Recently I mailed a professor for a PhD position and got a reply after two days. The following is the reply I received from the prof.

I am afraid we already found a candidate to fill this position. There will be other opportunities in the future in our group. We are truly sorry for not bringing more positive news, and I would like wish you the best on your job search.

A thank you and good luck reply is needed?

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There is no reply needed from you to them.

Move on to your other applications.

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    +1. Professors get hundreds of emails each day, no need for small talk. Commented May 3, 2019 at 8:18

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