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  • Number of PhDs
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    Dr blaggers (PhD Engineering/composites) 1997, nottingham uni (when the unis were really unis, and polys weren’t!)

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    CharlieMungus – Member
    Yes, well of course Ph.Ds are much easier to come by nowadays. The only ones worth anything will have been those achieved in the last millennium. The were much harder in the old days.

    Not in anti ageing it isn’t and Coffeeking is right – we have to know more info than the 1960s and come up with something new that is repeatable.

    I’ve been working in research for a few years and easy? well it is fun and frustrating but I get paid what I love and what I’m great at.

    Easier? my PhD is not taught like a degree, its my brain and my Supervisor whatever flight they are on lol 😆

    Dr Frank…I like the sound of that…

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    we have to know more info than the 1960s and come up with something new that is repeatable.

    Rubbish, you young ‘uns are all standing on the shoulders of giants like me and my cohort. We could’nt just google and download ‘Ph.D thesis’ back then. By ‘eck, we had write ours by the light of our Davy Lamps, down t’pit. I tell ya.

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    Badnewz (DPhil 2008). English Revolution.

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    yeap rigid docking, you basically dock a ligand in a protein with no change in the conformation of the ligand…

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    brakeswithface – Member
    Juan – rigid docking?

    Nothing to do with space docking then?

    Dr Love

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    Seriously though, I’m impressed by the amount of folks here with PhDs. 🙂

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    Dr Juan useless chemistry as it seems I can get a job

    Another Dr Useless Chemistry here, also unemployed 🙄

    Not a time lord, unfortunately 😆

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    can we keep this thread going to January 19th? I want to add my name without jinxing my viva.

    (medical devices, mainly chips to point lasers at, after bouncing them off people)

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    Is anyone keeping a tally? There seems to be an awful lot of us. May have to change the STW definition on Urban dictionary at this rate!

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    Hi Dr Skippy – I’m another genetics fud.

    Dr tg2003 molecular cytogenetics

    Mostly a “big bits of DNA” thing

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    BSc, MSc,PhD…
    …bulls**it & cr*p, more s**it & cr*p, piled high & deep 😀

    FWIW another thicko here, only BEng & MSc in geology

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    Dr Gruff – Physics, also MPhys too

    Now I just need a damned job!

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    Dr Daren – PhD in Theoretical Physics – Formation of topological defects in the Early Universe. A real Doctor and a real Rocket Scientist (TM).

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    Dr Scotabroad – Organic Chemistry – The application of ultrasound in organic synthesis.

    I found it has helped me out over the years…

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    and a real Rocket Scientist

    Wow! that must make you just about the most unemployable person on here

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    Ah, badnewz, welcome to the very small humanities brigade. With a DPhil, I assume you’re Oxford, then?

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    CharlieMungus – Member
    and a real Rocket Scientist
    Wow! that must make you just about the most unemployable person on here

    Not sure if you are being sarcastic there or not Charlie, but from my own experience PhD Theoretical Physicists seem to do very well once they leave academia.

    I have three close friends all with PhDs in Theoretical Physics. Two from Imperial and one from Oxford (so we are talking top UK schools here) and they all hold very senior management positions in “Big Brand” blue chip companies, whilst the rest of their peers went off and made mega $$$$ in the Investment Banks as Quantitative Analysts.

    **** knows where I went wrong 😡

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    Only based on my experience of the many things have come across where people tell me that it is not rocket science

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    Dr garyfisher – Lung cell biochemistry/cell biology. Not used at all now.

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    Dr Markoulini (Civil Engineering) Composite materials in construction, now a lecturer in Structural Engineering .. but i want to be a marine biologist like Ed Ricketts.

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    Dr dirtyrider – phd in oneupmanship/keeping up with the jones’ and internet muscle flexing

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    Now call me stupid (and clearly I am amongst the giants we have here), but I always thought a PhD was something only a very few people have.

    So unless they’re a lot more common than I thought, the STW populace is hugely more academic and intelligent than the national average. Which begs the question, ‘why are there so many stupid questions on here?’

    The best thing about having a PhD for me, if I had one, would be meeting medical doctors. I’d introduce myself and ask what they did for a living, they say they were a doctor and I’d snort and look down my nose a bit, “Oh”, I would say, “One of those honorary ones”. “How quaint.”

    And then mabye laugh a bit, probably polish my docterate with the edge of my sleeve while looking around the room for someone smart enough to engage my mind.

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    Dr Yeti, Phd in applied table sauce dynamics (specialising in fish finger butties)

    Soon to publish a paper on the effects of the freeze thaw process on blue and white bathroom towels.

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    I see your point samuri, and you shouldn’t invite people to call you stupid, I’m sure you have your talents too, but erm… you misspelled Ph.D.

