Oct-19, 19:18
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posted about 3 months ago
I submitted in May and my viva was in July. I began a job in the middle of June. I had prep in May in knowing about the job but still ended up spending a week prepping before the day. If I was to go back I wouldn't of doing anything in May and doing it all in July. Prepping to early did make me anxious and more nervous

Thread: How Long Did you Wait for your Viva?

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22-Jul-19, 12:21
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posted about 6 months ago
I submitted my thesis early May. I received an email about two weeks later, stating the week the examiners were thinking. The following week I got the date. From submitting to viva day it was ten weeks (viva was last week). There no harm in following up your examination office /dept/ or supervisor. They should be able to give an expect timeframe on when you might hear !

Thread: dyslexia and MA -is it possible?

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16-Jul-19, 22:28
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posted about 6 months ago
I'm dyslexic..drafts took a bit longer to write and re read before sending to supervisors..it's very doable.. passed my viva today and enjoy the whole PhD process

Thread: PhD Writing up Tips ?

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20-Aug-18, 20:08
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posted about 2 years ago
Hi All,
Just wondering if anyone has any helpful tips on writing up?
I've been officially out of the lab and writing since June. I've two papers published (Two chapter completed) but now I'm struggling. Does anyone have any tips on how to stay focused and motivated? How do you write that dreaded chapter (One chapter I’ve started on five different occasions but can't get passed the methods)?
I am writing my thesis in paper format, it going to have 6 working chapters, alongside introduction and discussion. Two chapters are done, two are submitted to my main supervisor awaiting feedback, but the last two I just can't be bothered with.

Any tips, tricks or ideas to stay motivated would be greatly appreciated!

Nead

Thread: Distance Diploma/pgCert in molecular biology

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20-Aug-18, 16:26
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posted about 2 years ago
I agree with TreeofLife. It a practical subject. I teach undergrad labs in it. You can know all the theory behind the processes but that won't make you any good at doing the experiments.

Thread: Notice period stopping PhD

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20-Aug-18, 16:22
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posted about 2 years ago
My contract says a month, but all colleges differ.
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