First of all, research may not be the best way to go[^1][^2][^3]. Check out these interviews too. But if you have chosen it or stuck in it, the following articles may help you.
Table of Contents
General Topics #
- Advice to a Young Scientist
- A Guide to Academia: Getting into and Surviving Grad School, Postdocs and a Research Job by Prosanta Chakrabarty
- The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide To Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job
- advice collection by Tao Xie and Yuan Xie
- Career advice by Terrence Tao
- http://matt.might.net/articles/what-cs-majors-should-know/ - an extensive recommendation
- http://mitcommlab.mit.edu/be/use-the-commkit/ - "The CommKit is a collection of guides to successful scientific communication, written by MIT’s Department of Biological Engineering Communication Fellows"
- You and Your Research by Richard Hamming
- Scientist: Four golden lessons by Steven Weinberg
- 과학도의 자세 by 이정모
- The importance of stupidity in scientific research by Martin A. Schwartz
- The Researchers’ Bible by Alan Bundy, Ben du Boulay, Jim Howe and Gordon Plotkin
- PLoS comp. biol.: Ten Simple Rules for Building and Maintaining a Scientific Reputation by Philip E. Bourne, Virginia Barbour
- How To Choose a Good Scientific Problem by Uri Alon
- 내가 대학원에 들어왔을 때 알았더라면 좋았을 연구 노하우
- How to Build an Economic Model in Your Spare Time by Hal Varian
- Advice to senior grad students and postdocs - http://masonporter.blogspot.com/2014/11/advice-for-young-scholars.html
- The Awesomest 7-Year Postdoc or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tenure-Track Faculty Life by Radhika Nagpal
interdisciplinary research #
Industry vs. Academia #
- Why I left my academic job by Lada Adamic
- Should You Go To Grad School? by Duncan Watts
- What is it like to be a professor?
- Advice on Research and Writing
- What is Research in Computing Science? by Chris Johnson
- Basic Research Skills in Computing Science by Chris Johnson
- The redbook 2011
- How to do good research, get it published in SIGKDD and get it cited!
How to give a talk #
- Reading for graduate students by Matt Might
- Do you need a PhD? by Matt Welsh
- The Ph.D Experience by Mihir Bellare
- So long, and thanks for the Ph.D. by Ronald T. Azuma
- Some Modest Advice for Graduate Students by Stephen C. Stearns
- sciam:So you want to be a scientist
- chronicle:Pursuing a Doctorate on the Job
- nature:education: the PhD factory
- 박사과정 학생이 유의해야 하는 점
- The Ph.D. Grind
- PhDs from the Faculty's Perspective by Jason Hong
- My Advice To My Graduate Students by Murat Demirbas
- Welcome to Graduate School by David Shorter
- How to Be a Successful PhD Student (in Computer Science (in NLP/ML)) by Mark Dredze and Hanna Wallach
- A Survival Guide to a PhD
- What not to do in graduate school by Buddini Karawdeniya
- How to Pick a Graduate Advisor by Ben A. Barres
- Quora: What happens if you get a PhD from a low ranking school?
Graduate school #
- Talking machines: Machine Learning in Biology and Getting into Grad School - pretty good advices on how to prepare, choose, and apply.
- Choosing the Right Grad School
- Jaan Altosaar:How to apply to grad school
Networking and attending conferences #
- Networking on the Network: A Guide to Professional Skills for PhD Students
- Attending an academic conference by Michael Ernst
Thesis and defense #
Post doc. #
Job application #
The job application season is from September to February (may depend on disciplines). Subscribe for the new job postings from the websites listed below. You'll need a spreadsheet to keep the information about the open positions.
- Matthew Hahn: I just finished reading >190 job apps, and I have some thoughts and suggestions for applicants.
Where to find jobs opening? #
- CET resources
- United States visas
- Matt Might:Academic job search advice
- Getting an academic job by Michael Ernst
- Applying for Jobs: Application Material by Jeff Phillips
- How to get a faculty job, Part 1: The application by Matt Welse
- "How to get a faculty offer" by MIT's John Guttag
Job postings #
- http://www.newscientistjobs.com/jobs/ - Mainly industrial jobs
- http://www.jobs.ac.uk/ - Jobs in U.K.
- http://www.cra.org/ - jobs in computer science
Also, you may want to visit the website of some prominent universities and look for the job opening announcements. You can find more openings but it's time consuming (I couldn't do it much)
Reference letter #
http://matt.might.net/articles/how-to-recommendation-letter/ - a good advice by Matt Might
- Requesting a letter of recommendation by Michael Ernst
- Writing a letter of recommendation by Michael Ernst
- Advice to Graduate School Recommendation Letter Writers by Shriram Krishnamurthi
- Should you waive your rights to see your letters of rec?
Cover letter #
- chronicle:The Basics of Cover Letter Writing
- Make your cover letter and CV stand out
Research statement #
Several research statements that I found on the web (without permission by the authors).
- research statement by Nathan Eagle
- research statement by Lars Backstrom
- research statement by Scott Aaronson
- research statement by Siddharth Suri
Teaching statement #
- WRITING A STATEMENT OF TEACHING PHILOSOPHY FOR THE ACADEMIC JOB SEARCH
- Teaching portfolio
I'm linking publicly available teaching statements without permission by the authors.
- How to Stand Out in a Campus Interview
- Tips on interviewing
- Job-Interviewing Handout by Michael Gamer and Anne K. Krook
- QUESTIONS ONE SHOULD BE PREPARED TO ANSWER FOR JOB INTERVIEWS by Mary Corbin Sies
- Delivering a Dynamic Job and Chalk Talk
- After the Offer, Before the Deal: Negotiating A First Academic Job by Chris M. Golde
- 학교에서 오퍼가 왔을때
- Negotiating your academic job offer
Professor position #
See Research funding
- A message for mentors from dissatisfied graduate students
Writing recommendation letters #
- sample letters of recommendation (for graduate school application)
- Letters of Recommendation for Graduate School (For Faculty)
- some samples
Research group #
- Nobel success: What makes a great lab?
- PLOS Computational Biology: About My Lab
- Nature:Academia: The changing face of tenure
- chronicle: Self-Sabotage in the Academic Career
- How to Get Tenure (If You’re a Woman)
[^1]: "The disposable academic". The Economist. 2010. http://www.economist.com/node/17723223. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
[^2]: Philip Greenspun (Feb. 2006). "Women in Science". http://philip.greenspun.com/careers/women-in-science. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
[^3]: "Unsolicited Advice: Non-Academic Careers". http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/2011/06/02/unsolicited-advice-non-academic-careers.