A PhD Is Not Enough!: A Guide to Survival in Science

A PhD Is Not Enough!: A Guide to Survival in Science

by Peter J. Feibelman

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Everything you ever need to know about making it as a scientist.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465022229
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 01/11/2011
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 235,776
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

A Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, Peter J. Feibelman received a Ph.D. 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 About xi

Acknowledgements xix

Chapter 1 Do You See Yourself in This Picture? 1

Chapter 2 Advice from a Dinosaur? 19

Chapter 3 Important Choices: A Thesis Adviser, a Postdoctoral Job 27

Chapter 4 Giving Talks 39

Chapter 5 Writing Papers: Publishing Without Perishing 53

Chapter 6 From Here to Tenure: Choosing a Career Path 69

Chapter 7 Job Interviews 91

Chapter 8 Getting Funded 107

Chapter 9 Establishing a Research Program 121

Chapter 10 A Survival Checklist 135

Afterthoughts 141

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PhD Is Not Enough: A Guide to Survival in Science 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really nice little book, useful for anyone in a Ph.D program or anyone considering going down that path. I bought it as a master's student and found its advice very helpful throughout my graduate studies. And it worked for me...I'm now happily employed as an assistant professor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Feibelman has done a great service for future scientists in writing this book. Although a quick read, it's dense with good advice for budding scientists, whether they be at the grad student, postdoc, or assistant professor stage of their careers. For example, he advises against showing an outline at the beginning of a talk because it is as superfluous as it is ubiquitous.

The only shortcoming I find with the book is its focus on high level research. As a top scientist at a government lab, Feibelman directs his comments to those whose aspirations are similar to his. Not all of us who do research aspire to, or can, be tops in our field however. If you're looking for a book that tells you how to balance teaching and research or how to survive in different types of academic institutions, for example, a better choice would be Tomorrow's Professor by Richard Reis. Feibelman focuses only on the research side of the coin however.

Still, the book is excellent and can be useful to anyone whose career includes scientific research. I only wish I had found it earlier!