Career is a person's "course or progress through life (or a distinct portion of life)". Questions related to academic career comes under this tag.

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Why are there no standards for awarding PhD degrees?

I am considering doing a PhD however I was surprised to find out that there are no set standards for a PhD in research. For example, one study could test 500 patients, while another, tests only 10, ...
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How relevant are (journal) papers for the valuation of one’s work and results?

I am a PhD student at an engineering department in Europe. At my department, and at most others in my university, research papers are the main benchmark of a scientist’s productivity. It seems like ...
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Is listing non-academic interests on academic CVs important?

Since the first time I had to write an (academic) CV, I seem to be getting two conflicting opinions on the subject of including non-academic interests on an academic CV. (Some examples of such ...
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In a research group, is it better to have few post-docs and many PhD students, or viceversa? [on hold]

I work in computer science, and am wondering what is the right balance between PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in a lab. In the previous research group I was, there were one principal ...
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Dismissed from my Graduate MA in Biology and want to get back [on hold]

I was dismissed from my Master of Arts in Biology from my University 3 semesters ago. I had poor grades, I was lazy and could have cared less. I was already on probation for the first 3 semesters ...
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Opinion on accepting a grad school offer after having already accepted another offer

I applied to graduate schools this year, and at the tail end of February, my first pick school sent me an email that to me, sounded like they had filled all the available TA positions. So naturally I ...
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Logic behind masters programs admissions

I'm 2 years out of undergrad and thinking about applying to some math graduate schools, specifically operations research and maybe financial engineering. I was a math major, with middling grades, and ...
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Remote work employment opportunities for someone with chronic health problems

I have a PhD in physics, and my career path of choice has always been in physics. Unfortunately, I have been struck with a series of chronic health problems which have caused me to be fired and ...
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Pure Math PhD Careers

What types of lucrative careers are there for someone with a phd in pure mathematics? What would be the salary of such careers and how would they be to obtain. I'm interested in research specifically ...
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Research career and wealth? [closed]

Is research an inspirational work/career? If it is, what if inspirational work does not guarantee to give beneficial outcome such as wealth or fame? I really expect an optimistic answer since I ...
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Any place for people with fear of writing?

This isn't the best moment to ask the question, since I should be writing an overdue document and presentation. However, is there any place where a person with fear of writing can work? I am ...
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Is it more difficult to score a Tenure Track position in the US when applying from outside?

I am currently located in central Europe. When I was hunting for an assistant professor position some months ago, I was also planning to apply to some US institutions for Tenure Track positions. ...
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Career advice – mathematics

I really need some opinions/advice on my situation. My background I'm studying for my master degree in mathematics. I have always (since I was 14) wanted to do my own research one day. As I grew ...
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What is the purpose of career objective in an Ph.D. admission form?

I have a very basic doubt. What is the purpose of career objective in a Ph.D. admission form especially when the applicants are from a wide variety of a subject backgrounds? For example take the case ...
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“Be a small fish in a sea, or a big one in a pond” [closed]

I graduated (BSc and MSc) from the top university in my country and I'm currently a PhD candidate on another strong university. I expect to defend my thesis in a few months. After that, I plan to stay ...
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How to become a Theoretical Computer Scientist [closed]

I am a computer science graduate from India. I have worked in a reputed software company for 10 months only to discover that my area of interest is something else. So I resigned from there and I am ...
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Difference between pursuing a PHD in theoretical physics and one in experimental physics?

I have this question (unrelated to QP) which is pretty important for me as a career choice: What are the differences between pursuing a PhD in theoretical and experimental physics (my preferred ...
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Is it possible to make leaving a PhD look good on a CV / Resume?

I am in the process of leaving my PhD programme in life sciences at a top university in the UK. A PhD is simply not for me and I find the work/life balance to be intolerable; in addition, my PhD so ...
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How do people get simultaneous offers?

Several questions on this site relate to a situation where someone gets several offers simultaneously: for example, see How to choose between multiple math postdocs offers?. But how does this ...
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How useful is studying MSc CompSci in Switzerland

I am an international student in Australia studying Bachelor of IT. Australian education system as the norm here is to take 4 subjects per semester and these subjects are pretty much "dumbed down". So ...
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Accepting European math postdoc offers and leaving after a year

I am a finishing Ph.D student in pure mathematics in the US. In November, I received a 3 year postdoc offer in Europe on a PI's grant with a December reply deadline and accepted starting in 2015. ...
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Responsibility/ethics of startups during graduate studies

It's a common meme that people often embark on and develop business projects while in graduate school. However, it's unclear how frequently this actually happens in "real life". More importantly, how ...
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Potential disadvantages of a math postdoc in Europe vs US

I am a mathematics Ph.D student in the United States, and recently received a 3 year postdoctoral offer in Germany, which I have only a few weeks to accept or decline. The offer is very good (high ...
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Reapplying for math NSF postdoc after declining

I am a math Ph.D student in the US graduating this year. I recently received a very good 3 year postdoc offer in Europe, which I have to accept or decline in early December. Not being a big risk ...
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How are British PhDs looked upon in the United States?

Assuming I got a PhD in Computer Science from Oxford or Cambridge University, how would that affect my chances at becoming a professor at a top US university versus getting a PhD from a top US ...
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Are software engineers with PhD in demand in Academia?

