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Changing field of study

Postby Vlad Owaski » Wed Feb 02, 2005 6:58 pm

I recently got a PhD in molecular biology and for last month or so have been doing
a "mini-postdoc" in a lab that uses mass spec-based proteomics (at an amateur level). Having learned more about proteomics and its tremendous potential, I am now seriously considering a career in this field. Although I do have a strong CV for a postdoc position in a molecular biology/genetics lab, I have no experience in mass spectrometry. It?s clear to me that in this situation the only way to get into a top proteomics lab would be an exceptional cover letter.
Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Changing field of study

Postby Andy » Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:28 pm

Vlad,

Here's the best advice I can give:

http://www.stowers-institute.org/labs/WashburnLab.asp

This guy is a friend of mine. If you can fractionate cells and/or have some experience with yeast genetics and are a reasonably good scientist, then you'd probably be a good fit.

Good luck,

Andy
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Changing field of study

Postby TF » Thu Feb 03, 2005 9:46 am

I don't know how much help this would be, but I have always been told that a post doc is the time not only to publish and have extensive scientific freedom, but a time to try something totally different than what you did as a Ph.D student. It may not be as hard as you think to get the post-doc you are looking for. Why don't you just start emailing PI's who's lab you are interested in working in and see what they say.

FWIW, if I do an academic post-doc, it will be in an area completely different than I am currently working. I think it will make me far more well rounded and knowledgeable as a scientist than staying with something I already know.
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Changing field of study

Postby Andrey » Thu Feb 03, 2005 11:28 am

If you get a fellowship it will not be a problem for you to switch the field of research. Of course, you cannot write a proposal on the topic you do not know. However, you can always get a project from your potential supervisor. For the foundation it is more important that the applicant has a strong record of publications and a good recommendation from the host Institution. There are many foundations that would encourage changing the subject of your research.
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Changing field of study

Postby David » Thu Feb 03, 2005 4:00 pm

One fellowship that promotes switching fields is: Human Science Frontier Program


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