Find your PhD- Best websites and quotes

PhD is the garden of the questions. If you keep your mind and heart open, you will able to find all the answers to all the mysteries. Although a PhD student search for the universe, just to find his own. His soul always search for wisdom rather than the publications. Please bring in the magic back in PhD. Here is my contribution to help my fellow colleagues to search there PhD and lab partners.

https://www.findaphd.com/

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https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/

 

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https://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/jobs

 

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https://jobs.sciencecareers.org/

 

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https://www.wemakescholars.com/

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https://www.eurosciencejobs.com/

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https://www.daad.de/deutschland/promotion/en/

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https://www.seek.co.nz/PHD-jobs

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https://scholarshipdb.net/

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https://www.phdportal.com/

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https://www.universityvacancies.com/

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https://www.glassdoor.com/

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https://academicpositions.com/

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How to get PhD when you are not from Top Tier University?

Do you know that your academics or your grade or marks only counts for 10 to 15% in the overall PhD selection process? There are millions of students who score B grade or 60% but are passionate about scientific research and wants to pursue PhD. But most of them think that getting the high score is the only criteria to secure a PhD position in abroad. But let me tell you one thing, that your University name and your score only account for 10-20 percent of the overall selection process. And it does not mean that you will loose all these points if you have 2nd division.  For ex : Selection process involves these main factors as the criteria.

  1. Academic Score (10-20 points)- You will get 20 points if you have A or A+grade, 18 if you have B+ and 15 if you have B. So even if you have B grade, you will still get 15 points and rest it depends on how you make the best of your other 80 points.
  2. Skill set (30-40 points)- It is one of the most important criteria for the selection process and you will realize it when you will start interviewing for the PhD or research positions. As the selection committee will ask you the skills set you have related to the project. If you have 80% of the skill set related to project, your chances of winning the PhD position increases.
  3. Publications/ Research Experience (30-40 points)- Most of the Indian Private Universities does not focus on this part of the system with sincerity at all. They have made the complete mess and are making the business out of it by opening the private research institutes that offers your internships without any real exposure to research work. I have seen most of the students during there junior or sophomore year of college pursuing there internships from private institutes that charge you INR 6000 for the 8-10 weeks of project and also provide you the research project. This is one of the big reason and serious concern that many of us looses the interest in science at early stages.

You have to remember that it the investment of time and hard work that you will put in your graduation time to get your desired PhD. Utilize your summer vacation and internships effectively and make networks with PhD students and scientist all over India. I am aware that securing the PhD in a good institute is not easy but I am also aware that many of us looses hope easily. Sometimes, it takes 2 or 3 years of constant effort and convincing the scientist with whom you want to work for the summer internship. Try to identify your broad research interest during your sophomore or junior undergraduate year and list all the research institutes and scientist where you are planning to work. Prepare your draft email clearly mentioning your research interest and skills you would like to learn. It will be good if you mention little bit about future ambitions but its not so important if you are in 1st or 2nd year as you are just starting your research journey. Remember, its a journey a a long journey. And you are going to fail and get 1000s of rejections. Just prepare yourself mentally and note the points why are you getting these rejections. It is really important to analyse the reasons of your rejections at all the levels of your research journey. This happen even to the big scientist all around the world. No big deal. These words will keep you on the move always. Remind yourself with these words.

 

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The goal during your graduate years should be to maximize the results coming out of your research internships even if it takes to miss couple of classes and loose few marks in your attendance or assignments as it wont mean anything for long term goals. Trust me. The other important skill is scientific writing which will only improve if you practice writing.

The best way is to start writing reviews on the topic you like the most or you would like to explore. 

And if you are working on the above mentioned skills, you are automatically working in your public relations with researchers and graduate students in the laboratory who will definitely help you out to achieve the things you want to. Good public relation means good recommendation letters (10-20 points) which is another criteria for winning the PhD position. A publication in peer reviewed journal will be cherry on the cake but there is no guarantee that you will be able to publish a good research paper while working in the internships or dissertation but there is 100% guarantee that your profile will become solid proof which will show your potential clearly to the selection committee.

What about the extracurricular activities?  What kind of activities will describe you as a leader or a team worker? Try to incorporate yourself with social and community activities that are bringing the change in the human welfare. But not just for the certificate. Because, if you are working for the certificate and recognition, you will never be able to understand the problem at grass-root level. Try to collaborate with someone working in different subject or theme and work in an interdisciplinary topic like women empowerment, sustainable solutions, water management. I am not talking about starting a rally against the government, it`s the solution that you will propose to the community which has the potential to bring the change.

 

How PhD Students can make a Huge difference using INTERNET?

