Tuesday, April 29, 2008

More Comics = Lack of Creativity

The "post doc" series over at PHD Comics has probably wrapped up. I find them incredibly amusing because of their accuracy. Below are the next three strips in this series followed by confirmation of the facts contained within the panels from a highly reputable source.




"Post docs - (My current rank) Should be the most productive members of the group. They have already received their PhD, but are, generally, shortly out of school and still accustomed to the graduate student life - i.e. they are grad students that don't have classes, but are expected to work long hours. Post docs are paid in a similar manner to graduate students with one exception - grad students receive a stipend and their tuition is paid to the school by the boss, while post docs, basically, have the same base salary, but the tuition money is paid to them. Realistically, the boss is receiving a highly trained graduate student, without having to pay any more out of pocket than having a first year graduate student. Generally, post docs are considered to be extremely underpaid and are, more or less, in a state of indentured servitude, paying their dues until they get a real job. Generally, post docs stay for 1-3 years then move on to another post doc, or begin an actual career as a boss in another institution if they have a good enough publication record."

- A very reliable, trustworthy, highly worthy source for factual material... me! Bwahahaha! (see post Vacation?)

7 comments:

Gina said...

so, how much longer to you have left of indentured servitude?

Andrew Skaff said...

It's officially undefined... but I have vowed to move on by the time my apartment lease runs out in November.

Bro said...

I heard on the radio today that the FDA is hiring a bunch of people...are you up for government work?

Andrew Skaff said...

I'd go for FBI - then I could be like Nick Cage in The Rock... He was the reason I decided to become a biochemist... Eh, I suppose I could settle for FDA.

Bro said...

Even after the "Rocket Man" line/joke/blunder? I thought that would deter anyone from wanting to be that character...

Andrew Skaff said...

Everyone should have their own Nicolas Cage character that they model their life around. For me, it's Stanley Goodspeed - FBI biochemist. You don't believe this?

Bro said...

Then I guess I would have to go with Yuri Orlov, the gunrunning businessman, from Lord of War...if I had to.