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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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Is it possible to learn for free and get a job from it? [on hold]

I'm considering learning from online sources stuff like Computer Science and Spanish. I've come across EDx, Udacity, and Coursera. Question is, is it possible to learn for free using whatever there is ...
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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?

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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Is this an example of LinkedIn's commodification of University Education [closed]

One of the most baffling aspect of LinkedIn is that nowadays a lot of people will post their entire university history on it, most prominently the list of courses that they have taken and the course ...
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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 ...
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Why do academics work only nine months of the year?

I'm wondering how best to respond to queries from non-academics along the lines of "Why should you be paid during the summer holidays?" This is the sort of question I hear a lot in this economic ...
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Will getting a PhD close doors for working as a software developer?

I am trying to decide whether I should continue with a PhD (in a field closely related to computer science) after my MS. I will be finishing my MS soon and have an opportunity to continue for a PhD. ...
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Do research laboratories hire international students with a Bachelor's Degree?

I intend to increase my research experience in a field not very closely related to mine (I am a chemical engineer and want to pursue Tissue Engineering). I a currently a 4th year undergraduate. I have ...
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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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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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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 ...