bad rec«s and bad luck
bonifer at sun2.ruf.uni-freiburg.de
Wed Nov 27 12:13:39 EST 1996
this is an important subject you are addressing.It should be absolutely clear to
everybody that it is VERY important to check out on the lab, before starting to
work there. A PhD without publications can be repaired, by a good reference letter,
for instance, but after a postdoc this is disastrous.
Look for the publication record of the lab (check medline). Look, whether the PI
is invited to meetings. Talk to people in the lab about the athmosphere, whether
regular lab meetings take place. if your project is based on somebodies previous
work, check how good the data are. Are they published? Do you believe them?
Having bad luck with the prject and a non-publishing supervisor:well THAT problem
is quite widespread in Germany. Many professors still get funding based on merit
and connections and very often put their students on projects which are very wild
and they do not bother, whether anything comes out of it. Here we have the case
of a professor who has ben quite famous but has not written an original paper
since 1989!!!He still has quite a big group, but many people are quite frustrated
because it is obvious that he does not care whether they publish or not.
So beware of those! I would hesitate to emply a postdoc who hasn«t published a
paper for a while, even if the rec letter is good. I means that this person did
not check carefully enough. And one can always change projects.
Institut fuer BiologieIII
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