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

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What counts as a “project” when a potential employer asks a graduate about recent projects they have completed?

I recently graduated with a BS degree in Physics and I am looking for a job in the tech industry. A common question I get is talking about recent projects, so in general, what kind of assignments in ...
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Type of non-university, research jobs suitable for a mathematician turned computational neuroscientist, with coding experince

I've asked the same question here: http://mathoverflow.net/questions/210447/non-university-jobs-suited-for-pure-mathematician-turned-computational-neuroscie?noredirect=1#comment521648_210447 ...
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Approximate time frames for US postdoctoral application decision making and starting

Performing an academic job search for the first time (unlike the industry ones), the more I dive in, the more I see how such search for a junior faculty position is very dependent on timing, time ...
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Core- JOB Electronics [closed]

I am in my final year of BE E&TC from Pune, India. Actually i got good marks in my Xth standard and Diploma in E&TC, but unfortunately due to personal issues and the college i wanted for my BE ...
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Consequences of applying to both research and staff positions at the same school simultaneously

There are some well-known universities, which I considered applying for several positions at each school (as a recent Ph.D. graduate). The potential problem is that, at each school, some of the ...
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Is it ok to list reviewing experience in a resume when you don't have a PhD?

A friend of mine is has an appointment as research staff without any postgraduate degree, let alone a PhD. However, she has years of research experience and has single-handedly reviewed impact factor ...
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Handling academia politics - early career case [on hold]

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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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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What is a good way of getting peer feedback on my draft cover letter?

I am preparing material for the academic job market and I would like to receive feedback from peers on my cover letter. Additionally to the traditional personal contacts, I have thought about online ...
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Background section for research statement

It is my understanding that the main sections in a research statement should address the following three main points: 1) research interests and skills; 2) past (and present, if any) research; 3) ...
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Advisor suggesting my marriage may cause problems in Postdoc position search [closed]

I am currently looking for postdoctoral positions, and am considering applying overseas (in US right now). My advisor has expressed his opinion that I can not be successful in an overseas position ...
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Single application for several postdoctoral positions

I just finished crafting an application's cover letter for a particular lab (if it matters, area of research can be broadly classified as computational social sciences). The situation is that they ...
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Academic job search: writing sample

In many, if not most, advertisements for academic positions, specifically for postdoctoral and junior faculty positions, I see a requirement of including a writing sample as part of application ...
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Postdoctoral job search: mixed applications

As I'm currently pursuing an academic job search (in parallel to the industry one), which includes potential postdoctoral positions, I would appreciate some clarifications on the following aspect. ...
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Postdoctoral job search: freedom

As I'm currently pursuing an academic job search (in parallel to the industry one), which includes potential postdoctoral positions, I would appreciate some clarifications on the following aspect. ...
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Postdoctoral job search: positions and job titles

As I'm currently pursuing an academic job search (in parallel to the industry one), which includes potential postdoctoral positions, I would appreciate some clarifications on the following aspects. ...
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Is it alright to be out of academia for a while before applying for academic or research-only positions?

I am 15 now. If I quit high school now and start a BSc around age 35 and finish my PhD around age 45, is it possible to find a job in some university after being out of academia for so long?
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Some specifics about research and teaching statements

Thanks to Internet and this site, in particular, I have a pretty good overall idea about contents and style, expected from research and teaching statements. As a potential postdoc or junior faculty ...
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Etiquette for declining a tenure track job offer

I have a good idea of what things to say in my correspondence regarding this matter; here I'm mainly asking how to deliver the news: by phone or by letter/email. I have received conflicting advice ...
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Can I serve as a reference for someone applying to fill my position?

I work as an administrator at a university and will soon be resigning from my position (the job has already been posted). A student who I formerly supervised is applying for my position and has asked ...
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Attending job talks when you are leaving the department

I am leaving my current department in the next few weeks. We are currently in the mist of our hiring season and have 12 job talks and campus visits schedule before I leave. None of the positions we ...
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Is it better to negotiate a faculty offer by email or phone?

When negotiating a faculty offer with a search committee chair, is it better to do it via email or phone? Which one is more efficient and can get better results? For example, email have the advantage ...
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When to negotiate an offer?

After receiving an offer and a deadline of 2 weeks, when to start negotiation? According to some opinions, that one round of negotiation is fine. So is it advisable to start negotiating in the first ...
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Is it possible for someone with a BA in mathematics who is not currently a student to get an applied research job?

