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Exhausted looking for research positions!! is the anyone who can help me please.. really need the help of all you kind ppl. ...
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Most Positions will require you to work for at least 2 year commitment, so if you're only saying you want to stick around for 6+months, they're going to ignore you.

It takes at least 6 months alone to train you.
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you can volunteer instead of getting hired.
look for volunteering.

what state r u ?
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I am looking for research positions too.No luck till now.I am willing to work voluntarily too.I am in California.Do u have any advice for me?Thanks.
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you can volunteer instead of getting hired.
look for volunteering.

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Hey Dr Lacune

I want to volunteer in research in and around San Francisco. Any advise regarding how to get one! I do have a good research background.
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Most Positions will require you to work for at least 2 year commitment, so if you're only saying you want to stick around for 6+months, they're going to ignore you.

It takes at least 6 months alone to train you.
I respectfully disagree. If you show intent and passion, they will extend an offer regardless of your time frame. From my personal experience I have been offered positions ranging from 6 months commitment to 1 year and two years fellowships. You need to show commitment from the get go.

My advice is to research about a professor extensively before approaching him/her. The odds are always slim. But its very achievable.
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I respectfully disagree. If you show intent and passion, they will extend an offer regardless of your time frame. From my personal experience I have been offered positions ranging from 6 months commitment to 1 year and two years fellowships. You need to show commitment from the get go.

My advice is to research about a professor extensively before approaching him/her. The odds are always slim. But its very achievable.
It's not about extending an offer. If you are looking for REAL research experience IE Postdoc, most contracts state a min of 2 year contract. I've already done a postdoc at a top 20 program in my respective field. If you're volunteering in a lab, then yes they don't care about time frames. Real research takes >6mos-1yr to do anything meaningful unless your aim is fluff like a chart review.

It's not about showing interest. Well it is and it isn't. Simple fact is it takes time to train you and most PI aren't going to out of the goodness of their heart just train you only to have you learn. Everyone understands people come and go, but they're just wasting time keeping you around under 6months.
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It's not about extending an offer. If you are looking for REAL research experience IE Postdoc, most contracts state a min of 2 year contract. I've already done a postdoc at a top 20 program in my respective field. If you're volunteering in a lab, then yes they don't care about time frames. Real research takes >6mos-1yr to do anything meaningful unless your aim is fluff like a chart review.

It's not about showing interest. Well it is and it isn't. Simple fact is it takes time to train you and most PI aren't going to out of the goodness of their heart just train you only to have you learn. Everyone understands people come and go, but they're just wasting time keeping you around under 6months.
Yes, of course I was talking about make-belief research experience as opposed to your 'REAL' experience. In the interest of your clarity, I shall remind you I never said LESS than 6 months. It depends largely on how you present your case, and I repeat your passion. For someone who is not good at interviewing, getting out of a 2 year contract might be a problem. For an IMG whose main aim is residency, a research experience should primarily be aimed at publications. And there is nothing wrong in asking for 6 months. I don't know if Harvard is in a "top 20 programs of your respective field" but I did a 4 months "Real" research lol there with subsequent publications. The professor did not seem to mind her "wasting time keeping me around".

I will again strongly encourage anyone aiming for short-term research not to be discouraged. Do a solid background research on the professor, his/her lab and research interests and apply there. Do not want to indulge in any further arguments here. Goodluck to everybody.
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As someone that did basic science bench research I don't believe your experience, sorry.

Your situation was either very unique if you produced any papers of substance in 4 months or which is most likely the case your PI had already done a ton and added you on.

Some experiments in basic science take 6months alone to gather data, then writing then submitting. If you're submitting in major impact journals like nature, they require time consuming techniques. iHC and analysis of cells alone can take weeks unless you get what you're looking for off the bat which isn't the case. Now if you're kicking out abstracts of not much substance, clinical case studies etc, yes less then 6months and producing a lot is possible, but most PD see through this.

Finding research jobs are tough, because they want you to do actual work rather than just cv padding. Research isn't an end all. Having awesome scores + research opens doors, but a lot of those doors don't open without some decent scores in first place.
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As someone that did basic science bench research I don't believe your experience, sorry.

Your situation was either very unique if you produced any papers of substance in 4 months or which is most likely the case your PI had already done a ton and added you on.

Some experiments in basic science take 6months alone to gather data, then writing then submitting. If you're submitting in major impact journals like nature, they require time consuming techniques. iHC and analysis of cells alone can take weeks unless you get what you're looking for off the bat which isn't the case. Now if you're kicking out abstracts of not much substance, clinical case studies etc, yes less then 6months and producing a lot is possible, but most PD see through this.

Finding research jobs are tough, because they want you to do actual work rather than just cv padding. Research isn't an end all. Having awesome scores + research opens doors, but a lot of those doors don't open without some decent scores in first place.
As you say, most positions I am aplying right now search for people that will stay 2-3 years. As an already postdoctoral fellow if someone is going to pay 6 months a postdoctoral fellow well it is somehow a waste of money, either you have the results and the paper already written or basically your input to the project is such sustantial that the situation is unique.
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I'm sorry I'm very confused about what you're even trying to say. I understand English isn't some peoples first language, but I don't really know what you're trying to state above.
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I am also searching for research opportunity. Can anyone please help how should I search for it? Thanks
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