jcoleman at msvax.mssm.edu writes:
> fall...I'd like to know what does the standard letter say? SHould you include
> recommendation letters then? or later if it gets more serious? How well
> do you need to know what you want to do in their lab? How can you be sure just
> from publications what they may be looking to do in the future?
Introduce yourself and say you are looking for a post-doc
position with an approx. grad date. Somewhere in that letter,
make sure you acknowledge what they do - based on the
literature. You don't need to know exactly what you want to
do in their lab at inital contact - just provide evidence that
you KNOW what they have been working on.
I wouldn't include recommendations initally. Send your CV - and
you can either say that references are available or give them a
list with the people names and contact info.
I personally don't know many people who have money beginning a
post-doc position unless it's been a formal fellowship program
they have been applying to. Many people do get funding during
their post-doc years - and choosing an advisor who will be
supportive of your finding independent post-doc funding is to
your benefit. The more time you have, the better - but for
some labs- it may be too early.
kas4e at virginia.edu