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

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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Is it commonplace for a recruiter to ask to see an unpublished PhD thesis?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 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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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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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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Thank you note after interview

I just had a job interview for a tenure-track position where I interviewed with several people from the department. As far as I know, I'm supposed to send a thank you note after the interview. Should ...
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Is it ethical to approach a professor asking for a (unadvertised) postdoc position?

Some postdoc positions are formally advertised. Arguably, even more exist on a "gray market" - they are not advertised, and a person seeking a postdoc is supposed to contact a professor directly. ...
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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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At the age of 27 is it worth shifting PhD. from strings to computer science?

Will the effort required to learn a completely new subject from scratch be outweighed by the better job prospects when one is looking for faculty positions?
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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 ...
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What is “call for nomination” for senior positions in university?

Job ads for senior executive positions in university always state Call for Nomination and Application. Contrary to nomination for awards, the nominator cannot actually nominate the nominee, but just ...
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How to write a teaching statement without any classroom teaching experience?

I have a friend who is applying for teaching positions in biochemistry with no teaching experience. She has a strong research background, with several publications as a grad student and post doc, but ...
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What are opportunities for academic math outside of academia itself?

I finished my PhD program in pure math a few years ago and have been in industry since then. I would love to continue my academic career, but (long story short) I was treated badly by my program and ...
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Can one get a faculty position by posting CV on job websites?

As I see faculty positions in Europe and North America is always based on applications. Is it common that a department head suggest a faculty position to a possible candidate? I do not mean based on ...
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Might colleges and universities not consider me for an assistant professor position because I'm a professional tutor in addition to being a teacher?

I'm a physical scientist, having completed both my Ph.D. and postdoc at top 5 U.S. universities. After working in industry for more than 10 years, I decided it was time for a career switch to ...
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Where can one find jobs where companies hire mathematicians where they can do (not necessarily mainstream) research?

Several companies (google, IBM etc.) are known to hire mathematicians with advanced degrees (Ph.D. and so) to work in different sectors. Many such jobs are also research jobs, if not all. But I almost ...
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Is it rude to ask via email to a professor if there are any internship opportunities?

I've worked for an university for one year after my master's degree. Now I'm searching another job. For the moment I've tried to ask to several professors via email if there is any internship ...
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Two questions on Marie Curie Actions and current open calls

a) There seems to be a fellowship for 'experienced' researchers (link below), which seems different than IIF, IEF or IOF, it's called 'IF' (Individual Fellowship). The recent call link is: ...
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Searching for applied math tenure track positions at liberal arts / four-year colleges

I'm having difficulty isolating tenure track positions in applied mathematics at institutions with more emphasis on teaching than research. I've heard that 'liberal arts colleges' and 'four-year ...
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How can I move from chemical engineering into drug discovery?

My situation is as follows: I have already obtained a master in chemical engineering and my thesis is about drug delivery. I would like to continue my graduate study for a PhD, but as time goes by, I ...
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How hard is to get a post-doc in the area of HEP-Theory?

At the moment I'm a high school student, who is passionate about the High Energy Physics areas, especially Phenomenology, String Theory, QFT and so on. I would like to pursue a B.Sc. degree in ...
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Translating British faculty titles into American equivalents

A recent job posting at a British university has specified available openings at multiple levels: lecturer, senior lecturer, reader, and professor. However, it's not clear how to map these titles to ...
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European fellowships for neuroscience or anatomy?

I'm not sure this kind of question is appropriate here, but if not here, probably nowhere else. I'm interested to know if there is a) any mailing list for jobs in neuroscience or anatomy (apart from ...
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Statistics of Tenures at Harvard and MIT

My friends and I were just discussing about this question: do people need to have their PhDs at Harvard to get tenure at MIT (and vice versa) in STEM fields? I know theoretically, the answer is ...
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What is the highest post-doctoral salary one should ask for (immunology)

I know the average salary is generally 45K USD for science post-docs. However, I received an email from a team of researchers who I had an excellent interview with and basically asked, "How much do ...
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Easier to obtain permanent position in Europe after being faculty in US?

