Questions about hiring in the academic market, including postdoctoral, staff and faculty positions.

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Is PGCHE more valuable that PGCE?

There have been a few questions relating to PGCHE certificates, including: How is PGCHE by distance learning viewed relative to in-class? What is the purpose of peer evaluation of teaching? ...
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Do universities hire graduates from lesser universities

Recently, someone analyzed computer science professors at top universities and found that over half of the professors at the top 51 universities graduated from a top 10 university. Others have also ...
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What is the procedure for hiring a professor?

When a department head needs a faculty member, how is the process of hiring one started and conducted (at least in US and UK universities)? Of particular interest is the following; Finance: ...
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Is it possible to hire graduate students as freelancers?

I am currently working in the engineering industry. I am developing software in this field in my free time. I got stuck in some algorithm, and I'm looking for help from academia (either professors or ...
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Why would a top department hire a less experienced researcher for a tenure-track position?

Suppose that a top-N department at a big research university (for very small N) has the choice between two candidates for a tenure-track position: Candidate A: a bright young researcher just done ...
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How frequently do pre-tenured assistant professors switch institutions?

It's interview season. I've noticed that many of the applicants in this round are already assistant professors at other institutions. Is there any known number or record on how frequently (let's say, ...
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Evaluating and negotiating a start-up package

I've been offered an academic position, and am now in the fortunate, but unfamiliar position of negotiating the offer. I've seen a few blogs/comments/posts on this process. However, I have no real ...
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Is it OK to hire another lab's student?

An undergrad who's worked with me for just over a year (for course credit or for pay, depending on his preference in any given semester) presented a poster on his work with me at an event hosted by my ...
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Are single author publications given more weight in math hiring?

Suppose candidate A has only published alone, and in an alternate universe candidate B has an identical list of publications, most of which are with coauthors. All else being equal, would a typical ...
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Criminal record and work on federally funded project

I have recently interviewed for a position with a project with a major university. It is funded by federal grant (mainly NSF). It is not an academic position per se, but is led by a few principal ...
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How much is the normal salary of a postdoctoral fellow in North America and Western Europe?

I understand that the salary of a postdoctoral fellow depends on the field, project, contract, and so forth, but I am curious how much is the normal range for a fellow. Someone told me that he prefer ...
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How to inform/attract more candidates for a postdoctoral position?

When having fund for hiring postdoctoral fellow, it is tricky to find highly qualified applicants, since they can get aware of the opening position by chance. For almost any postdoctoral position (it ...
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Diplomurkunde and Diplom (Diplomlehrer) in English?

This might be off-topic but I thought I would try here since I know we have people who will know the answer. I have received two documents from a prospective teacher. They seem to be German diplomas ...
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Why should (or should not) a university have a policy of not hiring its own PhDs?

My university (in France) is having a debate about the relevance of taking rules for preventing too many of its PhDs to be recruited here, or asking them to have some postdoc outside the region ...
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Is it peculiar for a department not to have any of its own PhD graduates as professors?

I have been doing research into graduate programs and have noticed that some departments have a representation of their own PhD graduates as professors while others have an absence. For example, a ...
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How important is the publication venue for academic hiring and grant applications?

A comment in this question says: but spending some money to publish in a high rank journal can open more funding opportunities in future, doesn't it?. In another post, JeffE writes in this answer: ...
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Should non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty be permitted to vote on tenure-track hires?

My department has several non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty in teaching-only positions. My department is also hiring at the tenure-track level this year and these non-tenured faculty are taking an ...
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What does it mean to accept a job offer

Related to this question: How to buy plane tickets for job interviews? What does it mean to accept a job offer? Or maybe more accurately when have you accepted a job offer? The latest and most ...
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How to buy plane tickets for job interviews?

I am currently on the academic job market, and scheduling on-campus interviews with institutions that might want to hire me. Suppose I am invited to an on-campus interview at the University of X, and ...
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Working at a Liberal Arts College in Mathematics

I am finishing my Ph.D. in mathematics and am currently applying to many different schools. I would like to customize my cover letter somewhat for liberal arts colleges. In general, what defines a ...
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Are pay announcements worth their price to hire people?

Recently in my university research group (scientific fields: computer science and bioinformatics) we had some open positions for PhD students and PostDoc. For the hiring phase, we decided to insert ...
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Picking referees for a staff review?

For an interim (or tenure!) review, are their guidelines in place for choosing "neutral" referees, if asked? Obviously choosing the PhD advisor (and probably postdoc advisor) is a no-no, but are ...
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Obtaining a US J1 visa for someone who has worked in the Middle east - is it possible?

The best candidate for a job opening in my group is Indian, lives in Europe, and has worked for (and visited / lived for short periods), a company based in a US-allied Arab country. The human ...
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How should one turn down academic job applicants?

What's a tactful, respectful way to notify job applicants that you won't be hiring them? I see a lot of angry online discussion of this issue. Nobody seems to like the common "if you don't hear ...
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How to show interest in a candidate when no positions are available?

I occasionally receive "cold-call" applications from graduate or postdoctoral candidates interested in working in my research group. Most of the time, they are of no interest—it's just a "form ...
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Can American students do research in Europe with only a bachelor's degree?

It's not clear to me, looking over all the various regulations and requirements, how (or even if) it is possible for students holding a four-year or five-year bachelor's degree from the US can work at ...
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How important are teaching portfolios in obtaining an academic position?

I have been recently introduced to the idea of teaching portfolios, that is a collection of teaching experiences and references made by peer educators. Their supposed purpose is to go along a ...
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Difference between reference/recommendation

What is exactly the difference between a reference letter and a recommendation letter in Academia? According to Wikipedia: Letters of recommendation are very specific in nature and normally ...
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What's the net income of a W1/W2 german professor?

I've seen a job announcement where the salary was said to be comparable to the assistant/associate professor level W1/W2 in the German system, and I was wondering how much it would exactly make in ...
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How to recruit a PhD student without a strong connection to teaching?

As a postdoc, I'm considering to apply to research-only positions (for instance in a research institute, and not a university), and I know that one of the responsibilities of being a researcher is to ...
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What are the most important criteria to consider when hiring postdocs for a research group?

One of the most important challenges that academics will face is group management. Although this takes many forms for graduate students, undergraduate assistants, and so on, I believe postdocs are a ...
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What kind of Visa is required to work in Academia in Japan?

As from title. What kind of visa class do I have to apply for, in order to work as an academic in Japan ?