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#1 OA17



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Posted 23 December 2011 - 09:05 AM

Hi all!
Now that the year is coming to an end and a new one is starting, I'm making the list of things that I want to do for the next year. One of the things that I would really like is to finish my PhD and start a postdoc.

I have decided to do a postdoc with the condition of changing research topic. I have not had a very good experience during the PhD, which has not been so bad as to quit from science, but I think I need a change.

I have been working on plant viruses so far, and I think I would like to keep on working with plants, but not with viruses. At this moment I am very interested in chemical ecology, since it puts together two of things which I like the most: biochemistry and field work, or at least, the biochemical study of natural processes that happen not only in the lab, but also in the field.

The problem is that even though I have a background in molecular biology, I don't have experience in analytical techniques such as HPLC, etc. Of course, I consider myself absolutely capable of learning.

If you were an PI, would you accept a postdoc researcher with little experience on the topic that you work on? Would this be a problem even if the person shows a high motivation? Being a PI, would you recommend postdocs to change subject in order to open their minds to learn new things? Do you think that this would be the right moment for a change of path?

Thanks for your advice, and Merry Christmas (for those of you who celebrate it)!!

Edited by OA17, 23 December 2011 - 09:20 AM.

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