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Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow Career Profile— Male, age 28 (ID #4214)

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1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow do?

  What field is your job in?

Academia/ Research

  What is your job title?

Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

I have a dual appointment at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital. Brown University is an academic institution with 8000 undergrads and graduate students and Rhode Island Hospital is a large hospital that I think might be the biggest employer in the state

  How long have you been employed in this position?

3 months

  How many hours do you work a week on average?


  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

I perform scientific experiments exploring the molecular biology of cancer.

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.


  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.


  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

3 weeks vacation, fully covered health insurance

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?

under compensated

2. Work environment!

  Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Explain

Yes it does. There are graduate students, medical fellows, and other lab techs that I need to work with and explain things to. However, we also discuss the research and come up with new ideas.

  Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?


  Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?


  Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it

Lab in a University/hospital setting

  Please rank in order of importance from 1-8 (1- most important 8- least important) Assign each number once.

  • 4 Income
  • 3 Work Environment - co-workers
  • 5 Work Environment - supervisors
  • 8 Benefits
  • 2 Hours
  • 7 Level of responsibility
  • 1 The actual "work" you do at your job
  • 6 Job Title

3. How should someone new to the workforce get a J-O-B like yours?

  If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?

Get a PhD in a bio/science related field

  What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours? Please be specific and explain why (e.g., social skills, organization skills, technical skills)

determination, patience, problem solving. Research doesn't work the majority of the time. When things don't work you don't give up on an idea. You figure out why it isn't working and redo the experiment in the correct manner.

  Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?

yes, you need PhD

  What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?

Don't get disappointed when things don't work. Keep troubleshooting and trying new things

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