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How difficult is it to get an academic position in applied mathematics when your PhD is in electrical engineering?

How difficult is it to get an assistant professor position in a department (e.g., applied math) while you have a PhD degree from another area (e.g., electrical engineering)? Particularly, when you ...
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Does the Duke of Edinburgh International Award help with college/job applications? [on hold]

If so, does only the highest level (gold) really mean anything, or is the second level (silver) still helpful? I'm asking this because I need to know if its worth my time where I could be improving ...
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How can I identify research opportunities I am qualified for, and position myself as a competitive candidate, in a different field from my degree?

I currently have a BSc. in Environmental Science and would like to go back for a biology focused PhD in the next few years. I keep seeing the recommendation that having a good research fit will be ...
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What skills can I get during a PhD to be competitive on the job market against non-PhD holders?

Earning a PhD help you learn tools and techniques in your field, and lets you become an expert in a very specific field of science. However, once you get your degree and try to enter the labor market, ...
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Does working while you are studying affect your GPA? [closed]

I am studying computer science and I have money to pay for my university study, but I do not have money to spend on entertainment such as going to cinema with my friends in the weekend or upgrading my ...
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How to progress after an MA in field of TESOL and Linguistics in the UK or Europe or another developed country?

I'm midway through my MA TESOL with Applied Linguistics. I'm wondering what is the next step, both academically and also in terms of career options? Thanks
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Help on my dilemma [closed]

I hope this is the right place to ask this question. I finished my degree in Computer Science this semester, and since my 2nd year that I have interest in doing research(in CS). The problem is: Even ...
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Post tenure job search a waste of time?

I've searched many forums and websites and I am hoping to find a more direct answer to my question. I am a tenured, associate professor of humanities at a SLAC (yes, I do appreciate this). My family ...
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Skills for getting into IT Security research jobs in academics

I wish to get into research after finishing my Masters/PHD however wish to train my self on skills for getting qualified for openings in the area of Network security, Mobile security, Wireless ...
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Academic Hiring Process and Practices for Junior Professors in Germany

I am being considered for a job in Germany (W1 junior-professorship) and I was hoping to get some insights regarding the process as I come from the US system and am unfamiliar with how things work in ...
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Mathematics teaching position in the UK [closed]

I hold a PhD in pure mathematics and am looking for mathematics teaching positions in the UK, preferably at University level. What would be some websites where to find such ads? What is the standard ...
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Are decisions made on GPA grades overrated? [closed]

Assuming that the my questions might not reflect the real motivation behind it, I'll provide further information here. Looking to different job applications, be it in academia or industry, GPA is ...
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PhD position interview: How specific should my idea of the topic be?

I just finished my master in Geophysics with some help of you guys ;). Now I applied for several PhD positions in Natural Sciences and just got an invitation for a personal interview for one of them. ...
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Should I put job talks on my vita for positions I didn't get? [duplicate]

I have been on the social science academic market for a couple years, and I have been invited to interview and put together presentations ("job talks). I thought in both cases, the presentations were ...
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Are old (>35) faculty candidates discriminated against all over the world?

I think that in India research institutes will never take a faculty candidate who is over 35. Is it so all over the world? I am asking this question from the point of view of if someone starts their ...
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What is “call for nomination” for senior positions in university?

Job ads for senior executive positions in university always state Call for Nomination and Application. Contrary to nomination for awards, the nominator cannot actually nominate the nominee, but just ...
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How to write a teaching statement without any classroom teaching experience?

I have a friend who is applying for teaching positions in biochemistry with no teaching experience. She has a strong research background, with several publications as a grad student and post doc, but ...
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Isn't the job prospect in theoretical/mathematical physics too bad to justify doing a PhD in it? [closed]

Almost every theoretical physicist (string theorists) that I meet tells me that it makes no sense to try do a PhD. in these subjects since there are simply no jobs available and things are only going ...
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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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what is the usual time to start applying for jobs and other positions during a phd?

I have started writing my thesis ( just yesterday:) ). My advisor asked me to submit it in one or two months. Now am wondering should I start applying for jobs at this time period. I plan to talk ...
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Is it normal for math grad students to be required to take summer classes to work?

My mathematics department apparently gets pressured by the university to have more people take courses during the summer. We are also encouraged to take on TA responsibilities to make extra cash ...
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When should you move on from a postdoc position?

Suppose that in your sub-field there are half a dozen research groups on your continent that are acknowledged to be "world class". You have had the good fortune to do your MSc research in one, and ...
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Can one get a faculty position by posting CV on job websites?

