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Best experimental techniques to learn for a future postdoc/lecturership/job?

  1. Aug 27, 2010 #1
    What are the best things to learn during your PhD in terms of helping you get a job in physics afterwards?

    Spectroscopy?
    FPGA Programming?
    Vacuum techniques?
    Nanofabrication?
    etc.

    Please give some examples with reasons.
     
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  3. Sep 14, 2010 #2

    Andy Resnick

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    Depends on the type of job. Broadly speaking, your ability to get a job in industry will increase if you have knowledge of:

    Experimental design
    Precision metrology
    Error budgeting

    In addition to techniques specific to your research. The ability to have intelligent discussions with engineers cannot be overstated.

    As for academic jobs, being able to use your techniques to explore new applications is a plus.
     
  4. Sep 14, 2010 #3

    Gokul43201

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    Is it primarily within Cond Mat that you are looking for options?
     
  5. Sep 15, 2010 #4
    Yep!
     
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