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Applying to multiple fellowships simultaneously

I am considering applying for three different postdoctoral fellowships, from three independent funding bodies. Each of these is a rigorous multi-stage process, including an expert peer review. Most ...
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Advantages and disadvantages in working after PhD while waiting for postdoc

I am in the process of finishing a Chemical Engineering PhD at a british university that is solely based on numerical work and programming. My thesis is finished and I set a date for delivery. I ...
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How would teaching during the last year of a postdoc be perceived on the academic job market?

How would large and small research schools, master's only schools, and liberal arts schools all look at a post-doc who did 5 years of research and a 6th year of teaching + post-doc at ~50/50? This ...
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For faculty positions that require three years of research experience excluding PhD, how is that time calculated?

Usually an applicant for a faculty position in different Indian academic institutes requires to have at least three years of research experience excluding his/her PhD. The time span may differ ...
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Post-Doc topic VS PhD topic

Is the topic research for a post-doc position supposed to be more general than the research conducted towards a PhD degree? Or rather the opposite?
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How to write a letter declining a supervisor offer?

I have written a proposal to a supervisor for asking a letter of support in order to apply for a PhD research grant. First, I emailed to supervisor A but no respond for two weeks. Then, I tried to ...
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Differences between fellowships in Europe

From the perspective of a young postdoc career in Europe, what are the differences between applying to a Marie-Curie, a Humboldt (in Germany), or an Emmy Noether fellowships? Bonus question: Are ...
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Is there a correlation between where I finish my PhD and where can I secure a Postdoc position

I am currently pursuing my PhD in computer science at a mid-rank US institution (ranked 50 in US-news graduate computer science ranking). Assuming I have a decent publication record and good ...
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Does it matter that your dissertation has been submitted when you apply to a postdoc position?

I'm finishing my fourth year of a Ph.D. in mathematics. I have enough for a dissertation, and by the end of the summer, I will probably have enough for a very nice dissertation. And I plan to finish ...
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How to provide letters of reference for a Postdoc Application

I am applying for postdoc positions in the area of Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) in US and Europe. Often times I see that the reference letters are required to be submitted at the time of ...
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How long should an academic CV be for someone applying to post-doc positions in Europe?

I am preparing my CV for applications to post-doc positions in the field of social sciences. I will apply to positions in the EU, mainly in German language countries. I have updated my CV with my ...
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Can a postdoc conduct collaborative research with people that are not their PI?

I am a junior faculty member at a research university. I am working with postdoc A on a project. Postdoc A's PI, Dr. B, works in the same university, but is affiliated with another department. Prior ...
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What is a Research Scientist position?

In an advert, I read: "[University U] is inviting applications for a multi-year fully funded Post-Doctoral Associate position. Highly qualified candidates may also be considered for a Research ...
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Do postdocs in the United States generally get annual raises?

Do postdocs in the United States get raises in general? (Is this different for postdocs hired under specific grants vs postdocs hired through departments, such as in mathematics?) If there are raises, ...
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Course of action to change fields after a PhD? [duplicate]

A little introduction: I've done some research in interferometry during my MsC, and from then on, my MsC thesis was on optical fiber sensors, then I worked for two companies in sensorization with ...
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PhD student and postdoc statistics related to relationships

As a graduate student and postdoc, I remember more of my colleagues becoming single than entering new relationships. In many cases the problem was that their partners could not accept their unusual ...
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How to (smartly) leave a postdoc early?

I've already spent some months in a multi-year post-doc in Europe, doing clinical research. However, neither the project nor the life outside the lab seem good enough for my interests, and I'm ...
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Wearing a suit for a presentation and meeting with potential postdoc supervisor in Germany

I'm visiting a German university (in one of the big cities) for a couple of days for the purpose of discussing a postdoc for myself. I work in maths. I'm supposed to give a talk on one day for a ...
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Applying for Post Doc position with already one in hand

I have finished my PhD in Germany recently and am applying for post doc positions here. I have an offer from one branch of a reputed research organization among the other institutes of the same ...
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Enquiring status of postdoc application

Is it a good idea to ask the person who one has applied to for a postdoc position about the status of that application? If yes, what should be the "reasonable" time period after the deadline of the ...
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What to do when PhD approval takes so long?

I am a PhD student in mathematics in Israel. I still have a couple of years until I graduate, so I am asking this question mostly out of curiosity. I've recently learned that at least in my ...
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Should I tell my postdoc advisor I'm intending to leave?

I've decided to quit academia and am actively looking for other employment. Colleagues of mine have kept their postdoc advisors close as they've looked for work, but they also had close relationships ...
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Given three reference letters in a postdoc application, how to decide which to list as the second letter and which to list as the third?

Usually institutes ask for three letters of reference for a postdoctoral position. Generically the first reference is the applicant's thesis adviser. Now my question is : does the ordering of second ...
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Generally, is it better to send recommendation letters or the referees' contacts when applying for a postdoc?

I'm a PhD student and hope to get my thesis defended during the next winter or spring. Before that time, I want to apply for a postdoc. In the lab which is my main dream (though I think it is very ...
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Applying early as a postdoc + two-body problem

A recent question asked about applying for tenure-track jobs before the end of a postdoc. I'm in a similar position, also in math, and would like to ask the same question with an additional twist. I'...
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Are GRE/GMAT or other certificates needed for academic career after PhD?

My interest is mainly in computer science. I am wondering if, for a post-doc or an assintant professor poistion, the certifications such as GRE or GMAT are reqired or if they don't have any relevance. ...
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When to apply for permanent positions while having a lengthy postdoc

I am less than half way through a five year postdoc/fellowship in mathematics. Some places have talked to me about possible tenure-track positions over the past year. As the years go by, I am getting ...
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Check if a proposal has been submitted

A few months ago I prepared the proposal for a national postdoctoral fellowship, and I would like to check if it has been successfully submitted (the guest institution had a deadline we -my possible ...
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Is co-first author or co-corresponding author better for a postdoc's job prospects?

I'm a postdoc in computational biology. I've been given the opportunity to choose if I want to be co-first author (listed second) or a co-corresponding author (possibly listed next-to-last or third ...
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Research proposal for postdoc applications

I am a final year PhD student in Physics applying for postdoc. Usually institutes ask for statement of research in postdoc applications. But one of them asks for a research proposal (less than two ...
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What if I am not the right fit in a certain lab as a postdoc? [closed]

Almost everything is in the title of my question. More precisely, what if my advisor wants me to do research by using methods in a field that is not my field of expertise/interest? Thanks!
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Do I HAVE to have a PhD to get a post-doc position?

I suppose this is probably largely lab dependent, but I'll go ahead and explain anyway. I graduated last year with a bachelor's degree in engineering, and landed a job as a Research Assistant (...
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Computer Science Publications: conference vs journal on application form

I'm a UK post-doc working in Computer Science -- specifically, Computer Vision and Robotics. For the next stage in my career, I'm aiming to apply for some very competitive post-doctoral research ...
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Changing fields after PhD?

I have two fields that I am interested in. Field A is historical and requires me to learn two new languages and I would love to focus on this first. Field B is more accessible, that is, there are no ...
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Relationship postdoc-supervisor

I would like to ask you some clarifications about the relationship between postdoctoral fellow and supervisor. In particular, does the postdoctoral fellow need to work only on the supervisor's ...
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Do Postdocs have any seniority ranking or progress?

I am seeing many people doing postdocs for years, or even nearly a decade, well into their late thirties. Do they usually have progressive salary and responsibility, as one could expect in a job? Is ...
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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 ...