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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At which level (D or E) should I apply for an advertised faculty position in Australia?

I am putting together an application for an academic position that has been advertised as either level D or E at an Australian university (equivalent to full professor or chair professor in the US). ...
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I'm writing a paper on a side project with a friend, should I involve my supervisor?

Some months ago I was contacted by a friend who works in my scientific field, regarding a collaboration project (we're both postdocs). We exchanged some emails and considerations. He provided me the ...
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Career related question [on hold]

I am a final year BSc mathematics student of University of Delhi. I want to be a theoretical physicist So can anyone tell me what should I do after having my degree or even before that in order to ...
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academic promotion [on hold]

I always think about academic promotion. I completed my PhD, and I am publishing every month with international journals. In my country, senior lecturer to associate professor requires 5 publications ...
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Can too many undergraduate degrees endanger job prospects? [migrated]

I'm currently entering my third year of undergrad at a state university in the United States. I originally went to school for computer engineering but halfway through the past year I realized I was ...
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Semi-administrative position in academic/research setting after finishing Ph.D. and postdoc(s)

I also asked here: http://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/71467/semi-administrative-position-in-academic-research-setting-after-finishing-ph-d I would like to know what are the scopes for semi-...
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Should I admit that I can't find a solution to a math problem?

The problem is pretty much the title. I have a bachelor and master degree in applied math. I have been assigned a small problem to start with, from a professor (who is considered very good in my field)...
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Serving your country while in academia, or before going into academia

I am a 3rd year mathematics undergraduate(see my math se account), and I think I am well positioned to go into academia, and I am willing to do anything to make it happen. I also have a desire to ...
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How does a 1 yr. Visiting Assistant Professor (in physics) position look to a small liberals arts college

So questions similar to this have been bandied about a lot here but I haven't really seen an satisfactory response to this particular one. I gather that the Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) at a ...
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take visiting professorship or wait a year?

I've been doing a post-doc in physics for the past 5.5 years or so and have unsuccessfully tried to obtain a faculty job at a University for the past 3 of them. On a whim I applied to a visiting prof. ...
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How should I ask for letters of recommendation whose strength is dependent on intended program if the professor is unavailable to meet personally?

Same as previous question How should I ask for letters of recommendation whose strength is dependent on intended program? except Erin (see "[Details removed following suggestion in comments]") is ...
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How should I ask for letters of recommendation whose strength is dependent on intended program?

TL;DR I finished bachelor's and master's in mathematical finance but want to pursue pure mathematics, particularly in probability theory. I'm not sure if I should apply directly for a PhD. I might ...
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Is there any difference between DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) and Ph.D in a Business major?And which is better for future researchers?

What is the main difference between DBA and Ph.D in a business major in terms of course works, study, area of specialization? How these programs relate to future career individually? Does DBA has the ...
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What is the timeline for hiring tenure-track Professors during the Summer?

I'm curious to know if anyone has any experience with conducting a tenure-track job search during the summer for positions in the US. I've noticed jobs posted from late May through early July. What'...
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Can I get hired as a psychology professor if I get a PhD in educational psychology in an education department?

I'm interested in educational psychology and learning sciences. However, most educational psychology graduate programs are within the education department, not psychology. What's the difference ...
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Academia options as an autodidact?

I've been spending the past three years as an autodidact for Computer Science and Physics, in lieu of a degree. Main reason for this being that high school classes bored me, so I did poorly in them, ...
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How Do I Shift Field of Study? [closed]

I am medical student at Alexandria University, Egypt and I have a question important to my life. I have no passion in what I have learned. I love medicine but not by that way we have to study it. How ...
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Changing PhD area of math?

Some background: I'm currently about to finish my first PhD year (in a 4 year program) in complex geometry and I'm really struggling with it because I have to learn a lot of new mathematics essential ...
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Is a PhD useful if you are interested in a career as a staff researcher, not leader of your own research lab?

How useful is a PhD if my final career goals don't involve leading my own research lab? In a perfect world I would like to end up as a bioinformatics programmer/analyst in a lab or a core facility to ...
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Which undergraduate major leads to a research career in development of new medical drugs?

Let's say someone wants to study biochemistry and his main goal is to do research in drug design (development of new drugs). So, his main interests concerns with Pharmacology, right? However, there ...
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Are There Any Schools That do not require a formal education for a BS. MS. and/or Ph.D.?

Over my career as a student, I have found that traditional 'Bricks and Mortar' schools are not conducive to a proper learning environment for me, so I switched to home-school for 10th grade*. I have/...
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What are potential effects of Brexit on the international academic ecosystem? [closed]

The recent news about results of the Referendum of the United Kingdom's membership in the European Union (usually referred to as Brexit) is IMHO quite shocking from various perspectives. However, ...
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Zero papers in first PhD year. Is this common?

