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I'm not in the nat sciences but I know a few of my mates who managed to continue at the uni post-PhD and applied for limited funding (i.e. funding covers research related issues but no stipend for personal expenditure etc…). I will try to get some details as I'm vague on the specifics.
Neither is common, but that does not mean it doesn't happen. As for collusion, that seems highly unlikely- you and your supervisor would have agreed on the examiners (one internal one external I'm assuming), and so unless they meet beforehand with the sole intention of failing a student (which at least in my uni is impossible because each examiner writes an independent assessment of the thesis/outcome and submits it to the department prior to the viva), that is unlikely to happen.
It seemed from the phone call yesterday that it would be a temporary post, but when I asked if there is a possibility of an extension he said that we'll review this a few months after you start working. I need to get the written contract tbh to confirm this- yesterday was just a verbal offer to let me know that I won the competition (as they refer to it). I think if after 6 months of employment I get the impression that there will be no extension I'll start applying for something else or go back to teaching. He kept saying it's not a reflection on my qualities as I had the qualities for the job- but I have been in academia for the past 3-4 years. Details will be clearer once I receive the written offer/contract next week.
Hey Socialpolitik/ TreeofLife,
Thanks so much for your kind words! I will receive the official contract next week by post according to the director. Should I discuss the contract with a legal advisor or something to avoid any catches, or is that a bit too dramatic?
@TreeofLife: In your point of view, if there's nothing in the contract about a possible "extension" or "making it permanent" should I suggest it or what do you recommend I should do? I will definitely post again on this forum once I get the written offer.
So it's been a few days- I got offered the job! But here's the catch: I had to go through 2 interviews which I aced, and they contacted my referees in the UK and they gave good references, but they only want to offer me the job for 9 months instead of permanently because I just finished a PhD and am now moving back into the "job environment" (even though I worked for four years before beginning my full-time PhD). The job is amazing in every sense of the word and I was so excited about getting it but now I have mixed feelings and am feeling down. Is this common nowadays? They said they will send me the contract next week and I told them I will seriously consider taking up the job nevertheless (I didn't want to just dismiss it). What advice/words of consolation do you have for me? Nothing ever seems good enough in my case: the director said I had everything (qualifications, etc…) and they selected me out of 250 applicants but the aforementioned issue is the only reason why they don't want to give me the job full-time so I'm really down at the moment :(.
No updates yet but I was chatting to a guy who applied for a similar job last year (it's a public sector job) and he told me that it takes up to two weeks for them to decide who to hire. He didn't get it but he was contacted 3 weeks after the interview and told that he was unsuccessful- he's more hopeful than I am that I did well in the interview after I went through the details. Thanks all and will keep you posted fingers crossed.
Thanks guys- I forgot to mention that as part of the interview I had to provide the names and addresses of 3 references. Could the delay be related to having to contact the referees? I will check with my supervisor as well to see if they have contacted him.
Had a 2.5 hour job interview last Wednesday (1 hour written test 1 hour interview). To be honest, I feel hopeful. The test was relatively hard but I managed to answer the questions the best I could.
My strength is communication and presentation so the panel interview went extremely well and in fact it lasted 30 minutes longer (1.5 hours instead of the planned 1 hour).
1) At the end of the interview I wasn't told when they'll get in touch. I knew already they had interviews for Thursday as I was given the choice and chose Wednesday. Should I read too much into the fact that they didn't say when they'll respond?
2) They asked me the dreaded "weakness" question: I craftily mentioned that I don't have computer programming skills since it's not part of the job requirement but the panelist asked for "soft skill" weakness so I said I'm such a perfectionist that I always finish work ahead of schedule lol (pathetic I know but what else was I supposed to say). Do you think that'll count against me?
3) They were very interested in my PhD and my previous job experience so is that a good sign?
4) They talked a lot about what to expect from someone who'll take the job but nothing specific about salary etc...
They are interviewing only 3 people (including myself) and hundreds applied so don't want to jinx it or ruin it by getting in touch with them what should I do? Should I feel hopeful?
So I have finally been invited to an interview for a position this upcoming Wednesday. It will be my first job interview in years (since I left my job to do the PhD). Any advice/tips?!?! I'm hopeful about this job and am doing my research on the organisation etc….but never hurts to check in case I forgot to do something else. Thanks.
Many thanks! I'm just ranting because I feel that even though I got my PhD there are many things that I don't like about my life so far such as being unemployed, single, etc… I think I need to take a few days off sometime this month. Dr Jeckyll did you just end up applying to as many jobs/postdocs before landing a job?
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