Queries related to enterprise or industry activities of academicians and the impact of industry on academic career and vice versa.

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In computer science, how hard it is to get a job at an industry research lab?

As a PhD graduate, how much easier it to get a job at a research lab like the ones at Microsoft, Intel, Google etc. compared to getting a job as a Professor at an R1 university? Is it possible to ...
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Filing a patent before collaborating with industries?

During my recent research, I produced a little prototype which seems interesting enough for commercialization. I don't have the necessary resources to do it, so I naturally think about collaborating ...
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Theory vs. application in selecting a research field [closed]

I always think about this debate: should knowledge be acquired only for the sake of knowledge, or should knowledge be acquired to be used for some greater application? I want to be in a field of ...
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Quitting Physics PhD to become engineer?

After a couple of years in a decent grad school, passing quals, many times thinking about quitting (the usual: impostor syndrome, stress etc), and one paper. I feel like I have a clear head to make ...
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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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Etiquette for attribution when applying concepts in industry

I work as a software developer in industry, but I like to read various academic papers to get exposure to ideas that may benefit my work. I may not apply exactly the technique described in a single ...
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Why do companies sponsor academic conferences?

In computer science, I often see companies sponsoring academic conferences. What do companies hope to gain from doing so, and is there any evidence that these hopes are fulfilled?
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How do I find a PhD research area that will be commercially viable?

I want to find a PhD position which will guarantee my ability to obtain a job in industry as a researcher. I need some ideas how to find a research field which companies will want to invest in and ...
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Why do companies fund academic research?

I noticed that a lot of big companies are actively funding research at universities. I was wondering why they do this, as opposed to say funding in-house research as the knowledge ends up in the ...
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Sponsoring a non-academic collaborator to attend a conference

I am a non-academic who has collaborated (privately, no employer support) with some academic researchers and been invited to present our work at a conference. The conference admission price and ...
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What other research fields like this exist? [closed]

I wish to pursue a PhD in a field which is related to humans somehow (anthropology, archaeology, humanities, biotechnology, medical research, anything which helps humanity) where I can apply my CS ...
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How to refer in an acknowledgements section to a group of people in industry who helped you in completing your thesis?

My thesis was done in industry environment, therefore in the acknowledgements I would like to thank all the people that helped me, but I do not know how I should call them. Colleagues does not sound ...
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How do I turn down an internship offer by a professor because I have a better offer in a corporate research lab?

I applied to several corporate research labs for internships. Seeing no progress on my application, I emailed a professor in a top university asking for an internship. He was impressed by my work and ...
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Leaving academia - what to do with the personal website?

I have a question about "post-academia" personal websites. The question is open-ended and fuzzy because I am not 100% certain with what I would like to do, so I am also looking for suggestions. Some ...
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Studying for a master's in Computer Science after a bachelor's in Physics [closed]

I am currently in my penultimate (third) year of a master's degree in Physics (in the UK). The degree is set up such that you have four years of a taught degree and graduate with a master's without ...
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Does it make sense to get a PhD if a person does not want to be in academia and prefers to stay in business?

I am working in a highly technical field (quantitative finance/ statistical analysis) for a private company with a Master of Science degree in economics. Does it make sense to get a PhD (in ...
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PhD student, issued contract at year 3 which will sign over intellectual property. Is it legal?

I'm EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, the biggest UK funding source in the sciences and engineering) funded. Several months into my PhD an industrial sponsor came along. In ...
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Ethics of using company data from internship for academic project

I am a graduate student and one of my research projects requires me to crawl a website using their public API. This is going alright but the amount of data we can collect is limited, since it is a ...
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Postdoc or Job?

I currently have 6 years of teaching experience and a PhD (in mathematics if that helps). I am left wondering where to go next. I would like to try out industry and the private sector (they pay ...
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Myth or Reality: Employers will contact your academic supervisor and past collaborators to acquire information about you

Recently in a presentation about networking the presenter mentioned that it is important to maintain a good relationship with your past academic supervisors and collaborates (teammates) because ...
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Indecision between PhD and industry

First a little bit of background. I am a graduate student (Bachelor) that will finish the Master degree in june or july at most. I am working on my thesis at my university with a professor that I ...
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Faculty or industry applications without phd advisor's letter

How is an application for an academic position seen if there is no reference letter from the graduate advisor? Are any of the potential issues for academic positions the same for industry positions? ...
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What should someone who works at a tech company that isn't associated with the work list as affiliation?

I am preparing to submit a paper with a friend who is working at a tech company. The company that he is working with is in no way associated with our research work. Is it appropriate to list his ...
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Is pursuing a second PhD in the same or related field a viable means of returning to academia after a decade in industry?

I have a PhD from a reasonably good program in pure math, but I had no support from my department or adviser and so went into industry afterward. I'm unhappy with the situation, and I'd love to return ...
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Would a (temporary) industry position before starting a tenure-track position have a negative effect on academic career?

