On the duties, responsibilities, titles, and benefits associated with an academic job. (For questions on searching for an academic job, use 'job-search' instead.)

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What does Fellowship position actually mean? [on hold]

I am currently in the process of applying for the fellowship position at a research institute (not at a university) and I need to prepare multiple papers for that. Reading some stuff online and ...
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Do teaching load agreements always refer to the academic year?

I was lucky enough to get hired as a tenure-track assistant professor in computer science. During the negotiation of the offer (per email), the department head assured me that, during my first year, ...
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6 months is all I have, what would be your method to finish your dissertation? [closed]

I will ask this question trying to be simple, but hoping to be understood on the complexities of my problem. I have looked for questions alike and my answer is not in any of them or, combined, the ...
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Changing the status of my paper in a job application

Two days ago, I have applied for a lecturer job and my CV & cover letter included a paper which was under review at that time. Yesterday, I got this paper accepted and will be soon published. As ...
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What is a Research Scientist position?

In an advert, I read: "[University U] is inviting applications for a multi-year fully funded Post-Doctoral Associate position. Highly qualified candidates may also be considered for a Research ...
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When you get paid to do research, but you're not a graduate student/PI, is it mandatory to put in extra time?

When I was an undergraduate student volunteering in laboratories, I recall times where I would come in on weekends to work on plating cells, running experiments, etc. This was something I did on my ...
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Applying for industry job after accepting postdoc offer

It is clear that once one accepts an academic job, it is just not right to continue interviewing for the same type of academic job. However I (and most others on both sides, I would imagine) think ...
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Off-campus job and Internet earning [closed]

As far as I know, international students can't work off-campus in the USA (according to the law). What about Google AdSense? I have been working on my personal websites and I have activated ...
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possibility of transfer from a fixed-term Lecturer to a continuing appointment

Recently, I have got an Lecturer position in a UK University. However, when I got the offer letter, it said that "The appointment is for a fixed-term of five years, with the possibility of subsequent ...
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Mentioning non-academic pre-PhD work on one’s website?

Does mentioning non-academic pre-PhD work on one’s website help or hurt one on the academic job market? I’m a graduate student in political science approaching the end of my PhD and preparing to go ...
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Choosing a degree program with 'low academic standards' [closed]

I am not sure if this is the right StackExchange to post this kind of question. If not, I apologize. I currently have a problem in choosing a undergraduate program to study. I am mainly interested in ...
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Have a job, but might not finish Ph.D. on time.

I have a few irons in the fire as far as jobs go. I have one offer so far and am waiting to hear on a few others. I am working hard to finish up my PhD, but might not have it completely finished by ...
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Why are positions in math so hard to come by nowadays? [closed]

Whenever I've heard math professors talk about job prospects in academia, they indicate that the job market has gotten much tougher over the years. Is it true that it is harder now than it used to be ...
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How to ask good question at the end of lecturer interview

I interviewed yesterday for a lecturer position at computer science. At the end of my interview, the Head of School asked me if I have any questions to ask them. This is my first time to interview, ...
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Computer Science degree Vs. Software Development degree

Why are schools offering software development degrees as opposed to computer science? Are computer science degrees not as good for software development jobs as the software development degrees? I see ...
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How should one describe a future academic appointment

I am currently a grad student, and will have an appointment as an assistant professor in a few months. For various conferences I am attending, I am to provide my title. I would prefer to mention my ...
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How to tell my advisor that I am quitting my PhD and what to say to an employer about why I am leaving

I got a job offer shortly after starting my PhD. So my question is: What should I say to my advisor about why I am quitting my PhD? Is it fair to tell her that I have accepted a job offer? And What ...
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How many papers are expected a PhD student to write in order to be accepted on postdoc programs?

I am a PhD student now in theoretical physics with applications to nuclear physics, astrophysics and chemistry and I am asking about how many papers are expected a PhD student to write in order to be ...
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Is it possible to find faculty position at a 2-3 tier univerisity after my PhD and or Posdoc? [closed]

I am a PhD student in Canada as international student, studying atmospheric chemistry, at a tier 1 university in Canada. I want to stay in NA, and want to find a job in academia. Is it very hard to ...
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Etiquette: asking for postdoc position to seminar speaker

A really cool professor is invited to give a seminar in my department, and I would like to ask him/apply for a postdoc position in his lab. I do not know, if he has any openings, but I do have a ...
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Ways to tell interviewers you want some time to think about your decision (Employment in Academia)

I am interviewing for employment in academic labs as a computer scientist, one of which a childhood friend is in and has some position of seniority. According to my friend who has spoken with the PI ...
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What could be the negative factors in getting a PhD position in theoretical computer science?

I have been searching and applying for funded PhD positions in Europe specially in Germany for a long time to no avail. I think, what pushes my applications back the most is the lack of proven prior ...
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Can you get hired where you received your phd?

