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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Should a content writer go for Journalism course? [on hold]

I am in dilemma situation regarding my career. I have been working as a content writer since 3 years, and i would like to move forward in my career. I have asked my colleagues and friends and they ...
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I am confuse on a career to choose [closed]

Already have a published article as an undergrad..about to enroll for master's programme but am still confusion on a career to choose after school
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Bioinformatics, or Genetic Engineer? [closed]

I'm just a little confused. I'm a huge fan of math, biology, and programming. Naturally, Bioinformatics sounded great. I had initially heard the pay was great, but now I keep hearing that you're ...
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Tenured position to be started very soon…what to do with the old affiliation

Nowadays I am a second year assistant professor (without tenure) in physics at a German university (rank W1, Juniorprofessor), advising 2 PhD students. Today, it came to me the information about a ...
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Role of positions' geographical diversity in (US) academic career perspectives

I'm curious about the impact of geographical diversity of positions (postdoctoral or junior faculty) on career prospects in academia. In my current job search I see a small number of positions at ...
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How to approach a ux-oriented web work for graphic design students? [closed]

I am a Assistant Professor at a graphic design career. Next month's assigment for students will be building a website and comprehend basics of UX/UI. What is the best way to teach about websites ...
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Normal career path for lecturer in Computer Science

I'm 27 and looking for advice on the career path for lecturing in Computer Science. At the moment I have just started a job at a blue chip company in Software Engineering. However my prime goal is to ...
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How to design an undergraduate internship project?

I am postdoctoral fellow working on computer science and bioinformatics, and it seems I might have the possibility soon to supervise some undergraduate internship students. Internships should last ...
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How difficult is it to obtain a postgraduate qualification in the academic field that's unrelated to your undergraduate programme?

How hard is it to obtain postgraduate qualification in the academic field unrelated to your undergraduate programme (or sharing a rather strenuous connection with it)? I'm looking for answers that ...
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Should I communicate to a researcher that I'll apply for a postdoc position is his lab in approximately two years?

I started my first postdoctoral position one year ago in a new university. In two years (or so), I'd like to apply for another postdoc position in another university, in a research team that works on ...
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Changing careers to teach Mathematics

I am currently trying to change careers after doing postdoc physics research for many years and not being able to obtain a research faculty position. I really enjoyed my university teaching ...
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How do different National Labs “compare?” [closed]

I am looking at offers from multiple national labs and wanted to know broadly how each compared. Are there "more prestigious" national labs than others (similar to universities)? Are some known for ...
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What is the best way to decline an interview after applying for it?

I have applied to 2 postdoc jobs in the same university and have been selected for a 2nd interview in one before doing the first interview in the other lab. The interviews are set at different times ...
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Does ORCID matter for a person who would like to work in academia?

I just noticed the following words from arXiv: "You are encouraged to associate your ORCID with your arXiv account. ORCID iDs are standard, persistent identifiers for research authors. ORCID iDs will ...
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Is it true that a full Ph.D. is a disadvantage for technical positions in the private sector? [closed]

If you do work that requires a technical skillset (ex. programming, data science) and plan to work in the private sector. Is completing the Ph.D. degree a disadvantage in terms of what opportunities ...
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Could getting an MS in CS be bad for my career?

I'm in the following situation. My first 7 months out of college, I worked software job I really didn't like, and then I hopped on to another job I like. I've been in that second job for about a year ...
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How to measure achievement in a field where large collaborations are normal?

In some fields of research, huge collaborations are the norm. This is especially true in experimental high-energy physics. Say I'm evaluating someone's resume, and that person is transitioning out of ...
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<revised> Faculty positions in Asia at age 40+ from where I am now [closed]

First, I am really impressed with this website. Thanks so much for all your insightful comments and answers!! Some background info.: I am in my 30s and graduated with a MSc (Statistics) seven years ...
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A Break after college , following your passion , going on the right path - the implications? [closed]

Okay, first off let me provide an overview of my educational past: Just as any kid I went through school, and then high school with an integrated prep course for getting into a top notch college in ...
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Do academics and graduate degree holders need to publish articles or books to be respected in their fields?

I've read that academics have to publish their works to get tenure or be prominent in their fields. Indeed, almost all popular scholars were known through their published works. But is it possible for ...
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Is a PhD in numerical analysis more marketable in industry than a PhD in pure analysis? [closed]

Would a recent math PhD graduate who did his work in numerical analysis be more marketable/prepared for a high paying job in industry than a recent math PhD graduate in pure analysis? Also is there ...
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Is Dean-hood largely irreversible, and if so why?

In academia, I have noticed a number of cases where a professor who becomes a Dean (or other non-department administrative post like Provost) effectively permanently stops being a researcher ...
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Why do some mathematics professors teach more/less courses than others?

Not sure if this belongs on the Academia site, but since I'm a math major and the question is based solely on my observation of mathematics professors, I figured this site would be best. At my ...
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Does engineering branch in India really doesn't matter for success? [closed]

I had just seen a post on quora that the branch doesn't really matter to be success. the post stated that if i need to choose between CS-branch(which i want) from tier-3 college and EE-Branch(which i ...
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Chances of research position in mathematics without going to a top graduate school?

I'm a student at a reasonably prestigious, but not top, graduate program in mathematics. I'm happy here- I really like the professors in my research group, and I feel like I'm a pretty good fit for ...
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Is it advisable in my case to take a second bachelor's degree?

