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Why is it recommended to do a post-doc outside of the group you did your PhD in?

If it's possible to do a post-doc in the group you did your PhD in, which I assume should not be too hard if you have a good relationship with your advisor, why do researchers often choose to do ...
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How do postdoc proposal and PhD proposal differ?

I am particularly interested in postdoc proposals in the social sciences and in the humanities. In these fields, the applicant usually has a thesis manuscript that they want to turn into a book or a ...
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Seeking a permanent job during a postdoc in a different country/continent: official and moral responsibilities

I'm going to refer two countries/continents as X and Y. I'm citizen of neither. A week back, I started my third year of postdoc in X (with no teaching duties), after living two years for my first two ...
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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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Countries that offer or make it easier to get citizenship for PhD holders? [closed]

It might be not the perfect question here, but it is really important for some people. My question is related to people who hold PhDs, PostDocs..which countries can offer longer period of residency ...
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France/USA collaboration funding for young researcher? [closed]

I am a French citizen, I defended my PhD in Paris in November 2014, and I am working as a post-doctoral researcher in the US since December 2014. I am working in between Astrophysics and Computer ...
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PostDoc Interview questions? [closed]

What questions may I expect in an X-ray analysis PosDoc job interview? Do I have to present my own proposal, or only my experiences? Will I work on a proposal of my own, or have to do lab-related ...
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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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Leaving postdoc after less than one year with no reference letter

I've been in my first postdoc for a year and feel that I'm not progressing in my career. There has been communication issues with my PI, he's not very supportive of his senior postdocs, and it takes a ...
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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 common for a postdoc to develop the whole commercial systems on his own for his supervisor's industrial customer

If a postdoc has strong coding technique, can he be assigned to develop commercial systems from the scratch on his own, including user requirement developing, model design, algorithm design, GUI and ...
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Post-doc Salary in Germany

I noticed that there are some significant variation in the salary of post-docs in Germany. The post-doc salary could be given in TVL13, TVL14, TVL15, and even TVL15U scales. This means that the net ...
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In the U.S., what's the average time per week that a graduate student doing a PhD and a postdoctoral researcher in astronomy work? [duplicate]

In the U.S., what's the average time per week that a graduate student doing a PhD in astronomy work? In the U.S., what's the average time per week that a postdoctoral researcher in astronomy work?
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In astronomy, would it be possible to continue doing postdocs for up to 15 years to increase your chance of getting a permanent position?

I heard that in astronomy most people do only one or two postdocs. If they haven't found a permanent position after this, they quit astronomy and find a job in a different field like physics, ...
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How common are shortlist notifications for math postdocs?

As the title says, how common is it for mathematics departments (in the US) to notify postdoc applicants when they're shortlisted? As I'm currently waiting for postdoc offers and haven't got any ...
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Going back to do a Postdoc at 35?

I have been offered a postdoc position at Cambridge University. That's great, because two years ago I wanted to go back to academia and went to see my PhD supervisor (I finished my PhD in engineering ...
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How long do the Marie Curie IF grant results take to come out?

I submitted a Marie Curie postdoc fellowship at the beginning of September and as of now (Jan) I have not heard back —I have checked the ECAS portal. The website does not give a single Gantt chart or ...
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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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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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“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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Is postdoc experience valued by industry?

I have recently finished my PhD and am currently considering my options. I have come to the conclusion that the teaching or the "publish or perish" nature of academia isn't really appealing for me. ...
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Following up on a postdoc application at an academic conference in person

I will graduate with my PhD in a few months and I have starting applying for postdoc positions at national research labs and universities. Our field is relatively small (a few hundred people) and most ...
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Which ranking is more meaningful for post-doc students?

There were several discussions on this website about the importance of academic rankings. Opinions seem to range from "very important" to "completely meaningless". My question, however, is a bit ...
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How to deal with a professor who delayed my contract signature until I received better postdoc offers?

I just got my PhD 2 weeks ago. Last April I discussed with a professor about an offer to join her team. However, this offer was pending a certain project acceptance (I was supposed to work mainly on ...
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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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What to do if you have a troubled relation with your postdoc supervisor? [closed]

It seems my relation with my postdoc supervisor has hit troubled waters after an amazing start. Things started to turn towards the worse since our first publication together, particularly after I took ...
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When do you switch a student membership to a non-student membership for a professional society

Students enjoy discounted memberships to many professional/academic societies. However, membership renewals rarely align with one's degree date. So when do you switch your membership from a student ...
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Math postdoc: named postdoc vs. ordinary postdoc

It seems that most of the job advertisements for postdoc positions in mathematics (in the US) on mathjobs are named positions (I.e. "Smith visiting assistant professor" or something like that), and ...
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Is there funding for non-research related projects?

