Queries related to progression of academics in various capacities from a student to a professor and the various stages involved in the process.

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Is there a negative stigma associated with choosing an university for non-academic reasons?

I am considering a master's degree in Japan. From a purely career oriented POV, I should be aiming for universities in the USA, Germany or Italy as these are the leading countries in my field. ...
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Differences between research in private labs and university (computer science)

I will talk about computer science. Which is the difference between doing a research job in an industrial research lab (as Google, Facebook or microsoft Research) and in a university? Looking at my ...
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advice regarding chosing masters thesis topic and advisor(physics) if I have done work in multiple areas [on hold]

I am a 4 year integrated masters student at University and I have to choose my masters thesis topic and advisor by next month. The problem and confusions I have are I have worked on different ...
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What is the purpose of learning GRE vocabulary in academic life?

My question stems from this paper: An analysis on the validity of the lexicon required by GRE® test takers. According to the paper, "the great majority of these words are too infrequent to be deemed ...
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What are the differences between a PhD in Statistics and a PhD in Applied Math?

Both types of programs will have predominantly undergraduate / master's level mathematics majors, both programs' students will likely take courses in measure-theoretic probability theory (so that ...
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How faculty might assess a PhD applicant who already has a PhD degree?

What concerns/worries a potential PhD supervisor might have when he/she sees an application from someone who already has a PhD and applying for the second one? The fields of study are distantly ...
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Is choosing to study algebra during a math PhD riskier than studying analysis? [closed]

I've noticed that some algebra / number theory / geometry students seem to come to a dead-end in mathematics and tell me, "yea, no more math for me, no way, can't wait to be done with it", while the ...
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How to get recommendations for PhD program when outside academia

I'm looking into applying to another grad school to get another PhD, whether again in mathematics or a closely related subject. In assembling the application, where I should get recommendations from? ...
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As an undergraduate, how risky is it to aim for academia? [closed]

I have just finished my first year at University, and after a slight tweak to my major (two very similar degrees) I'm ready to start my second year of computer science in September. At this point, is ...
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Providing Methodological Support to Colleagues Outside One's Expertise a Career Killer?

I have a friend who works at a small university with limited resources. Since he has a gift for methodology and statistics he frequently supports colleagues with their studies. He helps with the ...
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Prospect of physics “expert” w/o degree [closed]

I apologize for the bad title. I did not know what to put. Also, English isn't my best language as well. If clarification is needed, I will provide it. So, anyways. I was wondering how much prospects ...
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Will a masters degree from Japan be seen as less valuable?

I'm a canadian engineering undergraduate student in the field of robotics and I'm considering doing a masters degree in Japan when I finish my bachelors. I've talked about this with my internship ...
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Have a job, but might not finish Ph.D. on time.

I have a few irons in the fire as far as jobs go. I have one offer so far and am waiting to hear on a few others. I am working hard to finish up my PhD, but might not have it completely finished by ...
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Dependence of answer on the length of inquiry [closed]

When contacting some scientist with a specific inquiry that goes beyond a simple research question, e.g. an inquiry concerning a specific career with a description of personal educational background ...
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Second PhD in Astro after a PhD in CMT (Physics) [duplicate]

Okay here is the current situation. I am entering my second year in my PhD program and most of my options of joining the Theoretical astrophysics groups are closed ( no professors working in that ...
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Am I too old for an Ed.D?

I know that similar questions have been asked regarding PhD's, but I was hoping for specific guidance on my plans for an Ed.D. I am 38 and I am a career changer; I went from being in the Army, to ...
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Math Adjunct Professor positions and salary in a big city

From searching online, I see that the salaries for math adjunct professors are about 36k. That's insanely low for New York City standards. An undergraduate business school student that graduates from ...
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Selection of apprenticeship to push future advantages

Unfortunately, I had to quit my college studies despite hard trying. As I'm too interested in the field, I want to try again some years from now and after having added a few positive things in my CV. ...
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Where can I study what I really interested in as a postdoc researcher?

I am a postdoc researcher in AI field. I was hired as a lead scientist in governmental project (named project A). I need to work on it at least eight hours on week days. Apart from the study in the ...
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Does taking an academic job in Asia or Africa make it difficult to get a job in the US or Europe later?

Many in this community know of the struggle of finding a job in tertiary education after completing a PhD. However, there are many options available for people who are willing to work overseas in ...
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Computer Science degree Vs. Software Development degree

Why are schools offering software development degrees as opposed to computer science? Are computer science degrees not as good for software development jobs as the software development degrees? I see ...
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How important is the choice of a guide/adviser for pursuing PhD in a topic

I am really in a fix in my career. I completed my Masters in 2014. I qualified in a PhD Scholarships Test in 2015 and in the same year joined in a University for research work. My interest lies in ...
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What should do when you don't have your masters anymore and you can't apply for PhD? [closed]

I have been a Masters student in a German university. I had 4 semesters and as a rule in my last semester, I went to an other city to do my masters thesis. When I was doing my thesis, after 3 months I ...
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How does one become a multi-disciplinary researcher?

