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Is cyber forensics a good career option? [on hold]

I am a master of computer application student .. and want to get into cyber forensics .. is this field promising ...and whats the best possible course to get me there
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Should I quit my PhD for a lecturer position? [on hold]

I have started my PhD in fall 2015, now we've just started the second semester, however, since I started I wasn't feel that I'm so keen. I was looking to find some job, and stay some time take 1 or 2 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Impact of holding non-TT positions on potential for a TT position

Is there any (negative) effect of prior holding of one or more non-tenure-track (TT) positions on the potential of being hired (and promoted) at a TT position at a university (mostly interested in ...
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Is there a website where I can post my CV where potential academic employers can find me? [duplicate]

Is there a website where I can post my CV where potential academic employers can find me? To be more precise, I'm looking for postdoctoral position in the areas that uses differential geometry but ...
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Math teaching job after PhD in the United States for a foreigner

I am currently at the beginning of my math PhD career at university in the U.S. after getting higher and college education in Europe (where I am from).I have always liked teaching and math, but I'm ...
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Junior faculty position - course development

I would appreciate clarification on the following aspect of joining academia as a junior faculty member. I have seen a number of advertised positions for junior faculty, which often involve a teaching ...
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Type of non-university, research jobs suitable for a mathematician turned computational neuroscientist, with coding experience

I've asked the same question on Math Overflow Background: I'm a Ph.D. in pure mathematics (late '13, related to differential geometry, low dimensional topology) turned into computational ...
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Listing professors' titles/ranks in CV

In my CV's Education section, in particular, in its Ph.D. part, I listed, along with the full title of my dissertation and the date I defended it, titles and names of my dissertation committee ...
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For early researchers, how does the ranking of a university relate to future career in high ranked universities?

I am a longtime user of SE but posting as anonymous for the (not so) obvious reasons. I am an early academic researcher (though I have been working in industry for a while prior to academia), and my ...
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Should Research Associates apply for Post-Doc research positions if they want to?

I live and work in the UK and my training is in Computer Science and Mathematics. I defended my PhD thesis eight years ago and since then gained work as an engineer, then a Post-doc Research ...
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Is academia politics in early career an issue? [duplicate]

The following question is based mostly not on relevant personal experiences, but is largely inspired by reading here and there mentioning of the politics aspect in academia. At the present time, I am ...
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Handling academia politics - an early career case [closed]

This question is based mostly not on relevant personal experiences, but is largely inspired by reading here and there mentioning of the politics aspect in academia. At the present time, I am ...
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Should I take a tutor job or a research job in a company before going to grad school?

I have about one free year before I go to grad school and I would like to go to work. I live with my family (I'm Asian by the way) and so gaining experience is my priority, not salary. What job will ...
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How to become a professional design researcher?

I graduated from BA art design (mostly practical) and MA communication design (where I fell in love with research). Now I have been working as a interactive designer (mostly visual) for a digital ...
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How to get Industrial Jobs after PhD maths? [duplicate]

I am a Doctorate in mathematics in the area of Queueing theory, Operations research. I want to work in Coorporate sector, industries rather than working as an academic person. Kindly give some ...
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What points should I consider when applying for/accepting a position at another department?

I specialize in Computability Theory which is part of Mathematical Logic at the intersection of Theoretical Computer Science and Mathematics. Therefore I could potentially apply for jobs (e.g. a ...
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Masters with a full-time job

I'm a recent electrical engineering and computer science graduate and landed a full-time job developing software. I plan to attend grad school working toward a Masters in computer science once I've ...
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Are vacations counted for student research assistants in Germany?

I'm working as a student research assistant (HiWi) at a research group in a German university. My job is based on hours and it's mainly programming. In my contract I have to work 20 hours a month. ...
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Can you have a career in academia without having to write grant applications?

I really like doing research, but I've heard that all the fights for funding can be a major headache. So I am wondering, how can I enjoy my work without worrying about grant applications? Are there ...
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Listing awarded grants not affiliated with a university research position on a CV

I've had a look around but couldn't find an answer to my question. I'm in the process of updating my CV and am wondering about how to list grants awarded, specifically grants awarded to a group of ...
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Does name of university matter for internships?

I have been recently applying for summer internship positions in the engineering discipline. I am a senior undergraduate at UCLA university. My GPA is above 3.7 and I have both desired and minimum ...
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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 ...