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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Professorship in the same university as graduated in Germany

I did my phd in a German university. I heard that it is not legally allowed to be professor in the same university. However, I see also some counterexamples in our field. Is this true? If so, why some ...
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For which undergraduate course should I enroll? [on hold]

I'm new to this site and it's my first question. I am a 19-years old boy who is currently waiting for the high-school results and is wondering what I should choose as a course for higher level. In ...
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How to write an email to an academic asking for a summer research project?

Summer research projects sound like a good way to find out about a university before applying to do PhD there. Hopefully, it would also advertise ones research abilities, making it easier to obtain a ...
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Moving from government research to academia

I am a mid-career scientist at a government research organisation, and I am considering a move back into academia. My current employer is looking after me very well and I know I am valued, but I have ...
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Master Thesis Topic: TSP vs Neural Network [closed]

I am currently struggling to decide which topic to choose for my master thesis. The two options I have are: A. Tackle the TSP (Travelling Salesman Problem) with a own inspired algorithm and explore ...
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Eventual Career Objective [closed]

I am a Front-End Developer with several years of experience as well as I have my B.S. in Computer Science. I am doing research and pursuing my MS in Computer Science. However, I am somewhat struggling ...
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Proposal for getting professorship position in German universities

It has bees several months that I am looking for a juniorprofessor position in German institutes. Basically there are just few opening which are far from my research interests. I have a good ...
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How do I deal with postdoc acceptances that come in before my preferred institution makes its decision known?

I will graduate soon from the doctoral program. I will apply for multiple postdoc positions. The results of the one that I really think is great for my career will be probably announced later than the ...
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Is it good to join industry in middle of phd? [closed]

I am a third year phd student. I got an offer for an industrial job which is very tempting. The salary is competitive and much higher than my phd salary. I already worked there as an intern, so I know ...
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Do professors in Germany have other payment than their standard salary?

I checked the salary scale for a W3 professorship position in Germany. The annual income is about 75K Euro which seems pretty low for someone managing about 20 people. Is there any other payment ...
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Is a 3 year Ph.D. too short for MA/MSc graduate?

Or put simply, 3-year vs. 5-year PhD? Many programmes in UK (and EU) take up 3 years, as opposed to a minimum of 4-5 years in North America. For a masters degree holder, with a goal to stay in ...
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Is computer science worth double majoring in for an aspiring Data Scientist? [closed]

I'm currently a computational Statistics major at UC Davis and have my eyes set on becoming a data scientist. I like both fields of stats and computer science, but not sure if I want to put in the ...
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In astronomy, would it be possible to continue doing postdocs for up to 15 years to increase your chance of getting a permanent position?

I heard that in astronomy most people do only one or two postdocs. If they haven't found a permanent position after this, they quit astronomy and find a job in a different field like physics, ...
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Could teaching at community college for a few years harm my career?

If one aspired to a traditional, research-based academic career in a major university, would teaching for a few years at a community college (say, after the Master's) be damaging to one's CV? I'm ...
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Is it possible to become a neuroscientist without first studying clinical medicine?

I am currently in highschool and thinking about what career path I should choose to follow. I am fascinated by the brain, and I would really love to study how it works, or how to model it with ...
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Hobby during PhD studies has taken its toll, how do I recover? [closed]

In the first two years of my PhD I made a big mistake by spending a large amount and passion on a hobby (making video games). In this hobby, I saw an opportunity to make this into a career, either by ...
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Is it hard to get PhD funding, with no academic research experience, after 2 years in industry? [closed]

I am planning to apply for PhD at the school where I got my master’s in media 1.5 years ago. I went straight from my bachelor’s (took me 4 years) to my master’s. So after finishing 5 years of uni, I ...
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I am afraid of being stuck in the administrative/teaching side of the academia in my country

Disclaimer After I have read the title, I have understood that it might be misleading. I do not mean that being a teaching staff or administrative staff is somewhere to be stuck with. For starters, I ...
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I want to know a little about everything, not everything about a very specific topic. Is this a good/bad mindset for a career in research?

Lately I've been wondering if I should drop out of a PhD program (in economics). After graduating with a bachelor's degree, I desperately wanted to know more about the field, and I enrolled in a PhD ...
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I have an undergraduate degree and no research experience — how to begin now?

I recently earned an undergraduate degree in computer science*. I had no interest in going to grad school, so I focused purely on coursework. I have no research experience. I am now more open to the ...
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Medical Writing career

I´m about to finish my MD and am very interested in the medical writing area, but to be fair I´m not quite sure where to start. Are there any sources for guidance on this? Should I be trained in any ...
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Is postdoc experience valued by industry?

I have recently finished my PhD and am currently considering my options. I have come to the conclusion that the teaching or the "publish or perish" nature of academia isn't really appealing for me. ...
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Career outside academia for biologist + cognitive scientist

I would like to think of my options for a job outside academia and was hoping to get ideas from others. I feel I'm between fields: I studied biology as an undergrad; but never pipetted anything ...
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What is the impact of a radical change of opinion for early-career academics?

I'm wondering what are the potential consequences of a change of mind in the social sciences and humanities. More specifically, what would happen concretely if I publish a peer-reviewed article in ...
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Pursuing PhD in Programming Languages/ Compilers [closed]

I am currently working as a software developer. Of recent I have developed interest in programming languages ever since I started learning Lisp. I have started myself using Clojure(a dialect of Lisp ...
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Am I deceiving my former advisor?

