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Thread: Advice on weather to continue

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29-Dec-19, 20:37
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posted about 4 months ago
If it is something that is really bugging you / eating away at you and you just can't stop thinking about it, then it might be a good idea to seek an opportunity in the UK. If you find one, you could take steps toward making it happen. If it doesn't work out, you could stay put, especially since things are going well for you in your current situation.

I agree with pm133 here. But I also know that if something is always on your mind, such as a strong desire to do something, it can be hard to shake off and you might find yourself wishing you'd at least looked into things more.

Thread: Post-doc at Imperial - Sports societies and working schedule

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28-Dec-19, 19:03
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Quote From Jamie_Wizard:

Merry Christmas,
Jamie


Hope Prague was a good experience!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! And wishing you a great new year also. 2020 here we come!

Thread: Post-doc at Imperial - Sports societies and working schedule

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21-Dec-19, 22:39
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I'd give it a try! My colleague and I (both new postdocs) recently attended the PhD Christmas activity, and the others seemed happy enough to have us there - some were preparing for their viva and so we were filling them in on what to expect. I don't think there's that many worlds apart between a PhD student and a postdoc. Funnily enough, my PI recently said that she had stopped going to our campus student sports facilities, as she found herself in the cramped swimming pool surrounded by her students who she then had to see again later in the day for lectures - I guess that's different!

Re leaving early (which I know much more about, oops!)... isn't one of the perks of academia to sort of be your own boss when it comes to that sort of thing - as long as the work gets done? It is for me anyway. That said, it might be worth coming in 9 to 5 for the first week or so, get to know everyone etc, and then have a word with the PI to see if they would be happy for you to work from home sometimes and/or be a little flexible about when you arrive / leave. This is what I recently did incidentally, when I started my new job a month ago, and so I'm finally working at home again and using my energy on the work instead of the stress of getting into the office and all that is associated with it - yay!!

Hope the last few weeks at the current job goes well and things go smoothly settling in the new one!

Thread: I think I’m ph**ked

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12-Dec-19, 13:40
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They obviously think that only minor corrections are needed. You'll do it!! Congratulations on passing your viva :-)

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

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10-Dec-19, 17:02
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I paid about 70 quid I think for three soft backs. Some of my peers had supervisors who paid for them out of their funding. By that point, I was beyond caring!

Thread: US PhD system has an edge over UK PhD system

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10-Dec-19, 14:33
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I think there are advantages but also some disadvantages of doing a PhD in the US as compared to the UK. But I don't see what it has to do with the potential mis-match between student and lab / supervisor. That can happen anywhere.

Thread: PhD after resubmission nightmare - thanks to all!

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06-Dec-19, 12:28
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Massive congratulations. So glad you didn't give up the fight!

Thread: Post-doc reference, part II

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06-Dec-19, 12:26
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Thanks Jamie-Wizard :) It can indeed, I remember your earlier posts.


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The other week at my tennis club, one of our members had a cardiac arrest and I had to administer CPR. He's fine now thankfully, and just the other day I was able to tease him in hospital saying "well, that's one way of getting out of buying your round". So on this occasion we had a good outcome, but it really did make me realise how precious life is and how things can go very differently at pretty much every stage of our lives. All we can do is try our best and hope for the best.


This is so true. I hope your friend is still doing it. A good job that you knew how to administer CPR. Hearing this makes me think I should brush up on my first aid skills. Life is precious. Try our best, hope for the best, and learn to enjoy every moment :)

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.
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