If you need help with online teaching or other challenges in academia arising from the COVID-19 crisis, we have prepared this FAQ to get you started.

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There are too many variables for a general answer. How do the post-docs work? Do they work together? Is the lab environment friendly and helpful or cut-throat. Are they willing to help you? Are they new at this or beginners? All the combinations could balance out to something good or bad. But most important is how interested your advisor is in helping you ...


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In my experience scientific PhD life roughly looks like this while funding > 0: gap = gapAnalysis(literature) rq = formulateResearchQuestion(gap, phd_topic=None) experiment, performance_metric = design_experiment(rq) data = experiment.perform() results = performance_metric(data) paper = Paper(intro=contributions(rq, gap), ...


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First, although your anxiety about not knowing how to research productively without the normal support structures is completely understandable, here’s a suggestion: try it. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. You may end up being successful beyond your expectations, and all the anxiety and worry would have turned out to be premature. Second, ...


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You can try to fill the gaps in your knowledge and skills. For example, learn some techniques that are commonly used in your field. Even if you will not need them for your immediate project, there is a chance that they will be useful for the next one. For example, if you do engineering, you are likely to need to write some code, so you can improve your ...


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Your situation has the first thing I would try built in - ask your other adviser for help. Your committee probably communicates with each other, even if they're in different departments at the same school. Tell the adviser who is responding that you're held up because the other adviser hasn't replied, and see what they suggest. If they are indeed in ...


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Do not try to rearrange or paraphrase, but write in your own words. How do you do it: Read what you need to read. Think about it. Write it down again (without looking at the original source). It takes more time than paraphrasing/rearranging, but it is worth the effort. You see if you really understood the topic and also you may discover that you have ...


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Advisors are not expected to be perfect but they are expected to do their job. Yours doesn't, he's endangering your PhD and his institution (probably his career too but that's not the point). Is this a typical scenario? No. Sure, some researchers are disorganized, have a messy office and/or hard drive, it's quite common. Some advisors are also known to ...


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If you apply for a PhD position, and you already have articles that are published (or accepted for publication) in "high impact" journals or conferences, that is certainly a plus. If you apply for a job, in many cases, the people who evaluate you have no appreciation of what academic research and publishing involves and what it means to have published. (Of ...


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Collaboration is not something that can be forced. It is built on top of personal relationships, and requires some element of trust to have been established. The best collaborations emerge organically over time: really, the best strategy is just to spend as much time as you can working in the lab, talk to people, show interest in what they are doing, and ...


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I'm working peripherally with a woman who is deaf that is not an ASL user this year. When we need everyone to rapidly understand each other, we hire a captioner We use one who is present in the room. She's very good. There are other web-based services that do much the same thing. If your colleague is new to deafness, I suggest that something amounting ...


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Writing is too slow and intrusive. What you need is a real-time transcriptionist who will provide a live on-screen transcription at 200+ words per minute. https://www.chs.ca/services/speech-text-transcription-cart-communication-access-realtime-translation http://stenoknight.com/index.html (New York City, but a very informative website with videos of the ...


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I think that your friend needs to find a way to get advice to the examiners about things they can do. This should probably come from someone in authority, such as a department head or dean. Even the student's advisor might be a good source of such a reminder, but the administration has to be behind it. The basic idea is that it should be the responsibility ...


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Almost all universities in Canada have a disability support services office. You should contact them. They will discuss the situation with the student and the examining committee and recommend a solution - probably something similar to what you have suggested in the comments.


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I am a Ph.D. Student in Bioinformatics with a previous background in Computer Science. Everything is going computer-based in today and near-future world. Even wet lab stuff going online/cloud and becoming yet another type of coding. Knowledge is cheap and interdisciplinary endeavours are the key to the future. The title of degrees is not as relevant as what ...


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A physicist focuses on physical objects, but a philosopher is not limited to that which is observable as an object. Mathematical knowledge is necessary for mechanical reproduction of a non physical concept. Theoretical mathematics is helpful in understanding something that is already physically manifest or in attempting to create something physical from a ...


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There may be no exact answer to your question, but below I list a couple of sites that purport to do what you are referring to: Paperhive: Paperhive is a co-working hub for researchers and allows one to upload your article and open it up for other researchers to discuss. You may need to upload your article to arXiv or a similar preprint archive to use ...


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Authors and readers can discuss about the writing of authors including ideas, experience design, hypothesis etc., Consider also participating to face to face meetings and research seminars. (Since you are located near Paris, France and seems interested in PHP) If you are near Paris and interested in information technology, INRIA, ENS Ulm, LIP6, Collège de ...


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In the 20th century newsgroups like, e.g., https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/sci.physics were perfect for this, they still exist and you can narrow down the scope and audience of such a group by creating one on your own. Nowadays probably more scientists in such a field post and read on bulletin boards like https://www.physicsforums.com/ or ...


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What "ghost of your past"? This sounds like a totally normal experience. People who are at their best all the time are the exception (if they anywhere exist at all). Working through personal or professional lows is part of the job. You succeeded at that. As a more general answer: For job applications the more recent achievements typically by far outweigh ...


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First of all, congratulations for your achievements! I did not a complete a PhD, not to mention a postdoc, but I had my own bad experiences during my academic and professional career. From reading your question, it seems you have all conditions to succeed in this new stage of your life/career. Obviously, you had your low moments a few years ago, but you ...


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Finding jobs in medical research that are attached to neither hospitals or universities is going to be difficult. Most career researchers will either teach (in a university) or under take professional practice (in a hospital for a medic). You don't say if you have a PhD or not. Generally, if you want a job in medical research outside a hospital, you will ...


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Using simulated data in a course training students on other aspects of the research process is not unethical. Simulating data is done all the time, for example in testing algorithms or implementations: you often need to start with some known ground-truth so that you can find errors or measure performance. Representing such data as genuine results is ...


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