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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Undergraduate Comp Sci to Quant trader [on hold]

I am currently an undergraduate computer science student, and would like to aim for a career in developing models and algorithms for mathematical finance/trading. I understand these roles tend to go ...
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Is Human-Computer Interactions (HCI) a good career choice for a non-techy person? [on hold]

So I've been looking into a career in Human-Computer Interactions. I'm really into Psychology and Graphic design, both of which individually are hard to find a job with, and both of which are a part ...
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Current trends in post-secondary education [on hold]

In follow-up to that post I am interested in the current trends in post-secondary education, specifically at the universities. With the democratization of superior education, the number of students ...
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What is the optimal balance of time spent on research vs. volunteering/leadership/organizing in grad school and beyond?

In graduate school I have found that along with being a producer of good research, fellowships/post-doctoral advisers/faculty search committee are also often interested in what one has done outside of ...
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Should I leave my current PhD if I don't like the research problems my advisor suggests?

Warning: Extremely long post. Not really even the full story but one must stop somewhere. My problem is the following: I am a pure mathematics PhD student in (a remote part of) Europe and am part of ...
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Does deferring admissions to PhD affect future (post-PhD) career path?

I'm currently in my final year of undergraduate study, and will be applying to physics PhD programs (for condensed matter theory) soon. Without going into details, I am convinced that deferring my ...
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Effect of passing management courses on research career

By reviewing syllabus of a MBA course, and its entry requirements such as some years of industry job experience; it comes to mind that these type of management courses are designed only for the people ...
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What position should a young researcher moving to a UK university apply for?

Having obtained by PhD in Computer Science five years ago, I have been working in R&D projects for the last years. I want to pursue an academic career and I am currently considering moving to UK. ...
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On the verge of being “fired” from post-doc position, how to act towards supervisor?

I am in month 5 of an extremely unfulfilling post doc position in France. My sole responsibility is debugging 10k+ lines of spaghetti C++ code. I am a mechanical engineer and although I did my PhD ...
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Restoring self confidence - possible? [duplicate]

I am having a personal crisis and I thought maybe I should ask for some guidance in this forum. I have been in grad school in 4 years, failed qualifiers once passed at second attempt. I am dedicated ...
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How to change to Mathematics PhD program following M.S. in Computer Science?

I wonder if anyone can give me some advice about how a computer science graduate shifts career to mathematics? I'm currently doing a Master's degree in computer science and i was thinking about doing ...
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Advices on which to choose, uncertainty or certainty?

Currently I am doing my final year project(FYP) on Large-Scale Distributed Storage System, where I apply finite field and coding theory to design new codes which can improve existing codes. I plan to ...
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How do CS graduate school admissions weigh an unrelated master?

I am a Computer Science graduate living at a developing country and I have two options to choose, Option I: Pursue CS masters at a reputable, but not leading, national university with a limited ...
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Literature for commercialisation of research

What are some good books to read for people who have been in academia their entire career (regardless of length of that career) and now want to commercialise something from their research? I am ...
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Which is considered more valuable for faculty job applications, teaching experience or participation in conferences?

As a PhD student from top university, I have the opportunity of having a minor called "teaching minor". For me, I am personally mostly interested in mathematical application into material science ...
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How long to wait for an optimal/good PhD thesis/program, should settle for less exciting topics?

When I started applying for Phd programs I had big dreams and goals on working on certain topics and spending lots of time in the field. I also had in mind some location and universities but I was ...
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Is it possible to do a Postdoc without travelling?

I am soon to finish my PhD and would love to do postdoctoral research (UK). However, for reasons I shan't go into, it is not viable for me to travel outside of my city and so I am unable to attend ...
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How difficult is it to get an academic position in applied mathematics when your PhD is in electrical engineering?

How difficult is it to get an assistant professor position in a department (e.g., applied math) while you have a PhD degree from another area (e.g., electrical engineering)? Particularly, when you ...
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Can a 3 years PhD make an independent researcher ? Or how many post-docs after PhD to be an independent researcher? [duplicate]

I am doing research more than 3 years. I was admitted in a 3 years program, now in the last months of the program. I fell I have a long way in the field to be an independent researcher. But most of ...
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verbal agreement to convert masters to PhD but reconsidering

I am currently doing a Masters of Philosophy, with my key interests being ecology and evolution. When I enrolled earlier this year, I had an agreement with my professor that I would continue to a ...
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What are the benefits of organizing a conference?