I am terminating in these days the first year of my PhD in computer science. As I come from a different field, I spent the first semester doing courses, and most of the second in posing the basis of ...
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How to (smartly) leave a postdoc early?

I've already spent some months in a multi-year post-doc in Europe, doing clinical research. However, neither the project nor the life outside the lab seem good enough for my interests, and I'm ...
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Career path to professor with an engineering background in Germany [closed]

I am in the final year of my master in mechatronics engineering in Germany, and I want to work as a researcher or a professor in a university since i believe a professor/researcher has more freedom ...
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Should I email old supervisor about my progress?

I might collaborate with an old supervisor in the future and would like to keep in touch. Is it a good idea to send an email to him about the progress I've made in my career? Also, what's the best ...
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How much influence do individual professor have on grad admissions? [duplicate]

Say I have emailed a professor a few times, and told him I would like to work with him for my PhD etc. and that professor is interested: How much of a factor could this possibly be in my application? ...
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Research with Partisan Implications - Is it worth it?

I have good reason to believe that political party X engages in harmful practice Y more than other political parties. The numbers stack up, it fits into the theories presented in other papers, and so ...
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Can a student with a weak or average undergraduate math GPA realistically become a professor?

I just finished my second year of undergraduate studies as a double major in computer engineering and mathematics at the University of Iowa. Although I came in believing that I wanted to become a ...
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Will not collaborating hurt the career of a math postdoc?

I am a math postdoc, and about to start applying for tenure-track (research oriented) jobs soon. Besides writing 2 papers with my Phd advisor while I was in graduate school, all the papers I wrote ...
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Why is it necessary to have a master’s in Europe to apply for PhD?

When I look for a PhD position, they always write that they need a master’s degree. However, most of the times I see that I have all the experience they are looking for. PhD is a lab-based work, so ...
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Is getting into MIT impossible for me? [closed]

okay so, I'm a student from India, in 12 standard, aged 17. I have Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science and English, and Physical Education. I'm kind of unstable when it comes to results....
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Pure Math PhD Application with an accidental F (But with some rescue action) [duplicate]

There are certain concerns that say this might be duplicate of this question: How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. programs in the US, particularly for weak or borderline students?. However, ...
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Are GRE/GMAT or other certificates needed for academic career after PhD?

My interest is mainly in computer science. I am wondering if, for a post-doc or an assintant professor poistion, the certifications such as GRE or GMAT are reqired or if they don't have any relevance. ...
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What is the distinction between “graduate school” and “professional school”?

I have previously been involved with mentoring high school students as well as undergraduates, who typically don't have a clear understanding of all of the career possibilities available to them and ...
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Is co-first author or co-corresponding author better for a postdoc's job prospects?

I'm a postdoc in computational biology. I've been given the opportunity to choose if I want to be co-first author (listed second) or a co-corresponding author (possibly listed next-to-last or third ...
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Earning post-graduate math hours after your master's [closed]

This is in the US, in case it's unclear. I'm interested in teaching math at the 2-year college level. I have an interdisciplinary MS with a strong engineering focus. I see openings that require "a ...
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Master out of Statistics PhD program? [closed]

I am currently a first-year at a decent stats program. I'm doing very well in my classes and will soon start some research. However, I'm seriously considering mastering out next year for multiple ...
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Employment Contract Negotiation and Graduate School (Computer Science)

Is it possible to negotiate employment contracts to include sponsorship for graduate school? For example, accepting the job and school on the terms that the job will pay for Master's and I would be ...
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Is my doctorate good enough?

I received a doctorate from an online school Walden University. I have not had any luck finding a full time college teaching position. Should I pursue another Ph D from another reputable college? Can ...
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Do Postdocs have any seniority ranking or progress?

I am seeing many people doing postdocs for years, or even nearly a decade, well into their late thirties. Do they usually have progressive salary and responsibility, as one could expect in a job? Is ...
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What is wrong with the requirement of writing pathways to impact in an EPSRC grant proposal? [closed]

By definition, an academic scientist is supposed to do research and teaching. His main job should be to create knowledge and explore the unknowns, and to teach our kids so that the knowledge and ...
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Applying for postdoc fellowship vs applying for lectureship

I finished my PhD 2.5 years ago (Computer Science), and have since been working as a post-doc at a top university. I've decided that I want to pursue an academic career, and I'm trying to decide what ...
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Is there a negative stigma associated with choosing a 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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The GRE vocabulary is infrequent to meet in academic life. What is the purpose of learning them?

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? ...