Over at Isis the Scientist's blog, a new academic PI shares satirical "tips on how not to get a postdoc in academia." For example, if you "Write in the cover letter that you would rather work somewhere else and that you are applying for this job as a Plan B in case Plan A doesn't work out," or "suggest that the PI fly you in from Australia to check out the facilities in order to decide whether you should bother to apply," there's a good chance you won't land the job. Applicants who "inquire about the salary before you are even short-listed" generally don't fare well, Dr. M says. All sarcasm aside, Dr. M's tips on how not to land a postdoc are telling. "These things seem rather common sense to me, but clearly they aren't obvious to everyone," the new PI writes. In a comment to this post, reader KBHC adds that applicants should "not use ALL CAPS in your query letter … I have gotten several letters that say things like: 'Dear Dr. CLANCY, I am writing because I am interested in REPRODUCTIVE ECOLOGY even though I actually study SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT. I don't have a JOB right now but below are my LETTERS OF REFERENCE from my LAST POSITION."
'How Not to Get a Postdoc'
Sep 02, 2010