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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 ...
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Potential Impact of Pass/Fail vs. Letter Grade in Elective Courses

The current grading system of my university allows graduate students to either receive a letter grade (A through F) or receive a Pass/Fail grade (where A-C is Pass) in any course offered. Each student ...
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Am I obligated to finish my post-doc term before starting my tenure-track job?

I am currently a postdoc at a research university. I had originally intended to stay at my postdoc for two years, and this was the understanding I had with my postdoc adviser. However, I decided to ...
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Whether to tell his prospective employer that a new male post doc opposes affirmative action for women in academia?

I personally know a male graduate student who works in a different area (in STEM) than mine and who has a potentially controversial view. He opposes to affirmative actions for women in academia and ...
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The data of industrial postdocs in Canada

Could anyone help me with the data of hired postdocs in company and private sector in Canada? I want to find out the number and the rate of the industrial postdocs in Canada (including the postdocs in ...
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Should postdoc be listed under Employment and or Education on CV?

From what I have seen, most people list postdocs under Employment/Experience on their CV. But recently I saw one that listed a postdoc under Employment and Education. Is this typical/appropriate? ...
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Postdoc without PhD?

I have never been to grad school, but I have several publications, in good journals, as well as planned future projects. Some very prominent experts know me and think well of my work. In this case, ...
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In what cases are you able to start a postdoc without a “conferred” PhD?

Many PhD programs only confer their degrees one, two or three times per year. If you successfully defend and submit your dissertation after the scheduled conferral date, you must wait until the next ...
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Is it possible to apply for a post doc (and get a post doc) while struggling with the health issues (a life-threatening illness: cancer)

I struggle with the exact question (or at least will have to face it near in the future) that was asked here: Do I need to mention having survived a life-threatening illness when applying for a new ...
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Quantity vs Quality of Publication during PhD

My question is similar to this one but it applies to PhD who wants to find a postdoc position after graduation. I am a PhD student who publishes a new paper as soon as there is an improvement in my ...
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Failing postdoc?

After a successful PhD in computer science (including some awards from top conferences, internship at top industry research labs, and a good number of citations to my ~15 papers) in a top-10 US ...
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A friend's professor is asking her to babysit for free. Is this normal?

Like the title says, I have a friend who is a post-doc and her professor is asking her and another post-doc to baby-sit for him. He does not pay them, he simply expects them to baby-sit for free ...
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Conflicts with colleagues as a postdoc - reason enough to start looking for the next job?

I have recently started as a postdoc at a well-regarded foreign university. I like the place and I have no particular problems with my professor (even though his style isn't exactly to my taste, but I ...
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How to politely follow up after contacting potential postdoc advisor?

After sending an unsolicited email to a potential postdoc advisor, and receiving no response for a while, what is a very polite way to follow up? Based on past experience lack of immediate response ...
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Postdoctoral application asks about 'ability to assess resource requirements'

I'm in the process of applying for a postdoctoral arts position in the UK, and the application asks me to address my 'ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively'. In the ...
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Is it reasonable to worry about lack of potential for dating in postdoc positions?

I am 25 years old, and in a few months' time I will have to decide whether to get a job in London or apply for a postdoc somewhere. Apart from all of the usual pros and cons (eg. job security, ...
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What kind of administrative duties might a postdoctoral associate be expected to take on?

Applying for a postdoctoral research role in the UK, the application says I should demonstrate willingness to take on administrative tasks. Can anyone tell me about what kind of administrative tasks a ...
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Independence as a postdoc working with former PhD supervisor

Having recently finished my PhD, I have now secured funding to act as PI on a project. I continue to work alongside my former PhD supervisor, with the old supervisor listed as a collaborator on the ...
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What does one do if one receives a less prestigious offer while waiting for a decision on a more prestigious one?

Alice (for argument's sake) is a postdoc in maths in an Australian University, but did her PhD in Europe. She is making two applications for funding. The first is to funding scheme A in her home ...
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Is it ethical to ask the postdoc employer to cover my trips for visa purposes as well as my main travel fees?