Are you confused? How can you make the difference using INTERNET? PhD students only use internet to extract the technical or scientific information. Isn`t? But most of the PhD projects always struggle to explain the success rate of replicability or scalability of the results at worldwide level. So, there is big need for PhD students to understand the power of Internet and Digital media which can be used to bring the change. I can understand if we were conducting research in 1970s or 1980s, we cannot obtain successful replicable results due to unavailability of advanced communication devices and digital platform. But in 2018, there should be no reason because we have 4g and 5g Internet.

Considering the case of not obtaining the replicable results in scientific results globally , there are many reasons ranging from technical issues, experimental set up or human handling. The reason is that there is no record or a platform which observes these changes at regular time intervals and every time a new PhD student has to make certain changes in the standard lab protocols. To acquire uniform results globally, PhD students will have to make some changes in there traditional way of recording the information by using Internet. We can make this happen. Does this make sense? It will

And you don`t to have make big efforts or spend hours to do this but you will need to understand the digital platforms as they all work quite differently. All you have to do is to transform your everyday mistakes and efforts into a blog,vblog or podcast (if you want to do it weekly), pictures or animations. Lets just say, your project is related with DNA of plants or microbes.   There are so many commercial kits available to extract DNA whose experimental set up or protocol does not vary a lot but it gives the non uniform results depending of various factors such as quality of commercial kits, buffer, timing, handling and many other factors.  I am a bio-technologist,  so I am talking in terms of DNA. But if you are in ecology or bioinformatic, the variation is the results triples down or even more which is important to understand. But there is no recorded data which shows the information of situations that are faced by PhD students. With increase in the number of graduate students, collaboration between industries and educational institutes, there is need to have a platform or digital information which can help the fellow PhD students in the similar field. It could be the product review just like we review iPhone or any other electronic device. We always appreciate the reviews by other users and it also helps us a lot to know about different products and make the right call.

I believe that with so many platforms in today`s digital world, we can increase the replicability and scalability of our research at global scale but will require constant efforts from PhD students. PhD students can easily communicate and link with each other all around the world. It is a long shot but it has become a necessity which can be achieved.  If PhD students starts creating content which can increase the efficiency of overall research impact, it will change the world for better.  Your PhD will be more than just publishing papers in high impact factor journals or attending international conferences.

Surprisingly, today`s research and development sector only produces positive results which shows that there are no problems in the progress of the project which makes me think that then it could have solve all the world problems. There are still millions of problems to be solved. All the problems are there in your lab only. The only way to solve these problems is to increase the networking between PhD students working in similar area and create content specifically focusing on the protocols, products and experimental set up we use.

And, What if I say, there are additional perks in addition to make science better and fast. With changing digital economy, we have the potential to unlock the billion dollar market but the key to unlock this market is creating content in form of written words, videos or podcast or even pictures.

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Life is Chess but We are playing Ludo

I was bit confused about how to start this piece but I decided to go on and blast a bomb on you by saying that most of you are sitting on a wrong TRAIN for Life. Just imagine the time, when you missed a train or are have boarded the wrong train. How does that feel? Will you accept it for life? What if I told you that you are in that train but you are not aware of it.

Our brain and our reactions in response to our life decisions has become constant or quite similar and most of us respond in a very similar way to the so called responsible society. The big change that I noticed while growing up is that each year more and more engineers are graduated from India. If we talk about numbers, there were almost 1.5 million graduates in 2018 and if we constantly produced the same number of engineers there will be almost 35 million or more engineers by 2035.

Well, Ask yourself a question, when was the last time you got really happy or satisfied. Most of the answers will be- when i got the apple laptop, iPhone, new shoes, luxury or a job that is going to pay 20% more from your current salary. You will notice the similar pattern in our youth and we do not even need artificial intelligence to understand this pattern. This is a serious pattern to notice as India has 60% of youth population. The society,system or industries have recognized your pattern and understood your response towards the material happiness. Make sense?  Its going to make sense to all of you. Think about the time when you were choosing your future when you were just just 14 or 15. What were you told? What did you hear? Who were the people? How was the feeling? Was it good or bad? You were told that engineering and private companies are the future. You were told that these companies will pay you more and you will have a luxurious life to live. Everyone including your parents, friends and school told you this and filled your mind with hopes and desires for the next 4-5 years. Isn`t?

Let me take you quickly to those 4-5 years. I am not saying that all of you must be feeling like this but its only for those who feel this way. But if you are happy with your decision or working in a corporate company and completely satisfied at present, then its great.  But if you were thinking every single moment of your University life when you wanted to be something else instead of becoming a corporate professional. But the problem was the stimulus of all the hopes and desires that were created by society and parents was so strong that you could not take that wild step towards your passion.