I have obtained a tenure-track offer (computer science) starting in 1 year that I'm planning to accept. I'm currently a postdoc in theoretical computer science and I'm facing the situation where I ...
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Non-academic positions after PhD in computer science

With the academic job situation so tight and uncertain, I am thinking of jobs outside academia (after a PhD in Computer Science). There are plenty of programming jobs that require an undergrad or even ...
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Getting a job in industrial math with only a Masters? [closed]

Is it possible to get a job in industrial mathematics with a Masters in math but no work experience and no PhD. Or would one be limited to only nonresearch industrial math jobs? How about the type of ...
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Should I (an undergrad) call potential industry research intern supervisor by first name?

I am corresponding via email with an industry researcher regarding an internship. He always signs off his emails with his first name, Bill. Still, I have addressed him as "Dr. X" for several emails ...
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To work in statistics for industry and research centers, is a masters sufficient or is there a major advantage to having a PhD?

So I am inquiring general tips from experienced individuals of academia and industry. I am a recent graduate from a top university with B.S. in math. I had goals of doing PhD in stats, but recently ...
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Top 10 largest private physics research centers in U.S.? [closed]

What are the top 10 private companies with the largest (in terms of number of researchers) R&D departments that do research in physics similar to what could be found at a Research 1 university? ...
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The data of industrial postdocs in Canada

Could anyone help me with the data of hired postdocs in company and private sector in Canada? I want to find out the number and the rate of the industrial postdocs in Canada (including the postdocs in ...
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How beneficial is speaking at non-academic conferences to future computer science career?

How beneficial is speaking (or holding a workshop) at non-academic software development conferences (like PyCon, Strange Loop or LambdaConf) to future computer science career (applying to PhD and ...
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Selecting references for PhD applications: are industry references OK?

My background: Final year computer science undergraduate in the UK. Spent one year working in a scientific facility developing software for scientists. My colleagues had previous academic experience ...
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Is organizing a thesis competition a good way to connect academia and business?

I would like to ask if you think that organizing an international thesis competition is a good way to bridge the gap between students (mostly graduates) and companies. The idea is to have a lot of ...
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What motivates researchers in industry to publish their results?

Are there any references which discuss why researchers in industry publish their findings? For example, they might be motivated/required to publish as condition of some grants, to promote some ...
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Do the results of evaluating cutting-edge methods in an industrial setting constitute new knowledge?

For example, suppose a new programming language is invented and some research regarding it is published, containing small, "toy" examples of its application. Suppose then that someone else takes this ...
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How to acknowledge oneself as the author of materials created in industry research position?

I am an industry-based researcher. As part of my role, I develop various resources for use by our clients. They include manuals, codes, quizzes, factsheets and the like. In all cases, I am the sole ...
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What is the industry equivalent of a post doc?

I've just finished my PhD in Genetics, and I am looking at moving into industry, as a scientist. "Senior Scientist" seems to be the closest match, because the salary is slightly higher than a junior ...
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For an industry-sponsored project, should one apply for IRB approval before or after accepting the funding?

Is there a standard customary timeline for applying for IRB1 approval with an industry-funded project? Should you apply for IRB approval first, then accept the funding for the project, or accept the ...
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Publication statistics per research company

Is there any website or other places that give some publication statistics (e.g. number of published papers, number of citations, etc.) per company? Ideally I would like to have those statistics ...
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Do academicians routinely face discrimination in industry job searches?

I spent sometime recently at a HR department of a government company (in the utilities) in the US. I accidentally found a file that listed out interview outcomes for new applications for a technical ...
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What is the proper etiquette for requesting speakers from industry for an academic seminar?

I am in a program that has a seminar class where the students are strongly encouraged to get people to come and present. I was wondering if anyone else ever had to find speakers and if so had a sample ...
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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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Leaving PhD program to apply for industry job - better to apply while still officially enrolled?

I am going into the fourth year of a PhD program and my research, which is in a STEM field, has clear applications in the tech industry. I have my Master's degree, but have decided not to finish the ...
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Academia research vs. industry research (computer science)

After finishing my PhD in Computer Science (machine learning) and after several years as a university lecturer, I decided to transition from academia to industry. As a result of that, I have been ...
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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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What are opportunities for academic math outside of academia itself?

I finished my PhD program in pure math a few years ago and have been in industry since then. I would love to continue my academic career, but (long story short) I was treated badly by my program and ...
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Part time industrial work during a mathematics PhD

I am in the second year of my PhD in mathematics and I have recently decided I want to go into industry after I'm finished. I feel like a lot of what I'm learning in the program does not have direct, ...
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Where can one find jobs where companies hire mathematicians where they can do (not necessarily mainstream) research?

Several companies (google, IBM etc.) are known to hire mathematicians with advanced degrees (Ph.D. and so) to work in different sectors. Many such jobs are also research jobs, if not all. But I almost ...
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After a PhD in biotechnology/engineering - more opportunities in industry or a postdoc positions?

Currently, my fiancee are both currently pursuing our PhD's in bioengineering and materials science and engineering, respectively, at the same university. She wants to eventually have an industrial ...