My graduate school applications fell through and I was wondering if there was a job I could do that would keep me improving as a mathematician, or if the best I could hope for is the least invasive ...
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Interpreting academic applications' timeframe requirements

Based on my limited experience in academic job search, most advertisements for academic positions (it seems, more often the faculty ones) include phrase, similar to the following: To guarantee ...
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Applying to several faculty positions within the same institution

The following question is not a general question about applying to many academic positions at different institutions, but rather about applying to several positions within the same institution ...
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What do people look for in a bioinformatics or genomics person for hiring? [closed]

I attend a lower ranked state school in New York state, and have taken a liking to the field of genomics. My computer science skills are weak, but I enjoy the field and would like to pursue it for a ...
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Quitting Physics PhD to become engineer?

After a couple of years in a decent grad school, passing quals, many times thinking about quitting (the usual: impostor syndrome, stress etc), and one paper. I feel like I have a clear head to make ...
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Are Visiting Assistant Professor salaries negotiable?

I have two offers for a Visiting Assistant Professor position. Can I negotiate for a higher salary for a VAP position?
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“Warning signs” that candidates should be aware of during an academic job interview

I know that a big part of academic job interviews is for the candidate to evaluate whether they want to be in the department (not only whether the department wants them). Are there some non-obvious ...
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Are search committees often interested in someone who will add to their department's expertise?

One rejection letter I received had the following words: Careful consideration was given ... to the relationship of each applicant’s qualifications to the existing capabilities and needs in our ...
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Should we keep our referees informed of our job application statuses?

I have heard that it is a good practice or even necessary to ask for our potential referees' permission before we include their contact details in our CVs. Is it also a good practice to keep them ...
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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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Can I ask a professor to do work for him/her during the summer as a form of an internship?

I am a newly transferred undergraduate Earth Science major and because of this I haven't had any internship experience in my field, even though I will be going into my senior year this fall (I also ...
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About assistant professor job postings with no set deadline

Every once in a while I see assistant professor job postings that don't have set deadlines. Sometimes they would add that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, or that "until the positions are ...
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Should those more interested in research choose a postdoc or teaching position?

For PhD graduates who are more interested in research and little teaching, which is better, a postdoc with a focus on research, or a (non-tenure-track) teaching position (lecturer, instructor, etc.)? ...
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In my first year of a research postdoc in math, I think I may want a teaching-only career. How should I prepare for the job search?

I got my Ph.D. in math in the last year and am currently in the first year of a 3-year research-oriented postdoc at a large public American university. I am finding it harder and harder to focus on ...
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What to do when university has not yet reimbursed travel costs for a job interview?

A few months ago, I visited a university for a tenure-track interview in computer science. Before my visit, I received an interview policy sheet from HR stating all the usual things (economy flight ...
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I graduated last year and my advisor passed away unexpectedly soon after. What should I do now for subsequent academic job searches?

I received a PhD in mathematics last May. Last December, my advisor passed away quite unexpectedly. My advisor was an extraordinary person; in addition to being a fantastic advisor mathematically, ...
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Does authorship matter when applying for academic jobs?

In some fields, authors have equal weight on a paper, but in my field (mechanical engineering) people care where their name appears. However, I am not sure how much the authorship is important when ...
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When should a faculty candidate notify schools about a competing offer?

If a candidate has been notified that she is going to receive an offer from another school, at what point should she notify other schools at which she has interviewed? In particular, if it's known ...
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How to write teaching philosophy and research statement?

I am applying for faculty positions in the US. Almost all of them require teaching philosophy and research statements. I have read some examples, but still do not understand what should I write. ...
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Are there formal or informal hiring bans in some academic settings based on gender and/or nationality?

In early March 2015, an eMail by a female German professor apparently rejecting a male Indian applicant due to the 'rape problem' in India made news. (The issue is a bit more complex. There is some ...
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If a reference is applying for the same position, are they obligated to inform you?

If a reference applies for the same position do they have a professional obligation to inform you that they are applying for that same job?
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How are TT candidates measured with different number of postdoc years?

In my field (math), typically people get 3 year postdoctoral fellowships as the standard offer. Some afterwards do another postdoc and some go directly to tenure track. Some people, however, get ...
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Are faculty positions more competitive than government research lab positions?

Whenever I've been in the audience of a faculty interview presentation, I left impressed but demoralised. It appears the bar of making it as far as the interview is very high indeed, and I don't know ...
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How to negotiate multiple tenure-track offers

I'm in the lucky situation that I received 2 offers for tenure-track positions within days of each other from institutions A and B. Either one of the institutions would be a good fit. So far, neither ...
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Value of listing OEIS contributions on an academic CV

The Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences (OEIS) is a large online database of number sequences. It's popular among professional and amateur mathematicians, and its entries are widely cited. Like ...
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Should I put future talks on my CV?

I am a Ph.D. student in mathematics, and I am currently applying for jobs. There are some talks that I will be giving later this month and the next few months. Should I put future, confirmed talks on ...