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. Things an applicant should never do: highlight personal woes, bad-mouth previous labs, or express a desire to work only at night. She’s also arranged a “Postdoc application to-do list” in her article.
Perfecting the Postdoc Application
Feb 12, 2010