Organizing a conference is very difficult for a scientist, you have to have the right collaborators, to find the right venue, to spread the word, to advertise it, to send the call for papers, to ...
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How does the salary system in Canadian academia work?

How does the salary system for faculty members in Canadian universities work? Is it usually 8- or 9-monthly based same as in the USA Or 12-monthly? Also, what do they mean by Taxable Benefits in ...
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Criteria for choosing undergraduate school to prepare for graduate study: “focus on undergrads” & “extensive rigorous curriculum” mutually exclusive?

I'm trying to figure out which undergraduate colleges are most conducive to graduate school applications, but it seems to me that (with few notable exceptions) my two main criteria that lead to this ...
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What are financial prospects for a postdoc as compared to a PhD student without funding?

I am going to start my PhD, unfortunately, I did not get any funding. I am thinking of taking a loan so that I could focus more on my PhD studies, but the loan will need to be repaid after PhD. ...
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What are the career prospects of doing a theoretical computer science PhD.?

I am a 27 year old (ex-)physics graduate student and I am quitting this graduate program to enter a new PhD. program in theoretical CS. As for mathematics background - I have always been interested in ...
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Can one professor hold more than one endowed chair?

Are there examples of one person holding more than one endowed chair at the same university?
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What are the available non-academic careers to a newly-minted PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics?

Prior to completing my PhD degree, I used to hear, rather very often, that working in finance is the most non-academic viable career option for newly-minted PhDs in theoretical physics. But, now that ...
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How to negotiate a research career offer which has no salary for the employee?

I was an international student and graduated 3 years ago. Now I want to continue my research career instead of working in the industry. I worked for free for a professor for one month last year. It ...
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Can you get a tenure-track position in philosophy with a J.D.?

As stated in the title, I'm wondering if someone could shed some light on whether it is possible to land a tenure-track position in philosophy with a J.D. By way of background, I double majored in ...
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Should I do a thesis, no thesis, or a capstone project in a master's in statistics?

I intend to work in industry after finishing my Masters in Statistics and am considering some universities in the United States. How will a Masters in Statistics with thesis, no thesis or with ...
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What are the flaws of working in a research center department led by young principal investigators?

In few months I will join a new research center department of an excellent university in Northern America. My field is computer science and bioinformatics. This new department has mainly hired young ...
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Is it advisable to start graduate school with a dependent family? [duplicate]

I am an Electrical Engineering undergrad at one of the better engineering schools in the US. Now I have some background I want to explain, and I'll try to keep it brief. Back during high school I was ...
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Should I switch to PhD or graduate with a Master's?

I am doing Master's in Applied Science in Civil Engineering. In my research I work with big data analysis which has gotten a fancy new name in past few years "Data Science". When I joined the master's ...
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Proving self-studied knowledge

In applying to graduate program, what are some ways to prove knowledge gained from self-study? I've been told of the following: Independently conduct research / create projects that require the ...
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1 year of job experiance is enough for taking advantage in MBA placement [duplicate]

i am currently working in IT company as a Software Engineer. It's been a 4+ months working there. But i am not satisfied with currently due to some reasons. I wanted to leave after 1 year. I want to ...
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As a PhD student in Germany, would I retain student status for tax purposes?

I am currently pursuing my masters degree in computer science from TU Munich, and I would love to pursue my PhD soon after my graduation, but I am worried about the finances at the same time. What I ...
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Should I accept an invitation to give a talk on dated work?

I'm a recent math PhD, working in Subject X. I had the good luck to give a counterexample to a conjecture in Subject Y, using ideas from X. I don't know much about Y -- in fact I learned the ...
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How to make the most of a currently unfulfilling post-doc experience

How to make the most of an nnfulfilling post-doc experience Before I pose my question, I would first like to describe the circumstances and provide as much "quantitative data" relevant to this as ...
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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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Theoretical biology curriculum [closed]

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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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 ...