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

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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 ...
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When is a good time to go visiting potential post-doc opportunities?

I am in my last year of graduate studies. I have lately started networking for post-doc opportunities with some of the prominent people out there. I believe I have done a decent job in presenting ...
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How to make leaving a PhD program seem like a positive thing on a resume [duplicate]

I have a feeling this question has been posted before, but I wanted to ask as my situation is slightly different. I've recently decided to leave my PhD program in the social sciences in order to look ...
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Is it very difficult for international applicants to get a Visiting Assistant Professor position in the US?

I am a mathematics postdoc working outside the US and this year I am preparing for applications for positions (mainly in the US). I should also add that I am not a US citizen. Sometime ago I have ...
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Should I include a selection as an alternate in national competition awards on CV?

I'm applying for postdocs with a PhD in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies. I've seen some folks include nominations and selection as an alternate for awards on their CV. I was an alternate ...
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What is a non-tenure-track assistant professor position in the USA and is it harmful?

I see some offers on the Chronicle jobs website (such as this one from UC San Diego) for non-tenure-track assistant professor positions. Is the work of a non-tenure-track assistant professor exactly ...
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Related criterias of getting an academic position in US/EU/ASIA [on hold]

This is the final year of my PhD study (hopefully) and its time for me to think about my future. What will be considered when I am applying to academic positions and how are they being weighted? Is ...
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When should one start looking for a postdoc? [duplicate]

I'm doing my PhD in physics (experimental physics/materials science with a lot of programming) with more than one year to go. I'm not 100% sure if I want to stay in academia, but if so I would like to ...
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How to get the best of the last half of a PhD?

I'm a PhD student in Physics with one year and a half to go. My project is at the border between physics and computer science (I am developing a new method to analyse materials). I'm fascinated by ...
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Charisma vs. credentials in academic hiring

While it's clear that having a sterling CV with lots of high profile papers will be beneficial to getting hired, I often hear from other faculty that, when hiring, they are looking for someone who ...
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Transitioning from pure research to a teaching position

I have a PhD in Computer Science and have been working as a "pure researcher" in an academic setting for the past 10+ years. I have a decent publication record, with a large number of citations to my ...
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Apply for assistant/associate professor at same institution as postdoc?

This was a conversation I was having with a colleague earlier today. He was offered a postdoctoral position and doesn't want to move after that. It's a very highly regarded university so it's ...
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Is it worthwhile to find a teaching letter writer who can also speak to research abilities?

When applying for academic jobs in the US, one is often asked for a recommendation letter from someone who can attest to your teaching abilities. Should you try to find a teaching-letter-writer who ...
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Is it advisable to submit multiple teaching letters for tenure-track teaching-focused jobs?

When applying for academic jobs in the US, one is often asked for at least one recommendation letter from someone who can attest to your teaching abilities. If applying for a tenure-track teaching ...
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Can a teaching letter be written by faculty/staff outside your department?

When applying for academic jobs in the US, one is often asked for a recommendation letter from someone who can attest to your teaching abilities. Must such a letter be from a faculty member from your ...
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How much experience should a teaching letter writer have with my teaching?

When applying for academic jobs in the US, one is often asked for a recommendation letter from someone who can attest to your teaching abilities. How much experience should the letter-writer have ...
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What is the industry equivalent of a post doc?

I've just finished my PhD in Genetics, and I am looking at moving into industry, as a scientist. "Senior Scientist" seems to be the closest match, because the salary is slightly higher than a junior ...
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What should I state for “expected salary” in a tenure-track job application?

I am applying to a tenure-track assistant professor job in an applied math department, for which the job posting states Applicants should state their current and expected salary in the ...
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Very odd interview/hiring timeline for physical science field

Due to the circumstances surrounding my graduation and other factors, I didn't apply in the Fall of 2013 for any jobs. I did happen to see an opening that was still posted in February and applied on a ...
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How to apply with past postdoc or PhD positions which did not result in publications or recommendation letters due to conflict with supervisor?

To make the long story short, at the end of my PhD (Just 3 months before my viva), I realized that my PhD supervisor is liar and totally dishonest, probably he has his own reasons, but this is what I ...
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How cyclical is the (non-economics) academic job market?

I’m coming from an interdisciplinary PhD, but most of my advisors are economists. The economics job market is centralized, institutional, and happens once per year (in December). It is a ...
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How to remove gender bias from an academic job search?

I overheard some professors discussing the next round of hiring at my university and several were concerned about gender bias possibly playing an issue in the hiring process. An initial thought is to ...
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Sending a *digitally signed* email to prospective employer/supervisor

I have been digitally signing (and encrypting, whenever possible) my official emails for sometime. While I am not extremely paranoid (but serious, certainly) about cryptographic security, I also think ...
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How to discuss job search with your advisor when your career plans differ from what your advisor wants you to do?

