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Difference between a post doc and a doc?

  1. Jan 4, 2009 #1
    Hi Everyone,

    Could someone explain the difference between a post doc and a doc? Is doing a post doc neccesary? Is it something that's appealing?
     
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  3. Jan 4, 2009 #2

    mgb_phys

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    Re: Post-Doc?

    A post doc is a temporary short term (1-3years) contract research post.

    You do a couple of post docs to gain experience and publications before getting a tenure track position which leads (hopefully) to a permanent job.
     
  4. Jan 4, 2009 #3
    Re: Post-Doc?

    So is this after you get your doc?
     
  5. Jan 4, 2009 #4

    mgb_phys

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    Re: Post-Doc?

    Yes.
    Although there is no actual requirement to get a doc, I know a couple of professors that never got one but it's increasingly rare.
     
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