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Thread: Have you seen anyone who got a postdoc job without a first-authored paper?

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08-Feb-20, 09:29
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Quote From sciencegirl3456:


If it is any comfort to you I just accepted a postdoc at a very good uni without publishing. The panel said they chose me over other candidates who all had had postdoc jobs already because they liked me and that I fitted in well with their team. It wasn't an easy process but I got there. My 3 main tips for this are: 1. ace the presentation of your thesis work, 2. emphasis you want to learn and 3. read up on all things related to the project. Also they love the question: where do postdocs in your department go on to do? If you can get any experience teaching project students or demonstrating they loved that.


Congrats! This is really encouraging!

Thread: Self Fund for 1st year or Wait

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31-Jan-20, 18:42
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One option was a studentship from my institution for which I been through the necessary interviews etc. That funding pot was pulled in its entirety leaving me and a few other candidates who had been accepted out in the cold.

The second time was a charity which initially offered funding, but later retracted it citing budget issues, they are still going to provide support through aid with recruitment and dissemination of results though so I don't think that it's lack of faith in the project (or at least I can't see why they would still offer other support if they didn't have faith in it)


The funding pot being pulled sucks )-: Will it be renewed next year? If so maybe you would be best just waiting for it to come around again, since you were accepted last time?

Another thought is, you have had successful interviews etc which shows that you and the project can get funding... so the chances are high of getting funding next year if you apply to several sources. Again, I'd be inclined to just be patient and do something useful in the meantime.

Thread: Self Fund for 1st year or Wait

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31-Jan-20, 18:40
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Hmm, now I hear more of the context I am thinking why not self fund then? You'd have to be prepared for the stresses of it though. I would still be looking to get funding myself if I were you. But if you are really impatient and want to just get started...

Thread: Self Fund for 1st year or Wait

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30-Jan-20, 20:48
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But why use your savings when you could get funding? You could use the year to do other valuable stuff - such as some paid research assistance work (and more saving!) and getting valuable experience etc while also identifying a bunch of opportunities to apply for - so that you have a good chance of getting funding. This would be my strategy. The personal loss (financially) of funding that first year and then the stress and strain of trying to obtain funding for the remaining years... I wouldn't choose this option UNLESS I had tried many times to get funding and failed and was looking for some alternative route in. If that is the case, then I do think that self funding sounds a good strategy. I have one friend who did this for the first year (or it may have turned into more than a year). It was stressful but it got her doing the PhD when she might not have got the funding otherwise, as her grades weren't considered competitive enough. As far as I recall she did manage to secure some bits of funding to help, but it was a lot of stress.

Thread: Shortlisted for a PhD Interview

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29-Jan-20, 17:13
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Congrats on getting shortlisted for an interview. You've got some time to do a bit of reading around the project and make some slides that make you seem like an ideal candidate :) Even though you might not have directly transferable experience, you'll probably be surprised at how things are related and transferable once you brainstorm. They have seen your application and obviously think you meet the standard. Some of the interview will just be asking you things that you've already told them in the application. At least mine was. Do some prep, be confident, and try and enjoy the experience!

Thread: Excessive use of screens.

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27-Jan-20, 19:35
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That's such a good point! I probably spent less than 10% of the time doing actual work...

Thread: Waiting time for official result and corrections after viva?

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25-Jan-20, 15:42
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I think mine came a few weeks later, but this was during the summer. I'm pretty sure you can apply for your visa without having the official proof of the award. You just need your job offer letter.

Thread: Out of my depth in a module

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25-Jan-20, 07:50
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Hi Dominoes20

Sorry to hear about your situation. Do you think that you could learn the necessary mathematics and hard skills if you had more time? I think the best thing to do would be to speak to a few people so you get a balanced view and hopefully some support. Could you meet with the lecturer, and then maybe your personal tutor/academic advisor and just say what you've said here? You can then find out options (eg. Is there an option to redo coursework during the next summer if it fails), and you can make a plan of action.

Tudor

Thread: Excessive use of screens.

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24-Jan-20, 16:54
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*emit

Also just to add, you can get these non-prescription glasses that block out blue light. They make screen work easier for some people. I am not sure if they reduce damage though.

Thread: Equality irregardless of ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation

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24-Jan-20, 10:41
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Could you contact the uni and ask for details of the leaflet? Depends how desperate you are to have this!

Thread: Have you seen anyone who got a postdoc job without a first-authored paper?

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24-Jan-20, 08:48
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Thank you for providing more context. How about asking your supervisor how you can get a first authored paper? It sounds as though he runs the lab and has a strategy about papers and projects. If he realises you aren't happy to take no as an answer, he may start to include your interests in that strategy. I think this would need a conversation where he saw that you were serious and not about to easily back down. But also I don't think it would help to say you want to use the existing results that he already has plans for. You could see what he says when you state your position about needing an opportunity to publish some first author papers during your PhD. I'd say papers plural, as then you're more likely to get at least one paper out of a negotiation.

Alongside this, I would look for other opportunities. I was in quite a fix during my. PhD and managed to start a collaboration with a researcher whose work I had admired for years. I simply approached them at a conference and told them which paper I really loved. They then said, oh I didn't get a chance to see your poster, could you email it me after the conference? That set up the communication between us. Then I saw funding being offered for short trips to work with a researcher abroad, and I asked them if they'd be interested in hosting me. They said yes. My supervisors agreed. And basically quite a few good things came out of this, including a paper. I think this is quite a unique case, but it's something you could try.

Aside from this, finishing the PhD is something in itself and it isn't the end of the world if you don't publish a paper from it. As I mentioned in my first reply, it might take longer to secure a postdoc because of the competition. And you might need to settle for an RA job where you can publish first.

Thread: Have you seen anyone who got a postdoc job without a first-authored paper?

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23-Jan-20, 21:04
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The thing is, sciencephd seems concerned that s/he does not yet have a first author publication... something must be causing this. Maybe others at the same level in the lab DO already have some papers? Facing up to it and trying to remedy it is probably the most positive thing a person can do if that is the case.

Thread: I might have been terminated from uni [anxiety disorder]

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23-Jan-20, 19:36
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Absolutely, and I was also thinking do you have an academic advisor? This is supposed to be someone separate from the supervisory team but fully in the know and able to mediate and things if needed. Just another option if you aren't comfortable meeting with the supervisors.

It sounds like you are taking lots of positive steps. And it's so true about life being so much more than the PhD.

Thread: Excessive use of screens.

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23-Jan-20, 13:20
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I have the very basic kindle, not one of the Fire or other newer ones. Those more recent ones seem more like ipad screens to me, and actually omit light.

Thread: Excessive use of screens.

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22-Jan-20, 20:50
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Kindle feels almost as good but not quite. I personally like screen reading, but as OP says, probably not the best for eyes.
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