A PhD Is Not Enough!: A Guide to Survival in Science

A PhD Is Not Enough A Guide to Survival in Science Despite your graduate education brainpower and technical prowess your career in scientific research is far from assured Permanent positions are scarce science survival is rarely part of formal gra

  • Title: A PhD Is Not Enough!: A Guide to Survival in Science
  • Author: Peter J. Feibelman
  • ISBN: 9780465025336
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Edición Kindle
  • Despite your graduate education, brainpower, and technical prowess, your career in scientific research is far from assured Permanent positions are scarce, science survival is rarely part of formal graduate training, and a good mentor is hard to find In A Ph.D Is Not Enough , physicist Peter J Feibelman lays out a rational path to a fulfilling long term research careerDespite your graduate education, brainpower, and technical prowess, your career in scientific research is far from assured Permanent positions are scarce, science survival is rarely part of formal graduate training, and a good mentor is hard to find.In A Ph.D Is Not Enough , physicist Peter J Feibelman lays out a rational path to a fulfilling long term research career He offers sound advice on selecting a thesis or postdoctoral adviser choosing among research jobs in academia, government laboratories, and industry preparing for an employment interview and defining a research program The guidance offered in A Ph.D Is Not Enough will help you make your oral presentations effective, your journal articles compelling, and your grant proposals successful.A classic guide for recent and soon to be graduates, A Ph.D Is Not Enough remains required reading for anyone on the threshold of a career in science This new edition includes two new chapters and is revised and updated throughout to reflect how the revolution in electronic communication has transformed the field.

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    1. كتاب هام جدا لكل من يريد أن يعمل بالبحث العلمي"درجة الدكتوراة ليست كافية"يتناول المؤلف (عالم الفيزياء بيتر فايبلمان) المسار العقلاني لمهنة البحث العلمي، يقدم المؤلف نصائح مهمة عن كيفية اختيار مشرف رسالة الدكتوراة أو مشرف دراسة ما بعد الدكتوراة، بالإضافة إلى كيفية الاختيار [...]


    2. A bit dated after these 20 years, but still contains lots of solid advice.The chapter on Establishing a Research Program is especially helpful. Be "problem-oriented" not "technique-oriented." Start your career by choosing a problem that will lead to several small publishable milestone results ("publons" or small publishable kernels of work) each year, not exclusively one huge result that will take 10 years. Diversify by working on two or three problems at once.Another good point: Don't be seen a [...]


    3. Pursuing a PhD degree is more than just getting a higher education degree. It is actually part of a research career, be it in an academic institution or not. This book actually helps put that in perspective, and gives advice on what to keep in mind to climb the ladder of scientific career. I did gain new insight on how to position and prepare myself if I want to do research for a living. There are surprisingly some things I had not been aware of, even though I've acquainted myself with working i [...]


    4. I definitely read this book right when it is of most use to me. Suffering from a lack of direction, ambition and motivation in the vacuum left behind by my Ph.D. work, this book gave the best, no-nonsense advice that I've ever received about figuring out the best route to success within academia. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a career in research.


    5. Before I read this, I was never able to give a solid answer when my advisor, supervisor, or department head asked me what I wanted to do when I'm let loose with my PhD. I had no idea. No plans beyond getting the degree itself.I'm so glad I read this book. As a PhD student in Chemistry, I was blind to what was waiting for me coming out of grad school. Post-docs, assistant professorships, tenure, academia, national labs, industry?I won't bias the review with my conclusions, but this book helped me [...]


    6. 4th year science PhD student here. I recommend this book to PhD students, postdocs and grad school applicants. If I had read this book before entering grad school, I would have spent my previous years differently. I view this book as a science career survival book full of practical advice. Meanwhile, it gives you the big picture of scientific academia. This book is not about alternative career paths available. After ~70% of the journey, the points start to look familiar and I find it less stimul [...]


    7. O livro nos deixa muito tenso, pois não estamos acostumados a refletir sobre nossa carreira. Possui alguns bons conselhos, mas a maior parte deles é aplicável principalmente a estrutura da carreira científica norte americana, que é bem diferente da brasileira.


    8. This is absolutely essential reading for anyone pursuing a scientific career in the hard sciences. Feibelman gives clear, straightforward advice on how best to maximize your chances of succeeding in the dog eat dog world of research in academia, government labs, and private industry. He gives advice for all stages of a scientific career, beginning in graduate school up to the establishment of a research program as a "senior scientist." The topics covered include1. choosing a thesis advisor,2. ch [...]


    9. Overall: The book talks mainly about what one should do after getting a Ph.D. to be successful in the academia emphasizing on the need to publish more. It is a good read during the Ph.D. curriculum. Directly from the book (my comments in brackets): Pg. Quotedix Those who do not (learn science survival skills), to paraphrase Mencken, have an excellent chance of moving from graduate study to scientific retirement without passing through a career. xi If no one pays attention, what difference does i [...]


    10. Even in recent times, there have been a few very successful scientists who did not have a PhD, like Freeman Dyson. Still, if you are not a genius and have an insane amount of luck, if you want to have a successful scientific career, having a PhD certainly helps."A PhD is not enough!" is a book containing advice on career development for graduate students and post-docs. I love the title of this book! The title already states the main point of the book: just going through graduate school in cruise [...]


    11. The book is a quick read, and I would not be wrong if I say: "Only good things can come out from reading it". The book is targeted for people who are seeking a career in academia. It is a relevant book for people nearing the end of their PhD as it can help one see different ways their career can unfold in "Academia".The author provides different pieces of advice regarding different facets of Academia, for eg. on how to give a talk, networking, choosing research projects, labs etc. One of the mes [...]


