Physics Careers Seminar: "Anecdotes from the Postdoc Limbo"

Speaker Dr. Anshul Kogar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Date: 3/3/2017
Time: 11 a.m.

204 Loomis (Interaction Room)

Event Contact: Lance Cooper

Department of Physics

Event Type: Seminar/Symposium

Abstract: In this talk, I will address why I decided to pursue the postdoctoral path and how I landed where I have. I also hope to give you a flavor of what it is like juggling various aspects of postdoc life, including both work and more personal aspects. I will highlight certain similarities and differences between being a postdoc and a graduate student. Moreover, I will compare and contrast the atmosphere among postdocs at a national laboratory versus a university department. Please bring questions (and tomatoes, just in case!); I hope that this will be more of an honest conversation rather than a conventional seminar.

Short Bio: After finishing up his degree in condensed matter physics in Urbana, Anshul spent a year at Argonne National Laboratory before moving to MIT, both as a postdoc. He maintains a blog, This Condensed Life, which discusses certain topics in condensed matter physics and academic life.

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