“Life After the Ph.D.” How To Land the Post-Doctoral Fellowship of Your Dreams. Donna H. Korzick, Ph.D. Chair, Intercollege Program in Physiology Department of Kinesiology The Pennsylvania State University October 29, 2008 – GWISE Seminar Series. Landing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship….
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“Life After the Ph.D.”How To Land the Post-Doctoral Fellowship of Your Dreams
Donna H. Korzick, Ph.D.
Chair, Intercollege Program in Physiology
Department of Kinesiology
The Pennsylvania State University
October 29, 2008 – GWISE Seminar Series
How Long Does a Post-Doctoral Experience Last?
2 – 5 years
Usually in one place
Years 1-2: learn new techniques (tools in the toolbox)
low risk project handed to you
Years 3-5:high risk project
make the project “your own”
find YOUR niche
Remember: Your #1 competition will be your Ph.D. advisor, find your niche
“What is an average day like in the lab?”
“ Do you meet with Dr. _____ often?”
“What kind of projects are you working on?”
Questions You Should Ask Any Potential Post-Doctoral Mentor
some middle-management flunky?
Questions You Should Ask Any Potential Post-Doctoral Mentor, cont.
transition awards (NIH KO1, AHA SDG)
The Seminar Presentation?
The Dinner: Social Do’s and Don’ts
-cost of living?
-popular housing developments?
-community recreational services
-reflect on your day, ask appropriate questions from prior interviews
After Your Visit
- avoid overly effusive language
- be honest with a timeline for your decision
- get names from potential mentor
- what they tell you or don’t tell you means alot!
How Do You Negotiate An Offer Once a Mentor has been Identified?
The Decision: How Do you Select the Perfect Post-Doctoral Mentor?
does he/she have?
Korzick’s Words of Wisdom
Career Development Resources from the American Physiological Society: