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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Can the US general schedule (GS) scale be mapped to academic rank?

There are a number of US government jobs that are in essentially academic research labs that are unaffiliated with a university (e.g., the NIH and the national laboratories). The salary for some of ...
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Research on career path after tenure denial?

I am looking for a study on the career path of professors after they are denied tenure. Specifically, what percentage of these get a tenured or tenure-track position at another institution? get ...
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To teach English at the college level, is there an advantage to having a masters in English vs Education?

I'm currently in my second year of teaching English at the secondary level, and I'm wondering if it's better to pursue a Master's in English (I have a Bachelor's in English Lit.) or Education. Is ...
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Non-academic positions after PhD in computer science

With the academic job situation so tight and uncertain, I am thinking of jobs outside academia (after a PhD in Computer Science). There are plenty of programming jobs that require an undergrad or even ...
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Career path after my PhD at Human Computer Interaction

I have done my Bachelors in Computer Science and my Bachelors research topic was on Human Computer Interaction. I feel really interested in this research field and as this is too much diversified and ...
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Applying to a new position after a few months?

Last summer, my current funding ended and I had to look for a new position. I managed to find a lectureship at a university. Unfortunately it is one which is more focused on undergratuates rather than ...
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Academia deadend?

I am currently thinking about applying for PhD in Finance (the country is Germany), because I like studying and the university atmosphere of young and talented people. However, a PhD in Finance does ...
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Getting a job in industrial math with only a Masters? [closed]

Is it possible to get a job in industrial mathematics with a Masters in math but no work experience and no PhD. Or would one be limited to only nonresearch industrial math jobs? How about the type of ...
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Should I quit my well paid job and become a research assistant? [closed]

I'm currently working in a well paid job and part time Masters student. However, I'm in this stage of life where academia is my main interest. My goal is to be accepted in my university scholarship ...
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Leaving a Master's Degree Early for a Doctorate Degree?

I am currently enrolled in my fourth semester of my master's degree program in psychology and this should be my final semester. Due to issues stemming from myself and my relationship with my mentor, ...
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How do I get back into Mathematics after graduating with BSc 14 years ago?

Ive always loved Maths but for numerous reasons I bounced along in general/non-profit admin/management. After maternity leave I have found myself at the bottom again and seriously thinking how can I ...
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Is mathematical aptitude the limit of how well I can do in an interdisciplinary life science field as a computer scientist?

I apologize in advance if this question is too broad, or too subjective - I couldn't think of a better place to ask it. Summary: does mathematical aptitude impose an upper boundary on how well one ...
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How could one prepare for a telecon interview for a government lab?

Suppose that, after applying to a publicly advertised position, a person gets invited to an interview for a regular (not time-limited) scientific job at a national scientific research laboratories in ...
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In PhD admission is research internship or a job in a research lab better?

If I hope to enroll in a Computer Science PhD program in a top tier university (Stanford/CMU) and I currently hold a master's degree (without publication). Is a year-long Research Software development ...
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Opportunities in Academia with a CS degree, mainly related with Machine Learning? [closed]

Short version: Finishing my bachelor's degree in CS, unsatisfactory experience in private consulting, trying to find out possibilities in academia. Long version: I am finishing my bachelor's degree ...
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Is there some quantifiable difference between those who seek master's degrees and those who seek doctorates? [closed]

Is there some quantifiable difference between those who seek master's degrees and those who seek doctorates? If there is, does the difference justify the current distinction between the two? The ...
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To work in statistics for industry and research centers, is a masters sufficient or is there a major advantage to having a PhD?

So I am inquiring general tips from experienced individuals of academia and industry. I am a recent graduate from a top university with B.S. in math. I had goals of doing PhD in stats, but recently ...
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Choosing a PhD field, based on short term or long term decision?

I saw already questions regarding field choice, but they do not explicitly answer this question : Choosing a PhD by following short term interest or following the long term vague idea of what one ...
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What If the announcement for a Tenure-Track position in a research-intensive university does not request a research statement?

If a TT position is announced in a medical-related field in a research-intensive university, and they request to apply using 1) a letter of interest and 2) a CV (No research statement is required). ...
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What are the pros and cons of including graphics/figures in teaching and research statements for academic job applications?

I was wondering what the prevailing opinion in the community is, with regards to the pros and cons of using images or graphics in teaching and research statements for academic job applications. I ...
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What is the role of a PhD advisor after a student has graduated?

It seems from answers to certain questions (such as Should a mid-career faculty application include a letter from the former PhD advisor?) that the role of an advisor may continue after a student has ...
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Is it wise to develop skills that do not immediately benefit short-term research productivity?

I have a master in physics and philosophy and have a keen interest in mathematics. Currently I am doing a PhD in philosophy. On a personal level, however, I cherish the interdisciplinary ideal of ...
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Should I mention my goal of expanding my family business in my MS statement of purpose?

I am applying for MS in Industrial Engineering. Do you think it is safe to mention that I have a family business which I would like to expand with the aid of IE? Or will it be useless for their ...
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Will it hurt you to leave a tenure track position (for another) after one year?

I'm a new assistant professor in my first year of my first tenure track position. For several reasons, I am seriously doubting whether my current position is a good fit and am considering applying ...
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Can I put my NSF fellowship on reserve in order to investigate leaving academia?

I'm currently a PhD student in mathematics at a well-ranked school. Unfortunately, after a few years of increasing frustration and self-doubt, I'm considering leaving academia and trying to start a ...
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How may I calculate Research Contribution as Per UGC rules?

