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Postdoc: Letter of motivation?

Postby WG » Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:36 pm

I am in the process of applying for a postdoc position that requires a letter of motivation. This is separate from the cover letter. I have already spoken to the PI so I know what the work will involve. For those that have written or reviewed something like this what are some of the things I should make sure to include?
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Re: Postdoc: Letter of motivation?

Postby MFM » Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:51 am

In my books the motivational letter is the same as a cover letter. So be sure to include a little bit about what you've done before and, more importantly, why you want to work in that particular lab, what you want to get out of it as well as what you can offer to them. Also, show them that you know what they are working on (ie. read some of their papers, not just the abstracts) and how you are particularly suited to contribute to their work.

All the best with your application!
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Re: Postdoc: Letter of motivation?

Postby BMK » Mon Nov 09, 2015 1:23 pm

In addition MFM's advice, make sure that the writing is coherent and the grammar immaculate. Part of the point of requesting letters of motivation is to gauge the applicants writing style/ability as well as their ability to be persuasive, as this can in turn be evidence as to how well they will write scientific papers (which can sometimes hinge on writing a compelling introduction and problem statement).
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