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Changing research topic for the postdoc [duplicate]

I'm going to finish PhD very soon (hope these won't be my last famous words..) and I'm wondering what can I do move towards another topic (in the same research field) for a possible postdoc. Is there ...
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Should a researcher share scientific ideas in a temporary position and are they entitled to recognition for doing so?

A postdoc joins a group with a good idea to work on, while no specific project was given to him by the PI. After recognising the potential of the idea, the PI decides to take PhD students to work on ...
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Trailing spouse postdoc

My husband has accepted a postdoc position in a city in Australia with two great institutions where I think I'll have a good shot at securing a postdoc for myself. I have some great connections to ...
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Are there post-doc grants available for non-US citizens in the US?

I was looking for postdoctoral grants/fellowships for a potential post-doc opportunity in the US. It appears as the entire grant/fellowship system is geared towards US citizens, or permanent residents ...
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Any good source of information on EU based postdoctoral/researcher funding opportunities

I have read several posts on the forum but there seems no good information hub for EU based postdoctoral/researcher funding opportunities. I will be grateful if someone can give me a start. By the ...
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Academic position salaries in the UK

In job ads in the UK, a range is often mentioned as a salary, e.g. from 30k to 35k pounds per year. What exactly does this mean? Is the salary negotiable? Does the salary remain the same throughout ...
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Can I receive both an NSF international postdoctoral award and salary from a foreign university?

Recently I was offered a full salaried postdoctoral position (not a fellowship) in Australia (with a long lead time). I am a US citizen, so can also apply for the NSF international postdoctoral ...
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How difficult is it to obtain a postgraduate qualification in the academic field that's unrelated to your undergraduate programme?

How hard is it to obtain postgraduate qualification in the academic field unrelated to your undergraduate programme (or sharing a rather strenuous connection with it)? I'm looking for answers that ...
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Should I communicate to a researcher that I'll apply for a postdoc position is his lab in approximately two years?

I started my first postdoctoral position one year ago in a new university. In two years (or so), I'd like to apply for another postdoc position in another university, in a research team that works on ...
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Interview for postdoc position in mathematics

I have an interview for a postdoc position in Mathematics at a very good university in the UK. The interview committee comprises a maths professor (not in my field, which is analysis of PDEs) and ...
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What is the best way to decline an interview after applying for it?

I have applied to 2 postdoc jobs in the same university and have been selected for a 2nd interview in one before doing the first interview in the other lab. The interviews are set at different times ...
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Grad students/postdocs taking ideas with them, what's normal?

If a graduate student or postdoc develops or plays a large role in developing an idea (this could be anything from a new experimental method or new code for running simulations), what's supposed to ...
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Post-doc independent money/grant (astrophysics/computer science) in the US (travel expense/workshop)?

I am currently a postdoc in a US University (I'm French). I am in between astrophysics and computer science. My work is currently funded by NSF (work related to the Dark Energy Survey). Are there ...
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Chances of research position in mathematics without going to a top graduate school?

I'm a student at a reasonably prestigious, but not top, graduate program in mathematics. I'm happy here- I really like the professors in my research group, and I feel like I'm a pretty good fit for ...
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Is it possible for project grants to cover family visa fees?

This article from Times Higher Education tells about the struggles of Non-EU scholars with the UK’s visa policy. The article was published in January 2014. Since then, the visa fees to remain in the ...
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How does being a postdoc work? [closed]

I've been recently completing what I want to do after I obtain a Ph. D. since my Ph. D will be in math there will be choices for me to go into industry. However, I'm wondering it there's a timeline to ...
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Can postdocs get a funded position by direct contact?

Every month, I receive several emails from India or similar countries for a postdoc position in my group. I am an assistant professor in a small university. I wonder how many applications/emails ...
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Is there any funding opportunity for postdoc in US? [closed]

I have a friend from Singapore who are interested in doing postdoc in US but have found no desired profs wanting him, since his research does not match those professors that he would like to work ...
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How much travel is too much travel?

I am a first-year postdoc and I am currently structuring my summer plans for travel/conferences/etc. May already includes a 2 week international trip of a one-week workshop and two seminar talks. ...
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I am so tired and un-focused in my postdoc. Is quitting my position a good choice?

About 6 months ago I finished my PhD and started a new postdoc at a prestigious lab at a prestigious university. I was very burned out as I completed my PhD, but I hoped starting fresh I'd find ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing a postdoc in Singapore and UK?

I am end of my PhD. I would like to do a postdoc. In UK the average postdoc salary is around 30K (per year). But in UK the tax is very high, after taxes I may get around 1800 pounds (per month). I ...
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What is the average postdoctoral salary in China?

I got one postdoctoral offer just after completion of my PhD study. I am not sure about the amount of fellowship. I do not have any experience in postdoctoral work. What is the average salary given to ...
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What is the most effective way to negotiate for more time while waiting for other offers?

Suppose you've interviewed for two post-doc positions. The first position has just been offered, but you really want to see if the second one offers a position as well. Clearly, it would be best to ...
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Disclosing hidden disability to employer

I'm doing a project-based postdoc in an European university. I have serious ongoing eye conditions that significantly affect my reading speed and as a result it took me 5 years to complete my PhD in ...
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Should an application for a second postdoc position include a reference to PhD supervisor?

