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#1 hianghao



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 05:27 PM

Hi all! I am  Hiang Hao and I need some advice from you all.


I have just got my PhD (Molecular Entomology) last month. However, I've been working full time for work 10 months in a pest control company, which has nothing to do with "molecular" work (after sending my thesis). I work there because I have no other better options: research assistance with 2000 bucks a month (renewal every 3 months based on availability of grant), while this company offers me 8500 bucks a month with profit sharing & 13th month salary. I've been looking for post-doc but there is no vacancy in related field. Moreover, because my wife is pregnant, I want more stable job than job with contract that has to be renewed once every 3/6 months.


However, i feel little accomplishment frm the works i do sad.png . Through these months I realised that I prefer researching and publishing more (I have only 3 publications though sad.png , due to improper planning), than talking to and training layman, and comforting/explaining to clients who have unreasonable expectations. 


I am planning to work my way to colleges/universities with research grants (Molecular Biology). However, I am still bound to this company for 1 year. How possible is this because there'll be a huge gap between my graduation and the end of contract? I will achieve nothing related to Molecular Biology within this period. And what can I do within this year to improve myself and achieve something in Molecular Biology so that the chances of me going to Academia is higher. I realise that the pay in Academia will be lower than my current pay, but it is okay for me.


Thank you!

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 09:01 PM

In this case choosing contract research related job may keep up your hopes of academic career. But yes there's financial risk taking involved. Other option is try for Post-Doc from same job if you get it, you have better option plus less economic risk.

Edited by Inbox, 13 May 2014 - 09:01 PM.

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