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Thread: Salary bands / Grades / Pay scale

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19-Jan-20, 00:22
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I don't get what you are asking? Are you asking if the exact same role could be a grade 6 at one university or grade at 8 at the other? If so, the the grades do differ. As the grading system is an arbitrary system based on the lowest level in the university with arbitrary levels. The grading system is based on primarily on pay and doesn't say much apart from that. So I don't think you should worry about the job grade except about pay.

Thread: Abstract For Conference Poster Without Results

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15-Jan-20, 17:00
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I completely understand your problem. I applied to many many conferences with few tangible results, so can somewhat advise. I didn't have specific sections and I would regurgitate my PhD proposal in 1 or 2 paragraphs. So, I would explain the topic, the aims, how I will achieve it and then end by re-explaining the importance. It got me a lot of poster presentations and a few flash presentations. If you really want a results section you can also use stock phrases such as "this study is ongoing" or "preliminary results are positive".

Thread: Article Request

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15-Jan-20, 16:14
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What I should have said use the website sci-hub.tw to find it. It is a free website with access to most journals. Initially the link was 4 pages long but this should work

https://sci-hub.tw/https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/ees.2005.0135

Thread: Article Request

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15-Jan-20, 11:04
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You can get it through sci-hub.tw with this direct URL
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/ees.2005.0135

Thread: Can I quit my PhD program and look for another one?

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15-Jan-20, 11:02
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Yes

Thread: First year PhD student - alcohol problems

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15-Jan-20, 11:02
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Please seek professional help! Even if it is your GP or through uni, they can give you real advice.

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

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15-Jan-20, 11:00
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Can you explain your part in each publication? I agree having no first name papers doesn't look good but you can still get a post-doc with zero publications. I know a few post-docs in Science & Engineering who had no publications from their PhD due to some reason or another, so don't worry too much. There was also a lecturer at my uni in microbiology who had no first name publications when he originally got his lecturer job but had several second name papers in Cell and other high profile journals. So working as part of a large isn't frowned upon. Though I would still ask your supervisor about getting a first name paper.

Thread: Postgraduate Forum 'refresh'

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13-Jan-20, 14:27
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Whatever happened to this refresh?

Thread: Tips on time management

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13-Jan-20, 13:08
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Can you shift your sleep pattern so that you wake up a few hours earlier and do your thesis then? I find that after a long day I can't focus whatever the situation but super focused in the morning. If you do 30mins-1 hour before work you might be able to consistently do small chunks.

Thread: Advice on what to do about academic situation that ended badly?

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13-Jan-20, 13:04
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The situation wasn't your fault and the university should not have forced you to deal with it by yourself. Your former head of department is human and will understand that. If you were close to him, he would be happy to hear that you are doing a PhD and succeeding in life.

I think you could send an email saying; that you were unhappy about how you left things after your last meeting, you had some difficult issues (add details if you want), that you have started a PhD at X studying Y and want to keep in touch in future. So that you aplogise as part of a keeping in contact email.

Thread: Student Visa Application

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13-Jan-20, 12:55
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Most countries have special visas for students that have different (laxer) standards. Also if you get accepted onto a course, the university will usually help with the visa application. However you will need enough money to financially support yourself for the entire period.

Thread: doubts about applying for a phd, any chemistry phd students here?

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10-Jan-20, 17:04
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What are you getting out of the year in industry? I don't think you will gain that much other than a year of life experience. You can learn most lab techniques with a small bit of effort and there is no guarantee working in industry will give you the relevant lab experience. PhD application processes look more for ability than experience, as they can teach what you need. So if you want to do a PhD, I would apply now rather than gaining experience beforehand.

Also, if you want a gap year, take a gap year

PS: Experimental Chemical Engineer

Thread: topic not finalized!

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10-Jan-20, 16:53
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What topic interests you? Generally I think you have more motivation to study a topic you are genuinely interested in.

Thread: PhD funding for NHS consultant already on substantive post.

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07-Jan-20, 00:04
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It is doable.

With the constant doctor shortages you will most likely find a job afterwards. Most supervisor would love to get a hard working PhD student with a track record like yourself. You can find an already funded project that interests you or you can apply for funding yourself. The only problem I see is do you want 3 years of poor pay and long hours? It is a big commitment and do you really want to quit a good job for the student life? If so there should be no problem.

Thread: My PhD research is currently being done by another research group

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06-Jan-20, 23:56
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Hi amyg,

I know it can be stressful seeing someone publish work very similar to your own but it is very common. Yours doesn't sound that serious as it is only 1 out of 3 results which still leaves 2 completely novel results. If you still do the overlapping research, you are confirming their results or contradicting them which you can link with your other work. Your thesis does not need to be 100% novel and even the smallest change in methodology or results can be considered novel anyway. Your supervisor will know far more than us but stuff like this happens all the time and nothing to worry about.

That said, there is a guy in my department who 6 months from the end got completely gazumped. Another group published a paper that used the same materials, methods, modelling technique and application as him, however in far more depth. It was way too late to change project and he is dreading his viva. If you were like that I would worry but you should be fine if you talk with your supervisor.
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