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  1. Hello all. I need some advice on whether I should consider quitting my postdoc. I finished my PhD early this year in the life sciences and am now about six months into my postdoc. It’s a good position at a prestigious institution, and my biggest issues aren’t with the job itself, but I’m seriously considering quitting. The biggest reason is, frankly, I really dislike the city I’m in, and am not acclimating well. At risk of giving away more info about myself than I’d like, let’s just say I didn’t fully appreciate how loud, crowded, expensive, and socially inhospitable my new city would be. Perhaps it’s just homesickness, but I also think there’s a real possibility that it’d be very difficult for me to be happy here. On the work side of things: I don’t dislike the research, but my PI’s personality is the diametrical opposite of mine (and of what I’m used to). He’s very knowledgeable and amicable, but is extremely extroverted and kind of “stream of consciousness” in his thinking, rather than organized and systematic. So if I go to him with an issue in my research, he’ll usually have an off the cuff suggestion, “try this,…”, but not with helping to formulate a more thorough ‘game plan.’ I kind of feel like I’m twisting in the wind, possibly wasting my time on wild goose chases, wondering if what is supposed to be a 3 or 4 year postdoc will become 5 or 6 years. I’m also pretty sure (or am hoping at least) I would have decent prospects at finding a job in industry, even if not in my exact field, since, though I’m technically in the life sciences, my education and research has been quantitative, so I have some quantitative skills and am proficient in a couple programming languages. The prospect of immediately making significantly higher salary in a cheaper, more pleasant city vs. spending another 5 or 6 years making postdoc wages here is pretty tempting. I’m trying to take everything into consideration though and make a rational decision. I guess I should get to the question(s): how bad would it be career-wise if I quit by postdoc early, especially this early? Does it look better (or worse) to wait till I have been here at least a year before jumping ship? Would I likely need a reference letter down the road from my PI? And would asking for a reference from a PI for a postdoc I quit be problematic? How unusual is it for this to happen? If I applied to different jobs, what would I even do for my job talk? Use material from my thesis defense, or from my work in my current lab, or both? I’m struggling with this decision on a lot of levels. My current plan of action is to make a sort of last ditch effort to make my life work here while also looking for possible positions in a city I used to live in (I liked it there so I can at least avoid the problem of ending up in a city I can’t stand). That of course raises another question: would it be appropriate for me to do in person interviews before even telling them of my intentions? If anyone has made this sort of ‘unplanned transition’ before, any advice on how to do it would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Hi all, This is a multi-part question! I am in the third year of my PhD program and I am feeling torn still about pursuing academia vs. non-academic positions. I still have a ways to go in my program, and will no doubt cast a wide net in terms of my job search down the road, but I feel it's important to address these things now so I don't get to the end of my program and feel unsure. My first question is: if I ultimately decide to seek out a career outside academia, is it recommended or necessary that I do a post-doc in a related position, or should I go right on the job market? Second, if I want to gain industry experience while still in graduate school, what might be some recommended ways to go about it? My research focuses on questions of development in Latin America so I'm considering incorporating ethnographic fieldwork not only at my research site but with NGOs/development agencies working in my geographic area of interest to see another side of things. Would this be the best way to go about it or should I consider internships as well? Lastly, and maybe this is more personalized to different jobs/fields, but for any of you who are now working outside academia, do you feel that you're still able to do enough research, apply the skills you learned through your PhD, etc. in your non-academic position? Again, I am about halfway through my program now so I'm sure I'll gain more insight along the way, but I feel all of this is important to think about now. Thanks everyone!
  3. Hi everyone, I'm a research assistant at Loyola Marymount University, and the lab I work at is looking for a full-time post-doc research fellow. I'll link the job posting here: https://jobs.lmu.edu/postings/41883 Just wanted to get the word out! If you think you fit, we would love to hear from you! Thanks :)
  4. This is a long shot as there never seem to be a lot of us, but is there anyone else out there who applied to the SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship competition this time around?? Hopefully letters should go out next month, so wondering if anyone is in the same waiting boat as I am. This is my second time applying to the postdoc competition, I was unsuccessful last year so fingers crossed this time!
