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to move or not to move?

Postby Mitsi » Sat Jan 15, 2005 4:05 pm

I am close to finishing my PhD in biochemistry at a large research institution and am interested in switching fields doing a post doc in biophysics. Afterward I would like to pursue a career in industry. Would it be absolute career suicide to do a biophysics related post doc at the same university I completed my PhD at? Since there is a personal reason involved, candid advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Postby Emil Chuck » Sun Jan 16, 2005 10:07 am

Career suicide to do a postdoc? :)

I think it's more important to show what you can do as a postdoc as opposed to where (unless the department is absolutely inferior in quality or mentoring guidance). If you have a personal reason that requires you to stay on your campus, then stay on your campus. It's not going to be the end of the world. Find a good mentor, tell him/her what you want career-wise (industry-related job), take on a great project, and just do it.
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Postby Rob » Sun Jan 16, 2005 1:07 pm

I agree with Emil entirely. Your choice or need to stay is important to you and you must then work with that. Experience in biophysics is a good complement to a Biochemistry background and you will find many people in either field have been on teh "other side" of the Biochem/Biophysics fence at some time or another.
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Postby Mike S. » Tue Jan 18, 2005 4:00 pm

I agree with Rob and Emil - if you are moving to a different field/mentor/department, it is not that big a drawback. Certainly some people will look unfavorably on it, but as someone pointed out to me, do you really want to work at a place where they cared so much about a superficiality like that that they wouldn't hire you? As Emil said, what you do is a lot more important than where you do it.
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Postby Andrew » Tue Jan 18, 2005 6:59 pm

No, it will not be career suicide and no one in industry will care. There may be some concerns from faculty search committees if you go that route, though.
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