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How to Succeed as a Scientist
From Postdoc to Professor


  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521765862

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  • 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.

    • Concise and clearly structured guide to a range of interdisciplinary research and workplace skills, based on successful training workshops run by the authors
    • Includes real-world case studies, enabling postdoctoral researchers and graduate students to learn from the experience of working scientists and avoid pitfalls
    • Boxes throughout the text give detailed illustrative information and examples, and 'Pause for Thought' feature gives short tasks to encourage readers to apply the theory to their individual situation
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '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 für Geologie und Paläontologie

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521765862
    • length: 226 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 179 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Authors

    Barbara J. Gabrys, University of Oxford
    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 A. Langdale, University of Oxford
    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.

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