I did a successfull research project for my studies. My team created a software prototype and a promising evaluation therefore. It has potential for further research and eventually for an industry ...
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How to recover one's career opportunities after a period of poor performance

I read this question about falling behind, but my question is more about the long term. I find myself becoming depressed at lack of overall opportunities in graduate school (in mathematics, ...
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Should I do another PhD? [duplicate]

I have completed my PhD in chemistry in an area which doesn’t have scope to get job or a postdoc position. Now I’m at the age of 29–30, I’m not eligible to write CSIR, a public eligibility test for ...
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What should I do to protect my inventions + ideas? [closed]

This question seems general and somewhat obvious. My specific question however, that I,m thinking of participating on a massive contest sponsored by one of the best oil and gas company on the world. ...
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My master thesis supervisor refused to recommend me for a PhD

He reasoned that I lacked the understanding of the subject and so not competent enough for a PhD. I agree to his concerns, since I was studying this concept for the first time (for my thesis) and was ...
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College / University level IT (instructor/professor) education requirements

I live in Canada, and I have a dilemma regarding continuing my education. Currently I have a two year college diploma in "Information Systems", I am planing to extend that into a degree with in next ...
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High grade/GPA versus finishing studies in the expected timeframe

Situation: Where I study (edit: Greece) we are generally not expected to pass all lessons on the first attempt (it is very rare actually) and often we fail multiple times before we can pass them. It ...
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Within the UK, how are roles correspoding to academic grades defined?

Within the United Kingdom (or perhaps just England and maybe Wales?), academic pay scales are divided over different pay grades. Annual salaries outside London range from £16,131 in the bottom of ...
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What if you love your field but can't take the heat of academia?

Imagine "a person" who may or may not be brilliant in her field, but certainly has new things to contribute, some of them (in her opinion) fascinating. Imagine she adores her field, relates to it ...
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Is a “Scientific Journal Impact Factor” of around 4 or 5 good for a philosophy journal?

I am considering (for a variety of reasons) submitting an article to a philosophy journal, which happens to have a Scientific Journal Impact Factor of 4.699. This would be my first submission. Is ...
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How to transition from pure biology PhD to bioinformatics/biostatistics?

I've been working as a PhD student in biology and currently in my last year. However I realised just a year into my PhD that I hated doing experiments, I really hated it. I think one of the reasons ...
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Math degree to CS Masters chances

I am switching fields from math to CS. I want to get a Masters in CS focused on coursework to go into industry later. I am aiming for a good school but not the very top. I have some CS courses and a ...
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After a postdoc period, how to understand if you should go for a second postdoc or apply for a permanent position?

I'm a postdoctoral fellow working on computer science. I've been a postdoc for one year and three months so far, and I think my job will last for three years in total. Thinking about the future, I ...
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Question regarding career in Mathematics [closed]

I apologize if this is not the correct place to ask such a question. This is my first time using Stack Exchange. Please feel free to point me to another site if this is not the correct place to ask ...
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Difference between tenure-track/tenured positions in universities and research scientist positions in national labs

I am trying to evaluate pros and cons for working at universities as tenure-track (and eventually, hopefully, tenured) and research scientist at national labs. I realize that not much is discussed on ...
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Transitioning from PhD in biomedical engineering to software dev (have 5-6 software experience working for a team during PhD)? [closed]

My PhD is in biomedical engineering (MEMS and electronics). I also have taken some CS classes in the last 5 years (and during undergrad in electrical engineering). I was also in the software team for ...
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How can I gracefully exit my current post-doc position for a new one?

I'm a post-doctoral research fellow and I've just been offered another post-doc position at another university. I still have a year and a half left on my original contract, but it's not going as well ...
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One professor advised me to apply to some top schools. How to use this advice effectively when applying to other schools?

Three months ago, I had a one hour interview with a professor in a scholarship. After the interview, she advised me to go to these places: the biology department of Harvard, MIT Media Lab, and Sante ...
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Would taking up an associate's degree after finishing your bachelor's harm your resume? [closed]

Would taking up an associate's degree after finishing your bachelor's harm your resume?
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What are the disadvantages and advantages for a senior graduate student to restart after 6 years' study?

I am a graduate student in a physics department in US. My department's ranking is really low. In fact, you cannot even find the ranking in, say, usnews. This year is my 6th year and I am seeking a ...
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Is there a professional virtue in independent research and reviews?

Is there a tradition for independent researchers to conduct, ie. write, and review others research on their own? That is to say, is such work outside the institutional and established realms something ...
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How to deal with GPA-related questions in standardized job application forms, if you have no GPA for graduate studies [closed]

I recently finished my PhD and am currently applying for several positions both within academia and in industry. Some companies I'm looking at have standardized job portal where you can leave your ...
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What to write in an award nomination letter about your supervisor?

An international society is accepting nominations for an yearly award for young principal investigators in our scientific research field, and I would like to nominate my supervisor. I have to write a ...
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Is it acceptable for a professor to claim that his students will never revolutionize the field?

Today, a very respected professor of ours, uttered a scattering reply that instilled within the hearts of my colleagues greasy distaste for him. It all started when one colleague of mine, when the ...
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Is there a point of applying to a University if potential adviser rejected me

I have recently contacted a professor in a reputable university in the hopes of discussing our common research interests and to apply for PhD under his supervision, and he just replied that he is not ...