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 Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 1 2 3 \chapter{New as Doctoral Researcher?} What am I supposed to do as a doctoral researcher?  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 4 5 6 7 8 The primary function of researchers is to turn coffee into papers. \begin{center} \includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{img/phdcomic1012.png} \end{center}  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  The Gesellschaft für Informatik is the biggest national community of computer scientists and officially advocates the term \enquote{doctoral researcher} instead of \enquote{PhD student}, because we are not students anymore. \begin{itemize} \item Do proper science! For inspiration, we recommend Richard Hamming's \enquote{You and Your Research}. You can find it online as text or video.  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 21 22 23 24 25 26 27  The DFG has published \enquote{Rules of Good Scientific Practice}\footnote{% \url{http://www.dfg.de/en/research_funding/principles_dfg_funding/good_scientific_practice/index.html}}, which the KIT adopted\footnote{% \url{https://www.sle.kit.edu/downloads/AmtlicheBekanntmachungen/2014_AB_056.pdf}}.  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 28  \item Write great papers!  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 29 30 31 32 33 34  Writing papers is your main job. There are other worthy goals, which try to distract you: Make students happy, make professor happy, make colleagues happy, or save the world.  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 35  \item Present your work!  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 36 37 38 39 40 41  People will not notice your great work themself. You have to advertise it. The normal way is make talks about it at conferences. Also try to explain your research to normal people once in a while.  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 42 43  \item Get a PhD!  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 44 45 46 47  The end goal of your current phase in life is to make a significant original contribution to knowledge. You have to provably solve a relevant problem in a novel way. \end{itemize}  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 48   Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 49 50 51 52 53 Need some inspiration? Look for Randy Pausch's talks \enquote{Last Lecture} and \enquote{Time Management}.