Regarding the job hunt during and after the completion of graduate studies.

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Should applicants send an email to check the status of their faculty application?

After sending a faculty application online, should the applicant send an email to check if all documents were received and whether the application is complete or not? Some suggest to send an email, ...
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Non-academic positions after PhD in computer science

With the academic job situation so tight and uncertain, I am thinking of jobs outside academia (after a PhD in Computer Science). There are plenty of programming jobs that require an undergrad or even ...
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What are good answers to the question “How does your research contribute to your teaching, and vice versa?” in an interview for a faculty position? [on hold]

What are some good answers for such question: Explain how your research contributes to your teaching and how your teaching informs your research.
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Applying to a new position after a few months?

Last summer, my current funding ended and I had to look for a new position. I managed to find a lectureship at a university. Unfortunately it is one which is more focused on undergratuates rather than ...
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How Do I Correctly State The Monetary Results Of Automating Ones Process On a Resume? [closed]

I have been an intern developer for the past 1.5 years working on a project that I am finishing up. I was told by my IT Director that the persons process I automated made ALOT of money and that I ...
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Does GPA/Transcript matter for academic jobs after the PhD?

Courses taken and GPA can matter quite significantly for undergraduates, both for applying to graduate school and applying for jobs. What about courses taken and GPA during PhD? Do they matter at all ...
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Is it fine to ask who are the search committee?

I saw that some friends know who are the search committee members before their interviews. So would it be fine to ask the department who are they? And if it was fine, why the department didn't mention ...
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How to reply to an academic interview invitation?

What is the recommended way to reply to an academic interview invitation? And would there be a difference in response if the invitation was sent by a faculty or a staff? Should it be very short or ...
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How to negotiate for clinical vs protected research time in academic job offer?

I am a doctor, with specialty in psychiatry and a subspecialty in mood disorders. I have been offered an academic position at a larger university, but the letter of offer does not specify any ...
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Send a question or thanks letter after receiving a notification of receipt of application?

After applying to some faculty positions, some professors send emails (not the automatic ones) that they have received the application and ask if the applicants have any questions. Should the ...
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Seeking TT position with criminal record (DUI)

I am a few years away from being done my PhD in philosophy, and plan to seek work in the field. I have a DUI on my record from when I was 18 years old. Will anyone care?
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Faculty hiring differences in Theoretical Computer Science between US and UK/Germany

I'm a PhD student in theoretical computer science in the US. This question contains some great answers on how to get a faculty job in Theoretical CS. I wonder whether there are some significant ...
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What's the benefit of delaying a tenure-track position for doing a postdoc (when you already have a tenure-track offer)?

I've seen candidates for tenure-track positions in computer science that managed to negotiate a starting date that is a year later than originally planned. During that additional year, they all seem ...
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Potential Impact of Pass/Fail vs. Letter Grade in Elective Courses

The current grading system of my university allows graduate students to either receive a letter grade (A through F) or receive a Pass/Fail grade (where A-C is Pass) in any course offered. Each student ...
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Am I obligated to finish my post-doc term before starting my tenure-track job?

I am currently a postdoc at a research university. I had originally intended to stay at my postdoc for two years, and this was the understanding I had with my postdoc adviser. However, I decided to ...
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Would I be disqualified from academic positions in mathematics if my PhD is in cognitive science?

I'm currently working on a PhD in cognitive science, but my research and interests straddle the line between cognitive science and mathematics. Right now, I am most interested in pursuing an academic ...
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Will it hurt you to leave a tenure track position (for another) after one year?

I'm a new assistant professor in my first year of my first tenure track position. For several reasons, I am seriously doubting whether my current position is a good fit and am considering applying ...
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Graduate without a job offer or delay

I am posting here for the first time. I am Canadian 6th year grad student in USA. My adviser is rushing my graduation, which is a good thing. But, he is telling that he has ran out of funding and want ...
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Do hiring committees actually give preference to underrepresented groups?

For reference, I am a woman of color in mathematics and I am applying for academic jobs. I noticed that many of these applications say something like "Women (and other underrepresented groups) are ...
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What do I put on my publication list if I have no publications?

I am applying for a lecturer position at a university, and one of the application materials is a publication list. I am a graduate student in my last year of PhD, and I plan on focusing my job search ...
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Should I include written evaluations (from courses I took) in my transcript as part of the job application materials?

I did my undergraduate and graduate degrees at a university that includes course evaluations as part of the transcript. My evaluations from my professors and instructors generally are good to ...
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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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What does “scientific report” mean?

An Australian bioinformatics job ad talks about writing "scientific reports" in the selection criteria. Wikipedia has an article on Technical reports, which it says are also called scientific ...
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What should I include as “evidence of effective teaching methods?”

I'm in literature and applying for a tenure-track position. One of my job applications is asking for "evidence of effective teaching methods" as one of the documents I am to submit. Does anyone ...
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In what cases are you able to start a postdoc without a “conferred” PhD?

