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04/08/09
Post doctoral considerations
Filed under: Recent Posts, Interviewing, Position Searching, Post-docs
Posted by: site admin @ 7:58 am

This is another in a series of entries on post
doctoral studies as a step in careers in
chemistry fields.

Two notes of interest are brought out for your
attention.  The first is a link to a broad discussion
about the pros and cons of doing a post-doc
as a step before obtaining an industrial position.
It complements previous discussions in this blog
about careers in pharma  1 2 , non-profits,
industrial R&D and academic careers.

The second note is part of a response to a
member who is nearing the end of a post-doc
at a Research 1 university and wishes to go
into an academic career.  She has not found
success yet and has discovered her previous
teaching experience at a non-US institution does
not translate to experience at a US institution.

Her work has explored some new areas of
biotech but not produced many publications till
this point.  Since she is keenly focused on an
academic career, her next option is to consider
academic post-docs which focuses on the many
elements of teaching chemistry.  My suggestion
was:
“There are teaching post-docs that will enable you
to separate you from others looking for academic
positions.  They can be found at Boston University,
Trinity University (San Antonio), University
of Georgia, University of New Hampshire and
Tufts University.  Look at each one to learn what
their expectations are for teaching, course
development, educational research, etc.”

 

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