As I see faculty positions in Europe and North America is always based on applications. Is it common that a department head suggest a faculty position to a possible candidate? I do not mean based on ...
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Double major in Physics and engineering for career safety

I am an indian undergrad student completing my BTech in Industrial engineering in one of top 3 universities in india. I am planing to move on to physics for Grad school and i have a proper profile for ...
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H-1B Visa Sponsorship by Universities

The statements of "Applicants who are invited to campus for interviews must be able to show proof that they will be eligible and qualified to work in the United States by the time of hire." is ...
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Workshop(s) for application to Marie Curie postdoctoral Fellowships (formerly IIF, IEF and IOF, now just IF)

I believe there are workshops offered to people who want to prepare application to Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowships (now part of the Individual Fellowships offered by them). I am trying to find ...
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Two questions on Marie Curie Actions and current open calls

a) There seems to be a fellowship for 'experienced' researchers (link below), which seems different than IIF, IEF or IOF, it's called 'IF' (Individual Fellowship). The recent call link is: ...
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Talking about other projects in a job talk

I have seen plenty of job talks, but whenever the speaker talks about a list of topics that they are "not going to talk about today", I often get distracted and even a little bit annoyed. It dilutes ...
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How hard is to get a post-doc in the area of HEP-Theory?

At the moment I'm a high school student, who is passionate about the High Energy Physics areas, especially Phenomenology, String Theory, QFT and so on. I would like to pursue a B.Sc. degree in ...
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Can one have two different sources for postdoc fundings together in Europe?

Let's consider the hypothetical situation of a postdoctoral candidate C, who get funded simultaneously as follows, starting at the same or different times, with overlap: Funding agencies F_1, F_2 ...
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Decision about getting a job while completing MSc Studies

Last year I got accepted in a full time informatics MSc. During that period I also had a fulltime job as a software developer in a startup and I was trying to make some publications with my thesis ...
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How does accepting a full time lectureship position at a top 15 University affect one's chances of future employment?

I have recently seen several positions titled something like "Senior Lecturer in [insert field]" at top notch universities such as MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, etc. The job description usually ...
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Statistics of Tenures at Harvard and MIT

My friends and I were just discussing about this question: do people need to have their PhDs at Harvard to get tenure at MIT (and vice versa) in STEM fields? I know theoretically, the answer is ...
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Easier to obtain permanent position in Europe after being faculty in US?

I am currently considering junior faculty positions in the US and Europe—my partner is European, and for a variety of reasons (family, etc.) we would like to end up there in the long term. Being from ...
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Is the PhD thesis needed for a faculty appointment?

I applied for a full professor position, and after the interview, I was asked for a copy of my PhD thesis. I was confused and want to know if it is the common and normal procedure or happened for me ...
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Is it advisable to self-advertise in conferences being on the job market

While giving presentations in conferences or talks in research meetings, is it ok to self-advertise that I'm on the job market (academic or industry)? Is it advisable or does it make more sense to ...
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How to find less-competitive faculty positions in the US universities?

I plan to move to the US, and thus, looking for a less-competitive faculty position to start there. Later, I can find better jobs, but at this stage, I just need to find a position. For an outsider, ...
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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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How important is the country of academic experience in applying for US academic jobs?

I have long academic experiences in African universities (where I studied and am based). I had various administrative positions such as head, dean, vice president. Academically, I have supervised tens ...
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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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How do U.S. research institutions typically reimburse a faculty candidate's airfare costs for multi-city trips?

I am interviewing at several research institutions in the U.S. for a tenure-track faculty position all around the same time. I booked a multi-city flight to avoid having to fly back to my current ...
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Leaving soft-money job for tenure track position that doesn't start until August: when to tell current advisor?

A verbal offer has recently been extended to me for a tenure track position that I'm 95% sure I want to accept, although I have not officially (verbally or otherwise) done so yet. This position is ...
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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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Design of “Members Page” for Academic Lab Website?

I am a Computational Biologist as part of an academic lab group working on the Immunogenomics of disease vectors (which may be relevant to the following). I am designing part of a web-page that ...
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Is there a website for academic computer science jobs in the US like mathjobs.org?

I know there is a mathjobs website in the US called mathjobs.org, which is the main website for posting math jobs in the US universities. But is there a similar one for the computer science jobs? I'm ...
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Negotiating startup package given differences in institutional norms

There is a story on Inside Higher Ed (based on this blog post) about a candidate who received a tenure-track offer from a U.S. philosophy department. She emailed the search committee with some ...
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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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What should a faculty member outside of the US do to move to a top-tiered American university?

I have three close friends who are ambitious and young junior lecturers at universities in Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore who are interested getting academic jobs in a top-tiered American ...
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How can I transition from industry to academia without having a college degree?

I've been working in the "private sector" since my late teens. I've gathered good web-development experience to be able to find work quite easily thankfully. I was never really interested in getting a ...
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Continue applications after accepting a position

There are various questions (and excellent answers) here about what to do when one accepts a job regarding existing applications. The general consensus is "withdraw existing applications". I write ...