Etiquette for contacting possible post-doc opportunity
December 19, 2013 11:40 AM Subscribe
I'm about to finish my PhD this coming Spring in the U.S., and although the funding I received was specifically for creating "practitioners" I'd actually like to sharpen my research and publication skills via a post-doc. The thing is, most researchers in my area are in the U.K. How do I introduce myself to them?
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I am finishing a Ph.D. and was funded with the expectation that I would develop skills for possible policy positions in a healthcare and education-related field. This was fine, but, I found that I like research in my field! Because of this I have an interesting background but my publication record is pretty slim. So, a post-doc is the way to go, right? The problem is, I'm in the U.S., and many of the top researchers in my areas of interest are in the U.K. And, since they are in the U.K., there is little chance to meet them at a conference and none of my professors know any of them. So, I'd have to reach out to them myself to enquire about post-doc positions.
UK or higher-ed mefites: can you give me any advice at all about how to contact a few of these individuals? Should I do this? If so, how? Is cold-emailing a potential post-doc a good idea? What should I tell them without sounding entitled or pretentious? Has anybody done this to you, and if so, what worked or didn't? Is there British-specific etiquette I should know about?