    12. I am going to start my PhD very soon, and by reading the book, I have chance to know a few things that I would encounter on the road ahead. I really appreciate success and failure case studies the author provides in the first chapters. It would clearly help new PhD students like me in not only choosing appropriate research path but also getting to know how to write and publish good papers. Whereas later chapters of the book focuses more on what it looks like being a postdoc researcher, a profess [...]


    13. Unromantic view of what it takes to be a scientist nowadays so that one can get to do some of the romantic stuff someday, the hacking-away-at-the-frontier-of-knowledge someday. The enterprise of science described in its nitty-gritty details: grants, advisors, publishing, building a reputation, getting tenure. A reasonable trajectory from PhD to tenure is proposed: get the PhD, after that do a post-doc, leave academia for industry or a government lab, build a reputation there, and return after th [...]


    14. This book is definitely something worth reading while working on a PhD in a STEM field. It is a bit cynical and a bit depressing, but also contains a lot of good information about marketing yourself as a researcher. A lot of the information is intuitive one you hear it, but I personally had not thought of a number of the issues before. I found the chapter on giving talks very informative. It helped me to clarify why I had found certain talks good or bad in the past. However, while very informati [...]


    15. Finally I got a chance to read something that tells me what I'm getting into with this PhD business. It was very honest about how assistant professorhood can ruin your life. I didn't like how it focused a little too much (not overtly) on being an overachiever. But hey, that's one way to go about it. I recommend this one to all my PhD friends. (The Rice EE dept gives it to every incoming PhD student.)


    16. A delightful book full of useful and timely advice. The author is obviously predisposed to non-academic careers. But the overall advice is good. Scientific leaders have vision. They have a question they are trying to answer. They can articulate why that question is a good question to ask. And they are willing to pursue a variety of means to answer it. Earning a PhD does not mean that you suddenly have this vision. It is simply not enough.


    17. Gostei bastante. Noções de carreira, de organização e de planejamento que são muito bem-vindos neste momento. Conselhos que são um pouco lugar comum depois de várias conversas sobre o tema, mas ficam bem todos reunidos em uma linha de argumento. Tivesse lido um mês antes, eu teria aproveitado algumas ideias para uma banca de concurso.


    18. Quite repetitive. Much of its content is already known to me. Besides, most of the content is irrelevant to the Egyptian case.


    19. given a copy from a friend. admittedly I skipped some chapters since I just finished a (thankfully successful) year on the academic job market, and was unwilling to relive the experience on my personal time! the chapters that I did read were mostly reinforcing what I've already learned from my peers and mentors. but I really appreciated his perspective on how grueling being a junior professor can be. I think very few faculty are willing to be 100% honest about how s**tty life is pre-tenure. Also [...]


    20. Useful book for young scientists navigating their career through the post doc field and beyond. Covers job choices, presenting, publishing and the essentials to focus on to help one's career. Written from the hard earned personal experience of the author.Written in 1993 and updated in 2010, so not completely up to the minute, but worth the quick read.



    21. Wonderful read if you are considering getting a PhD, pursuing a PhD, or in the beginning of your research career.


    22. Feibelman's A PhD Is Not Enough: A Guide to Survival in Science is a succinct guide on navigating a career as a scientist starting from the graduate student level. Includes tips on giving scientific talks and also job interviews. By today's standards, perhaps the advice is rather general and boilerplate, but there are still a lot of good pointers to take away from it. Feibelman does have certain strong preferences, which seem to reflect his own life journey:1) Always try to work for an establish [...]



    23. A quick glance at this title could be enough to make a frustrated graduate student want to throw this slim volume in Peter Feibelman’s face. What do you MEAN a Ph.D. isn’t enough?!?!?! But I suggest you resist that impulse, and read on.Once you get past the eye-catching title, you will quickly realize that Dr. Feibelman, a Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratory, has written a clear, concise guide to help you navigate the tricky and sometimes treacherous path from graduate school to t [...]


    24. It was helpful even though I'm in the humanities and not the sciences. I think the author is a little stuck in his personal view (being enough of a genius to join the work force at 30. However, he does give good advice in all aspects that need to be considered when getting a PhD.


    25. Out of my personal experience, I found the perspectives and advices in the book painfully true. And I doubt that I would still think so if I read the book before going through all of those myself. "Experience is the best teacher". Even so, the book is appealing and enlightening in many ways when it attempts to give the readers the lessons they need without experiencing it. The writing is so clear that every advice is straightforward. At times I felt like the author was writing my own thoughts ab [...]


    26. The book explores the world of a scientist after completing the PhD. The portrait that Feibelman gives of the science world when looking for a job is not a good one. To become a scientist is very difficult and the completion is fierce. Feibelman believes that the skill for surviving the world of science can be taught, where other scientist believe that it can only be gain by experience and only the taught will survive.Feibelman provides some of his experience (and some of the experience of his c [...]


    27. Great advice about what kind of things you have to strenghten to have a good kick-start in grad/postgrad life, even though the book itself is oriented to people who already finished or are finishing their MSc.Fon non-grads (from a non-grad pov): you'll be able to get to know some of things that are part of your early career: writing for journals, conferences, peer reviewed papers, what is tenure, getting involved in projects and the difference between postdoc careers and academic careers (plus t [...]


    28. Book was lent out by a seminar I'm taking and I found it surprisingly helpful. Of course, almost all self help literature is a collection of common sense, but sometimes getting hit on the head with a well organized heap of common sense at the critical time is exactly what the doctor ordered. I had to give a talk this week at the medical school and his advice on giving talks really helped guide me into creating a stimulating talk that was on the right level for clinicians- sometimes it is really [...]


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