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Has anyone completed a PhD while working as an RA? (In the biological/medical sciences...)
I have an interview for a position like this next week. When I spoke to the supervisor he said the funding was available for 3.5 years, and the candidate should be able to complete a PhD in this time, if they wanted to.
Is anyone completing their PhD this way or know of someone who is? What are the main pros and cons?
As far as I can see, the obvious advantage is a much higher pay and possibly more structure. But I am not sure what it would mean in terms of workload and stress!
Any advice would be much appreciated :)
I just wanted to gain a bit of perspective on some ways of answering this (surprisingly tricky) interview question. How would you answer this? What are interviewers actually wanting to hear?
Do these reasons still hold true for those of you still working on your thesis?
As the title says...
They seemed to ask me very easy questions, all of which I *think* I answered ok. But I was only in there for 20 mins (with 3 interviewers) and they didn't ask me anything challenging, which makes me think they'd already decided I wasn't a good candidate..
So I have my first PhD at interview tomorrow at Durham and am getting a definite sense of doom. I did my MSc project last summer and so have forgotten most of it, especially all the finer details. I've relooked through it and made some notes but I don't know it well enough to stand up against questioning!
We only got 5 days notice for this interview so I've been spending my time researching the subject area and papers the two supervisors have written instead. Bah.
Any last minute advice?
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