PhD Students- Do you have your DIGITAL CV?

Do you have your Digital CV? Do you update your social profile regularly? Do you create online projects and share it on internet? It does not matter if you like it or not but things are changing and in next 5 years all the PhD and research students globally will have a digital CV. But why do you even want to wait? How do you feel when you are thinking of an idea or an experiment and the next day you notice that it has been published? This will be the exact feeling after 5 years if you have not created your digital profile now. And I am not just referring to Doctorate students but it will be really useful for graduates and undergraduate students who want to apply for internships or short fellowship programs. There are unlimited free tools available in the market that does not need any coding skills to create Digital CV aka website.

If you are looking for a research position, internship or collaboration – create a digital cv which showcase your creativity and potential to present things in a different style. More and more researchers are updating there digital profile be it linkedin, websites, blogs or facebook page to recruit and check the profile of the students. It gives them the idea to see if you have a communicative, behavioral or technical skills which are of utmost importance now and in future. You got to understand that as most of the Phd students and researchers lack these important skills.

Resumes in word format are so lame that researcher/recruiter will have to read every single word to make a decision. But a digital CV is more interactive, detailed which can be useful for the recruiter to make the final call. Digital CV also gives you an opportunity to create things in forms of videos and pictures and represent yourself in the best possible way to stay ahead in the game. Digital CV will showcase your talent or your adaptability strength to changing technology.

 

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This digital CV officially brings you in the business and let you connect with researchers and collaborators globally but a random digital CV is not a quick fix. As digital CV is your product and your identity, so you have to make sure that you are representing yourself perfectly.

There are couple of service providers that will let you build the website on sub-domain along with free features which is good enough to start. In just some time, you will get comfortable to move ahead with next step that is to buy domain representing you and your product which you want to show and sell. And make sure that you are true with your website as employers are going to look carefully to all the links and videos that you share in your digital profile.  The other important that you can do to back up your profile and work is ask your colleagues or mentors to post a recommendation letter in your website.

Its understandable that its near to impossible to find time to update social media profiles or blog when you are busy with your research work and completing tasks given by the supervisor. But in today`s fast changing digital world, the first thing your future employer or partner is going to do is-

GOOGLE YOUR NAME”. 

Are you ready to create some MAGIC 😉

 

 

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Best European Countries where PhD are well paid

Europe is the best of the continent to pursue your Doctorate studies. Along with nice infrastructure and facilities in the education system, Europe is known for its vibrant cultures, lifestyle, food and the ease of travelling from one country to another. I am writing this blog as an International student for the international students who wish to pursue PhD in Europe.  There are certain problems if our country does not have any diplomatic relations with European Union then, you will have to go through administrative work if you are moving around in Europe for official work. But I will come to this later. Lets talk about the expectation of an International student coming from Asia, south America or North America. I have hardly seen any students pursuing doctorate studies in Europe but there are lot of Asians and South Americans travelling to Europe for Higher studies. Maximum number of students expect a good stipend as you are giving commitment to pursue PhD for 3-4 years which is important to keep in your mind before you make any big decision. Everyone is rushing to start PhD in Europe or North America before analyzing the complete situation in detail. Why, I am pressing this issue is because most of the PhD stipend/Scholarship remains constant for the 3-4 years in many countries of Europe.  For ex: If you start your PhD in 2018 which gives a stipend/monthly salary of 1000 euros/month, your salary will remain the same until 2021.

The pattern and style of PhD has completely changes significantly demanding the industrial results instead of real research. The world load in terms of administrative, scientific publications and results has increased where as the time period of PhD has also reduced to 3 years. Considering the economy, lifestyle and other related things, it will be wise for all the PhD students to choose a PhD that funds high salary along with other benefits.  Here is the list of countries in Europe that pay the high salaries for PhD graduates along with other benefits including insurance and pension plans.

BELGIUM

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NETHERLAND

 

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DENMARK

 

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NORWAY

 

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SWEDEN

 

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SWITZERLAND

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FINLAND

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GERMANY
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AUSTRIA

 

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Indian Boy got 2.3 million EUR Funding

An Indian boy got 2.3 million Euros funding from the Government of Italy to create some innovative Enzymes. He is one of the most calm and talented Human being I have never met and his passion is to create innovation projects in Science.

Me- Hey,I know you personally but can you tell my readers little bit about yourself. Like you background and what are you doing now?

