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eridanus ▴ 30

Hello. I am a medical graduate and I am doing my master in Bioinformatics. I would like to do a paid thesis in a good lab, ideally Machine Learning applied on a biomedical topic (maybe anemias). How could I find paid opportunities? Thank you a lot in advance!

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I've never heard of anyone getting paid for their thesis work. You could emulate getting paid by applying for a scholarship, I suppose.

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Hmm I am having a scholarship for my master..Any lab to suggest? (Thank you a lot for your time!)

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Well the lab would depend on what countries your scholarship covers. You mentioned in another comment that you're in/from Greece. Does your scholarship also cover the rest of the EU?

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The scholarship is not enough for the thesis. That is the reason why ideally I would like to find a paid project.

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Ah. Well that sucks. I am sorry to hear that.

I suppose all you can do in this case is really contact people, explain your situation, and see what it brings you. I'd apply to all institutions of interest across Europe.

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Thank you a lot for your advice! Any good institution to suggest? (ideally in Switzerland/Germany/France/Spain)

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I cannot comment on Switzerland/France/Spain, but in Germany, the only places I can think of that might be able to pay you would be one of the Max Planck institutes or EMBL Heidelberg. The universities would have plenty of nice bioinformatics projects, but they usually don't have the funding to pay a masters student for what is essentially obligatory work (on the student's part).

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Thank you a lot!:) I will check it.

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Plenty of students get paid in the UK for Thesis work

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Nice to hear that! Any recommendations about how to find these opportunities?

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Dundee University is known for Biology, but isn't a Russell Group University. Russell Groups are a prestige known for research

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Thank you a lot! I will check it.

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I'm not sure I'd say 'plenty'. My masters was paid as it was part of an integrated PhD program, but paid Masters programs, much less just paid thesis work is certainly a small minority AFAIK.

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if you haven't already, look into paid positions in your university such as Teaching Assistant jobs. Depending on the university, some of these might include tuition reimbursement.

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in Greece unfortunately there is not this opportunity...

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Mensur Dlakic ★ 14k

Why would you go for a second degree when you already are getting master's in Bioinformatics? And how do you propose to get a second degree to what most likely would be the same or very similar field? To the best of my knowledge, a natural progression here is to go for a PhD, not another master's degree. And those are not considered "paid degrees" but rather "graduate degrees" that in most cases happen to be paid jobs, or at least degrees where one can apply for a scholarship.

As to getting to do the exact topic in a good lab, frankly it depends on how good you are as a candidate. The narrower your search parameters are, the fewer choices you will have. And even if you find such a good lab that meets your criteria, I am sorry to tell you but they may not be interested in you. Not that I know that for a fact, but it certainly depends on how good a candidate you are, and how well your previous experience and current interests match the projects that are available in the lab.

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Country info may be helpful, as things vary widely by locale. In the US, you're pretty unlikely to find a paid masters program. Maaaybe a tuition reimbursement type deal through an industry position if they've got an education/career development benefit, but even those usually require a few years employment before you can take advantage.

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My country is Greece. I would like to find a good lab, with good reputation. Thank you a lot for your help!!!

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There are lots of "good labs" throughout all of Europe (including Greece). You should really do some research and find a PI/lab that does work you really find interesting. We can't know what will be a good fit for you, only you can be the judge of that. Maybe they will be willing to pay you if you've already got your tuition otherwise covered.

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It is just that I have got disappointed by PIs that I found through the internet in the past, that is the reason why I am asking here to double check...thank you for your time!

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I'm sorry that previous searches have not gone well, but I would not trust such an important process/decision to strangers on the internet. We don't know you, so how are we to know what would be "good" for you? My recommendation remains to read up on field(s) you're interested in, see who are writing the papers that seem most interesting to you, and go from there.

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