I really like the institution where I'm working on my PhD, and I enjoy the city that I live in. I have shown that I am a strong research, and I am really starting to make a name for myself. I was ...
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W2 Positions in Germany after Postdocs elsewhere

I am currently a research fellow in Europe and am possibly interested in permanent positions in Germany. I can find resources about how one climbs through the ranks in Germany from W1 to W2 or from ...
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Will a Master in Science (Statistics) helps in landing a job

I specialize in Pure Maths when I was a undergraduate. Currently I am working in a university as a teaching assistant. I would like to find an industrial job. However, due to my lack of applied ...
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What are some faculty positions focused purely on research in Europe? [closed]

In the UK we have fellowships at various levels depending on experience, in which there is no obligation to teach. What are other similar positions in Europe (including the UK)?
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If a postdoc is interested to apply for a future professorship in his/her current institution. What should she/he do in the postdoc research period?

Based on the discussion in a previous question Apply for assistant/associate professor at same institution as postdoc? If someone is interested to apply for a future assistant/associate professorship ...
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Am I screwed with a Computer Science degree? [closed]

I'm in my second year of University in Computer Science for a Bsc and I'm getting very scared for the following reason : all jobs I'm interested in seem to ask for a Software Engineers! I'm starting ...
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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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Finding Post-PhD employment in Mathematics - How difficult?

I have completed a 4 year bachelor of Mathematics at a decent university, and a comment was made by Pete L. Clark, on this website, here: "post-PhD academic job market is one step shy of airtight at ...
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Website for professorship positions in Germany?

Is there any website for professorship positions in Germany? I find few websites, but they don't cover most of the universities. There are more up-to-date advertisements on the website of universities,...
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PhD in Quantum Computing - useful outside of academia? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of applying for a PhD in Quantum Computing at Oxford. Suppose I later on decided that academia wasn't right for me. Would such a title still be useful for looking for jobs in different ...
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How to balance studies and part time job [closed]

I am an undergraduate student of software engineering, second year now, in a foreign country. My family's economic background isn't very strong; so I need to work in a restaurant for part time job in ...
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“Cold-calling” for a post-doc position in a group that cites you

I know that "cold-calling" for positions is considered very poor etiquette in the academic community. But is this the case if one "cold-calls" a group which is familiar with your work? By familiar I ...
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What's my job title? [closed]

I'm currently a graduate student that conducts the labs for a statistics course. The labs themselves only form a part of the course and the other part consists of lectures where they get a theoretical ...
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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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How do I deal with an old reference letter from an advisor for job applications?

I wrote my graduate advisor asking him to updated his reference letters for me, but he has yet to respond. I e-mailed him again, but he and I did not have the best relationship, and I am worried that ...
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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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When looking for students to work on a research project: contact good students directly or contact all class then select the good ones?

When teaching an undergraduate or graduate course and knowing about some good students, what would be the best approach in inviting them to join a research project? Contacting them directly, or send ...
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How to do a PhD while having an industrial research job? [closed]

I got my master degree three years ago, and I used to work in research since, one year in academic, two in industry. I’m an engineer with a big passion for computing problems, math and physics (I’m ...
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What is the difference between a “I” or “II” after a job title?

There are several job titles such as "Research Associate II" or "Research Scientist I" or "Research Scientist II" in the research institute located near my school. Is there a difference between the ...
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Academic career in pure math? [closed]

If I (completely hypothetically) got a PhD in pure math with a minor in philosophy, what would be my chances of getting an academic job (research most preferably)? I live in Northern Europe.
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When applying for a higher education job, do I need to list my bachelors?

If I did a bachelors a long time ago in an unrelated field and I am applying for a job that requires a PhD And a Master's should I put the bachelor's degree? Is it necessary?
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Destructive bureaucracy and how to oppose it

In my country researchers are overburdened with paperwork and are struggling with increasingly overwhelming bureaucracy while being underpaid. This all leaves them not much time for actual research ...
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Distinctions between programs, departments, and institutes

I am applying to tenure track jobs at high research activity universities in the United State. Wading through open positions, I've become increasingly confused about what is the meaningful distinction ...
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In my second year of a three year PhD program and I now hate research. What career can I do?

I have just started my second year in a Health Education and Promotion PhD program. It is a three year program and I will be done with classes after this year. Next year is my dissertation year. ...
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Sign of researcher's professional maturity

When one applies for an academic position (especially for a permanent one) or for a significant funding, (s)he is often asked to show his/her professional maturity in research in the motivation letter/...
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How to address the ability to work with culturally diverse populations and on interdisciplinary teams in an academic job application?

Sometimes it is mentioned in the US academic position announcement that "Applicants must address in their application their ability to work with culturally diverse populations and on interdisciplinary ...
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Should I wait to upskill myself or contact professor about the PhD opening asap?

I'm completing my Masters in Artificial intelligence. My thesis is about the social robotics and cognitive sciences. However, During my Masters, I've self-studied a little about big data and machine ...
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Clarifications needed: UK research positions

In addition to various US-based positions, I am currently considering (applying for) several research positions at a couple of well-known UK universities. While I researched the topic somewhat, I am ...