Roh- Well basically I’m from Himachal Pradesh, my father is a retired army officer, mother is a house wife and have a younger sister. In 2016 I completed my Bachelor from Amity university, India in Biotechnology. After that I got admission in Masters in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling in University of Groningen, Netherlands which was funded by Erasmus Mundus. But after completing my 1st semester, I realized that I am not enjoying this course as this course was totally different from my bachelor studies. So, I discussed this issue with my director and she helped me to get another Erasmus Mundus scholarship in Italy for 1st Chemical Nano Engineering Program. This program is launched first time in Europe in collaboration with university of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy , Aix Marseille University, France and Wroclaw University, Poland.

Wow this amazing that your director helped you out with everything. And you got selected for both the scholarships.

Me. Where are you located these days?

Roh. In my hometown, Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh

Great

Me- I read about your grant from the Government of Italy? How did you started this project?

Roh- I started working on this project a year ago before I start my education consultancy company for European education.I am trying to collaborate with universities in Europe for my education consultancy in India and other countries around the globe who wish to pursue there studies in Europe. I got information regarding this funding program by Italy government to launch startup visa for innovation project. I confirmed this with my director Maria of university of Rome tor Vergata, Italy. And I thought that it is a golden opportunity for me to develop something innovative. Then I talked with my mentor in India with whom I have worked in one of my summer internship. He accepted my offer to mentor this project.

So we decided to produce enzyme technology and production unit in India. It took us ` year to develop the basic protocol of the project. We got the approval of our grant on 21st March,2018. And we were ready to launch this startup in Italy.

Me. What kind of enzymes are you going to develop in your industry? Where will your industry be located?

Roh- In the first phase of our project we will develop enzymes by traditional methods by using fermentation menthol. We will manufacture enzymes like Alfa amylase, protease, cellulase, xylanase. All these enzymes are used in different industries of textile, food, detergent, paper, pharmaceutical industries. Our head office is located in Milan and production unit in India. We have already developed the market for 1st phase production and In the second phase, we will be testing our new technology to enhance the overall process of enzyme manufacturing which I cannot disclose right now. As it is still in the process.

Me- What Kind of raw material will you be using to create these enzymes?

Roh- Agriculture waste. We will be using rice husk, wheat brawn and sugarcane waste which are complete waste to the farmers and they usually burn them. So, we are creating values out of the waste. So instead of burning the waste, we will be buying this from farmers which will also give the additional income to the farmers for there waste.

Me- Why are you so interested in this project?

Roh- It will benefit all kind of stakeholders as we are creating something out of the waste. It is estimated that this US enzyme industry will be worth 6.3 billion dollars by 2020. So I thought, it will be a big industry in India too. Although, many companies are already working on it but we still need innovative techniques to build better quality products for many industries.

Me- What are your expectation from your start up in terms of money or Jobs creation?

Roh- I am expecting that this industry will generate 150-200 million euros by 2020. It will create atleast 150-200 jobs.

Me-Have you started employing people?

Roh- Yes we started to hire People for our work

Me- How many people will you be employing?

Roh- We already have team in Italy to manage operation in Europe and We need 20 people in India to start the intial phase of the project.

Me- Can you give some advice to future students?

Roh- I just want to tell student never run for marks and try to do something different. Scores are not everything. Always try to build a network and meet new people. It will give you a chance in your life to make your life better.

Me- Do you think I can upload your public information in my blog so that people can contact you for suggestions.

Roh- Yes ofcourse. And if any one has any innovative idea which they want to turn into reality, I can help them out with the complete process

Options after MBBS- India

Today, I was talking to my friend Manoj who has recently become a Doctor from a renowned college “MAMC”, India. And I was talking to him about his future plans which lead to many questions regarding the present situation of students pursuing MBBS and Bachelor of Dental Studies in India. Also, my sister and some of my family member are into this field, so i can completely understand the struggle of first getting a position in a Government college to pursue your graduation, then more struggle for MD, MS and then to get a Job. Its completely fine if you are really passionate and only want to practice medicine or surgery for the rest of your life. Its going to be little hard to crack  the MD or MS exam in first shot but not impossible considering that there is only 3% chance of you getting admission into a government college. And this 3% is including both reserved and general seats.  According to my research, I could find out that there are total of 30,000 seats in the different fields of medicine and surgery including non clinical field and the number of aspiring students appearing was recorded to be around 100,000.  Lets take it fast forward that you have already completed your MBBS or BDS.

