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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Decision making paradigm for career planning

Despite receiving a job (post-doc) offer in January I have kept applying to other positions (post-doc and teaching track jobs). This was not a bad idea in retrospect, I suppose This post doc job ...
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How Math Heavy is Graduate Finance

This post concerns grad school options. I am undergraduate math major who is going to complete my studies soon. I am considering finance/financial engineering. How math heavy is the financial math ...
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Will my job have a negative impact on my profile as a graduate student applicant?

I am a final year B.Tech Electrical and Electronics Engineering student from India. I am interested in the field of Embedded Systems. As of now, I have been placed in an IT Division of a respected ...
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A PhD student without an adviser

I joined "X" university (US) for my PhD to work with a specific adviser (Y). For 3 years, I prepared my background to work in Y's area (through education and research exp.). But now Y says that, "I am ...
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Switch to Physics from CS Career

I've been considering a career change for awhile and recently discovered the Two-Slit Experiment, which, to put it frankly, blew my mind. I then started some hefty reading and investigation into all ...
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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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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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Do any statistics program provide funding for masters students?

I plan to be applying to graduate school next year in Statistics or Biostatistics and due to some financial constrictions, I will not be able to attend unless the tuition is waived at the the minimum. ...
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How much does it matter if my Masters is in Stats or Math (in Stats track)

I have a choice of Master's programs in statistics, one of which is formally a program in applied statistics, the other is formally in math with an applied statistics "track". The courses in the 2 ...
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What ratio of PhD graduates in STEM fields ultimately end up as (tenured) professors?

I recently saw this infogram circling around various social networks: It appeared in this Tweet with the following claim: Got a PhD? Your chance of becoming a Professor is 0.45%. Good luck. ...
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Is it normal for PIs to change projects to unrelated research

As I asked in a previous question, I ended up with a project that is not nearly close to my interests or research expertise, and my PI is pushing me so I publish something in that topic. But that ...
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How should I pursue my interest in AI and/or machine learning?

I'm a first-year student at a top 100 university studying computer science. I have looked at all the different fields of software for which I can get into and I am personally most interested in ...
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Is it possible to get into Psychology research after a PhD in HCI (human computer interaction)?

I'm very interested in psychology research, especially exploring patterns and reason of behaviour, and mechanisms of human mind. During my PhD, I spent considerable amount of time exploring cognitive ...
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How do I go from Math BS/MS to Exercise Physiology PhD?

I'm graduating with a BS in Math in April 2014, and I'm starting a Math MS program in September 2014. I realized (a little late) that my true passion is in Exercise Physiology. How do I get from a ...
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What post PhD path alternatives are there?

Progression in academia, in general, seems and feels extremely linear, i.e. you do your undergrad, then you do graduate studies, then you do a post-doc (or two, or three ... ) and eventually if you ...
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Are papers entirely unrelated to my field going to hurt my chances in the future?

For the past year I have been doing a postdoc in a Neuroscience lab, the position advertised was for computer science. For the first year, the work was mostly related to my discipline, but my PI's ...
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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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Job market after PhD in Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

The Question: Do people in the industry consider HCI a non-technical field? Do they expect me to have more design and social science skills than technical ones? Finally, does having a PhD in HCI ...
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The chances of postdoc position higher in PhD country

Are the chances of getting a postdoc position or full academic position higher in the country you are going to study your PhD in? What if you are not a citizen? Is it important to take into account ...
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Postdoctoral fellowship — what is it about?

Assume you are just about to finish your PhD and you are facing the decision of whether to go for a postdoc position or for an assistant professorship. Which one should you choose? Let's ignore the ...
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Canada vs. Australia for the academic career [closed]

Two days ago I was in discussion with a colleague of mine about the possible PhD studies destinations. We both agreed that the chances of getting post-Doc job or any full position are higher in the ...
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Career advice about a short stint at a mathematics institute as a postdoc

I'm finishing my PhD, and am about to take up a postdoctoral/visiting professor position this Fall. I do have the option of taking leave for six months to attend a Mathematics institute, which is ...
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Would a Masters degree help me make a transition into industry? [closed]

I am planning to double major in computer science and math for my undergraduate degree. Then focus my masters studies in Applied/Computational physics. I want to incorporate physical things with ...
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Approaching faculty members I don't know well to solicit career advice

While researching career opportunities, I have stumbled upon an alumnus of the school I am currently at, who is a relatively new faculty member there. In a sense, this person's career is what I want ...
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How to write a cover letter for a PhD position while involved in another PhD?

