A Ph.D. is Not Enough: A Guide to Survival in Science

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Addison-Wesley, 1993 - Science - 109 pages
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Despite your graduate education, brainpower, and technical prowess, your career in scientific research is far from assured. Permanent positions are scarce, science survival is rarely part of formal graduate training, and a good mentor is hard to find. This exceptional volume explains what stands between you and fulfilling long-term research career. Bringing the key survival skills into focus, A Ph.D. Is Not Enough! proposes a rational approach to establishing yourself as a scientist. It offers sound advice of selecting a thesis or postdoctoral adviser, choosing among research jobs in academia, government laboratories, and industry, preparing for an employment interview, and defining a research program. This book will help you make your oral presentations effective, your journal articles compelling, and your grant proposals successful. A Ph.D. Is Not Enough should be required reading for anyone on the threshold of a career in science.

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Decent, sound advice but nothing special. - Goodreads
... problem orientation. - Goodreads
Great insights that explicitly define common sense. - Goodreads
interesting questions and ideas about research. - Goodreads
A lot of it is common sense and reiterated advice. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jerzy - Goodreads

A bit dated after these 20 years, but still contains lots of solid advice. The chapter on Establishing a Research Program is especially helpful. Be "problem-oriented" not "technique-oriented." Start ... Read full review

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User Review  - Roy BVB - Goodreads

Dang! Thanks to my bestie who recommended this book! This is definitely something worth reading for you who are considering a career in scientific research. It helps you by describing some essential ... Read full review

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Since 1974 a solid state physicist, Peter J. Feibelman has been at Sandia National Laboratories, where he is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff. In 1989 he won the Davisson-Germer Prize of the American Physicist Society for outstanding research in Surface Science. Feibelman received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at San Diego in 1967, did postdoctoral research at the C.E.N. Saclay (France) and the University of Illinois (Urbana), then spent three years as assistant professor of physics at SUNY, Stony Brook.

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