Ask @taoxie:

Does your team hire post-docs? if does, what kind of skills are you looking for? thanks!

Thanks for your interest! Unfortunately at this moment, my research group is not recruiting post-docs. In the future, when my research group starts recruiting post-docs, I will make a job post on my homepage and will advertise the job post.

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what kind of students are you looking for to supervise?

Please refer to my keynote slides presented at ISSTA 2013 Doctoral Symposium: http://www.slideshare.net/taoxiease/phdprogram-preparation. There I described a PhD (student)'s five essential skills (which I focus on training/advising). A vague answer to your question is that students should have good foundations of these essential skills for being further trained/advised, along with high self-motivation, passion for pursuing excellence, etc.

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How many hours do you work a week? How about your phd student?

I haven't kept track of them. It seems quite many hours (I indeed pay attention to time management and work efficiency). There are just too many emails (quite some of which are translated to todo lists) coming to my email inbox. In terms of how many hours each of my PhD students works a week, you would have to ask them (if they start using ask.fm).:)

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What is the *single* best piece of career advice you have ever received?

"Focus on the students, since graduating great students means you'll produce great research, while focusing on the research may or may not produce great students." by David Notkin (1955-2013) (my academic father) who passed it along from Nico Habermann (1932-1993) (my academic grandfather). Such advice can be generalized to other places, e.g., focus on (care about) people. Such advice is related to an old Chinese Proverb “授人以鱼,三餐之需;授人以渔,终生之用” whose English version is "If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime."

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