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Things to ask the Head of Teaching [on hold]

This week I'm going to meet the head of teaching at my new department as a tenure-track faculty. What are the important questions that I should ask this person?
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Which comes first, research or job? [on hold]

I currently face some kind of choice in my PhD study: I am a ABT (All But Dissertation), and I will be doing internship in some company this summer. I like this company and I will try to do well in ...
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Assistant Professor vs Assistant Teaching Professor

Is there any difference between an "Assistant Professor" position and "Assistant Teaching Professor"?
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How to gracefully leave a research lab (due to major change)?

I'm a freshman electrical engineering student who has been working in a research lab for the past year. I decided a few months ago that I am going to change my major to computer science, and that I ...
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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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What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing a postdoc in Singapore and UK?

I am end of my PhD. I would like to do a postdoc. In UK the average postdoc salary is around 30K (per year). But in UK the tax is very high, after taxes I may get around 1800 pounds (per month). I ...
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“I am looking for a job” on a student website, a good thing or a desperate sentence?

I saw that some students, even from top schools and who are giving faculty candidate talks are posting a sentence like, "I am actively looking for a job in ..". Is this a good thing or only shows a ...
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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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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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After an unsuccessful application for a permanent academic position in the UK, should I call and ask details about the selection procedure?

I applied for an permanent lecturer position in the UK and received an answer of the type "we regret to inform you...". My question is, should I call the university and ask more details about the ...
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verbally accepted offer; got a second interview call

I was made a verbal offer for a job at a college, which I accepted over the phone. I haven't got the written offer and I have not signed anything yet. I was informed the written offer will be sent to ...
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How to make good use of a small startup fund?

I'm starting a tenure track position (in the US, computer science) in fall and the position comes with a startup fund that is insufficient to employ any (postdoc) staff and PhD students are funded ...
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Advice and etiquette for building up collaborations

I'm going to start a tenure-track position in fall. I'm planning to start some collaborations with some researchers that are a lot more senior than myself, who I met at some conferences and with whom ...
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How often do Ph.D. holders hold faculty positions in different, but related, fields from their Ph.D.?

This is something that I thought about a while back when reading (I forget where) about someone who held a Ph.D. in chemistry, but focused on physical chemistry throughout his Ph.D. years and actually ...
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What do I do if my part-time master's program is changed to full-time?

I am stuck in an unusual situation. I was admitted to a part-time master's program. The classes were supposed to be held in the evening and the expected degree duration was 6 years. After only one ...
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Navigating the Thorny Issue of Receiving Job Offers While in a PhD Program

Question I'm wondering about people's experiences with navigating job offers while pursuing a Ph.D. How did you make the decision to stay or leave? If you left, how did you break the news? Were you ...
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Can I be a lecturer without doing research?

This is probably a question quite opposite to the general vibe of people in academia, but oh well. I am a UK-based PhD student and as I progress through my programme I notice more and more that my ...
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In choosing a postdoc, how should I prioritize mentorship versus research opportunity?

I am an experimental physicist looking for postdocs in applied physics and materials science. In choosing groups to inquire about a position, I am trying to determine how to prioritize potential ...
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How much do math professors get paid in the United States?

I have been researching professorship (full tenure) and I have been wondering what these full time professors make? I am not talking about professors are Harvard, but middle-good universities? In ...
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What credit does inclusion in “Who is Who” book add to the researchers and academicians?

This question has two intents. Firstly sharing an email I received, as an academician, with other academicians and also clarification on the contents of this email and the way it works. I have ...
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Job Hunting for a postdoc

I just finished my postdoc in Bimolecular engineering and I am hunting for a job, or a position.But my concern is that out of almost 80 jobs that I applied over the last two months, I have not ...
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Should I let potential employers know I have a job offer?

I've interviewed for a few positions, one of which has made me an offer. I'm very pleased with the offer, but I prefer some of the other positions. I have the luxury of being able to take a lot of ...
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What is a good answer for an interview question “Why do you want to teach at this teaching university?” (when there are several others nearby)

Assume there are 3-5 teaching universities near each other. What would be a good answer for an interview question : why you want to teach at this teaching university? To me I see no difference and ...
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What are the negative consequences of slacking off after attaining tenure?

As I was thinking about the question Can I slack off and get a PhD?, I realized that I wanted to say in my answer If you want to slack off, the best time to do so is after you have received ...
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What is the chance of getting a PhD position in Germany in physics? [duplicate]

What is the chance of getting a PhD position in Germany in physics taking into account that i have obtained my Master degree from a German university ? I am 30 years old and i have just finished my ...
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In PhD admission is research internship or a job in a research lab better?

If I hope to enroll in a Computer Science PhD program in a top tier university (Stanford/CMU) and I currently hold a master's degree (without publication). Is a year-long Research Software development ...
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What are duties for jobs like Professor, Lecturer, Research Scientist, Research Assistant, and Research Fellow in the UK (Oxford)?