Many PhD programs only confer their degrees one, two or three times per year. If you successfully defend and submit your dissertation after the scheduled conferral date, you must wait until the next ...
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How much decision time is given for tenure-track offers

I've been applying for tenure track positions in computer science. Recently I visited university X for an interview and they have hinted that they are likely to offer me a position after my second ...
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Should I offer to pay (some of) the travel cost from the UK to the US for an interview?

I'm applying for tenure track jobs this year, and unfortunately the silence from universities I've applied to has been almost deafening so far. While I'm sure there are several factors contributing to ...
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Is it inappropriate to explain why I really want to live where the university is located in my job talk?

I am preparing to give a job talk for an on-campus interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position. The university is located in city X. I really want a job in city X because I have many ...
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In applications for academic jobs that ask for a “copy of transcript”, is a “copy of transcript” an unofficial or official copy?

I am confused in a lot of applications for academic jobs, such as assistant professor, lecturer, instructor, at academic institutions. Many of them ask for a "copy of transcript," but I am unsure ...
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Should I give an overview of my research program at the beginning or at the end of my job talk?

I am preparing to give a job talk for an on-campus interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position. In many of the job talks I have attended, candidates will spend 40 minutes talking in ...
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What questions should I ask as a candidate during an interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position?

I will soon be at an on-campus interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position. I expect that in the course of the day, I will be asked the question, "Do you have any questions for us?" What ...
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Who is eligible to apply for instructor or assistant professor positions?

I am a math PhD student in my last year, and I've been on mathjobs.org looking for jobs. I see a lot of jobs for instructor positions, or jobs titled "assistant professor", where the main work load ...
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My mentor got laid off from a private research lab. Is there anything I can do to help him find a new job?

I am a grad student and I wanted to know if there was anything I could realistically do. I think he's the best supervisor I've ever had, and working with him was very fun, and made me grow a lot as a ...
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Options for a teaching position in a liberal arts college in Europe vs US?

I am a 4th year PhD student doing Computer Science in an Ivy League School. During the past months the question of what I want to do once I graduate in the next 2 years seems to absorb most of my time ...
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Including unpublished manuscript with CV?

Should I attach my soon-to-be-published manuscript when submitting my CV? I've just recently submitted my first paper to a scientific journal and want to apply for an internship at a certain ...
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How to politely follow up after contacting potential postdoc advisor?

After sending an unsolicited email to a potential postdoc advisor, and receiving no response for a while, what is a very polite way to follow up? Based on past experience lack of immediate response ...
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Administrative recognition of frequently-cited unpublished manuscripts

This is not a question about academia per se, but about the academia-administration interface. When I was a postdoc, I wrote a paper that started to be cited quite often (by the standards of my ...
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Is being an honors student really worth it?

This is a something I'm really concerned about. I am an undergraduate physics major, and I've been in the honors program at my university for a little while now, and that means certain things. I must ...
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When during the application process should a candidate mention that their spouse is also looking for a job

When during the application process should a candidate say that their spouse is also looking for a job? The issue of academic spouses who want to find employment close enough to live together is ...
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Are there any “tells” for faculty hires?

I was curious to find out if there were any "tells" in faculty searches that someone is going to get a formal offer before the official paperwork is received. Are candidates who are about to be hired ...
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What should I ask deans during my interview?

I managed to snag my first interview for a tenure-track assistant professor job. As I had heard, the itinerary seems somewhat gruelling. What caught my eye in particular are three 45min-1hr meetings ...
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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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Benefits to serving on an IEEE Standards Association?

What are the benefits of being a member of IEEE Standards working group? From my limited knowledge: you get another badge on your cv you get to have a say in outlining a specific IEEE Standard you ...
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Who should I ask for reference letters for academic positions?

I am planning to apply for tenure track academic positions, and I already got 3 letters from people who I have worked with during my PhD, including my advisor. Do you think I should seek out letters ...
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What are some tips to writing a biographical sketch for postdoc job search?

I know there are several websites that one could find through simple Internet searches, and each and every one will dispense difference advice. I wonder what this academic platform has to say on the ...
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How does a 'quasi-tenured' hire work in practice?

I'm posting to help out a friend. The operational parameters are US + research university + computer science, so I'm looking for information primarily in that context, though the question is not ...
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Who should be provided as an academic reference for job applications?

I am instructed by my university to offer 1 academic reference and 1 work reference for industry work (I am doing a year-long placement). However, all attempts to actually get suggestions on who to ...
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Modify the page layout of application materials (i.e. A4 vs. Letter) when applying for jobs in multiple countries?

Most countries use A4 paper. The US and Canada use letter paper. When applying for jobs across several countries should application materials always be designed to meet the page layout norms for the ...
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As an inexperienced/unknown recommendation letter writer, what should I do to make my letter stand out?

It is generally acknowledged that one should try to get recommendation letters (for grad school, jobs, etc.) from well-known experienced members of your field, if at all possible (for e.g. see some of ...
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What is a “description of professional interests”?

I am about to finish a PhD in computer science and am on the job market. I'm mostly interested in small liberal arts schools, and have been working on application materials directed towards SLACs for ...