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

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Is a PhD from a developing country worth paying for?

In my country, Egypt, some well-known institutes offer PhD degrees. I want to apply for a PhD program in biostatistics for which I will certainly pay a lot of money. How much would such a program ...
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Master's degree vs. Master's degree without thesis

I'm a doctoral student (in a fully funded applied statistics program) opting for the terminal master's degree with thesis due to personal reasons and the lack of fit in the program. However, I'm ...
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How are reference letters for postdocs submitted?

I am right now beginning my first application for my first post-doctoral position. The announcement lists a series of documents which should be submitted, including (quite predictably) a reference ...
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Should I quit my PhD for a lecturer position? [closed]

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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How to solicit feedback from students about faculty candidates?

I am the grad student on the hiring committee, and I have been tasked with gathering feedback from grad students about our faculty candidates. All of the grad students were invited to attend each ...
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Should the length of a research statement and a teaching statement be the same?

I am applying to a faculty position that emphasizes both research and undergraduate teaching. The application asks for a research statement and a teaching statement.I realize that both documents are ...
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Should I mention undergraduate research history when writing a resarch statement for a faculty position?

I am a PhD student applying to academic faculty positions in mid-sized institutions in the United States. I am writing research statements for ecological/environmental positions with a major focus on ...
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How many candidates are usually invited for a campus interview?

I am currently a candidate for a few jobs, and have a few campus interviews. How many candidates are typically invited for a campus interview? I am mostly interested in answers for positions for ...
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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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Junior professorship (W1) in Germany without full German proficiency

I am a Computer Science PhD student aiming for an Academic career. One of the options I am considering after I receive the degree is to apply for a W1 professor position in Germany (Junior professor). ...
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How do I deal with postdoc acceptances that come in before my preferred institution makes its decision known?

I will graduate soon from the doctoral program. I will apply for multiple postdoc positions. The results of the one that I really think is great for my career will be probably announced later than the ...
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A cv with or without passport photo while applying for postdoc [duplicate]

I am a Ph.D student from mathematics background and about to submit my thesis in a month or two. I am thinking to apply for postdoc position. Shall I send my normal cv or the one bearing my photo? ...
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Is it a bad thing to send an application for a master thesis late at night?

I am looking at an advertised Masters thesis/internship that could lead to a PhD. The first contact should be made by email. Is there any chance it could be looked down upon if I send that first ...
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Can I somehow leverage my willingness to work for a lower salary in job applications?

In the future, I will be on the market for a temporary academic position (postdoc or visitor) in the US, in math. Because of my lifestyle and financial situation, I do not need a large salary. ...
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Could teaching at community college for a few years harm my career?

If one aspired to a traditional, research-based academic career in a major university, would teaching for a few years at a community college (say, after the Master's) be damaging to one's CV? I'm ...
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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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Should a teaching statement always be included in faculty job applications, even if not required?

Should one always write a teaching statement when applying for faculty positions, even when not explicitly asked for in the job post? If it depends on the field and/or type of university, please ...
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How many on-campus interviews (for a tenure track math position) do you typically need to get one offer? [closed]

I was wondering, on average, how many on-campus interviews one needs to get one offer? For those who landed a tenure-tack job, could you please share your information?
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How big of a deal is it if I abbreviate a school name?

I am writing some thank you's for interviews I had recently. How big of a deal is it if I write UCLA instead of University of California at Los Angeles, for example? I have always spelled things out ...
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Does equipment purchased with grants stay with the PI?

Similar to this question What happens to equipment purchased using a startup package after an academic leaves the university? , I was wondering what happens if the items are not part of a startup ...
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In a job talk for a postdoc position, should I refocus my talk to be closer to the research at this research center?

I've been invited to visit a research center for a postdoc position, including giving a brief talk (25min) about my thesis. My doubt is, should I refocus my talk to be closer to the research they are ...
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How to recognize/ judge whether the PI/ recruiter has selected me as post doctoral fellow?

I applied for a position doing interdisciplinary research work in my field. The PI contacted me, took my interview and told me he would contact me again for my presentation. My interview went for one ...
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Is there any real benefit of an honors designation? [closed]

I am currently an undergraduate major in both physics and chemistry. It is possible for me to acquire a BS in both areas, departmental honors in both, and a delegation from the honors college in four ...
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Is it acceptable to contact the PI for a research position, in addition to applying through the careers site?

At my institution there's an on-site cancer research center. I applied to a lab through the center's careers page for the position Research Associate 1. Basically they took my resume, cover letter, ...
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Drafting Postdoc Inquiry Follow-up

About 3 months ago I emailed a professor asking if there were any postdoc positions open in his lab. The professor emailed back relatively quickly and thanked me for being interested in his lab, but ...
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How to negotiate salary at a school with a two-stage negotiation process?