I'm preparing an application for another postdoc job; the end of my first term is nearing, and it has been 1.5 years since finishing my PhD. My thesis work was mostly done in not-well known research ...
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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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As a postdoc, how to deal with supervisor who keeps trying to involve my student in other projects?

I would appreciate very much an advice on the case which I will describe after a short intro about myself. Such introduction is not really necessary for the matter of question, but I hope it can ...
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German postdoc salaries (TV-L E14)

What does "TV-L (E14, 100% position)" mean in terms of gross and net pay? What lifestyle does this buy you in Berlin? This is in the context of a postdoc at a research institute.
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Should I feel bad for applying to two postdoc positions?

I'm a finishing PhD student in math. I want to stay in academia so I am applying for two things: A year-long postdoc position A 6 month postdoc position I have been in contact with two professors ...
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Ask an expert in your field that you have never met to write a reference letter?

To be more specific, I work in pure mathematics and I am applying for a postdoc position in the US. Prior to this, I have only had my recommendation letters written by my former advisors and PhD ...
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Big switch of field (from synthetic biology to cosmology) of research from PhD to postdoc?

I am pursuing a PhD in synthetic biology in the EU. I will finish my PhD in approximately 11 months. I feel my PhD has been mediocre. I should end up with: 3 first name research articles (two on a ...
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Lack of team support in post-PhD Mathematics career

I received my PhD in mathematics about ten years ago. Despite my preference, desire, and attempts, I was not offered any postdoctoral positions. Part of the reason was (I think) that my dissertation ...
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What questions should I ask when I visit labs for potential post-doc employment?

I am approaching the end of the tunnel and starting to look for my options beyond the PhD. The few contacts I have initiated have been positive so far and I will be visiting some labs in the coming ...
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Employer contributions deducted from quoted salary—is this normal?

In order to help in future salary negociation, I wanted to know whether it is condiered normal in North America to be quoted a gross salary that does not take into account employer contributions to ...
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Is there a research exchange program for postdocs between UK and worldwide universities?

I completed a PhD a couple of years ago and am looking at postdocs abroad, but not in my original field, so my advisors aren't able to suggest good places to apply to. Are there any programmes ...
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What is the value of participating in proposal-writing efforts, for a postdoc researcher?

I am a young researcher already having published several papers, and in the same time I have participated several times in bids for national and European (fp7, h2020) projects. So I could say I have ...
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How much does an undergraduate degree matter for an academic career?

I'm a PhD student, in medical physics at a very good collegiate university in the UK. I did a four-year undergraduate masters' (in physics), and I'm just finishing a four year PhD. I'm now at the ...
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How can I justify having only two publications when applying for postdoc jobs in physics/chemistry?

I have only 2 publications from my PhD, and I am applying for a post-doc position. My fields are: Theoretical physical chemistry; condensed matter physics; computational chemistry; cluster science. ...
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Just joined a postdoc and I already hate the lab and the research topics [closed]

So I recently just joined a postdoc after a struggle to find one! I came with a lot of knowledge and I am extremely hard working. I can perform experiments if needed until the job is done and everyone ...
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Postdoc or Job?

I currently have 6 years of teaching experience and a PhD (in mathematics if that helps). I am left wondering where to go next. I would like to try out industry and the private sector (they pay ...
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Is the postdoc salary negotiable in Canada?

I'm a statistician being offered 45k CAD for a postdoctoral position in Canada. I have a few questions: Is this number negotiable at all? Is it rude to ask for extra money to cover relocation ...
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How much do bench skills matter for a postdoc?

If you're hiring a postdoc, how much do you care about the techniques they've used in the PhD? I'm thinking ahead to the postdoc search (will probably start in earnest in summer/fall). My current ...
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Is it ok to write back when no response has been received from a postdoc application?

This may be a very general and subjective question, I know. But, I have applied to some postdoc positions, and after 3 weeks I haven't received any response yet. I suppose this is normal, because many ...
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Applying for fellowships in the UK with different UK host scientists

I have finished my PhD recently, and now I am applying for postdoctoral positions. I am not a UK or EU citizen. Assume that I would like to apply for two different fellowships in the UK (for example, ...
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Job Hunting for a postdoc

I just finished my postdoc in Bimolecular engineering and I am hunting for a job, or a position.But my concern is that out of almost 80 jobs that I applied over the last two months, I have not ...
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Is it unusual to get an informal offer before any recommendation letters have arrived?

A person I know applied for a time-limited position (i.e. a post-doc) somewhere in western Europe. Xe gets invited for an interview. The next day, xe receives an informal e-mail, We will recommend ...
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Trend of postdoc in theoretical computer science

When looking at profiles of professors in theoretical computer science, I've noticed a trend that older professors usually go straight from PhD to assistant professor, while younger ones tend to go ...
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Decision time on a postdoc offer while applying for other positions

I have recently applied for several postdoctoral positions as well as a lecturing position. A week ago I had an interview for one of the postdoctoral positions and I should know the outcome of this ...
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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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As a postdoc, how to make sure I get credit for helping undergrad and grad students?

I am a postdoc, and I understand that my work involves assisting undergrads and grad students with their projects. But sometimes things go beyond mere helping into more like supervising and explaining ...