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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Possible to transition to different position during 1-year contract?

I am an American with a PhD working abroad in Japan. I'm presently on a 1-year contract to teach English (which is not my area of specialization). My institution is planning on hiring someone for a ...
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To become a professor of actuarial science, should I pursue graduate school immediately after B.S. or get some professional experience first?

I graduated with a B.S. in statistics earlier this year and have been working as an actuary for the past two months. In all honesty, I'm not very happy with the job position in the little amount of ...
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Will an industry funded PhD hurt one's research career?

Most students I know in computer science are funded either by the NSF or their professor's startup package [in the US]. But it also isn't completely unheard of for a company to give a gift/grant to a ...
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Optimal path of pursuing an MBA

I am currently starting my last year at the university X pursuing a BS in Information Systems. I have been struggling to come up with a decision about what should I do after graduation. My wish is to ...
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Theoretical biology curriculum [on hold]

I am really passionate about theoretical and quantitative biology and I would like to build my future career around this topic. I've just got my bachelor's degree in biology (ecology) and I will ...
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confusion in deciding what to choose information technology or computer science [on hold]

I had just completed Intermediate and unable to decide what is better for me it or cs. i am good in programing (Information practices). But after reading more about cs and it now i am confused. I ...
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Weighing worth of PhD in Science or Engineering [closed]

Here is the background. I have an B.S. in math and about 5 years experience as a programmer, and I will complete a Masters in Systems Engineering in my mid 30s. The program does not include a thesis ...
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Can post-doc inquiries be parallel?

I am a Computer Science PhD student in the US about to graduate this year and want to contact a few professors; say, A and B; in my field to know if they have a post-doc position available. Should I ...
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How to get into research jobs after working in corporate technical jobs

I am Performance and Automation Testing engineer who recently moved into IT Security in Singapore. I hold a BSc in software system (full-time) and MSc in IT (distance learning program). I have 9+ ...
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Returning to a different field in academia after industry

After a PhD in Particle Physics with a decent publication count and citations, I went into industry, where I've been for the last 3 years or so. I had several motivations for not continuing in ...
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Applying for a master in the USA with a European Bs [closed]

I will finish my degree (Biotechnology B. sc.) next semester. I want to do a master(MS Bioinformatics) abroad. I am considering applying on universities of several countries of European Union (my ...
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Career choice: another postdoc in a strong University, or Faculty in a weaker one? [duplicate]

It is probably a very "soft" question, but let me try. It is customary to believe, that after a certain period of postdoctoral research a person should either establish him/her-self as a (permanent ...
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Should I send a “cease-and-desist” letter to ResearchGate?

ResearchGate is pretty well placed on Google. But it does not have a lot of contents or active users, despite their constant invitation spam. So they spidered a lot of publications, and provide some ...
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Mathematics teaching position in the UK [closed]

I hold a PhD in pure mathematics and am looking for mathematics teaching positions in the UK, preferably at University level. What would be some websites where to find such ads? What is the standard ...
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Applying to a second MSci/PhD with a PhD

After completing a PhD in Particle Physics I left academia and have been working in industry for a few years now. However, during that time I've become more and more interested in Pure Math, to the ...
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Is it a good idea to get involved with journals as an associate editor prior to getting tenure?

Is it a good idea to get involved with a relatively good journal (yes subjective -lets assume an impact factor +2 and good editors) as an associate editor prior to getting tenure? Does it have a net ...
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Does engineering undergrad performance matter for masters in management admission?

In Masters in Management (MSc Mgmt/MIM) admissions, how much weight is generally given by the Adcom to the applicant's undergrad performance, especially if it's an unrelated one like engineering? ...
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Does becoming good at scientific research force one to become one dimensional?

I'm an individual interested in multiple academic disciplines such as neuroscience, biological engineering, computer science, history, anthropology, psychology, political theory ... to name just a ...
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Is research a viable business model?

I have had the suspicion that it may be for a while and apparently not all is a product of my mind. Let me quote from an answer: In my experience, in UK and other European countries, the research ...
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Approximate time frame to switch to different research area

I made a conscious decision some time back to pursue a career in academia and I got back into graduate school this year, working in an 'applied computing' area--educational technology. While I ...
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How to stay active in research when my faculty job involves mostly teaching and administrative duties?

I recently completed a PhD in a research university in U.S. and came back to my home country in South America. I have a position as a faculty member in a state college. However, the position focuses ...
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transition from academia to industry

I am currently doing a post-doc in pure Math [teaching and research] in the US. The academic year 2014-2015 will be my last postdoc year and I am currently considering my next employment ...
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What is the minimum time one should spend in a post-doc?

Suppose one has been hired for a three-year postdoc. Three years give sufficient opportunity to get some work done, without moving to a new country every year. Possibly, an opportunity might arise ...
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What are the disadvantage to work as a medical doctor when comparing to work as biomedical researcher [closed]

What are the disadvantage to work as a medical doctor when comparing to work as biomedical researcher? My friend currently graduated with a bachelor degree in biology. He wanted to helped more people ...
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Transferring from MS to PhD Program

I am starting a MS program next fall (in statistics). At the time, I had a personal circumstance that limited the schools to which I could apply, and this was the outcome. Those circumstances however ...
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Are extended periods of unpaid leave compatible with an academic career?

