Scientific Research as a Career

1st Edition

Finlay MacRitchie

CRC Press
Published June 22, 2011
Reference - 131 Pages
ISBN 9781439869659 - CAT# K13197

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Summary

Describing the philosophy of the scientific method and the training and professional characteristics needed for a successful career, Scientific Research as a Career is a comprehensive "how-to" guide for the aspiring scientist. Based on the author’s experience both as a scientist in a research organization and as a university mentor, the book covers:

  • The interaction between management and leadership principles and scientific research
  • Qualifications and attributes usually required to become a successful researcher
  • History, application, and prerequisites of the scientific method and scientific progress
  • Exploration of the careers of pivotal and influential scientists

The author highlights the importance of networking and the value of forming contacts with colleagues, joining scientific associations, attending conferences, making presentations, and acting as chairs for conference sessions. He also touches on the many areas outside of "the science" that readers are likely to encounter during their career, such as mentoring, supervising research students, and managing a group. The book clearly delineates not only the challenges currently facing scientists, but also how to overcome them and achieve success in their careers.

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