University Grants Commission (U.G.C)[ "http://www.ugc.ac.in/"] is the autonomous and statutory body in India, to govern the rules and regulations of the Universities and various other academic ...
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Career advice: How can I move on from my probable PhD flop?

So thing aren't going well for me with my PhD and I sort of think I'm not going to get there (hard deadline is September and frankly I think I'm fairly close to having a breakdown). I'm in the UK and ...
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Accept a PhD offer from a local school while applying to others?

I just completed a masters in CS at a local school while working as a developer. I liked the process and want to go on to a PhD in other places. My adviser supports my choice and is writing me letters ...
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dealing with non-faculty two-body problem? [closed]

When I look for resources for dual-career couples, I always find information for faculty members. What about others? I've been employed in non-profit/ academia for more than 7 years and now my wife is ...
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How much do my career prospects suffer if I start a mathematics/CS PhD. at the age of 27?

I was doing a phd in a different subject and that was going nowhere and I lost interest in everything that I was doing. But I always loved mathematics and during the dark days of my 3rd of my (former) ...
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How to decide whether to publish your paper in conference proceedings, as a journal article, or as a book chapter?

I thought that this simple question has been already asked here on Academia, but it seems to that it did not happen (or, I was not able to find it). So, I will ask it. You have accomplished some good ...
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How to ignite your research career when your advisor is so disappointing?

How can I ignite my research career when my advisor is so disappointing and I can learn nothing from him? He rarely publishes academic papers, but he has his fingers in many pies(engineering ...
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Can I be admitted to a graduate program in Computer Science with relevant work experience, but academic background in Electronic Engineering?

As mentioned, I have an undergraduate degree in Electronic Engineering but my work experience (>3 years) is in server-side software development including development of horizontally scalable and ...
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Career Paths for Mathematics and Physics

I'm just looking at the Mathematics & Physics program at University of Toronto (I think it's like Mathematical Physics, correct me if I'm wrong), I'm wondering what career paths I can choose if I ...
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Should I Postpone Graduate School?

I have a goal: It is to be a mathematical physicist (something like the type that would work on, say, the Amplituhedron). This goal is non-negotiable. From what I've read, it is difficult for a ...
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Is it better to submit a paper to a journal “normal” issue, or wait 4 months and send it to a more focused “special section” of the same journal?

I am a recently PhD graduate student in computer science. In the last months, I wrote a paper about an aspect of my thesis, with the collaboration of my former supervisor. We found a call for papers ...
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What academic functions does a Professor Emeritus usually serve?

I for one have never understood the distinction between a regular prof with a prof Emeritus/Emerita aside from the obvious fact that a Prof. Emeritus is someone who is usually fairly elderly and has ...
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Math - PhD or Master's + PhD?

I'm an undergrad and have been looking at my professors' CVs. While some of them went straight from earning their undergraduate degree to earning their PhD (which is what I was thinking of doing since ...
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Benefits to serving on an IEEE Standards Association?

What are the benefits of being a member of IEEE Standards working group? From my limited knowledge: you get another badge on your cv you get to have a say in outlining a specific IEEE Standard you ...
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How detrimental is involvement in politics to a scientific career?

I am an undergraduate student in the hard sciences, and am thinking of pursuing a research career after graduation. I am also quite politically involved on the left, and have political articles ...
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Would a 5-year prison sentence totally ruin one's academic career?

For committing a crime considered very severe in the U.S. and in some countries (hence the 5-year minimum sentence), but not as severe (but may still lead to imprisonment) in many other countries? He ...
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Degree programs or careers with a focus on plagiarism detection?

Are there any formal degrees that offer training in tools for detecting plagiarism? Or on understanding fair-use, proper attribution of sources, and avoiding plagiarism? Are there career options ...
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What kind of career path might be possible for a professor following a plagiarism scandal?

Prior to transferring to the university I'm currently enrolled in, I went to a different college in a different state with a renown reputation for integrity and academic rigor. The year before I left, ...
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Are there graduate programs available specific to one programming language? [closed]

I am a Java enthusiast. I only know Java and its frameworks (like struts2, spring). Are there any graduate programs available specific to this field?
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Are there studies following up on people who left academia?

Is there any extensive research/study/survey that looked at what percentage of people who left academia were happy with their decision after X years? I mostly interested in the computer science field ...
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Why do research faculty pursue administrative positions, such as dean, provost, president, etc. ? Do such positions spell the end of one's research?

At a recent seminar talk, I was amazed to note that one of the two coauthors (not the presenter) was the president of a large and well-known university, since I had always assumed that taking on such ...
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Where do people leaving academia go?

Is there any extensive research/study/survey that looked at where people that leave academia go? I mostly interested in the computer science field (machine learning) in the US, but curious about ...
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How commonly do researchers spend a long time (>10) years on soft money?

In Academia, a soft money research position is one where uncertain money comes from an external source. The employee or xyr supervisor/boss might need to secure funding every couple of years or so, ...
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What are the main reasons why academics leave academia? (Looking for references, not personal opinions)

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at the main reasons why academics leave academia? I did read a few articles explaining why some particular academics left academia, but I would like to ...
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What are pros and cons for an adjunct professor job at a community college for an IT professional?

I've just been contacted by a friend's friend who decided I'd make a great adjunct professor at a community college, IT department, application development. Suddenly I heard myself agree to an ...