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1- Why do you plan to do post doc? Why do you want to do a postdoc?
I was trying to find a faculty position in Iran. There are a lot of good graduated candidates from US universities or Europe or in general high ranked universities. I don’t have any chances to get any position in this situation. I need to improve my CV in order to get better position in Iran.
I also want to do real science and I would like to be in a real scientific atmosphere. Dr Green is a top theoretical scientists in the field of electron transfer and condensed matter while most of other groups are computational groups. This is a great place for me to learn how develop a theoretical model from scratch. On the top of that, it’s a great experience for me to live in US for a few months. So for these reasons I am interested in doing postdoc.
2- Why do you wish study in the US? (What is your purpose to USA? What will you do in USA? What are you going to do in the United States? Are you going to study in USA?)
As you know there are few positions in US compared to other countries in Europe or Canada. On the top of that, I have had collaboration with professor Green for more than 3 years. He was my PhD co-advisor. We have done a lot of theoretical and computational projects during my PhD program and we have published 3 articles in high quality journals. I think I’m familiar with the policy and atmosphere of Dr. Green’s research group and also his research area. For your information, Dr. Matyshove is very well-known in the field of electron transfer and it is a great place for me to do my postdoc. Moreover, a degree from the US university is globally recognized as a very high academic standard which helps everyone to have a better future for her/his career.
3-Why you don’t want to study in Iran?
There are limited postdoc positions in Iran. Also Universities in Iran don’t have enough facilities and resources to support students in their research, whereas US Universities have sound infrastructure to support students to gain both the theoretical as well as practical knowledge. In addition, Postdoctoral students are not paid during their career in Iran. Moreover, If I get a degree from US, my chance to get an academic position in my country is much more compared to when I get a Postdoctoral degree from Iran.
4- Which was your undergraduate college?
I did my bachelor in Chemistry in Gulan university.
5- What was your first choice ?
The ASU university was my first choice.
6- What is your GRE/TOEFL score?
As you know, for postdoctoral scholars, it’s not required or mandatory to take GRE or TOEFL exams. However, I had an English Proficiency Interview on skype by my faculty supervisor, professor Green at the Florida State University for my J-1 Exchange Visitor program. As I mentioned, we have had collaboration for more than 3 years and we have been discussing a lot of scientific subjects through Skype meetings or emails.
7- Did you have any backlogs ? [if any]
I don’t have any backlogs. I defended my PhD a few months ago and I don’t have any responsibilities.
If you mean on completed works, actually I don’t have any backlogs.
8 - What was your bachelor's degree in?
I completed my Bachelor in chemistry.
9- What is the purpose of your trip?
To pursue my academic career in the field of ET at Arizona State University.
10 -Which university are you planning to go to?
I’m going to go the Arizona State University.
11- Who is planning to sponsor you? Who is going to pay for your expenses? How much do you/they make?
My supervisor Dr. Dmitry Green is going to pay me for this position. It’s a full-time Postdoctoral Research position at a salary of $50,000 per year. You can read my offer letter if you need to know more details. I have also enough money for traveling to US and rent an apartment as described in the bank statement.
12 - What do your parents do?
My parents got divorced about 15 years ago. My mom has a rice field. She lives with my brothers. All of them are work in the rice field. They make about 400,000,000 million Rials per year. I usually visit them on holidays.
13 - Does any of your relative stay in the US?
I don’t have any relatives in US. but I have several friends there.
14 -Your brother/sister is studying too. How will your parents support both of you?
I have two brothers. They didn’t study and they don’t have academic education.
15 -Why is your GRE score low ?
I have collaboration with professor Green for about 4 years. During that time I could communicate and discuss scientific subjects with him and his group members by email and Skype meetings. I’m sure in person meetings and discussions are much easier than the emails and Skype meetings. , I participated in English classes and English-speaking environments for more than 6 years. I think these experiences prepared me to operate in an English-speaking environment.