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Thread: Molecular biologist position in academia

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16-Jul-19, 12:04
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posted about 5 days ago
It's good to have an exit plan when you walk into any job regardless of qualifications or experience.

As for their lack of success applying for jobs, it could be down to a number of things. I wouldn't necessarily accept that it's over-qualification and/or lack of real world experience unless they are being told this explicitly. People do use these two things as a ready excuse. I'm not saying that this is the case for your colleagues but the majority of people I have met throughout my career who struggle to get work, struggle for very good reasons unrelated to their ability.

This real world experience thing is interesting. Employers will be looking for academically minded people who understand time budgets, cost awareness and have an understanding that if you are trying to create things like a new chocolate bar recipe, you don't look at reactions which use Rhodium catalysts etc.
I have seen some large companies insist that you have at least one or two postdocs before they'll hire a PhD researcher so it's not a clear picture.

My advice to these colleagues would be to look at the job specs and work out which things they are missing. Then actively figure out how to acquire those things. It's probably not a good thing to wait until the end of your academic career to work these things out.

Thread: Molecular biologist position in academia

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15-Jul-19, 13:12
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posted about 6 days ago
Ha ha. Yep that sounds familiar.
Academics will or should have a host of softskills which are highly sought after in industry.
I wouldn't worry too much about it to be honest.
Sounds like your postdocs have been ground down a bit. Not surprised by that. It's not a great environment from what I have experienced.

Thread: Freaking out about the version of My PhD thesis submitted for correction😥😥

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12-Jul-19, 14:25
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posted about 1 week ago
Identify a key sentence on one of the pages which you know are different in the two versions.
Then ask your internal to urgently compare with the external ASAP to see there's a match.
Raising a flag might then allow you the opportunity to re-send the thesis.

The key thing is to stop thinking and worrying about it and get the phone call made.
Today if possible.

I can't see any problems getting this sorted if the worst comes to the worst.
Simply re-send the correct thesis and apologise like hell.
Perhaps your thesis hasn't been read yet.

Thread: Molecular biologist position in academia

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12-Jul-19, 14:20
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rewt, what are you basing that on?

Thread: Unsure about starting PhD

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12-Jul-19, 14:20
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posted about 1 week ago
Agree with rewt here.
A PhD emotionally and mentally taxes the strongest amongst us.
I would never recommend undertaking one unless you sort out your mental health issues first.
In particular, I would be very concerned that your response, to what you thought was a poor Masters project, was to avoid the viva and your other exams.
This tells me you are not in a good place at all and I'm afraid it is highly likely that if your PhD hits problems (which it will) that you will struggle to cope.
You need a good base camp from which to explore your research topic. After you have that, sure go ahead.

Thread: My PhD supervisor does experiments on me is this common?

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12-Jul-19, 06:20
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This is odd behaviour and might indicate 1 of 2 things.
Either the fault lies with your ability or your supervisor is a nightmare.
Either way, it doesn't look good.

It might be time for you to consider throwing in the towel and trying elsewhere.
If your supervisor is a nightmare at 3-7 months can you imagine what they'll be like over the next 3-5 years?

Who was it who marked your failed assessment? Was that your supervisor or another member of staff?

Thread: Time to publish... Can never get past the first draft

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10-Jul-19, 15:10
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vespa, if it's academia itself but you are not ready to move away, it might help you to plan your escape now whilst you are not in a panic to get out. You don't need to enact those plans but taking the time to think about it now will help you I think.
Don't worry, many many people change direction more than once in their career. I've lost count of how many times I've done it personally. As soon as I saw your post I recognised the symptoms.

Thread: Passed with minors!

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06-Jul-19, 05:47
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posted about 2 weeks ago
Very pleased to hear this TQ.
Fantastic news to start a Saturday morning with.
After everything you have been through to get this, many congratulations.
I hope you find some time to sit back for a while and enjoy the moment.
This news has certainly cheered me up.

Thread: Time to publish... Can never get past the first draft

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04-Jul-19, 05:08
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Are you sure it's the projects you are losing interest in or the entire premise of academia?
If it's happening across more than one project it might be the latter.

Thread: Crunch time

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04-Jul-19, 04:57
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It sounds like it's simply ready to submit and you should do that first.
Then, whilst you are waiting for your Viva start working on the analytical changes he wants.
This will help you get ahead of the game before the Viva and makes it look like you are on top of things.

Thread: After the complaint, what should I do if the university doesn’t take an action?

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28-Jun-19, 20:56
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posted about 3 weeks ago
At some point, somebody is going to sue a university in a landmark case and I hope that happens sooner rather than later.
BUT. Nobody on here should be trying to push this as some sort of moral crusade onto the shoulders of someone else. The OP needs to make their own mind up and IMO they should be receiving two things from us:

1) Our best wishes and support if they choose to pursue this.
2) Genuine advice about what physical, time, financial and emotional hurdles they are almost certainly be faced with.

This is a very serious undertaking that most of us wouldn't want to put purselves through and nobody should be attempting to "spur them on" under the banner of "but what about other students?"
One or two posts have fallen into that category.

Thread: Thoughts on doing a Phd as a hobby/alternatives

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28-Jun-19, 20:45
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posted about 3 weeks ago
A masters or undergrad degree will restrict you to exploring a small number of subjects and the enjoyment of that can be ruined or diminished by the necessity to pass exams every few months.

A PhD is a great way to get the intellectual freedom you want providing you can control the pressure to publish. It will also give you the structure and the focus which you appear to want.

You also want to do the PhD for the right reasons IMO.

It seems a perfect match for you and your age is completely irrelevant.

Thread: what to get as a thank-you gift ?

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28-Jun-19, 20:36
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posted about 3 weeks ago
Apart from the fact that expensive gifts might look like some form of corruption has taken place (and in the UK we have laws about that), what is wrong with a handshake and a "thank you"?
Am I missing something here?

Thread: Can university use personal mental health against me

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28-Jun-19, 20:33
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posted about 3 weeks ago
If your mental health issues are either preventing you from fulfilling your work or causing problems in any capacity for others, then they have every right to sign you off on sick leave. Where they can legally go from there will depend on the country and their legislation.

Your recorded comments about needing military-style abuse are not helpful to you but I am not sure that they even need that to remove you from the work environment.

You need proper legal advice. We are happy to help on here but none of us are legal experts I suspect.

Thread: Very frustrated PhD Candidate

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28-Jun-19, 20:21
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posted about 3 weeks ago
If a journal is "good" (whatever that means), they will be inundated with paper submissions. You could easily be waiting up to a year depending on the journal.
You could phone them and ask the current status.

As for the experimental stuff, that's part and parcel of research I'm afraid. 3 months is not much time. It might help if you try not to put time expectations on things. Are you able to break your setup down into manageable testable chunks to try and narrow down where the issue might be?

Both of your problems indicate an unhealthy relationship with setting time expectations. I think you need to focus your energies on why this is the case. Time can be your friend or your enemy.
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