I will soon start doing a postdoc in country A, and the employer says there will be a generous relocation package. My home is in country B and I did my PhD in country C. The question is: in order to ...
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4th year phd in BiomedEngineering - How do I maximize my chances of getting an assistant professorship in my hometown?

Preface: I know how how difficult is to get any professorship that i should write really good research papers etc... that its not smart to plan on this and only this My hometown is middle of the ...
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What would be considered a “competitive” application for mathematics postdocs in the US?

What are the factors that make an application competitive for postdoc positions in pure mathematics at top tier universities (e.g. MIT, Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Stanford) in the US? Clearly, ...
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Vetenskapsrådet (the Swedish Research Council) international post doc - criteria

I'm currently working on finding some funding opportunities for a post doc project. I'm currently in my final (4th) year of my PhD in Uppsala (Sweden) studying evolutionary biology. I'm looking to do ...
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What are some tips to writing a biographical sketch for postdoc job search?

I know there are several websites that one could find through simple Internet searches, and each and every one will dispense difference advice. I wonder what this academic platform has to say on the ...
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In CV, mentioning of a report that summarizes the postdoc research without publications?

During a one year of postdoc of mine in pure mathematics, I didn't publish anything. I definitely did a research report and wrote down the main questions (in the form of conjectures) we were after and ...
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How can one compare a postdoc position in Europe and USA?

I am an EU citizen, and 27 years old. I completed my Bachelor's and Master's in Electrical Engineering in the UK, now finishing up my PhD (in EE as well) in the USA. I am currently applying 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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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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Is there a Post-doctorate Equivalent for an ABD (All-But-Disertation) status?

I am an ABD (all- But-Dissertation) student. I have done all my work, completed my credits, passed my qualifying exams, I passed my oral exams, but I am having trouble finishing my thesis (advisor ...
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Does a letter of recommendation from a postdoc who's been my instructor carry much weight?

In large universities, undergraduate students tend to receive instruction mostly from recent PhD graduates or post-doctoral fellows. This is especially true during the first two years, when students ...
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Who to ask for letters of recommendation when changing fields after PhD?

I want to apply to competitive postdoc programs in a different field than the one of my PhD. It asks for 3 recommendation letters. What to do if none of my collaborators is well-known in the target ...
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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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finalising a postdoc employment contract

I have been offered a 2-year postdoc position in a good Dutch university. What they sent me so far is an email stating that they would like to offer me the position, and whether I would like to take ...
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Are postdoctoral scholars considered students or researchers in other countries?

I am currently working under a post-PhD (postdoc) scholarship. In my country (Argentina) I am usually considered still a student (although it's kind of a gray area). In other countries, would I ...
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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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Error on FastLane (NSF) letter of Reference System for the NSFPF

The NSF postdoctoral application is due in less than 2 weeks and I am trying to send out invitations for my reference letters. However, for the past week (on fastlane.gov) I have gotten the same ...
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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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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 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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On the verge of being “fired” from post-doc position, how to act towards supervisor?

I am in month 5 of an extremely unfulfilling post doc position in France. My sole responsibility is debugging 10k+ lines of spaghetti C++ code. I am a mechanical engineer and although I did my PhD ...
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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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How can I efficiently communicate new research ideas to/with potential supervisor?

Background/context: I am a PhD student in experimental physics. I expect to graduate by the end of this year and have begun applying for postdoc positions. I recently contacted a professor (I'll call ...
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NSF postdoctoral fellowship eligibility requirements

I am about to receive my PhD and would like to apply for an NSF postdoctoral fellowship. I have two questions about the eligibility requirements that I haven't been able to find the answers to ...
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How do you evaluate the potential for getting funding of post doc applicants?

This answer of mine, in which I advocate listing internal funding of your PhD studies on your CV, is not well liked. When evaluating potential post docs for my lab, I am interested in if the applicant ...
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What do potential postdoc advisers seek in research statement letters?

I am putting together my application for a postdoctoral position in theoretical condensed matter physics. The position is not a fellowship and is a regular postdoc position. If you have gone through ...
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Are postdoc salaries in the USA adjusted for cost of living?

I'm a life sciences Ph.D. student preparing over the next few months to begin applying for a postdoctoral fellowship. Several of my potential advisors are on the coasts--California, Boston, ...