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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 ...
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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? [closed]

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 ...