Job after Ph.D

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Job after Ph.D

Postby HD » Tue Dec 28, 2004 6:44 pm

Hi All,

I will be finishing my Ph.D (Bioinformatics) sometime next year.I am interested in pursuing a job , i wanted to know your thoughts on post-doc Vs job!
Are there any good jobs available in the first place!!!

Job after Ph.D

Postby Val » Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:36 am

HD, you have not told us where are you... most probably, in the US. As everyone knows, a job is better than a postdoc. In the last 20 or so years, postdoc became a holding pattern for those PhD graduates who has not received jobs because of the lack of the said jobs. Bioinformatics is nothing else to my non-specialist eye as a mathematics (statistics) degree with a biological flavour. It used to be hot 5 years ago, and I do not know how about it now. If it is not "hot" now, you will have more difficulties in selling yourself to the prospective employers. PhD is the hunting licence for a job, and does not entitle one for a job. It came to me only well after graduating with my own PhD degree that a PhD holder hoping for a (successful) academic career (that is, a Prof at uni) should have a skill for promoting himself to the potential research fund-providers as his No.1 skill even ahead of his scientific ability. Such a person obviously does not have a question where to look for jobs by the end of his PhD tenure. If one wants to be something else than an academic scientist, he can work in industry or in governmental lab. Or go for an alternative career such as in patent law, technical writing, in sales, a governmental beaureaucrat in legislation. Some physics and electrical engineering graduates turned to be programmers and sysadministrators, but that was 5 years ago. They say, there is a hope ahead: as the "baby-boomers" retire in droves, there will be lots of opportunities.



Job after Ph.D

Postby AL » Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:04 am

You might consider a postdoc in biostatistics or statistical genetics.

These two fields are "hot" right now thanks in part to the large amounts of genome and genotyping data getting produced these days. As genotyping technology gets cheaper, there will only be more and more data to analyze.

To give you an idea of how "hot" the biostatistics field is, it is common for PhD graduates in biostatistics to obtain junior faculty positions right out of graduate school.

If you have a mathematical bent, then biostat could be a great field for you to study.

Good luck!


Job after Ph.D

Postby Cheryl » Sun Jan 02, 2005 2:10 pm

I recommend doing a short very focused postdoc that will springboard you into the industry job you desire.

I am a PhD biochemist working as a scientist in a small biotech. Before entering industry I did a very focused 1 year postdoc in an academic lab where I learned a marketable skill and got some reputable publications.

My postdoc was key to finding my current job - it allowed me to make valuable connections in industry. In addition, the knowledge and experience gained in my postdoc allowed me to negotiate a higher salary and a generous signing bonus. I came in to the position as an expert, instead of a grunt worker bee.
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