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Thread: Molecular biologist position in academia

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12-Jul-19, 11:45
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posted about 3 months ago
Generally the longer you stay in academia, the harder it is to move into industry.

Thread: Unsure about starting PhD

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12-Jul-19, 11:42
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posted about 3 months ago
Things are doing not that bad, you have a degree from Cambridge! Your project was 2:1 despite you not doing a viva which I would consider a success and you even got offered a PhD. You are definitely capable even if you don't believe it. Though have you talked with people in real life about your stress and mental health problems? Mental health problems can keep getting worse unless you address the problem and they can destroy your self confidence in the process. I would focus on sorting your mental health before making any major decisions.

Don't do a PhD just for the sake of doing one. If you have no interest in academia or the project, what is the point. You are just setting yourself up to fail.

Thread: Transferring the Phd to Masters after 3.5 years need advice

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10-Jul-19, 19:06
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In the UK you wouldn't have to refund the scholarship. Though you would have to pay any extensions.

Thread: Have any of you ever switched PhD successfully?

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10-Jul-19, 19:04
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I have seen other people on this forum dropping out and getting another PhD, so it can happen. If it isn't working it is sometimes better to cut your losses, learn from your mistakes and move on.

Thread: Should i start PhD again?

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10-Jul-19, 19:00
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Hi athar, you sound very torn between the two options. As others have told you ,doing a PhD is difficult and demoralising but that shouldn't stop you from doing it. I always think you should do a PhD if actually enjoy the work/project or research. If you enjoy the research the long hours, awful pay and mental anguish can sometimes be worth it because you like the underlying project. I feel that you should only do a PhD because you want to do the work and if you heart isn't in it now, it is going to be a tough 3 years. I am not going to say either way but if you do chose the PhD, make sure that you are doing it for the right reasons and not because you think that you should.

Thread: Genuine Temporary Entrant letter

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05-Jul-19, 11:24
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posted about 3 months ago
Could you show them your offer letter? Or email the university asking for an offer letter. Other people will have had the same visa problem, so they should know what to do.

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

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05-Jul-19, 11:23
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posted about 3 months ago
Jamie_Wizard, that is probably one of the best thankyou gifts I have ever seen!

Thread: Passed with minors!

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05-Jul-19, 11:21
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posted about 3 months ago
Congratulations. Very well done!

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

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03-Jul-19, 21:48
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I had something similar, I spent 3 months in the final draft stage with significant anxiety about my work. Until one day my supervisor turned up and said you are submitting today. Suddenly the option of delay was gone and had to accept it wouldn't be perfect. Since then things have kinda clicked and have more confidence in my work. That paper has been rejected 3 times but I am now invested in that work and want to defend the material. I feel you just need to take the plunge and submit something real, after which you can build confidence in your work. You can see all the mistakes and possible improvements but forget to see all the achievements and never accept it as good enough. So I would set a deadline, tell someone about it and submit whatever you have (co-authors willing). The rejection will hurt but it will give you some perspective.

Thread: Finding a position after PhD

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03-Jul-19, 21:36
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I haven't tried finding a post-doc yet but I thought the best way to find a post-doc is networking. Most of of the post-docs I know, knew the post-doc supervisor in some way beforehand. Either via recommendation or meeting a conference. I know my supervisors don't advertise post-docs and if they don't know anyone, they reach out to their network for a recommendation. I know this isn't useful but maybe reach out through any network you have or your supervisors.

Thread: Very frustrated PhD Candidate

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29-Jun-19, 21:30
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posted about 4 months ago
I agree with pm133.

I have been in your position. I spent over 6 months working with a piece of equipment that would turn off randomly 2-3 times a day and then need to be re-calibrated which would take over an hour each time. I eventually find that there was a loose data cable port (not the cable but the port!) which could be fixed with a little bit of duct tape. I also have been trying to adapt another experiment to a smaller scale for about 4-5 months and have absolutely no results. If I ever scale it down, it will be an instant paper. I think I have also broken about £2,500 worth of equipment over two years by trying new methods and got told "if you don't break anything you aren't in the lab enough". I bet you can find hundreds of stories of far worse experimental horror stories.

What I am trying to say is that everyone has experimental problems and don't take it as a personal failure.

Thread: Got a PhD in Teesside

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25-Jun-19, 21:55
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It is not the greatest of places to live but people generally exaggerate crime. You won't get attacked in the streets and the surroundings are rather dull but it is still in a first world country. You can travel on weekends to nicer places and leave after your PhD.

Experience: Visited Middlesborough once

Thread: Issue with research method (or lack thereof)

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25-Jun-19, 21:49
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posted about 4 months ago
Not an expert in social sciences and don't understand your problem. But are you doing something similar to a review paper? If you are doing a review the methods would something like systemic or meta analysis.

Thread: Follow Up after Interview

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24-Jun-19, 15:48
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posted about 4 months ago
Quote From abigor:
Thanks brother, I have gotten conditional offer.


Congratulations!

Thread: Follow Up after Interview

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24-Jun-19, 14:16
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posted about 4 months ago
1-2 month long waits are common in these scenarios and emailing them doesn't speed anything up.

If you want to email, I would politely ask when you should expect a final decision as you need to make plans.
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