A PhD Is Not Enough!

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-01-11
  • Publisher: Basic Books
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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 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 more effective, your journal articles more compelling, and your grant proposals more 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.

Author Biography

A Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, Peter J. Feibelman received a PhD in Physics from the University of California at San Diego, did postdoctoral research at the C.E.N. Saclay (France) and the University of Illinois (Urbana), and taught for three years at Stony Brook University. Feibelman lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Preface: What This Book Is Aboutp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xix
Do You See Yourself in This Picture?p. 1
Advice from a Dinosaur?p. 19
Important Choices: A Thesis Adviser, a Postdoctoral Jobp. 27
Giving Talksp. 39
Writing Papers: Publishing Without Perishingp. 53
From Here to Tenure: Choosing a Career Pathp. 69
Job Interviewsp. 91
Getting Fundedp. 107
Establishing a Research Programp. 121
A Survival Checklistp. 135
Afterthoughtsp. 141
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Great thoughts! July 31, 2011
This is a great textbook for absolutely anyone working on his/her PhD or looking for career advice at the end of their PhD. In fact, it will be a great help even to those who are long finished with their PhD's especially if they are currently advising their own students.
The writing style is very friendly and straightforward, as if the author is talking to you, sitting across from you. More importantly, the advice is very practical and comes from someone who has a lot of experience in academia.
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