I am currently considering junior faculty positions in the US and Europe—my partner is European, and for a variety of reasons (family, etc.) we would like to end up there in the long term. Being from ...
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How to find less-competitive faculty positions in the US universities?

I plan to move to the US, and thus, looking for a less-competitive faculty position to start there. Later, I can find better jobs, but at this stage, I just need to find a position. For an outsider, ...
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In a faculty job search, when and how should I reveal my preferences?

I am currently interviewing for tenure-track faculty positions at a number of top departments in my field. Despite getting some very positive feedback about my interviews, I have not yet received any ...
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How do U.S. research institutions typically reimburse a faculty candidate's airfare costs for multi-city trips?

I am interviewing at several research institutions in the U.S. for a tenure-track faculty position all around the same time. I booked a multi-city flight to avoid having to fly back to my current ...
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Is it appropriate and useful to inquire if an open position has an internal candidate?

It is not unusual for institutes to advertise positions (faculty or not) for which there is an internal candidate. In such situations, for external candidates, it may be difficult if not impossible ...
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Interviewing for tenure track jobs: When will the committee contact your references?

The title says it all. Does the committee typically contact your references (or request that reference letters be sent) a) before you phone interview b) after the phone interview but before the ...
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Why would a top department hire a less experienced researcher for a tenure-track position?

Suppose that a top-N department at a big research university (for very small N) has the choice between two candidates for a tenure-track position: Candidate A: a bright young researcher just done ...
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What happens to equipment purchased using a startup package after an academic leaves the university?

I am on the faculty of a large American university, and I have bought a lot of equipment (laptops, tablets, batteries, etc.) for research purposes using a startup package. I will be leaving for a new ...
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How to “dress up” a CV that has a PhD but no peer reviewed publication record?

I have a glaring omission in my CV because I do not have any scholarly (peer reviewed) publications to my credit. However, I have good industry-based experience (more than 10 years when I have written ...
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Is there a website for academic computer science jobs in the US like mathjobs.org?

I know there is a mathjobs website in the US called mathjobs.org, which is the main website for posting math jobs in the US universities. But is there a similar one for the computer science jobs? I'm ...
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Negotiating startup package given differences in institutional norms

There is a story on Inside Higher Ed (based on this blog post) about a candidate who received a tenure-track offer from a U.S. philosophy department. She emailed the search committee with some ...
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Should I put my h-index on my CV?

I'm finishing my PhD and looking for postdoc jobs. I've published a decent number of papers (and also have a fair number of citations), and want to emphasize this on my CV. Should I actually state my ...
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What should a faculty member outside of the US do to move to a top-tiered American university?

I have three close friends who are ambitious and young junior lecturers at universities in Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore who are interested getting academic jobs in a top-tiered American ...
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Continue applications after accepting a position

There are various questions (and excellent answers) here about what to do when one accepts a job regarding existing applications. The general consensus is "withdraw existing applications". I write ...
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Should I attend a job interview after I've already accepted another offer?

I applied for several postdoc positions recently. One made an offer which I accepted. Since then I've been invited for an interview for one of the other positions. Is there any benefit to attending? ...
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How much does a low undergraduate CGPA affects the chances of getting a faculty job in a top-tiered university?

Your undergraduate CGPA is quite low, but you were somehow accepted into a respected Masters and PhD program, and completed your postgraduate work quite successfully. Your undergraduate major was the ...
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Difference between private and public universities as a faculty member?

As a grad student I was, for the most part, shielded from issues like high-level bureaucracy, departmental duties and politics, and long-term career advancement. Obviously these things become more ...
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How can I detect a toxic environment while on the interview circuit?

If you are interviewing for faculty positions, how can you find out whether a particular work environment would likely be toxic? (Either generally toxic, or particularly bad for you as a {woman, early ...
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Applying for jobs without significant publications: is it worth the pain and what to highlight?

I'm in a conundrum. Due to a change in areas half way through my PhD, I find myself at the end of my training with no significant publications. I have one in press, and several in prep so in the next ...