I want to apply for a Ph.D. position in a group where there is only their research summary written on the homepage. An applicant should write a research proposal and if the PI likes it then they will offer a position. I have gone through their publications and tried to figure out what can be done more. This is a very big research group so the number of publications is huge too and they work on so many topics. Every time I came up with an idea I found that it's already done or other groups are working on that. Now I am wondering if I write the same thing, they might think I copied the idea when it is not the case. Also, some of the techniques I have done earlier and some never. Now while writing the proposal can I write some methods I never did? Can they ask questions like if you have never did it before how can you do it during Ph.D.?

  • Keep searching, of course. But maybe think about what they have done that might be extended. – Buffy Dec 31 '19 at 13:40
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    You might consider reaching out to the PI directly to discuss possible research avenues, and if the PI has no time, then to one of the grad students in the group. They will have a much better idea of where the research can be taken, and can even brainstorm with you a bit about merging your interests & experiences with the group’s previous work & expertise. Granted, some PIs won’t entertain such conversations before you apply, but if you can build a personal connection with the PI, you’ll have a better chance of getting admitted and definitely you can be sure you’re proposing something relevant – J. Tylka Jan 4 '20 at 0:52

First of all, the research suggestion does not reach to be able to contribute to the ​​professional environment. In fact, this condition is not required for your degree in now. And, this isn't searched. However, while will give any suggestion to the environment; you have to especially interpret the same topics by a high-level English and the using technical tools which no one minded upon them in more before.

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    Can you please try to clean up the English/grammar of this answer? I’m sorry, but I find it very difficult to understand. – J. Tylka Jan 4 '20 at 0:54
  • Where is the problem? I can't see, perhaps. In fact: {Please, can you try to cleaning the mistakes of grammar of the answer. So sorry, but I'm finding it very difficult that its being understood.} – user117873 Jan 5 '20 at 2:05
  • The response is unclear. I suggest simplifying your language as much as possible so that it is less ambiguous. This makes it easier to understand what you want to say, even if the grammar is imperfect. – Captain Emacs May 30 '20 at 0:05

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