How can someone become a multi-disciplinary researcher? For example, can one study a multi-disciplinary domain that combines signal processing, artificial intelligence (neural net, machine learning), ...
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Developing both Applied and Theoretical Interests

I've seen profiles of researchers who, over time, come to work in both theoretical and applied areas, although I suspect (having seen profiles of other researchers who recently finished their PhD) ...
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Getting career advice from different people

If looking for career advice and short recommendations for paths to end up in a specific institute, is it ok to ask for some answers from different people in the same institute, like one who is likely ...
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How is it possible to switch careers from undergraduate to graduate level in the US?

I have read about many astounding career paths of scientists in the US. E.g. someone had a BSc in education and switched to physics in graduate school. How are such switches possible? In Europe I ...
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Relevant math courses for theoretical physics/applied mathematics?

I'm finishing my bachelor's in physics and for my masters, where I have a few free choice courses (~5), I'd like to take math courses that would be relevant for a future as a theoretical physicist or ...
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What does it mean when a department has 'retired professors' as part of their faculty? Can I still work with them?

What exactly does this mean? Could I do work with them? If not, why are they listed there? I am confused!
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Why are there some really young professors and other much older lecturers without professor status?

I was just wondering how this is possible, there are some 50+ year old people who are 'Dr. X Y', and others who are maybe "only" 40 years old , but they are 'Professor Dr. X Y'.
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What are the most important get-aways from a PhD [duplicate]

I have almost finished a master degree and want to continue to do my PhD in discrete Mathematics (Optimization/Operation Research) in Germany, but i don't want to stay in academica after that. I ...
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In choosing between MD-PhD and PhD, how should I factor in the expected age at which I'll start my career as a professor?

My ideal career is to be lead a lab at a university as a professor. If I completed a residency and fellowship after an MD-PhD, which I think I'd love because of the 80/20 split that fits my ...
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Is it reasonable to start a PhD during the Master's dissertation semester?

I would like to start my doctorate in the same university during the last semester of my Master's. Do you think it is wise to do this? Think that I will have to start writing my Master's ...
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At what point in the rankings is having a PhD from one university no different than a PhD from another (differently ranked) university?

There are some websites like topuniversities and times higher education that rank universities based on several criteria. I don't know if the ranking of a university is directly proportional to its ...
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How should a student deal with personal criticisms from an assistant professor?

I am a PhD student. In the past I have met with an assistant professor for some general advice about my research, both times he has made off the cuff comments on my lack of competence as a researcher ...
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Have any academic superstars succeeded in a subject while disliking it? [closed]

This question is limited to only academic subjects that exist in internationally recognised universities (eg: exclude celebrities and Internet sensations), and is inspired by a discussion with a ...
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Can I become a research psychologist by studying maths and computer science?

I am currently studying maths and computer science in University of Barcelona, Spain, and I love research psychology. The question is: "is there a way to end up as a research psychologist following ...
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Publishing in 'leftist' journals or book projects: Impact on career?

I am aware that this question is of different relevance for each science field. I am asking as a social scientist/sociologist here. The line between research and own political opinions is more or less ...
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Theoretical Physics PhD. What next? [closed]

I'm completing a PhD in Theoretical Physics and I'm beginning to look at non-academic careers. My PhD has been entirely analytic (string theory based) and as such, I have zero programming skills ...
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Is it possible to do research in cell/molecular biology without doing experimental work myself?

I am currently a master’s student hoping to shift into a PhD. The thing is, I hate the lab work. I love all the literature review, designing experiments, troubleshooting problems and data ...
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Evaluating red flags in potential advisors' scientific production and impact, past students, research interests and personality [closed]

In the next few weeks I'll need to pick an advisor for my master's thesis (in a certain subfield of mathematics). I've narrowed down the choice to two (full) professors. Prof. H I've known Prof H ...
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Is assessing grant proposals CV-worthy?

So far this year, I have been asked to be an assessor for proposals submitted to three different international funding schemes, with the value of the proposals ranging from $0.5M to $10M. I acceded to ...
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How often are lectureship positions just for one year?

I am an adjunct instructor in English. I do not have a PhD and don't actually want one. What I really want is a full-time lectureship that would offer job stability. However, I was recently told that ...
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Getting rid of first degree to apply for second

I finished my PhD a while ago but, long story short, got screwed over by my department and wound up entering industry rather than continuing my academic career as I had wanted. My degree and ...
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In Germany, is it possible to get a professorship in the same university where you earned a PhD?

I did my PhD in a German university. I heard that it is not legally allowed to be professor in the same university. However, I see also some counterexamples in our field. Is this true? If so, why some ...
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How to write an email to an academic asking for a summer research project?

Summer research projects sound like a good way to find out about a university before applying to do PhD there. Hopefully, it would also advertise ones research abilities, making it easier to obtain a ...
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Moving from government research to academia

I am a mid-career scientist at a government research organisation, and I am considering a move back into academia. My current employer is looking after me very well and I know I am valued, but I have ...
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Eventual Career Objective [closed]

I am a Front-End Developer with several years of experience as well as I have my B.S. in Computer Science. I am doing research and pursuing my MS in Computer Science. However, I am somewhat struggling ...
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Is it possible to write a proposal to get a junior professor position in Germany, when existing openings seem far from my research interests?

It has been several months that I am looking for a juniorprofessor position in German institutes. Basically there are just a few opening which are far from my research interests. I have a good ...
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How do I deal with postdoc acceptances that come in before my preferred institution makes its decision known?

I will graduate soon from the doctoral program. I will apply for multiple postdoc positions. The results of the one that I really think is great for my career will be probably announced later than the ...