But no told you or even give you a hint that you would have got better in your skill if you had worked your ass of for 1500 days. Isnt? So instead you spent those years in studying the subject you didn`t liked while arguing, complaining, crying about society and life.

IMPORTANT NOTE – You still have time as you have just lived 25% of your life.  Bs thodi si himat karni padegi. 

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I am pretty sure that most of the generation of India of my age will be on fire or would want to kill me because of my blunt writing. But its true we all are playing ludo instead of Chess. We all are tying to get 6 moves ahead so that we could afford a luxurious flat, car or a fucking euro trip.  We are not taking two steps backwards to understand the pattern and overall game we are deeply stuck in from throat to anus. Nothing is going in and nothing is going out of your mind and heart.

Most of us are trying to win big but instead of winning big we are getting stuck in a bigger bubble. It`s high time for us to understand the bubble formation as when one bubble mixes with the another one, it makes the bigger bubble with bigger unwanted problems to deal.

 

 

 

 

 

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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F**K Media and Understand the power of INTERNET

Do you complain about the society, media and government? I am warning you that if you still want the media or big industries to change there work ethic and your life, then its not for you but if you want to understand the power of internet, change we can bring then read my blog. And I decided to write this blog after observing that we are only complaining  and sharing the negative content in the internet instead of sharing positivity and solutions. Internet has become a complaint box with infinite number of complaints which will never get answered. Specifically, I was bit surprised that in the world where you can access the Internet in railways, bus stations and even in airplanes, we are still discussing about Hindu-Muslim debate which is depressing for the whole country. Please try to understand the power of Internet. Internet is the real democracy and we finally have the power in our hands if we use it effectively.

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The rules and functioning of society is changing faster than ever before, the life  has become so comfortable that we are able to book and place everything online with just one click. Then why can`t we spread love and peace with just one click.

It`s been long time that we are fearing over the big corporate companies controlling  everything and creating the unnecessary fear and negativity among the people around the world. But with internet, we need to open our hands, free our heart, start typing and fill the internet with positivity, love, fear and optimism so that these media companies who are creating the disturbances in terms of religions and society get the hell back down. But it would take effort from each individual and would require to initiate. We all are just trying to find tricks or easy ways out of it by expecting that media and society will change.

Number of internet users in India is expected to reach 500 million by June,2018 and we are still complaining about the media, society and government. India has the second largest number of Internet users globally who all are connected through a common medium which is completely free for everyone to use and share there views and ideas. But we take this opportunity to share what media, society and government has to tell us and dwelling on the points which has been there for long time and dividing the society every now and then. Do you still want to do that for next 50 years or until you die?

So, What`s the solution?

I would like to believe that there are more number of good people than bad people in this world, then how come the Internet is full of negativity and complaints instead of positive content and solutions that brings peace and positive change every single day.  Before, all the platforms were just supporting a certain set of people who had the everything controlled but Internet gives us the complete freedom to every single individual in the society to make the change. It is the magical network where you can send peace, love and and positive solution through a single send button. Words in both book and internet platforms means the same so it`s time for us to stop finding the easy way out and complaining about the problems in the society.  Imagine, how much time it will take to reach to 1000 people in your parents time when they were watching television or reading newspaper to learn about the world. The internet has completely reverse the trend from millions/billions to 1 (case of television or radio) to  1 to millions/billions which is the case of Internet It completely depends on how you use it.

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We have unlimited alternatives if we understand this technology. Our parents did not had this opportunity to connect with billions of people with all around the world so why do our thoughts are still stuck in there time zone and why are we still complaining about the same issues that existed 30 years before?  We have limitless alternatives to develop and deliver the change we want. Ofcourse, it`s not easy, because complaining and sharing the post without reading it completely is easy.

The problem is that we don`t share our real viewpoints or the solution you think that it is best for the humankind. We do not make an effort to create a positive content instead we debate on what politicians and industries are doing to the environment. Because we think that everyone knows but the media and government is still controlling things.  So we decide not share positivity and peace but instead we prefer to share the viewpoint of negative people who are trying to divide and create a difference in the society and expect them to change. We need to come out of our artificial comfort zone and start working on the change we want to see. The only difference is that they have understood the use of internet and are exploiting it to the maximum.

