How to Succeed as a Scientist : From Postdoc to Professor
This unique, practical guide for postdoctoral researchers and graduate students explains how to build and perfect the necessary research tools and working skills to build a career in academia and beyond. It is based on successful training workshops run by the authors: first, it describes the tools needed for independent research, from writing papers to applying for academic jobs; it then introduces skills to thrive in a new job, including managing and interacting with others, designing a taught course and giving a good lecture; and it concludes with a section on managing your career, from how to manage stress to understanding the higher education system. Packed with helpful features encouraging readers to apply the theory to their individual situation, the book is also illustrated throughout with real-world case studies to enable readers to learn from others' experience. It is a vital handbook for everyone seeking to make a successful scientific career.
- Online resource
- 05 Nov 2011
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 15 b/w illus. 3 tables
'This handbook should be useful to many of those students who are not clear which path to follow, or if they have made a choice, what practical steps they can take to improve their chances of success. The book is designed as a concise and easy-to-use reference, covering all the main aspects of developing and maintaining an academic career. The book is exceptionally well organized ... the writing is clear and to the point, making frequent use of checklists for later reference. In summary, this is an excellent book which should be useful to its target audience.' William R. Green, The Leading Edge 'The authors explicitly target early-career scientists, although I think this book is of use to a wider academic audience ... I found the chapters of Part I to be a useful reminder and the clear treatment of complex personal interactions of Part II to be particularly enlightening. At the other end of the career spectrum, this guide will be an excellent aid to academic advisors, especially those willing to organize workshops for early-career scientists.' Spencer Koury, The Quarterly Review of Biology '... embraces the topics linked to psychological/sociological and managerial matters, which are not always treated with the same attention in the other books ... the authors' style is nice, and their explanations are always clear. ... Undoubtedly, the book by Gabrys and Langdale is enriching.' Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie
Table of contents
Preface; Part I. Becoming an Independent Researcher: 1. Managing your time; 2. Giving a good research talk; 3. Writing a quality research paper; 4. Handling scientific criticism; 5. Writing grant applications; 6. Tools for managing research projects; 7. Is there life beyond academia?; 8. Applying for a job in academia; 9. Applying for an independent research fellowship; Part II. Thriving in Your New Job: 10. Handling new roles; 11. Learning from other people; 12. Managing people; 13. Building a research group 1: doctoral students; 14. Building a research group 2: recruiting and supervising postdocs; 15. Interacting with others; 16. Designing a taught course; 17. Giving a good lecture; 18. Beyond lecturing; 19. Mentoring; Part III. Managing Your Career: 20. Managing stress; 21. Taking on new challenges; 22. The higher education system; References; Index.
About Barbara J. Gabrys
Barbara Gabrys is an experimental physicist with expertise in the structure and dynamics of soft matter. She has substantial experience in exploring different science disciplines through research, teaching and learning activities. Dr Gabrys was appointed Academic Advisor for the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division at the University of Oxford in 2007. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Jane Langdale is a plant biologist with over 25 years' research experience in both UK and US universities. Her main research focuses on understanding the genetic basis of plant developmental processes and elucidating how those processes evolved. Professor Langdale was appointed as a University academic in 1994 and most recently has been Head of the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford. She was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2007.