In Oxford's job website (here and here), I see positions including Professor, University Lecturer, Departmental Lecturer, Research Scientist, Research Assistant, and Research Fellow. What are the ...
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Does your university name matter? [closed]

If you are seeking an engineering job, do employers care about which university you attended? Do they look at your grades, or bias their decision based on the college's reputation? There are stories ...
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How may I calculate Research Contribution as Per UGC rules?

University Grants Commission (U.G.C)[ "http://www.ugc.ac.in/"] is the autonomous and statutory body in India, to govern the rules and regulations of the Universities and various other academic ...
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How do you know if university is right for you?

At the secondary school I went there was an implicit sense that all students were expected to go to university. For example councillors would come into our English classes to give presentations on how ...
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Conflicts with colleagues as a postdoc - reason enough to start looking for the next job?

I have recently started as a postdoc at a well-regarded foreign university. I like the place and I have no particular problems with my professor (even though his style isn't exactly to my taste, but I ...
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How to mention possible mutual interests when applying for a job?

Several advices for job application, recommend to mention faculty that have similar interests and can be future collaborators. What is the best way to do that? I have worked on topic T and I would ...
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What academic functions does a Professor Emeritus usually serve?

I for one have never understood the distinction between a regular prof with a prof Emeritus/Emerita aside from the obvious fact that a Prof. Emeritus is someone who is usually fairly elderly and has ...
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Academic occupation options for foreign visitors to the USA?

My wife is a student in the US. I am visiting her after I got a PhD degree several months ago in mechanical engineering in China. My visit is about one or two years long. I plan to go back China to ...
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Academic rank equivalent

I am currently teaching Computer-Science courses on a spanish-speaking country and I'm having trouble translating my academic rank into English. Here in my country the possition is called "Auxiliary ...
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What kind of science jobs are there at the European level? [closed]

I'm thinking about opportunities for PhDs beyond the traditional academic route, for example in policy. I'm curious then, to hear about what kind of work there is at the level of the European ...
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Principal Research Scientist vs. Senior Research Scientist?

I notice that some schools, e.g., MIT EECS, has these two non-faculty appointments, Principal Research Scientist and Senior Research Scientist. At least true for MIT EECS: Both of them, just as ...
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Why do research faculty pursue administrative positions, such as dean, provost, president, etc. ? Do such positions spell the end of one's research?

At a recent seminar talk, I was amazed to note that one of the two coauthors (not the presenter) was the president of a large and well-known university, since I had always assumed that taking on such ...
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What is a soft-money research position?

I have read the term "soft-money research position" a few times. E.g. Path of a postdoc. Another consideration for interviewees is whether to pursue a "soft-money" position. A tenure-track ...
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How to professionally quit a student job?

I'm a CS master student in a German university currently writing my thesis. Three months ago I saw an ad from a PhD student in the group where I'm doing my thesis asking for a student assistant (HiWi) ...
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Can I get a job while still applying for a scholarship for PhD studies?

I'm interested in a Ph.D. program in Switzerland. I know that all Ph.D. students can apply for scholarships, and it is very possible to get it. I am wondering if, meanwhile I could find myself an ...
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What are the duties of the Chancellor

After asking this question, I've realised I don't really have a good grasp on what exactly the Chancellor does. I know the Vice-Chancellor runs the university, but what does the Chancellor do? I've ...
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What is a Pro-Chancellor?

I was looking at a document describing setting arrangements for a ceremony and ran into the phrase: The president of the Student Guild shall sit in the front row, with the Vice-chancellor, the ...
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What does Jesuit University really mean in the job description? [duplicate]

I'm currently on the job market and looking for an academic job position. In many job descriptions, it's clearly mentioned that the university has Jesuit tradition. Does it mean to say that those who ...
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How to approach someone who has stopped replying?

Recently, I applied for an advertised post-doctoral position with a researcher in an well-known institution. After two weeks of not getting a reply, I sent him a reminder, and he replied "Oh, ...
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Am I likely to be perceived as less successful if I start as an assistant professor at age 40?

Several professors, including my former advisor and a senior member of my research community, have been encouraging me to apply for a faculty job. I am torn about it mostly because I am 40 years old. ...
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Job Market in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

The question: Firstly, do I need to have a background in computing to be a research in human-computer interaction (HCI). Secondly, I need help with getting relevant work experiences which seem to be ...
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Applying for posdtoc positions: is it okay to send out many applications? [closed]

When applying for postdoc positions, one has the option to send out lots of applications, possibly get several offers, then choose the one that seems best. Alternatively, the applicant could contact ...
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How to go about “record of teaching excellence” as part of an application for an academic position when you don't have teaching experience?

I am currently a post-doc and I would like to apply for a tenure-track position in a health-related discipline. As part of the application, the search committee requests a record of teaching ...
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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 ...