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How to get funded [duplicate]

I recently transitioned from graduate school to my first postdoctoral appointment and I started struggling with proposals writing! Hence, I would like to have some advice from experienced researchers ...
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Applying for postdoc fellowship vs applying for lectureship

I finished my PhD 2.5 years ago (Computer Science), and have since been working as a post-doc at a top university. I've decided that I want to pursue an academic career, and I'm trying to decide what ...
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Bad postdoctoral advisor, help needed

I have been involved in a postodoctoral program for 7 months and I progressively discovered that my advisor is really bad from a scientific standpoint. By working hard, I got to submit two papers ...
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Advisors and publishing - new field for postdoc [closed]

To what extent does ones ability to publish depend on their postdoc advisor, especially in a new field? I switched fields from my PhD to postdoc and it's taken my entire first year to build up the ...
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Cover letter for applying via Email [duplicate]

I am going to apply for a postdoc position. Applicants are asked to send their CV,research statement, name of referees etc as a single PDF file directly mailing to the "principle investigator" of that ...
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Should I quit my average interesting long-term contract for a 12 months interesting postdoc in photovoltaics experimental physics ? [closed]

[I am French, so my english is not perfect ...] 2 years later I graduated from my Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics. That was a nice time however tough sometimes. Then I was unemployed for about ...
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Should I do a post doc? Good thesis but no papers (yet) [closed]

I am finishing writing my thesis in physics, where I present a new kind of microscope. I think it's a good work but I have no papers out yet, also because of a perfectionist supervisor. I have been ...
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Cost/benefit of interim professorship

What is the cost/benefit analysis for a Post-Doc taking a position as an interim professor? Some costs I can think of: High teaching workload. Current projects suffer and a gap in publication record ...
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What does potential PhD adviser want to see from a candidate that is applying for a second PhD/restarting a PhD?

I'm about to (not)graduate from a grad school. I've put "(not)" intentionally. This is my situation. I started working on a project that was new to our research group. The new topic only remotely ...
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Is choosing to study algebra during a math PhD riskier than studying analysis? [closed]

I've noticed that some algebra / number theory / geometry students seem to come to a dead-end in mathematics and tell me, "yea, no more math for me, no way, can't wait to be done with it", while the ...
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Post Doc application during June-July [closed]

Is it possible for a final year PhD student in theoretical high energy physics to apply for postdoctoral positions during June-July if (s)he misses the usual deadlines in Nov-Dec? (Edited)
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What to expect from an HR interview for a postdoc position?

I had a successful technical round of interview for a PostDoc position offered by an NGO. Now I am told that I will be interviewed by the HR manager for the same. I was told that I am technically ...
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Post Doc in Norway research atmosphere [closed]

I was recommended for a post doc in Norway. I was wondering how is the research typical atmosphere in Norway. Here in the UK you spend more time writing proposals or trying to do research that can be ...
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How much teaching is expected on a CV for a graduating PhD student (mathematics)?

In previous comments/discussion (which I cannot find at this moment) a few people from this site noted that PhD students (in math/CS) should make sure they acquire a good amount of teaching experience ...
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How to let a PhD student know that their research is not as good as they think it is

I am a postdoc and I have been talking to a PhD student about his research, as his interests are closer to mine than to his advisor's. He is generally nice, smart, and hard working. However, I think ...
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How to deal with if you found someone is using your research proposal? [duplicate]

I had submitted a research proposal to a group during Post Doc application in an university. But I did not join the same university for post doc. Now I got to know that they are conducting the same ...
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Postdoc in China: what are the possible difficulties and disadvantages?

According to the research paper, where the comparison of postdocs in China and US was done, there are several global cons of Chinese postdoctoral positions, like low sallary and lack of permanent ...
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Is it a red flag for a PhD program if their graduating students cannot find postdoc?

I got accepted to one of my top choice schools for a math Ph.D. However the graduate students there said in the past few years, the Ph.D.s before them (both pure and applied math) had quite a bit of ...
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A postdoc joining my group is interested in my experiment. How to proceed with respect to leadership on the project?

The situation is the following: I have been researching, in an experimental science, the capabilities of a new way how to perform a given experiment. Due to the challenging nature of the project, I ...
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How to handle 2 years hiatus after PhD?

One of my friend has a 2-years gap after completing his PhD in 2014, gap due to personal reasons, family-one mainly. He is now trying to get a postdoc position in electro-engineering. To me, this ...
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How many papers are expected a PhD student to write in order to be accepted on postdoc programs?

I am a PhD student now in theoretical physics with applications to nuclear physics, astrophysics and chemistry and I am asking about how many papers are expected a PhD student to write in order to be ...
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How to manage relationship with post-doc supervisor when applying for a tenure-track position one year before post-doc ends?

