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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   Manuel Mohr committed Jun 06, 2016 37  People will not notice your great work by themselves.  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 38 39 40 41  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}.  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jun 24, 2016 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96  \pagebreak \subsection*{The Process} At first, you will probably start working for some professor. A few ideas to get started: \begin{enumerate} \item Convert your bachelor/master thesis into a proper publication. You already have something and it gets you started with publishing. \item Read a lot. Once you get fully invested into teaching and other tasks, it becomes harder to find free time. \item Help your co-workers. This gives you karma, experience, and maybe even co-authorship. \end{enumerate} After roughly one year, the next step is to sign a \enquote{doctoral agreement (Promotionsvereinbarung)} with your advisor. This is required by law (LHG BaWü §38 (5)). There are a few requirements what must be in there and the faculty has a template. However, this is a contract between you and your advisor. You are free to change it and we encourage you to negotiate. In rare cases, this leads to conflict with your advisor. Be glad, you found out already! \checkitem{Looked into doctoral agreement stuff} After about two years, you should be officially accepted as a candidate by the faculty. This requires some paper work and even to chose a provisional title for your thesis. You can easily change it, so don't let this discourage you. Being officially accepted mostly gives you some security. If you advisor is run over by a bus, the faculty is still responsible for you and your thesis. \checkitem{Officially accepted as PhD candidate by faculty}