Employment after PhD

Keith James k.james at bangor.ac.uk
Wed Jul 16 08:12:03 EST 1997

nanooe <awj93 at aber.ac.uk> writes:

> I am in my final year of my PhD, which has been a bacterial taxonomic
> study.  I have really enjoyed the research work and would like to
> continue in research work, possibly in food microbiology.
> I have considered postdoc work at a University, but I was wondering if
> there were similar alternative types of occupation.
> If you have any suggestions , please reply to :
> ssl95 at aber.ac.uk
> Sandra

One that springs to mind is the IFR (Institute of Food Research). They
do a range of microbiological and genetic work in the U.K. Their web
pages are at www.ifrn.bbsrc.ac.uk

There may be openings for microbiologists with the big players like
Glaxo-Wellcome, SmithKline-Beecham and so on. Maybe British Biotech too.
They seem to have opportunities covering the range from lab-based 
research through to benchwork-free stuff.

Many people have quoted a rule of "don't do more than one academic
post-doc unless you want to end up stuck in academia" to me. I don't
know if this is true as I'm not in that position yet, but I can see
how companies might be reluctant to take on someone with no
industrial experience by the time they are over 30. Perhaps someone
else on the newsgroup has some comments?

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