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#1 chn09

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 01:27 AM

Dear Friends,

I have completed Ph.D Biotechnology and im based at India. Due to some family constraints, im not able to go for post doc abroad at present (which most people do).Hence i began job hunting and i went to some top research labs for PDF, but it was unsucessful. I can think of only the three options of my career
1. Research based job i.e post –doc - ( i dint get)
2. Job in company – mostly prefer people who completed post doc
3. Lecturer job in University or college - fine, but this will be more of teaching and not much research.
Assuming that i take up a lecturer job, will it be easy to move on to PDF later on?
Ive heard of people say that its difficult to take up a research career (as a post doc) after some years of teaching since people tend to forget many lab techniques learnt during Ph.D
Suggestions please.

#2 Ameya P

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 02:03 AM

Dear Friends,

I have completed Ph.D Biotechnology and im based at India. Due to some family constraints, im not able to go for post doc abroad at present (which most people do).Hence i began job hunting and i went to some top research labs for PDF, but it was unsucessful. I can think of only the three options of my career
1. Research based job i.e post –doc - ( i dint get)
2. Job in company – mostly prefer people who completed post doc
3. Lecturer job in University or college - fine, but this will be more of teaching and not much research.
Assuming that i take up a lecturer job, will it be easy to move on to PDF later on?
Ive heard of people say that its difficult to take up a research career (as a post doc) after some years of teaching since people tend to forget many lab techniques learnt during Ph.D
Suggestions please.


Since, post doc abroad has not worked out for you.... i would say... u go for option 2... I dont think.. option 3 makes u less of a researcher after 3-5 years....

I have myself found many institutes carrying out exceptional studies after I found my job.... so I would suggest... stick in there.... dont give up hope keep applying.... and you will definitely get a good job....

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#3 pito

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 10:55 AM

just a quick question: whats a "PDF" ?
(post doc.. F?)

Edited by pito, 21 November 2010 - 10:55 AM.

If you don't know it, then ask it! Better to ask and look foolish to some than not ask and stay stupid.


#4 casandra

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 07:51 PM

just a quick question: whats a "PDF" ?
(post doc.. F?)

post-doctoral fellowship....but it is also known by a lot of other names....:)

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#5 Ameya P

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 09:24 PM

just a quick question: whats a "PDF" ?


Portable Document Format :P

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