In Academia, a sabbatical means a leave to do only research, as opposed to an unpaid leave to do anything you want. A recent question over on The Workplace SE raises the situation where someone has ...
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Postdoc position: should I stay for one year or two years?

I am currently a PhD student who will graduate in July. I am currently applying for academic postdocs, with the goal of taking a tenure-track job at the end of my postdoc position. In my field ...
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Who should pursue a Ph.D degree?

I am asking myself the question "Should I do PhD or should I leave academia and go for an industrial career?" My life-goal is being a professor. And I love to do research. PhD is surely a bite that ...
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How can I apply a Computer Science degree towards a career in a research-related position of another field?

So a little clarification. I'm not interested in becoming an academic. Rather, I'm interested in opportunities for a Computer Science (or related) major to work in research, either in industry, but ...
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Should I publish as sole author and do everything or invite coauthors so that I mostly just do the programming and benchmarking?

Consider the concept of opportunity cost. There are two possible situations: a) I program everything, do the evaluation with a benchmark, tell nobody, write everything and publish alone. b) I ...
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I have been pigeonholed, how can I solve it?

I can program, write papers and research. I'm better at research, but due to the lack of programmers I've been assigned programming tasks in my current institution. Additionally, I have little ...
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Can you do research in same field as your diploma and another field at the same time?

How liberal are institutions with regard to doing research in a different (unrelated) field than the person's diploma? For example, if a person with a diploma in pure mathematics wants also to do ...
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Is it bad for one's future career prospects if the PhD thesis topic is broad?

As a graduate student in the PhD program (I will be graduating in about 2 months), my research has covered a wide range of topics rather than nailing down one specific topic (super-specialized). In ...
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When should you move on from a postdoc position?

Suppose that in your sub-field there are half a dozen research groups on your continent that are acknowledged to be "world class". You have had the good fortune to do your MSc research in one, and ...
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Does working in a project without being a first author of any of its papers help my career path in academia

This question is related to my previous one. Basically, I'm working in the research project as the only PhD student, other members are post-doc and lecturers. After discussing with my supervisor and ...
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Tips for publishing draft manuscripts on arxiv [duplicate]

Some of you would probably know the website http://arxiv.org/. I am working on some papers and I was wondering if I can publish a draft of them on airxiv in order to receive some feedback and then ...
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Double major in Physics and engineering for career safety

I am an indian undergrad student completing my BTech in Industrial engineering in one of top 3 universities in india. I am planing to move on to physics for Grad school and i have a proper profile for ...
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What is a senior research fellow?

How is a senior research fellow different from a lecturer and a professor? I suppose it has small teaching responsibilities? Would it then be a suitable academic career option for someone who chooses ...
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How to get cited and how to boost the impact of one's work?

Six years ago while I was working in a company outside academia, I had been involved in improving a process which was hot in academia. I have developed a new method which, among other notable ...
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How common is it for graduate schools to allow admission to be deferred for a year

I have a number of Arabic friends applying to graduate school and due to their situation, they tell me they intend to apply and then get a deferment for the next year. I am curious how common it is ...
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Publishing work in areas you're no longer interested in

If one obtains results in one area of a field (say during an MSc thesis) before deciding that one is not interested in making a career in that area, should one take the time (as a PhD student) to get ...
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After a PhD in biotechnology/engineering - more opportunities in industry or a postdoc positions?

Currently, my fiancee are both currently pursuing our PhD's in bioengineering and materials science and engineering, respectively, at the same university. She wants to eventually have an industrial ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of a PhD advisor who is experienced vs. one at the beginning of his career? [duplicate]

I know in most of the cases, PhD seekers do not have many options and we must stick to what is offered. However, it happened that I initiated connection with two advisors from different institutes ...
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Will taking a post-doc position harm my future chances in industry?

I am 29 years old and am about to finish my PhD thesis in the field of remote sensing (i.e. somewhere between computer sciences and geosciences in a broad sense or applied signal and image processing ...
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How to motivate myself to do more than the bare minimum that is required of me?

First, I should assure you this is a question about life in academia. I am currently studying for a Master's degree in mathematics at a top university. I also have a Master's degree in Artificial ...
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Longer PhD with a deeper result vs a shorter PhD with a sufficient result

Some people try to complete their PhD asap, others try to make major breakthroughs. I think these aims are mutually incompatible, one is going against the other. What are pros/cons of each for ...
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How to move from experimental to computational research

I have been doing wet lab chemistry since my undergraduate and master, and my master is going to be finished soon. As time goes by, I find myself more interest in computational research more. I have ...
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Is an instructor position a possibility to pursue research (semi-)seriously?

I have been offered two positions, in two different countries, and I am trying to determine which one is a better fit. POSITION 1: The first position is as Instructor - a teaching only position - ...
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Two simultaneous part time master's degrees while working full time

I hold a BS in Mathematics with a minor in Statistics and I've been out of school for several years. I recently began applying to part time online master's programs in Statistics and Computer Science. ...
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Pros and cons on working in an industrial research lab without a PhD

I am from engineering, and I would like to know if I am able to find a job in industrial research lab after finishing my master, will there be any advantage or disadvantage compared with entering the ...