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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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Importance of the average mark [migrated]

I'm doing my master's degree in computer science in a university in Germany. Unfortunately, I'm not one of the best students; my average mark will be around 2.8. How important is the average mark ...
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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 ...
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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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Received offer to work for free, how to negotiate for a salary?

I was an international student and graduated 3 years ago. Now I want to continue my research career instead of working in the industry. I worked for free for a professor for one month last year. It ...
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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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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 ...