I currently hold a post-doctoral position in the UK, which is 3 years long, and I am in my second year. I am wondering how bad would it look for my employer if I apply for a lectureship post that I ...
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How to reply to an unofficial offer from my second choice when I also have an unofficial offer from my first choice?

Here is my situation. I am looking for a post-doc position. I have two choices, A and B. My first choice is A. And I already got an un-official offer from A. I was told that A is working on a ...
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Does prestige of PhD granting insitution matter for those wanting to work in industry? And can a high level post doc position elevate an application?

I know for those wishing to have a career in academia that branding is key for securing a tenure track position. Branding is also key for certain industries at the undergrad level. I was wondering if ...
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Is it typical for a medical researcher to attend an industry conference?

An industry conference in my field of research (medical) is being held soon. I am wondering is it typical for academics to attend non-academic conferences? Several academics have been invited as ...
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Green card or student visa (J1) for a post-doc in the US?

I'm a non-US citizen, considering a post-doc in the states. I'm eligible for a 'green card' through marriage (my wife is a US citizen). I'm deliberating whether I should apply for permanent residency ...
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Number of pages for a Cover-letter to apply to postdoc position

A friend and I are arguing about the number of pages needed for a coverletter, to apply to postdoc in electro-engineering. Usually, the postdoc offer (what I called a job offer) says up to 3 pages. ...
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Would a retired researcher mentor a postdoc with his/her own external funding? What about one without external funding?

I'll be completing my Ph.D. soon, and am reaching out to people who I'd like to serve as my mentor. Two questions with regards to "academically" retired researchers: If I have external funding, ...
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Politics in forming collaborations as a postdoc [closed]

Graduate students talk to other researchers, other than their formal advisors, all the time, whether at their home institution or at conferences. They get help on specific tasks, ask for input on ...
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How secure is a post doc job offer in an email from the department chair prior to receiving the official written letter?

I'm in/from the US. I'm finishing my PhD this semester. I've been offered a research postdoc, via email, by the dept. chair at one of my top choices, but outside the US (would rather not give too many ...
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Do reviewers of research proposals for a fellowship read the whole application, or only the scientific part?

If you are applying for some fellowships, there are many fields which you have to fill in. For example, what will be benefits for a host country, what will be the benefit for your home country, what ...
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Is it OK to go to postdocs for help?

There is a postdoc from another group in my department that frequently helps PhD students in his area when they have questions or want to talk about a particular subject. I would like to know if this ...
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Career progression paths for a Postdoc

I'm preparing for a PhD interview and there is one question that I'm not too confident to answer, which is if they asked where do I see myself in 5-10 years or what I plan to do after my PhD. I know ...
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What are the pros and cons of pursuing a professorship without a post-doc?

If I have a decent number of journal publications as per my area of research, is pursuing a post-doc after PhD worth it before searching for a professorship? Do faculty search committees give more ...
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Can post-doc researchers write a recommendation letter for someone applying for PhD program?

I am wondering how it is treated if a post-doc researcher write a recommendation letter for someone applying to get PhD admission? Whether selection committee evaluates it properly?
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Who gives a consent for data publication?

I spent a year in a foreign country. Now I am at home. The problem is that my advisor and me did not prepare any research publication. My project was to arrange for some experiments which my advisor ...
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Do most postdoc offers include travel funding?

My mathematics department (a research-oriented department at a non-top school in the United States) has recently made a postdoctoral offer to a strong candidate, and I very much hope the candidate ...
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How are years of experience counted for determining level on salary scale for a Netherlands postdoc?

I am going to start a postdoc at a Dutch university. This is my second postdoc, and my contract says I am on salary scale 10, level 8. I am assuming that they counted 5 years of PhD and 3 years of my ...
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Why is getting your PhD in Iran invalid for obtaining a post-doc position in the US?

My friend earned her PhD in Tehran Iran, I assume from the primary university. She received many awards and published several articles in Condensed-Matter/Cosmology. However when she applied to ...
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Are unpaid postdoc positions common?

I contacted a group leader, and he strongly liked my CV. He encouraged me to join his group as a postdoc fellow, but he mentioned that the position he may offer is unpaid (so, I must cover my living ...
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How to write a reminder mail to a Professor asking about the application?

I have applied to a advertised post for a Postdoctoral position in U.S.A. It's been a month and a half since I have sent the application documents via e-mail to the professor. I haven't received any ...
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Postdoc salary negotiation (UK)

I am interested in taking up a postdoctoral position in a UK institution. The appointment details write: Appointment will be on a Fixed Term Contract for 3 years and with a starting salary in ...
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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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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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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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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 ...