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    ask what they did for a living, they say they were a doctor

    I would be surprised if many were to describe themselves as “doctors”…….GP/general practicer, whatever.

    Although it would probably be worth calling themselves a doctor, just to provoke someone smug like you to act like a complete tw4t.

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    So my colleague insists on being called Dr … so the story goes that I simply called him tos-ser! 😆 That will learn him with his PhD.

    “samuri: … why are there so many stupid questions on here?'”

    PhD = Permanent Head Damage … does that answer your question? 🙄

    GJP – Member

    CharlieMungus – Member

    I have three close friends all with PhDs in Theoretical Physics. Two from Imperial and one from Oxford (so we are talking top UK schools here) and they all hold very senior management positions in “Big Brand” blue chip companies, whilst the rest of their peers went off and made mega $$$$ in the Investment Banks as Quantitative Analysts.

    **** knows where I went wrong

    Oh shite … no wonder we are fcuked. It’s like asking accountants to be the next Picasso.

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    To 99.9% of the population out there we are PhDs and medics are doctors. To argue it any other way is pointless.

    I dunno, the secretary who books our flights always insists on using our titles on the ticket. One day I’m sure one of us out of our group will be quietly asked if we wouldn’t mind helping deliver a baby or something…

    Although “Welcome aboard Dr Zokes” always makes me chuckle a little…

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    Manager I once worked with had done lots of research on aliums for his one. He really knew his onions!! (Yes he had researched onions, really)

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    Wow! that must make you just about the most unemployable person on here

    Thanks. Following on from GJP – I finished my PhD (also at Imperial), took a postdoc in Theoretical Physics that led to a postdoc in Mathematical Biology. I left academia and joined the pharma industry.

    I’m now head of Clinical Pharmacology for a major pharma company specializing in monoclonal antibodies (think Maths plus Biology plus Medicine). A good training in Mathematics and a scientific mind opens a lot of doors. Of course my friends who went into banking have retired, another became a barrister…

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    I’m now head of Clinical Pharmacology for a major pharma company specializing in monoclonal antibodies

    I’m sure it’s very complex and worthwhile, but “It’s hardly rocket science, is it?”

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    samuri – Member
    Now call me stupid (and clearly I am amongst the giants we have here), but I always thought a PhD was something only a very few people have.

    So unless they’re a lot more common than I thought, the STW populace is hugely more academic and intelligent than the national average. Which begs the question, ‘why are there so many stupid questions on here?’

    You are confusing being academic with being intelligent.

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    Oh shite … no wonder we are fcuked. It’s like asking accountants to be the next Picasso.

    I would have to disagree.

    The Theoretical Physicists I know, and I admit we are only talking three close friends and their peers, have probably done so well as they combine an incredibly fierce intellect with a high degree of emotional intelligence.

    One is perhaps the toughest business woman and best negotiator I have met, but she is not ruthlessly career minded, just determined.

    I think this notion that PhDs are nerds/geeks isn’t really warranted but I am sure there are some as in all walks of life.

    When I did my PhD at Business School the then Prof of Strategic Business & Marketing was earning over £300k per annum and this was in the late 1980’s. He was certainly no academic oddball etc

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    I’m sure it’s very complex and worthwhile, but “It’s hardly rocket science, is it?”

    Not really – but it’s a lot more fun, in demand, and definitely pays the bike bills better. I did toy with the finance options. But truth is, I like science and medicine too much to give them up. A science PhD should be a good training in the scientific method, mine had lots of maths, and I found a job that combined lots of interests.

    In the interests of full disclosure, there were one or two nerds about and I had an office mate who was distinctly nocturnal with communication issues, but most turned out well-adjusted! 😆

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    surely a better question is who spent years of public funding doing a PHD and actually used it for the relevant career, given the current funding my son may not get the chance….

    Stevio (HND Public Admin, ATT Tax Technician :(….)

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    Given his father’s academic record, he probably won’t need it

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    surely a better question is who spent years of public funding doing a PHD and actually used it for the relevant career, given the current funding my son may not get the chance

    Plenty of people use their PhDs and funding PhDs is actually the cheapest way to get science done – many labs run the majority of their science via PhDs, although this is not necessarily a good thing. The problem is that science is a pyramid and as you get further on up more people drop out of academia. Hence people with other careers – as Show via plenty of people on here.

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    andy_hew – Member
    []Dr CaptJon, Phd in economic geography (nods head at Dr andy_hew)
    Where did you do your PhD and where are you lecturing Dr CaptJon?

    Email me and i’ll tell you. Address is in profile.

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    charlie, i’m just a classic underachiever….. i.e fairly average STW’er. Never left the Rock (Isle of Man) for college….. and i can’t be bothered with the next stage choice – CTA – Chartered Tax Adviser to be honest

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    Tax Adviser to be honest

    😆

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