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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.

Thread: Excessive use of screens.

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22-Jan-20, 18:37
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If you are really serious about it then only read hard copies of texts, and print out papers/chapters (or send them to Kindle - if you have the paper white one it isn't really like a screen). Also you could do much of your writing, planning, and thinking on paper - and then type it up afterwards when it is already in the final stages.

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

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22-Jan-20, 13:58
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I think it must differ by field then. Maybe look at some relevant job ads and see what the expectations are.

Thread: Salary bands / Grades / Pay scale

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22-Jan-20, 13:56
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Actually, I had thought this too, but it doesn't seem to be the case. That's why I was asking the question. I was slightly confused by the high banding and not comparably high salary or experience level. I checked the uni website and it seems they just have a different banding system.

Thread: Equality irregardless of ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation

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22-Jan-20, 13:52
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Ah OK. I don't think I've ever seen anything this detailed before. I'm pretty sure it just be on a website though. Maybe a government or charity website about discrimination law and workplace harassment. Knowing your rights sort of thing. Good luck finding the info you need.

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

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21-Jan-20, 21:33
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Quote From rewt:
Quote From sciencephd:
Thank you so much for your advice and encouragement, Jamie!
My supervisor cares only about his own career but not my development. His indifference to my needs has made me lose my confidence. I've already reminded him that I need more advice on my development, but he couldn't care less and just told me to follow his instruction. Well, at this moment, his instruction is that I have to tailor my data to other people's papers. I'm struggling to find enough rationale to convince him to give me a chance to write my own paper.


You don't need his permission to write a paper. Your rationale can be that you have already written it and you want his feedback before you publish. As you have taken the initiative he will have to give some reason for not wanting you to publish from which you can work with. He might tear your work to shreds and further dent your self confidence but he might decide to include other people's work in your first name paper.


Yes, absolutely. And if he does tear it to shreds and throw it in the bin, be sure to get a second and third opinion and feedback from others in the field (though not necessarily in your lab as they might just follow his lead). I don't think there is an easy road to this, but asserting yourself in this way could help.

If you don't manage to get first author pubs from your PhD, all hope is not lost. It will just be harder to get a postdoc. But you can also go for RA positions. You can seek to get first author publications within either of those roles. Those are typical next steps anyway before becoming a PI. Most people do multiple postdocs.

Thread: Salary bands / Grades / Pay scale

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21-Jan-20, 21:27
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I am actually not too bothered about pay (within reason), it is more that I didn't want to come across as somehow thinking I was at professor level of something. Thankfully, I realise now that the grade number doesn't refer to your academic level but simply to the pay (which certainly isn't professor level...!)

Cheers!

Thread: Answering question on application form...

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21-Jan-20, 21:25
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Thanks AislingB! I've decided to elaborate a little, but not too much. I don't want to annoy them if they just want a straight answer. I can do more elaborating in the actual personal statement!

Thread: Equality irregardless of ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation

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21-Jan-20, 21:23
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Hi Eng, Is this helpful at all? See p. 2 Principles. http://www.docs.csg.ed.ac.uk/EqualityDiversity/Strategy.pdf

Thread: Answering question on application form...

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20-Jan-20, 11:09
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I just want to get some opinions here! How would you go about answering a question on an application form about something that is desirable (not required) and seems quite important for the role...yet you simply don't have experience in it... Would you try and draw other potentially relevant things in or just be frank and say NA?

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

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20-Jan-20, 10:03
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I'm sorry to hear about all you have been going through. My suggestion would be to speak to the doctoral academy and the student union. The doctoral academy might have a different name at your university - but I mean the people who deal with postdoctoral support in your faculty/school. They should be able to give you confidential advice, and also they will have had similar situations before. The student union might offer different advice and support - informing you about your rights and such. It would be good to connect with them so that they know your situation. They will also be able to support you if you want to make an appeal against the decision.
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