Nobel Laureate and University Professor at Columbia University, New York, Martin Chalfie shares some very valuable tips with graduate students applying for postdocs. This article was first published in SDB e-news, an electronic newsletter from the Society for Developmental Biology. Link
As one nears the end of their Ph.D., a question that begins to daunt some of us is “should I or shouldn’t I do a postdoc.”
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
We often hear that Indian biologists don’t do well beyond a critical level, because we don’t get good postdocs. If a couple of good postdocs are present in the lab who have considerable experience, confidence and ability to mentor PhD students, Indian PIs too could spend more time to review the entire field and put their work in a larger context, spend time and efforts on new science, challenging projects and take up meaningful sabbaticals and collaborations.
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.