Saturday, August 1, 2009

Opinions and comments

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  • This blog post has been prompted due to email that concern the comments on my previous post.


Dada said...

Hello Sir,

I am a phd student at purdue. I would like to have your input on how to prepare myself for a faculty job at IISc or JNCASR? what are the chances for a fresh phd graduate to be selected at iisc? Is applying for a lecturer position a better bet for a fresh phd graduate (no post doc exp)?
I would be really grateful if you could answer my questions.

Giri@iisc said...

Dear Dada,

It is almost impossible to get a job in IISc without postdoc experience. IISc normally does not recruit at the lecturer level unless the candidate is exceptional.



Dada said...


Could you also tell me how should prepare myself rather what all should I do to give myself the best chance? are there somethings one cant miss out while applying? thank you for your immediate reply.

Dada said...

Could you also explain what do you mean by exceptional? Do you mean in terms of papers ? how do you measure exceptional at the Phd level? aren't all Phd graduates equal? please explain. A phd student cant really choose his project so I think the kind of papers one can publish interms of novelty is really out of the student's hands. In that case how do you measure who is exceptional and who is not if it is interms of papers?

Giri@iisc said...

One can not "measure" exceptional. Several things go into selection of faculty: number and quality of the papers, area of research, research advisor, recommendation letters, requirement of the department, perception of department and institute faculty etc.As in life, one can not prepare for every eventuality and ask what is the criteria, especially for positions that have both subjectivity and objectivity.