I'm about to defend my PhD in Computer Science in a couple of months, and I'm struggling with deciding on a future career path. Over the course of the 8 years I spent in an academic environment, I ...
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I want my conservation research to make a difference. I am a first-year PhD student. What should my career path be?

all. I'm an early PhD student and one of my research foci is conservation biology. Of the various focal topics of my research, this is the one that I feel most passionate about. (And within ...
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Applying for postdocs: mention two-body problem in cover letter?

My spouse and I are both finishing Ph.D's in math and applying for math postdocs in the US. We work in different areas of math, but there are many departments in which both are prominently ...
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Is the math jobs wiki around this year (2013)?

For the past few years there has been a math jobs wiki with lists of posted jobs together with "rumors" about shortlists, interviews and offers. This year the website hasn't been working. Does anyone ...
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MS degree after a PhD in physics

I got my PhD in quantum gravity 2 years ago, not from a top university, publishing only 1 paper, no conferences. Couldn't get a post doc, and it has been 2 years struggling in the job market, teaching ...
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Evaluation Criteria for NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships

I am currently working on applying for an NSF postdoctoral fellowship and I was wondering if anyone had insight into the following questions: Is it practical to have a proposed research project that ...
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Good responses to “Ivory Tower” accusations?

Recently I have come across a few articles on Google that are really distressing. I typed in "professor real world" and it just mentions how professors have lost touch with the real world, how they ...
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What does “university ranking” mean for a graduate admissions committee?

Many questions on this websites ask how university rankings affect the future career in research and graduate admissions. But it is not clear for me what is actually meant by ranking. There are ...
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How does one with a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences become a software developer?

I will graduate in 1 semester and I have realized towards the end of my B.S. in mathematical sciences that I would like to develop software. I know there's no degree requirement to do this. I have ...
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Is shifting from one field to another helpful for a good career?

I have a Master's Degree in Pharmainformatics (which is quite IT oriented and different than regular Pharma Masters) from India. Since two years I am working on Microbial Genomics, which is ...
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Management after Software Engineering undergraduate degree or separate management masters degree?

I am currently an undergraduate student studying BEng (Hons) Software Engineering at University of Greenwich. I want to do masters but I am not sure what to do. I am a very talented software architect ...
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What is an endowed chair exactly? How does it compare to a “normal” position?

US universities have a tendency to name chairs after people. Just to give a few examples from Harvard: Hollis Professor of Divinity (love that title), Steven and Maureen Klinsky Professorship of ...
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How do I get into a Computer Science Masters without an undergrad in CS?

I have discovered that I enjoy computer science immensely and I would like to pursue a masters degree in computer Science. My undergrad was Neuroscience (biology) with a minor in Bioinformatics. I ...
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Is PhD worth it when considering your career in industry

I'm a beginning doctoral student in the field of Machine Learning and I've been given several contradicting opinions on whether a PhD is worth it or not. I don't want to spend the rest of my life in ...
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Does a PhD give you global mobility in the job market?

I am thinking of doing a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics at the Indian Institute of Science, which is not a bad place to graduate from as far as I've heard. The downside is I'll be a little on the ...
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How to make a transition to a scientific position (from engineering position)?

I am willing very much to make a transition to a scientific position, but I am not sure what's the best way to do it. I would like to ask for your advice. Let me describe my situation (it is quite ...
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how to write a resume for a year experienced assistant professor

I am a PG graduate working in an engineering college as an assistant professor.Now i would like to switch over to a new college .Currently i have got one and half year of experience in teaching. Can ...
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Authorship determination for a paper in IEEE journal

I finished my bachelor project and my supervisor suggested to work with me on publishing a paper about my work which is an encryption algorithm, Now my supervisor helped me with some remarks along my ...
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Is it a good idea to link your LinkedIn profile in the CV section of your dissertation?

I've passed the disputation and am now preparing the document for the printing press and final submission. We're required to have a CV in the back matter of the dissertation, and I was wondering if it ...
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Changing fields from PhD to postdoc

All of the following takes place in a UK university I have a BSc in Physics and an MSc in Computer Science. My thesis was on applying various machine learning/statistical techniques to biological ...
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Finishing a PhD or quitting and taking a job in industry

I am in the second year of a research degree, and with one more year I could finish my PhD. However, I got a very good job offer at a leading company in the field, which would mean I'd have to finish ...
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Do media interviews enhance or potentially spoil academic reputations

During my research, asides from getting papers published, I have been interviewed for the radio and newspapers. My question is, are too many media 'appearances' a potential hindrance to someone early ...
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How does your area of research affect your chances of getting job in academia?

I've heard that the trendiness of your area of work is one of the important factor that has am impact your chances of getting job in academia. How far is this true? Also, how do I decide what areas ...
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How specialised should research prior to tenure be?

When establishing yourself as a researcher, the importance of independence from your PhD supervisor and focusing on a niche area (to establish popularity in a particular sub-field) are fairly ...
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How important is to maintain an online/digital presence for a graduate student? [duplicate]

I am a graduate student in the physical sciences working towards my Ph.D and planning to finish in less than two years from now. In this age, where data mining/collection/analysis and then ...