In this blog I’d like to share some advice I’ve had to give people in the past that might be useful for postdocs when asking for a letter of reference when applying for faculty positions. 1) Whom to ask (besides your thesis advisor and postdoc mentor): What does a faculty position letter of reference entail? It requires that the referee make a detailed appraisal of your work, your contributions, … More
My academic background reflects that I can think of interesting problems to solve, find solutions, foster collaborations and possess decent experimental skills. Was this enough? If not, what else could I bring to the table? Turns out, a lot of skills acquired through extracurricular activities are relevant in a professional environment.
If you are just working for the almighty paper, another number added onto your CV, you are missing a bigger part of life. If you somehow touch and improve the lives of your colleagues and students, you generate value, have a purpose, and make an impact beyond your experimental results.
Finding a good postdoc position is important for your career, and doing all or part of your postdoc overseas can be a very rewarding experience. The challenge is that good laboratories receive a large number of postdoctoral applicants, potentially even >30/year just from India and China alone.