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Book recommendation: A PhD Is Not Enough: A Guide To Survival In Science

I've recently read this small book, I devoured the 128 pages within two hours. Thought written in 1993, I think it is still highly accurate.

Feibelman, a physicist,  describes several cases of unsuccessful scientific careers, despite hard work and intelligence. He points out the problems and gives advise how to avoid them.

Every scientist should read his book early in grad school, refresh his memory when finishing grad school, and again when mentoring graduate students.

A PhD is Not Enough on Amazon



Academic Job Search: Writing a good CV, research statement, and teaching statement

I won't give you boring details of how you should format your CV, there's enough resources out there that give you much better advise than I ever could, instead I will tell you what you can and should do during graduate school, to generate the content for your CV and statements.
Please keep in mind that I was specifically looking for post doctoral research positions in mathematical biology. If you want to land a teaching or tenure position, some rules might be different.
Job Application TimelineAcademic Jobs beginning fall 2011 (June – September)Deadlines for postdocs: as early as November 2010Asked for letters: September 2010CV, Research Statement, Preprint/publications/thesisDraft of Research Statement August/September 2010CV: first version in 2008, career services, periodically updatedJobs are advertised on https://www.mathjobs.org/http://notable.math.ucdavis.edu/wiki/Mathematics_Jobs_WikiDiscussed everything with my advisor, proof-read by advisor, several friends proof-rea…

Latex: Table of Content problems with Bibliography and Index

When creating a table of content (TOC) , bibliography and index are not listed when created with \bibliography and \printindex. This is how you get them to appear in the TOC with the correct page numbers.

\cleardoublepage
\addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{Bibliography}
\bibliographystyle{plain}
\bibliography{../all}

\cleardoublepage
\phantomsection
\addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{Index}
\printindex

Latex: Centering table larger than textwidth

Usually, you can center tables with \center. But when the table is longer than the \textwidth, it will be align with the left side margin. You can temporarily adjust the textwidth.

% allows for temporary adjustment of side margins
\usepackage{chngpage}

\begin{table}
    \begin{adjustwidth}{-.5in}{-.5in} 
        \begin{center}
        \begin{tabular}{|c|}
            \hline
And here comes a very long line. And here comes a very long line. And here comes a very long line.  \\
            \hline
        \end{tabular}

        \caption{This Table is longer than the text width. And its caption is really long, too. This Table is longer than the text width. And its caption is really long, too. This Table is longer than the text width. And its caption is really long, too. This Table is longer than the text width. }
        \label{myTable}
        \end{center}
    \end{adjustwidth}
\end{table}