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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 The primary function of researchers is to turn coffee into papers. \begin{center}  Andreas Zwinkau committed Aug 26, 2016 7 \includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{img/phdcomic1892.png}  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 8 \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  Writing papers is your main job. There are other worthy goals, which try to distract you:  Lorenz Hübschle-Schneider committed Jul 21, 2016 32 33  making students happy, making your professor happy, making colleagues happy, or saving the world.  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 34   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  You have to advertise it.  Lorenz Hübschle-Schneider committed Jul 21, 2016 39  Most often, this means giving talks about it at conferences.  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 40 41  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  The end goal of your current phase in life is to make a significant original contribution to knowledge.  Lorenz Hübschle-Schneider committed Jul 21, 2016 46  You probably have to solve a relevant problem in a novel way.  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 47 \end{itemize}  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 48   Andreas Zwinkau committed Jul 07, 2016 49 Need inspiration?  Andreas Zwinkau committed May 11, 2016 50 51 52 53 Look for Randy Pausch's talks \enquote{Last Lecture} and \enquote{Time Management}.  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jun 24, 2016 54 55 56 57  \pagebreak \subsection*{The Process}  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jul 07, 2016 58 At first, you will probably start working for a professor.  Lorenz Hübschle-Schneider committed Jul 21, 2016 59 A few ideas to get you started:  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jun 24, 2016 60 \begin{enumerate}  Lorenz Hübschle-Schneider committed Jul 21, 2016 61  \item Convert your bachelor's or master's thesis into a proper publication.  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jun 24, 2016 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70  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}  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jul 07, 2016 71 72 73 The steps to become an \emph{official} doctoral researcher are: \begin{enumerate} \item You and your advisor sign a doctoral agreement (Promotions\-vereinbarung)  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jul 07, 2016 74  \item Send signed doctoral agreement to our department  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jul 07, 2016 75  \item Register at KHYS  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jul 07, 2016 76  \item Apply for acceptance at our department  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jul 07, 2016 77 78 79 80 81 \end{enumerate} You should start this process after roughly one year and the doctoral agreement might limit the time until step four. The doctoral agreement is required by law (LHG BaWü §38 (5)).  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jun 24, 2016 82 There are a few requirements what must be in there  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jul 07, 2016 83 and our department has a template.  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jun 24, 2016 84 85 However, this is a contract between you and your advisor. You are free to change it  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jul 07, 2016 86 and we encourage you read carefully and to negotiate.  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jun 24, 2016 87 In rare cases,  Lorenz Hübschle-Schneider committed Jul 21, 2016 88 89 this can lead to conflict with your advisor. Be glad that you found out early!  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jun 24, 2016 90 91 92  \checkitem{Looked into doctoral agreement stuff}  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jul 07, 2016 93 The doctoral agreement requires a provisional title of your thesis.  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jun 24, 2016 94 You can easily change it, so don't let this discourage you.  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jul 07, 2016 95 96 97  Being officially accepted gives you some security. If your advisor is run over by a bus,  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jul 07, 2016 98 our department is still responsible for you and your thesis.  Andreas Zwinkau committed Jun 24, 2016 99   Andreas Zwinkau committed Jul 07, 2016 100 \checkitem{Officially accepted as PhD candidate by department}  anja.exler committed Jul 11, 2016 101   Lorenz Hübschle-Schneider committed Jul 21, 2016 102 For further reading, here are a few books that we recommend.  anja.exler committed Jul 11, 2016 103 104  \begin{itemize}  Lorenz Hübschle-Schneider committed Jul 21, 2016 105 106 \item \enquote{A PhD Is Not Enough! -- A Guide to Survival in Science} by Peter J. Feibelman (partly more focussed on the US research system but still worth reading)  anja.exler committed Jul 11, 2016 107 \item \enquote{Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day}  Zwinkau committed Jan 08, 2018 108 by Joan Bolker (gives some useful tips on getting started with writing)  anja.exler committed Jul 11, 2016 109 110 111 \item \enquote{Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering} by Richard M. Reis (fairly expensive but should be a good advisor on deciding whether to aim for a career in science (professorship) or not; was recommended by a professor in 2016's UbiComp Doctoral School) \end{itemize}