Moving Your Research Forward
As you prepare to become a professor, it's time for you to move to the next level of doing research. The resources on these pages are designed to help you tackle that challenge. This collection of resources is an outgrowth of the annual Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences Workshops.
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The research vessel Atlantis, operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Photo from their website: http://www.whoi.edu/marops/research_vessels/atlantis/index.html.
Many people become so immersed in their dissertations that they find it hard to imagine taking on new research projects afterward. Yet that is exactly what is expected in almost any academic career. How will you move your research forward, into a new setting?
In almost every academic setting, your publishing record will be synonymous with research productivity, and will be a major factor in tenure and promotion decisions. A publication record is also an advantage on the job market. How can you get your research results through the review process to publication?
Many doctoral candidates in the sciences who are heading for careers in academia apply for postdoc positions prior to, or at the same time as, applying for faculty positions. Is becoming a postdoc a good idea for you? If so, how do you go about finding a good one, and making it as productive as possible?