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applying for TT academic jobs

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 5:55 am
by Kevin
I agree a lot with Madison. My case may also be of value to some here, since I have been less productive (to my standards) than I could have been during my postdoc, but the result turned out well.

I had a pretty intense Ph D. We were competing with several well-known groups (ours is also well-known, though). It happened that all the other groups had made a fatal error in trying to do this new kind of experiment we were after. My work introduced a new trick and we pretty much solved the problem. The competition caused much stress, but also generated many citations, over 150 in total for six papers--not bad for physical science.

I did an application for a postdoctoral fellowship in order to come to France (thought it would be \"all that\"). This really helped me to start thinking about writing applications. Got the fellowship, went to France, realized that, in fact, the \"herbe\" actually is greener in North America, and have really struggled to get stuff done here. But I know what I *would* do if this experiment would work and if I had enough money to buy what I need and if I didn\'t have to share my lab with two other projects. This was my strategy. Really go to town on what the research program will be, and hope that the enthusiasm (with enough rigor, of course) would rub off. I guess it rubbed.

In this case, I would just summarize that my \"cred\" was largely derived from my Ph D work, but I did enough as a postdoc to get a very nice position with nice startup. By my standards, however, I do not consider my postdoc to have been overly successful. And I really resent this country and its research environment--certainly an unintended consequence of living abroad.