  5. NRC Research Associateship Programs The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers postdoctoral and senior research awards on behalf of 23 U.S. federal research agencies and affiliated institutions with facilities at over 100 locations throughout the U.S. and abroad. We are actively seeking highly qualified candidates including recent doctoral recipients and senior researchers. Applications are accepted during 4 annual review cycles (with deadlines of February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1). Awardees have the opportunity to: · conduct independent research in an area compatible with the interests of the sponsoring laboratory · devote full-time effort to research and publication · access the excellent and often unique facilities of the federal research enterprise · collaborate with leading scientists and engineers at the sponsoring laboratories Benefits of an NRC Research Associateship award include: · 1 year award, renewable for up to 3 years · Stipend ranging from $45,000 to $80,000, higher for senior researchers · Health insurance, relocation benefits, and professional travel allowance DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE Applicants should hold, or anticipate receiving, an earned doctorate in science or engineering. Degrees from universities abroad should be equivalent in training and research experience to a degree from a U.S. institution. Some awards are open to foreign nationals as well as to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. ABOUT THE EMPLOYER The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Fellowships Office has conducted the NRC Research Associateship Programs in cooperation with sponsoring federal laboratories and other research organizations approved for participation since 1954. Through national competitions, the Fellowships Office recommends and makes NRC Research Associateship awards to outstanding postdoctoral and senior scientists and engineers for tenure as guest researchers at participating laboratories. A limited number of opportunities are available for support of graduate students in select fields. For more information or to apply visit the NRC Research Associateship Programs.
  6. Anyone heard back about the NSF PRFB? 6 months is quickly approaching and my status is still listed as "pending". Wondering if anyone has gotten word (good or bad) yet? This waiting game is killing me....
  7. Hi everyone, since my last thread that I inquired about the general timeline to apply/become a postdoctoral researcher positions, I have decided to try to graduate within the next 7 months. I recently have compiled a list of PIs that I'm interested working with, so that as soon as my recently submitted paper is accepted, I'll start search for my next stop. However, even though I have a general idea how I should construct my cover letter (e.g. discuss why I am interested in a particular lab/research, what I can offer to that lab, etc.), I'm still trying to figure out how should I strategically inquire a potential postdoctoral position -- through e-mail and in-person -- to a lab that does not advertise such position. E-mail: How to make your cover letter standout enough that the PI would read it, or, wouldn't go straight to trash bin? (Not sure if the "game" is different than applying a position that is advertised.) *In-person: What would be the best approach to bring up/discuss/inquire possible postdoc positions if the potential PI is giving a presentation? (*A conference/symposium without neither a poster session nor social activity(ies). Hence the assumption here is that I would try to talk to the PI before or after his/her presentation.) Thank you!
  8. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington has two openings for Post-Doctoral Research Fellows: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Immunogenetics: http://bit.ly/2fe6SsO Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, B Cell Response to Vaccination: http://bit.ly/2fmUSnq At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch's pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer with minimal side effects. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation's first and largest cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women's Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network.
  9. Hi folks, I am in a situation where I may either graduate in Spring/Summer 2017 (lack of funding), or in Spring/Summer 2018 (if secure a dissertation fellowship). Since neither alumni from my lab nor alumni from my program (STEM) typically go into academia to be a postdoc, I would like to know at what point of time should I do such or certain things, so that I can ultimately getting a post-doctoral research position that I want, presumably at the beginning of a Fall semester/quarter or as soon as I fulfilled all the requirements that complete my program. I think that inputs from those who are graduating / graduated from grad school can be gathered and combined into a "timeline", so that future viewers/readers of the forum can use it as a guidance. I would assumed that the first step is when "you about to start / started writing your dissertation", or "meet individuals / POI who you wanted to work for as a postdoc". Many thanks in advance! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ - [If necessary] The summer before graduation -- prepare research and/or teaching statement(s) - July-December the year before graduation -- apply post-doctoral research fellowship(s)
  10. Hello, I have received a SSRCH postdoctoral fellowship starting next year. The award holder's guide B specifies that postdoctoral fellowship holders may teach the equivalent of one full course per year, but that no other employment is permitted. I currently own a sole proprietorship that I run as an independent contractor/self-employed worker on my spare time. Is this forbidden by the SSRCH? If so, that means I need to give up on my small business? Does anyone knows if the SSHRC has access to the taxes filed with the government? Thanks in advance for your advice.
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