I have a tenure track job offer from school S. This school appears to have a two-stage strategy to negotiate a low salary with candidates. Early in the process, HR discusses the salary range, [MIN, ...
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Europe: Central Academic CS Job Market Service like CRA?

When searching for faculty positions in CS, I find the service http://cra.org/ads/ very useful. There you can find many job ads from North America based institutions. Is there any similar service for ...
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Do faculty hiring committees inform the candidates of the results?

Context: I've applied for several tenure-track positions. I have one or two favorites, but I'd gladly embrace any of them, basically because I only applied to good universities, with good programs, in ...
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Signaling Interest for Job at Low Ranked University

How do PhD graduates signal job interest to low ranked universities? I am envisioning a scenario where a candidate does not get interviewed by a university because the university believes the ...
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Getting US faculty position with mentioned accomplishments [closed]

I work on computational physics at one of the good Brazilian universities. I made over 100 papers in good specialized journals (impact factors > 2); hirsch index 20; citation index about 800. What ...
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How to avoid gender bias when writing letters of recommendation?

Finding letter writing guidelines that simply say something like "avoid gender bias" is rather easy. Finding letter writing guidelines that explain what this means in more detail is extremely ...
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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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Asking part of the salary in advance while starting a postdoc at a US university

I'm not a US national, moving to the US from a foreign country to start a new postdoc at a US university. Considering the initial expenses (especially the deposit for the rent, which is three times ...
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Taking a job whilst waiting on PhD application decisions? [closed]

I've applied to a number of PhD programs for admission in fall 2016, but I've also just been offered a decent job in industry starting in mid-january. Would it be unethical to take the job then leave ...
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Teaching at University (pathway 3 and teaching-oriented positions)

In England, in principle, there are three pathways to Professorship, or in general to teaching permanent positions at Universities. The third one is for academic staff whose responsibilities are ...
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What's this mean: “The search for Assistant Professor, Mathematics has been suspended. Please visit the X University website for future openings.”

What's this mean: “The search for Assistant Professor, Mathematics has been suspended. Please visit the X University website for future openings.” I got an email from HR saying the search has been ...
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Faculty positions: What to say in a statement on diversity?

Some job ads of US schools require a "statement on diversity". I am not based in the US, and have never written one before. What should one say in a statement on diversity anyway? Am I supposed to ...
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What is expected in a Thesis Abstract, on a math job application?

I'll be finishing my PhD in May, so I'm applying for jobs. I have my application materials prepared and have been sending them out. Occasionally an application demands something I don't already have ...
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Which tenure-track jobs would a new math PhD have a shot at?

I will be finishing my PhD in pure math next semester, so I'm applying for jobs. I've noticed that on Mathjobs.org, listings for tenure-track positions do not say that one must have experience beyond ...
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Where can I expect to receive responses to applications for jobs in math departments at universities?

I am in the final stages of my PhD in pure math, and have been submitting applications to positions. Most of these have been through mathjobs.org but some positions of interest to me don't use that ...
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Is it prudent for new faculty to abstain from voting in a job search if the rest of department faculty is highly divided?

There is a job search in my department. The department is extremely divided on the candidates. As new faculty, should I abstain from voting? Is this a prudent choice?
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Taking a math teaching job at a local 4-year college,

I have had some discussions with a director of mathematics at a local 4-year college, and he has verbally offered me a teaching role. We've gotten closer, and he has sold it pretty aggressively to ...
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References check for a tenure position?

I understand most parts of the hiring process for an academic job, except for the reference check. How do they check it, who checks it, and when do they check it? Do they check what we write in the ...
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Going to JMM (Joint Mathematics Meetings) for Jobs without interview invitations?

Is it worth it (about $1000) to go to the JMM without any in-advanced-scheduled interview invitations?
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How are mathematics PhDs from the USA viewed in mainland European universities?

Do American-educated mathematics PhDs generally have an advantage over natively educated PhDs (in, say, France or Italy) in applying for research positions?
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Sources of academic salary information?

What are some useful sources for investigating common salary ranges for academics? This would be especially useful if it can be broken down by region, school type, position, and/ or institution. ...
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Is it bad to apply for a job immediately after it was posted?

I am applying for jobs on mathjobs.org, and I regularly refresh the new postings page. Sometimes I see jobs that I want to apply for right away, but I am not sure if it looks bad. I am worried about ...
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Uncommon requests during job interview negotiations

I'm curious about how common it is to negotiate for requests/demands that are not necessarily directly related to salary, research, or teaching load during the job hiring process in Academia. Some ...
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Can you teach in higher education with a master's degree?

I have a Bachelor's degree in journalism, and I'm starting a Master's degree program next year. I'd like to teach in a university - is it possible to do so with only a Master's?
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Short-listed, but no interview invitation after three weeks - should I follow up?

Applied for a faculty position and was notified three weeks ago that the Faculty Search Committee has placed my name on the short-list of applicants to be reviewed by all faculty in the department. I ...