Disclaimer: I am asking on behalf of my friend, so I can not give many specific information. Still, I hope the information provided will be enough to give advice. Let's say that a person got a ...
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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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Is job experience more valuable than taking more courses?

So I've been offered a job at a company specializing in my field of study. However, one of the things they ask is that I take one less course, so that I can spend more time working for them. This ...
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Switch from pure mathematics to machine learning as postdocs?

I'm a first year postdoc in pure mathematics (geometry/topology with strong background in analysis) with undergraduate statistics and probability background (with also measure theoretic probability). ...
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Is an Additional degree required to qualify myself for post doc/industry position outside my area of expertise?

Can someone with a Ph.D in field X get a job in academia or industry in field Y, even if the job posting says "PhD in field Y required?". If not how will going back to get a second post graduate ...
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Applying to a graduate program in molecular and cell biology

I'm a medical school graduate student. However, I wish to apply for a PhD program in molecular and cell biology, I'm interested in understanding the interactions within and between cells at molecular ...
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Switching fields from electrical engineering to earth sciences?

my situation is the following: I am currently doing my PhD in the US. I am studying electrical engineering with a focus on magnetic sensors and signal processing. I am doing theoretical work ...
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What options does college dropout with great grades, research projects and CV have to return to university (or thinktanks)?

I studied Social Sciences (Development Economics concentration) at one of Europe's top ranked universities and achieved excellent grades, but had to interrupt my studies just before taking two final ...
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Prerequisities to become an MD-PhD?

Officially, I am studying computer science. However, what I am actually doing is computational neuroscience. More over, the research I do is mostly medical research. I have noticed that there are ...
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Is it possible to do a Master's degree without obtaining a Bachelor's degree?

Is it possible to get admission to a master's program in economics without finishing up your undergrad? I have completed 105 credits so far for my BA Honours in economics and math degree, and still ...
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Publishing a research paper

I have some new ideas regarding a concept in computer science and have done considerable independent reasearch work.None of the faculty members in my university seem to be interested in helping an ...
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Is it feasible to pursue PhD with BE Degree/16+ years of experience, and is it worth it?

Is it possible to pursue PhD with only BE degree and 16+ years of Software Industry experience? I know that most of the institutes expect a Masters degree to pursue PhD. Do they consider Industry ...
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How to maximise one's chances of getting a good postdoc position?

I am at the beginning of my PhD studies. Although that is a bit too early to plan one's carrier after thesis defence, one should still have some long-term goals in mind. Hence the question - what can ...
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Does experience at a startup for a couple of years increase the chances of getting into a good Ph.D programme in a US university?

Background: I'm a non-US undergrad majoring in Computer Science. I will have published a couple of research papers in a few months before I graduate, have worked on a couple of research-based ...
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Career Advice : Profile Improvement for PhD Application [closed]

I am a Masters student in Germany (RWTH Aachen University). For almost three-quarters of my course I worked on a topic (Reversible Logic Synthesis) which I was somewhat interested during the initial ...
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Post-Baccalaureate Online BS Programs?

I am going into the field of computer science after getting my original bachelor's and masters (in city planning) a few years ago and finding out I like the technology much more than the actual field ...
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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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How much will dropping out of a Master's program hurt job prospects?

I am extremely dissatisfied with the Master's program I just began and plan on dropping out ASAP. I currently have no interest in finding another graduate program and instead wish to pursue a job ...
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Is copyediting good for an academic career?

I have recently been involved in managing a special issue in a scientific journal. The chief-editor was somehow appreciative of my work and now wants me to join the journal's board as a copyeditor. 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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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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Studying physics after engineering in computer science [duplicate]

I am an average computer science and engineering graduate from asia with cgpa 3.33/4 (10th in batch). I was interested in physics from the early age but situation led me to engineering. Now I want to ...
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Is it possible to become a research assistant just after b.tech?

I am a recent bachelor of technology graduate from India and want to become a research assistant just after b.tech at any abroad university (USA,CANADA,UK, etc). If it is possible then what kind of ...
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Can I payoff student-loan debts working as a professor after getting a Ph.D. in mathematics?

I have been recently accepted into graduate school for my PhD in Mathematics. I feel very prepared and excited. However, my route is somewhat untraditional as I am "going back." That is, I am walking ...
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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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Possibility of getting admitted to a PhD program immediately following an undergradaute program

What is the possibility of getting accepted to a PhD program immediately following an undergraduate B. Tech. I am preparing for GRE since I want to pursue the program in the US. Would having six ...