Nowadays to obtain a PhD or a postdoc one needs to conduct independent research and present new results. However, at the frontiers of science there are many non-research related things that could ...
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How to get reference from lab I worked with, when lab head seems unlikely to help and I was advised not to ask postdoc

I'm looking for PhD but I'm having issues with my referees. I did a placement year and for my second referee I was advised to use one from my placement. I worked only with 1 Post-Doc there but I was ...
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Does it make sense to get a PhD if I have a Candidate of Sciences degree from a post-soviet country

Candidate of Sciences degree is awarded in some post-soviet countries for completing a 3-5 year research program, which has similar scientific requirements as a PhD. Here is a wikipedia article about ...
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How to deal with left over work from a Post Doc

I have recently (6 months) left academia after a three year postdoc at a high ranking university. During my time there, I became the lab "stats guy" having carried out analysis on a lot of our labs ...
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What should a letter of motivation/statement of purpose contain?

I am applying for some postdoc programs and have come across a requirement called "motivated letter of application" which I assume is essentially similar to what many here refer to as statement of ...
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Shirtless picture on the academic page of a Ph.D. candidate seeking postdoc

I will finish my Ph.D. soon and am seeking a postdoc position. To this purpose, I am creating my page, hosted by my university. Personally, I don't generally take pictures of myself and don't like ...
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What to write in the section “what will be the impact of proposed research on development of applicants academic profile”?

I am applying for a post-doc fellowship and one of the section in the application form is "what will be the impact of proposed research on development of applicants academic profile". I have a limit ...
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Requesting feedback from a postdoctoral application

I have recently applied to a postdoctoral position, I reached the interview stage (which took place by video conferencing with the group leader and a postdoc), and was ultimately rejected. I would ...
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Is it ethical to submit a research proposal to multiple funding agencies?

I reached the point in my PhD where, besides focusing on performing and analyzing the last experiments and starting to write the thesis, I should also start thinking about the next step - what to do ...
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Applying for postdoc in a mathematics department where no one has similar research interests

I'm a PhD student in mathematics, working in a quite unpopular field (recursion theory). As I'm now applying for postdoctoral positions in the US, I've encountered the following problem: The number of ...
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Research statement for a fellowship application: should I introduce my area?

I'm applying for a research postdoc fellowship in mathematics (I just finished my PhD) at a prestigious UK university. I've been told to write a research plan for what I intend to do with the ...
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Withdrawing my application for a research fellowship when getting a job elsewhere

While waiting for the outcome of my application for a research fellowship, I was offered a job at a university in another country. It turned out that my fellowship application passed the first stage, ...
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The importance of having a “big name” as your thesis advisor

When it comes to postdoc positions in mathematics in the US, does it make any difference for the hiring committees if your thesis adviser is a big name (say, someone like Gromov or Milnor)?
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What is the average salary of a life sciences post doc in Singapore and what is the average living cost there? [duplicate]

I am from India and I am about to submit my PhD thesis (Biotechnology) and considering for a post-doc in Singapore. Can you help me know what is the average post-doc salary in Singapore in an ...
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After a postdoc period, how to understand if you should go for a second postdoc or apply for a permanent position?

I'm a postdoctoral fellow working on computer science. I've been a postdoc for one year and three months so far, and I think my job will last for three years in total. Thinking about the future, I ...
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Post Doc recommendation letters sent but no response [closed]

I have three letters of recommendation sent to a potential post doc employer but when I asked if my recommendation is completed, I did not receive any response from him and it has been a week. Before ...
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How can I gracefully exit my current post-doc position for a new one?

I'm a post-doctoral research fellow and I've just been offered another post-doc position at another university. I still have a year and a half left on my original contract, but it's not going as well ...
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How do I continue my PhD research project as a Postdoc?

I was wondering if I could get some advice about how to go about continuing my PhD project as a Postdoc. I'm actually from the UK not the US but I think that your answers and advice will still be ...