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\chapter{New KIT employee?}
As a new employee at the KIT,
you should get a letter from the SCC after a few days.
In there you find access to your SCC account.
This enables you to use various services.
Most importantly, it gets you an @kit.edu e-mail address.
you should get a letter from the SCC within a few days.
In there you will find instructions and the password to access your SCC account.
This gives you access to various services.
Most importantly, it includes an @kit.edu e-mail address.
\checkitem{I have received my KIT SCC account
for my @kit.edu e-mail account.}
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at \href{https://intranet.kit.edu/}{intranet.kit.edu}.
There is an \enquote{E-Mail Alias} option on the left.
You also want your KITCard,
You will also want to get your KITCard,
which you can use to pay for food at the Mensa, for example.
You get this card in the library in building 30.50.
When you are there and got your card,
......@@ -31,19 +31,19 @@ You need to use one of the PCs in the library.
You can enable your KITCard to unlock doors.
Call the key management~\footnote{%
\href{https://www.fm.kit.edu/851.php}{www.fm.kit.edu/851.php}}
of the facility management departement at 43006.
of the facility management department at 43006.
They need your KITCard number.
As an employee of the KIT,
As an employee of KIT,
you also have to invest into a pension insurance by the VBL.
By default, that will be \enquote{VBL Klassik},
but you can opt for \enquote{VBL Extra} instead.
If you believe, you will be a KIT employee for \emph{less} than five years,
If you believe that you will be employed at KIT for \emph{less} than five years,
then you should~\footnote{%
We give no warranty of any kind. Do not listen to us for financial advice.}
opt for Extra.
If the \emph{end date} of your contract
says you will be employed longer than five years,
says you will be employed for more than five years,
you will be switched to Klassik automatically.
\begin{center}
......@@ -52,8 +52,7 @@ you will be switched to Klassik automatically.
Since you are a member of \institute,
you have a profile website there.
Check if it is like you want it
and up-to-date.
Check whether it is as you want it to be and keep it up to date.
\checkitem{My profile page is up to date.}
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As a computer scientist,
you usually write some code
and you want to keep it in some repository.
and you will want to keep it in some kind of repository.
If you like git,
the SCC provides Gitlab,
which gives you repository, issue tracker, wiki, and more
the SCC provides a Gitlab instance,
which gives you repositories, an issue tracker, wiki, and more
at \href{https://git.scc.kit.edu}{git.scc.kit.edu}.
If you prefer Subversion,
then the ATIS provides repository hosting.
the ATIS provides repository hosting.
The \href{https://www.khys.kit.edu/}{Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)}
provides various trainings.
As a doctoral researcher you must register there.
provides various training opportunities.
As a doctoral researcher you have to register there.
In return you can participate in various workshops,
for example about writing or presenting.
......@@ -87,7 +86,7 @@ which is worth looking into.
\checkitem{Read \enquote{Doing Your PhD at KIT}}
Another useful resource,
if you are involved in teaching students is
if you are involved in the teaching of students is
the \enquote{Dozenten FAQ} of our department\footnote{%
\href{https://www.informatik.kit.edu/english/7193.php}{www.informatik.kit.edu/english/7193.php}}.
......@@ -98,16 +97,16 @@ you might find students bothering you.
What do you do with those?
Students are a precious resource,
at least the good ones.
Consider the bad ones as leadership training for you.
Consider the bad ones leadership training for you.
Students sometimes build useful stuff,
so treat them well.
Institutions of the KIT use social media.
Some institutions of KIT use social media.
If you do as well,
you might want to follow them.
There is an overview at \url{http://www.kit.edu/kit/english/10103.php}.
The KIT provides business cards~\footnote{%
KIT provides business cards~\footnote{%
\href{https://intranet.kit.edu/visitenkarten.php}{intranet.kit.edu/visitenkarten.php}}
with its corporate identity style.
Printing costs 25\euro , which your institute should cover,
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\textbf{Hello \fullname},
Welcome to the KIT Department of Informatics!
Welcome to the Department of Informatics at KIT!
This is the quickstart document
by the doctoral convent,
......@@ -12,12 +12,11 @@ while you work at the \institute.
For an easier start,
this document provides tips and check lists.
You will find boxes in the margins.
These are meant to be checked,
once you did the item next to it.
These are meant to be checked once completed.
\checkitem{I have understood the introduction up to this point.}
\checkitem{I understood the introduction up to this point.}
This document is work in progress.
If you find things missing or wrong,
This document is a work in progress.
If you find things that are missing or wrong,
please tell us or fix it yourself.
Information for contribution is at the end.
Information on contributing is at the end.
\chapter{Doctoral Convent}
If you want to get a PhD in computer science at the KIT,
If you want to get a PhD in computer science at KIT,
then you implicitly are part of the doctoral convent.
Technically, you need to be officially accepted at our department,
but in practice we also support not-yet-accepted
......@@ -13,8 +13,8 @@ If you can contribute,
please do so.
For example,
we like to get Pull Requests for this document,
if you find any errors or miss anything.
we appreciate Pull Requests for this document
if you find any mistakes or miss something.
You can find the repository at
\href{https://git.scc.kit.edu/InformatikDKVorstand/welcome}{git.scc.kit.edu/InformatikDKVorstand/welcome}.
......@@ -22,7 +22,7 @@ You can find the repository at
We maintain a wiki at
\href{https://doktorandenkonvent.informatik.kit.edu}{doktorandenkonvent.informatik.kit.edu}
for further information.
with additional information.
\checkitem{Checked out the wiki}
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......@@ -29,21 +29,21 @@ because we are not students anymore.
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.
making students happy, making your professor happy,
making colleagues happy, or saving the world.
\item Present your work!
People will not notice your great work by themselves.
You have to advertise it.
The normal way is make talks about it at conferences.
Most often, this means giving talks about it at conferences.
Also try to explain your research to normal people once in a while.
\item Get a PhD!
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.
You probably have to solve a relevant problem in a novel way.
\end{itemize}
Need inspiration?
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\subsection*{The Process}
At first, you will probably start working for a professor.
A few ideas to get started:
A few ideas to get you started:
\begin{enumerate}
\item Convert your bachelor/master thesis into a proper publication.
\item Convert your bachelor's or master's thesis into a proper publication.
You already have something and
it gets you started with publishing.
\item Read a lot.
......@@ -85,8 +85,8 @@ However, this is a contract between you and your advisor.
You are free to change it
and we encourage you read carefully and to negotiate.
In rare cases,
this leads to conflict with your advisor.
Be glad, you found out already!
this can lead to conflict with your advisor.
Be glad that you found out early!
\checkitem{Looked into doctoral agreement stuff}
......@@ -99,13 +99,13 @@ our department is still responsible for you and your thesis.
\checkitem{Officially accepted as PhD candidate by department}
For further reading, we can recommend a few books.
For further reading, here are a few books that we recommend.
\begin{itemize}
\item \enquote{A PhD Is Not Enough!: A Guide to Survival in Science}
by Peter J. Feibelman (partly more focussed on US research system but still worth reading it)
\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)
\item \enquote{Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day}
by Joan Bolker (give some useful tipps on how to get started with writing)
by Joan Bolker (gives some useful tipps on getting started with writing)
\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}
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