I graduated from an unprestigious school that most people consider a diploma mill. I finished a social science degree in the College of Arts and Sciences of the school, but I’m ashamed to tell other ...
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Paving one's way out of academia

The current research climate favors the proliferation of many early-career-stage researchers (PhD students, postdocs) who have not enough places to go if they want to stay in academic research (recent ...
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How has this decision affected my academic career? (1 year gap) [closed]

I will just project my mind here and see where it goes. A lot of this will seem childish/immature/ Due to various problems from a multitude of directions in my life; some serious, some idiotic ...
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How can I go about graduate school admissions? Lack of coursework, poor GPA [duplicate]

I'm an undergraduate in their penultimate year in the US, although for financial reasons I am thinking of graduating next month instead of next year. For a long time, I've wanted to go into academia: ...
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Is it bad to apply to the same PhD program two years in a row?

I will be entering my first year of college next Fall. Even if most of my AP classes don't count for credit, I will probably be eligible to graduate after six 15–16 credit semesters. Though my desires ...
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Phd at same uni as MSc, possible offer but would like to change topic/group if possible

I need some advice on how to diplomatically handle this situation: I will submit my master's thesis in a few weeks, and I am pretty sure that I want to do a PhD afterwards. Research is what I want to ...
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I want to leave my tenure track position before fall. I have great prospects but no new position “locked up”: when should I break the news?

I am a relatively new tenure track faculty member at my school. For many reasons, I am certain I want to leave my current position. All of my reasons are professional reasons; there are no relocation ...
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Non-traditional graduate student?

Back in the early 90s I got a Secondary Education degree with double-majors in English and Mathematics. I went on to get an MFA in Poetry from a well-respected department. But I never got a book ...
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Increasing chances of getting a research internship with no experience?

I am starting an MSc in Computer Science in the autumn and I am concerned that I don't have any research experience. My interest is in Theoretical Computer Science and I am finding it hard to find any ...
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How long do I study on my own before applying to math grad school?

I'm one of those who realized near the end of their Bachelor's in Business Mgmt that they really really love math. I'm interested in research in pure, theoretical math. I am confident in my ability to ...
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Changing tactics when natural ability is reached?

Question What habits and attitudes need to change when one hits the upper bounds of natural ability? This is the situation where you can no longer increase your rate of advancement. In effect your ...
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Just got tenured and promoted, but need to move for family reasons

I just got tenured and promoted to an associate professor, the contract for which will start from Fall this year. However, my partner, who is also in academia just accepted an position in another city ...
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Referee reports not coming

It happened the third time to me and I start wondering what is going on? I have submitted two papers since May last year (11 months) and didn't get any answer. I wrote to the editors and they answered ...
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Should Ph.D. students interested with research remain as research assistant until they find a research position or just find any job?

As faculty or postdoc positions at top schools are getting hard to land, should Ph.D. students interested with research continue to work as research assistants and publish more, or try to get a ...
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What other academic disciplines aside from literature can a writer who hates mathematics specialize in?

Almost every discipline in humanities and science requires some level of math. It seems to me that math majors can specialize in any field they like, while people who are good with words are stuck ...
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Is there any way to only do research after getting a Ph.D.?

I'm currently a Master's student in my final year and I want to start a Ph.D. next year. I really like doing research (one of my papers got published in a fairly reputable journal), but I more or less ...
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Is it a good idea to take a break from studying a mathematics PhD and then considering revisiting academia at a later stage?

In September I properly started a mathematics PhD at a UK university straight after my undergraduate MMath degree at a different university. On the whole, I am enjoying the experience - the teaching, ...
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How to narrow down focus in humanities/social sciences?

I’m looking to enroll in a social studies/humanities undergraduate course, but I’m unsure of which subjects to focus on in my studies. I have ambitions to progress on to postgraduate study, research ...
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How can I get into computer science research as a high school student?

I am in High-School but want to pursue research in Computer Science, but as you know High-School usually does not offer any such options or tasks. So I want to explore avenues where I can get these ...
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Is a Graduate Performance Diploma considered an academic degree for purposes of PhD admissions or faculty job search?

This question might be appropriate for music SE but I am looking for more academic views. I know of Associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. Inside of these are different fields. I have ...
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How can I show local universities that I am someone they will want to hire in a few years?

I've split this question into a general question that I feel applies to many people and specific details for those who are interested. General question:I have accepted a 2-year teaching/research ...
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Can you do a post graduate in Math(or some other hard sciences) if you major in a soft science?

It seems possible to go from soft sciences to hard sciences. For example one professor in my philosophy department initially did math as an undergraduate. So I am wondering can you go the opposite ...
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Lack of team support in post-PhD Mathematics career

I received my PhD in mathematics about ten years ago. Despite my preference, desire, and attempts, I was not offered any postdoctoral positions. Part of the reason was (I think) that my dissertation ...
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Is it realistic to continue academic career if a supervisor is a sophist?

I was writing my bachelor's degree and that went quite bad. The reason was that my supervisor was a sophist, in my opinion. For example, when I wrote in my thesis: "Let n be the cardinality of the ...
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Is it a good idea to leave a PhD program for another one in a better school after two years?

I am finishing my second year as a PhD student in computer science and I have an opportunity to go to a much higher ranked school. Is it a good idea to just leave my current program to the future ...