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Writing in Nature, Kendall Powell explains how to compose pristine post-doctoral applications. In speaking with senior scientists, who screen a multitude of applications per year, Powell provides readers with some straightforward “dos and don’ts.” For example, she writes that background research is essential, as are a meticulously prepared CV and cover letter. She stresses that personalization is key ― “form letters and typos will get applications nowhere,” Powell writes.

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