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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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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PhD in one field, academic position in another

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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Deciding on A MS degree [on hold]

I have a bachelor degree in computer and communications engineering . I want to do MS degree , but i have been struggling to make a decision over what field . My work since i graduated has been in ...
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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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Applying Phd position before completing M.Sc [closed]

I am pursuing my M.Sc.(final year) in geology. A Phd position has opened in an university and I am going to complete my M.Sc. in 2015. I just contacted with the concerned Prof and he told me to submit ...
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What should I do with my life? (Career guidance, high-school student) [closed]

I wrote and passed my IGCSEs this year, and I switched into CBSE board education. I like science, my IGCSE grades are 3 A*,3 A, C and D. A*s in Physics, ICT and Math, As in English, Biology and ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...