What now?

I am  sure that many of you might be interested  in looking for some new options and if you are flexible to try to some new fields,then there are many things that you can try and have a stable and good life.  Some of my friends pursued there masters in Health Hospital Management and are presently working with multinational companies, hospitals and  Health IT. Before, I go into the details of the options that you can puruse, I want to ask you one question.

Are you active on Digital Media? Do you inspire to become a freelancer or Digital Doctor? Do you think that you have some content or knowledge that other Doctors or health specialist does not have? If yes, please be active on social media like instagram, youtube and facebook. There is big need of real doctors sharing the real knowledge in  social media.  The smart phones that you are holding in your hands that use to share your problems with your friends and family is the actual answers to all your problems. Share the positive and informative content and make this world a healthy place.

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Apart from this, you can check these following options …

1.IIHMR is the renowned institution that provides courses in the area of hospital management, pharmaceutical management and public health etc. Not only this, they also have collaboration with John Hopkins to provide study options in the area of health management, public health biology, policies, ethics, environment sciences etc.

https://mph.iihmr.edu.in/

There are several over institutions that provide the similar courses like Manipal University.  https://manipal.edu/som/programs/program-list/mba-healthcare-management.html

2. Combined Medical Services Examination : Is conducted by Union Public Service Commission to train doctors to work in various public organisation such as railways and factories that are functioning under the government of India. The examination has two sets of written exams followed by an interview and personality test.

3. Biomedical Engineering: I think its pretty interesting that having immense knowledge that you can apply in studying the root cause problems of various health related disorders. I am not sure if it will be satisfying at helping a patient in real life. But you will be developing technologies, medicines that can help millions of people. Various institutions in India provide Masters in Biomedical Engineering including most of the IITs.

http://cbme.iitd.ac.in/

4. Clinical Research :  There is big need of conducting clinical trials in India which carries almost 15% of the world population and 20% of disease burden. Recently, it has been reported that there will be change in regulations and policies to conduct the clinical trials to increase the transparency of the results by reducing the approval time-period. So this will create a large number of opportunities.

5.Mental Health- What do you think about the rising level of depression in Indian among youth? I am not sure about the stats but the way we are moving ahead with the depression cases will be the maximum among Indian youth.  Another friend of mine who is also a Doctor, suggested me this option that future Doctors can consider.

6. Public health-  Are you curious about the understanding the impact of overall envrionment and social factors on humans health. Then you can puruse the studies in Public health. TISS is one of the most renowed instute that provides the course entitled Masters in Public Health.

 

 

 

 

List of Marine Science Research Groups

Are you interested in marine biology and saving the ocean. Why not? 70% of the earth surface is covered by water but little is known about it.  There are many ways to save them but one of the most efficient way is to give hands and work with leading researchers who have been working in the similar area. Remember a good mentor is very important to become a successful researcher who can help you to shape your ideas into reality. Me and my colleague Marko Terzin  have tried to collect the information about the laboratories working in the different areas of Marine Biology and conservation.  But you got to keep in mind that these internships are really competitive and so i would advice you to be flexible with your choice as researchers cannot accommodate more than 2 or 3 interns per semester. I will try to cover a large range  of laboratories in marine science and conservation. Some of them also have scholarship opportunities. Check them out:—

  1. Department of limnology and Bio-oceanography, University of Vienna, Austria- The department works has six different laboratories working in the area of conservation, metabolic activities of marine microbes. Fish ecology, Ecosystems and symbiosis.   http://limbo.univie.ac.at/research
  2. There are also many non profit organisations that provides internship opportunities in hotspot regions of the world such as Costa Rica, Mozambique, Thailand, Philippines etc. But they usually charge you on per day basis that varies from $10 to 20$ and usually covers the accommodation and utilities. They work in different areas like dolphins, turtles, sharks etc.

https://globalnomadic.com/professional-internships/marine-conservation-internships/

http://www.reef.org/internship

  1. The best way to find your internship is look at the profile of the PhD Students working in the labs and contact them with your interest. They can give you a brief idea about the mission of the lab and can also give some suggestions. Biology Oceanography, Liege University also covers the wide range of marine biology research and have many research students. http://labos.ulg.ac.be/oceanologie/recherches/
  2. Marine science is a very interdisciplinary subject that can be explored with different angles. Are you good with geography and interested in hurricanes and natural disasters. Check this out.. http://www.aau.dk/uddannelser/bachelor/geografi/praktik-udlandsophold/
  3. Marine Biology Research groups in Germany –    Germany is one of the best country to do your research internships in Marine Biology. GEOMAR is one of the leading institute with various divisions working in the area of ocean circulation, dynamics of changing climate and ocean floor, ecology and bio-geochemical cycles.  https://www.geomar.de/en/research/

