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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
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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 Timeline Academic Jobs beginning fall 2011 (June – September) Deadlines for postdocs : as early as November 2010 Asked for letters: September 2010 CV, Research Statement, Preprint/publications/thesis Draft of Research Statement August/September 2010 CV: first version in 2008, career services, periodically updated Jobs are advertised on https://www.mathjobs.org/ http://notable.math.ucdavis.edu/wiki/Mathematics_Jobs_Wiki Discussed everything with my advisor, proof-read by a
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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
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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}
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