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Thread: Post-doc reference, part II

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29-Nov-19, 13:06
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So cool that you now have a postdoc!!! I remember your thread from a few months ago when you were considering going for one. Congrats and I hope it is a rewarding experience!


Thanks Tudor! I'm waiting on the paperwork now and so it will hopefully be a positive start to the upcoming new year!

How's things with you and your post-doc?


I recently started a new one - which is going well so far! I had to come back to the UK for personal reasons and so had to leave the first postdoc after only a few months, which was a bit of a let down as it was my *dream* position, dream mentor, dream lab etc etc. I think I'll do a good few postdocs though if I continue in academia, so will probably end up back there at some stage. Thanks for asking :) And congrats again!

Thread: Post-doc reference, part II

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29-Nov-19, 13:03
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I think I should move to a country like Germany, Switzerland or Austria where day-to-day things seem to be handled more efficiently (and their chocolate is pretty good too :-)

I am living now in one of these countries after spending reasonable time in the UK. Do NOT ever think of it. For a change for a year or so, it is OK. But you cannot imagine how bureaucracy here is. You cannot imagine paperwork and stamps. You can get 3 or 4 stamps on a single document. They worship rules and systems. They put rules over people. Even job reference system works differently. Some companies require a formal letter from your last employers evaluating your qualities. The letter is written in a "coded" way to say you are good, OK, or bad.
Another side remark, if there is a paradise on earth, it is the UK, a fact that I realised too late unfortunately.


Couldn't agree more! I lived in Germany for a short while in my late teens and loved the efficiency and organisation and cleanliness etc. But on the flip-side the bureaucracy and the huge emphasis on hierarchy (Herr Doktor, bitte) put me off the idea of ever working there (especially in academia). I think the UK is a happy medium between the US and the rest of Europe in terms of those sorts of things. Move to the US and try and get a mobile phone contract and suddenly you'll think the UK is wonderfully efficient and organised!

Thread: To get to know a PhD supervisor signing up under him

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28-Nov-19, 14:54
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Seems like you got back luck. It's not to late - you're only in the first year - you could try and change your lab/supervisor. Either that or I guess you need to adjust - that is, see how other people are getting the support and input they need (e.g., is it coming through more senior PhD students or postdocs) and if that can work for you.

Thread: Post-doc reference, part II

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28-Nov-19, 13:42
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So cool that you now have a postdoc!!! I remember your thread from a few months ago when you were considering going for one. Congrats and I hope it is a rewarding experience!

Thread: Post-doc reference, part II

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28-Nov-19, 09:36
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I think all you can do here is communicate. Communicate with the prospective employers that the reference is on its way - there just seems to be some admin related hold up. And keep chasing HR!!!

Thread: Post-doc reference, part II

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27-Nov-19, 20:22
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Congratulations on job offer!!!!

Can you speak directly with someone in HR tomorrow and try and find out what the hold up is?

Thread: Feeling Lost

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25-Nov-19, 21:30
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The Phd program is completely disorganized, no coursework, no research seminars, no collaboration between Phd students, and between students and professors, no funding, very little research activity of faculty members etc.


In my experience these things (or at least coursework, lots of funding opportunities, and collaborations) are more typical of grad school in the US than doing a PhD in the UK/Europe.

Thread: Feeling Lost

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25-Nov-19, 21:25
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It sounds one of those horrible situations where you feel like you're just wasting away and know that there are better opportunities out there - if only you can get one. When I first read your post I thought you were funded, and I was going to say well stick it out anyway as there is nothing to stop you doing a second PhD somewhere else, or you can get a good postdoc and just put the rubbish PhD experience behind you. But if you are self-funding then really the best idea might be to consider your other options. Maybe there are some ways in which you could build up your application to try and get accepted on a better programme / in a department / lab that meets your expectations. If you have specific places in mind, maybe you could arrange to visit and speak to other students there to get a feel of the place etc and maybe meet some potential supervisors or make contact.

Thread: Looking for a Christamas movie!!

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22-Nov-19, 09:33
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It's a long film but I'm not sure it's THAT long! :D

Thread: Bewildered and confused by supervisor

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22-Nov-19, 09:30
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Hmm, it seems that pm133 and others were expressing an opinion but also trying to glean more about the situation so they could offer advice / suggestions / support. They might have misunderstood you by the sounds of it, and vice versa. Perhaps this is also what happened with your supervisor? Not sure if you want the input but I've found that having an open and non-confrontational conversation can often be helpful in situations like this. Ps. Just read Jamie_Wizard's post and couldn't agree more.

Thread: Thesis error could it cost me my PhD?

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21-Nov-19, 14:23
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I don't think this can be viewed as a big mistake. It is clearly a printing error. Is it possible to infer meaning from the graphs without those symbols? I would raise it with supervisor in case he / she is allowed to have contact with the internal and could send them the correct PDF (that shows the symbols). Otherwise, all you can do is print them and bring them along to the viva. This is the normal course of action when one spots mistakes/errors in the thesis.

Thread: Should I go to this conference?!

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21-Nov-19, 09:46
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Congrats! That's exciting! A poster doesn't need to be much work - only as many hours as you allot to it. You could make a poster in an evening if you already have your results and things and just need to think about how to present them nicely.

Thread: I will deliver a guest lecture in the UK, but i do not speak English well

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19-Nov-19, 18:19
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Agree with the above. No one cares - only about the science. Enjoy your talk!

Thread: Postdoc reference

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19-Nov-19, 18:05
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This is more just trying to stimulate ideas than an actual suggestion - but could you ask them to only contact references if it is a job offer - or perhaps ask them when they would be contacting referees, i.e. at what stage? Then at least you have this info.

How about this... chances are they may make an offer if they go as far as obtaining references... so you have a lot to gain. If on the other hand they still end up choosing another candidate, you worry (understandably) that it could adversely affect things in your current role. Although your current role is good in some ways, to have to feel like this about a job isn't good at all... so it seems that really you want out anyway in the short to medium term? In which case - take the risk? They are going to have to know sooner or later that you are looking elsewhere, as each time you get close to an opportunity there will be this issue.

Not sure this helps at all. And by the way, the opportunity sounds very positive!

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

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15-Nov-19, 09:51
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I am not sure there is much difference in practice between fellow and associate. I have had a position entitled research fellow and the job spec is similar to the one I am now starting which is entitled research associate. I can't see what the difference is apart from terminology in this case. Perhaps it could also be to do with where the funding is coming from and what the institution or funder likes to call their postdocs.

A research assistant tends to have a lower entry level although not always, and they may get paid less regardless of qualification level (but again depends on the specific job).
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