Digital Guru Talks with Indian Youth

Adapting to sudden change in the world and reinventions are the important concepts that are not taught in the structured education system. And we are not accustomed to the change but we will have to learn to accept the change of technology and reinventing our self with time. This changing and fast technology called Internet is making things better at all level if we look at the positive side of it. This is the only technology that has brought the world more closer, accessible by providing equal opportunity in every field. I am not saying that it is easy but there are almost 4 billion internet users who are there to listen to you. They are giving you there attention. Isnt? Ofcourse, there are always consequences, there will always be people in the world with bad news which will blast and spread like fire all over the internet. But internet is an open platform open to both good and bad news. So, there is equal opportunity for good news to blast but only if we want it, which will require consistent efforts from your side. We have unlimited opportunities and we cannot escape or give excuses anymore.

This piece of content is going to be hard to read for the Indian youth as Digital Guru (DG) asked them a simple question and had a much needed conversation on- “What is the most common trait you see in the behavior of today`s youth”.

Surprisingly, Digital guru got so many answers like -herd mentality, life sucks, wants to be extraordinary by doing ordinary things, wants everything easily, lazy but creative, short term benefits, defensive attitude, succumbing, expectations, trust, anger, rebellious, lack of perseverance but digital guru thinks that youth sucks. I think, most of the youth will be able to relate yourself in the below conversation.

Youth – I think there is a need of realization of how youth have no curiosity, no humanity, aimless and running after material stuff.

DG- So what do you think we should do? What is the real solution?

Youth- We need to work on the roots.

DG- I agree but how?

Youth- They have to undergo self realization, introspect themselves to become a better person. Technology is at par which makes us feel less grateful to the real things in life. Well, I worked with kids in the untouched areas of the country at the root level for a month which is very important. I realized that It is not about education, its beyond that. The girls and boys were interested in learning about the environment and how important it was for them to save the indigenous crops of there place. The world is busy running its own business. If we have to make an impact it can never be done alone, if we become aware of something we should keep trying to make others aware of it. In the end the impact needs to be on a large scale and not just to ourselves. But I think it is next to possible because everything is driven with greed and selfishness. Everyone wants to have more without putting in any efforts.

DG- I have few points- I don`t think that technology is going to change at all. Its going to get bigger and you cannot stop it. And these indigenous kids are completely aware about the environment but are not aware about the technology which I believe should be the main point of concern. They should be made aware of the technology in a positive way.

My question is that Do you think that Internet is the solution to all the questions?

Youth- Nope.

DG- Why? There are almost 4 billion internet users and you can reach to all of them.

Youth- Its not just about reaching these people, its about influencing their mindset. For ex: one guy in my social media tagged a few people in a post wherein a machine was installed to dispense 5rs for every plastic bottle deposited in it. She asked the society if this was a good initiative and did the hasttag of world`s environment day. I saw two things – 1. No body gives a shit. 2. Some of the people made fun of her as she made the hashtag on some other date as world environment day is celebrate on 5th June.

DG- I think you are too soft. Just couple of guys made fun of you does not mean that Internet is not the solution. Just one post in not going to change the world and environment. Let me ask you some questions. Do you buy stuff online?

Youth- yes, I do

DG- Did your behavior changed from offline shopping to online shopping?

Youth- Yes

DG- Do you know people along with big business giants didn’t believed and made fun of these guys who started selling things online for ex : Jack Ma “founder of ali baba” who is now a billionaire. But he didn`t become what he is today in just 1 month but it took ages and that ages came along with struggles and hurdles. The sad fact is that we try to escape these hurdles and struggles, so if we really want to educate the people about environment, I believe that Internet is the only way in 21st century. Before it was books, radio, now internet and in future it will be virtual reality.

Youth- Indeed

DG- Like you said, that it would require perseverance and continuous efforts without expecting anything in return for coming 3-4 years and not backing out.

Youth- Yes, I agree

DG- So, do you think that internet is the solution?

Youth- Yes, If its well equipped to influence the people well.

DG- Indeed. Internet is the only solution, I can understand the there is lot of negativity out there which is getting stronger. But I also believe that internet can make positivity louder only if, positive people comes with more optimism.

For now, We were just talking about the environment and education. But Digital guru came across many posts which were filled with complains related to corruption, policies, BJP, congress, Hindu, Muslim etc. These are real problems. I completely agree. Here is one more hard truth and amazing fact that no one told you. These things are not going too change for you or for coming 100 generations. We have learned this fact already in past 70 years of development phase in India. But another incredible fact that you didnt noticed that almost 2 billion people joined internet and social media in 2012 in one way or the other which have your attention. And they are completely mutual and they are not the part of any political party that have only 1000 main players. But these 1000 players are making the good use of Internet. Isn`t?

Do you have problems with Government?

Do you have problems with the changing environment?

Do you have problems with education system?

Let me tell you guys, almost quarter of Indian population is using the Internet which is good enough number to start with the change you want to bring in the society.

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Time to do it.