Institute in Leibniz are also covering the ocean in a different by conducting research and understanding the impact of environment change on the ecosystem service, impact of natural and artificial (man made) changes on ecosystem functions at global and local scale. The study of change in the microbes interactions in system with change in environment is also an important indicator that can be explored to understand the overall function of the oceans. Check the different program areas that covers the wide range of studies.  http://www.leibniz-zmt.de/de/forschung/forschungsbereiche.html

Are you interested in working at minus 20 degrees and explore the secrets of human then Polar marine biology is one of the interesting topic and Alfered Wegner Institute is doing incredible research and expeditions in this area.  They have got the best infrastructure, aircrafts, ships and marine stations. In addition to research, you life will be full of adventures and just imagine the type of gloves you will using while working. 😉

https://www.awi.de/forschung.html

Do you want to study the microbial physiology, reactions and there interaction in chemical cycles. Then Max plank institute of marine microbiology is your destination as they are using different approaches such as omics, biochemical and physiological to determine the biogeochemical function of the earth.

https://www.mpi-bremen.de/en/Home.html

  1. Marine Biology Research Groups in Finland

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-biological-and-environmental-sciences/research/ecosystems-and-environment

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/fisheries-and-environmental-management/ongoing-projects

http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/marine-research

  1. Marine Biology Research groups in India

http://www.ncess.gov.in/research-groups/hydrological-processes-hyp-group/laboratories.html

http://wgbis.ces.iisc.ernet.in/energy/water/paper/cons_res_mgmt/index.htm

http://ncf-india.org/programmes/oceans-and-coasts

  1. Marine Biology Research Groups in Australia

https://research.jcu.edu.au/tropwater/research-programs http://www.science.uq.edu.au/research

http://sims.org.au/research/

https://www.flinders.edu.au/research

Coral Reef research is becoming a global concern and many countries are focused to work and find solutions to preserve and stop further degradation of coral reefs. You can try to contact these labs.

France

http://www.labex-corail.fr/

http://www.criobe.pf/

They have a marine station in Perpignan, France, and also in Moorea, French Polynesia. Probably one of the best labs for coral research in France. Contact person: Serge Planes.

http://www.upmc.fr/en/university/marine_stations/oceanology_observatory_of_banyuls_sur_mer.html

One of the partners involved in the project Biocomplexity of Coral Reefs Ecosystems in the Indo-Pacific (CoRéUs 2), within the Institute of Research for Development.

http://borea.mnhn.fr/

http://umr-entropie.ird.nc/index.php/home

https://www.locean-ipsl.upmc.fr/index.php?lang=en

L’OCEAN gives a focus to the processes of biomineralization and they make a synthesis between geology, biology and evolution. Also, they are very active in the field of climate change and ocean acidification.

http://www.mnhn.fr/en

Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris also does research in corals from many different aspects.

in general for marine research

https://en.ird.fr/

http://www.cnrs.fr/

Germany

In Munich, Prof. Dr. Gert Wörheide, an emphasis on evolution of organism that don’t have bilateral symmetry (including corals). Very interesting approaches, including the analysis on siRNA molecules and transcriptomics analysis.

http://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/news/newsarchiv/2008/wild.html

Bremen, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

https://www.mpi-bremen.de/en/Home.html

Portugal

Faro: CCMAR (Centro de Ciências do Mar): their specialty is genomics of different types of organisms, such as algae, seaweed and corals. Ester Serrao, Aschwin Engelen and Pedro Frade among others.

https://www.ccmar.ualg.pt/

Italy

University of Bologna, they have a marine station in Ravenna where they conduct their work. Contact person: Federica Costantini

http://www.unibo.it/en

Ancona, contact person Carlo Cerrano. Research done usually in photogrammetry.

http://www.univpm.it/English/

UK

https://www1.essex.ac.uk/bs/research/centres_and_groups/coral-reef/

Netherlands

https://www.nioz.nl/en

MOTE- Marine Laboratory and Aquarium- https://mote.org/research/internship

 

 

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