I'm on the job market this fall (will earn my Ph.D. this spring), and have culled a list of open positions I would like to apply for. I'd like to talk to my advisor about this soon in regards to ...
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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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Are informal inquiries about postdoctoral positions liable to be perceived negatively?

I will graduate in 6-8 months with a PhD in physics and am looking to contact potential postdoc advisers. I will be applying to positions without an advertisement or prior contact with the potential ...
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How can I tailor my faculty application to maximize my chances at a liberal arts college?

I graduated in 2007 with a mathematics degree and have since had multiple postdocs at R1 universities. While I have definitely enjoyed my experiences as a researcher, I am very interested in pursuing ...
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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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Why would a tenure-track job posting ask for an undergraduate transcript?

Recently I came across a job posting for a (mathematics) tenure-track position that asks for both graduate and undergraduate transcripts to be submitted. While this is the first time I've had anyone ...
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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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Should I apply to tenure-track positions if I'm fairly certain I won't be staying?

I hope to receive my PhD in Mathematics in May of 2015, so I am currently applying for jobs. Due to life circumstances, I'm fairly certain that I will only be staying at my next position for about 2 ...
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Who hires a visiting professor?

When a professor stays in another university as a visiting professor during his sabbatical leave, his salary is partially paid by his home university. Then, he is not a regular employee of host ...
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Ill Recommender Gave Me Letter To Submit

I'll be on the job market this year for teaching positions at very small schools or lecturer positions at large schools. I took a class about two years ago now that was focused on teaching pedagogy. ...
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Should I submit an expression of interest for another position although I still have 1.5 years left in my current contract?

I am a postdoc with slightly more than 1.5 out of 3 years left in my contract. Recently I have received an email about a postdoctoral position in another country, which interests me. The position is ...
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A potential PhD supervisor declined to accept me as a student; can I ask a second time?

I found a relevant PhD supervisor who refused to supervise my PhD project by saying that he has no open position in his research group. Is it OK to mail him again and request to accept me as a ...
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How to assess the proportion of post docs in a lab that go on to become PIs?

Is there any good resource to figure out the track record of academic success of research lab’s alumni (e.g. how many of postdocs became a PI)? I'm a grad student in the US who will finish PhD next ...
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Is it commonplace for a recruiter to ask to see an unpublished PhD thesis?

I would have thought the document and overall findings are to be a closely guarded secret until defense or publication, so you can imagine my horror that a hiring professor would ask if he can have a ...
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Would it be unethical to take a full time job and quit 8 months later if I get accepted for a PhD program?

I am applying this winter for graduate school and I will finish undergrad this winter as well. Would it be unethical to take a full-time position with the intention to quit soon until I know whether I ...
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Is PGCHE more valuable that PGCE?

There have been a few questions relating to PGCHE certificates, including: How is PGCHE by distance learning viewed relative to in-class? What is the purpose of peer evaluation of teaching? ...
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Is it acceptable to round up my GPA on my resume?

I'm currently a college senior and I'm working on updating my resume. My GPA is a 3.46. Is it acceptable/ethical to put on my resume that my GPA is a 3.5?
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Career options for an astronomer outside of academia?

I know there are similar questions addressed on this site, but the answers are geared to a different skill set to what (I suspect) most astronomers/astrophysicist will have. I'm currently halfway ...
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Post tenure job search a waste of time?

I've searched many forums and websites and I am hoping to find a more direct answer to my question. I am a tenured, associate professor of humanities at a SLAC (yes, I do appreciate this). My family ...
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What are the possible causes of a faculty position not being filled?

I applied for a tenure-track faculty position at a particular institution in the U.S. I was selected for a skype interview, but was not invited for an on-campus visit. I snooped around on the ...
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How much would I have to publish to get an entry-level job?

*Edit in response to comments: I'm not asking "What is the number of publications n of quality q1 such that anybody who has n many publications is guaranteed to get a job at a school like Y?" There is ...
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Appropriate process for following up on university job posting

I figure someone on here is involved in hiring in academia, so here we go. A few years ago I left university work for private industry, and have since decided I hate it. I'm looking at moving back ...
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Leaving PhD program to apply for industry job - better to apply while still officially enrolled?

I am going into the fourth year of a PhD program and my research, which is in a STEM field, has clear applications in the tech industry. I have my Master's degree, but have decided not to finish the ...
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Do universities hire graduates from lesser universities

Recently, someone analyzed computer science professors at top universities and found that over half of the professors at the top 51 universities graduated from a top 10 university. Others have also ...
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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 ...