• Question: What does a post-doctoral researcher do?

    Asked by deanna and megan to Philip on 18 Mar 2015.
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      Philip Moriarty answered on 18 Mar 2015:

      Very good question. They are focused mainly on hands-on research — actually doing experiments and/or running calculations. However, they also play a very important role in day-to-day training of PhD students and also spend quite a bot of their time writing drafts of papers (and applications for research fellowships). Quite a few postdocs also get involved with presenting their work to the general public via forums like I’m A Scientist…!