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If some do a part-time PhD in Germany and work as full time in a research institute? Will it count as negative to become a professor.

  • Do you work in the research institute as a researcher, i.e with publications etc.? Then I cannot believe anyone sees this as a negative (note that many phds in Germany are, in fact, officially part-time). – user111388 Jul 21 '20 at 15:01
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    The only negative thing I could think of is that you might not have as much teaching experience. A few institutions might care about that. – user111388 Jul 21 '20 at 15:02
  • So many other factors to be looked at on your application... – Solar Mike Jul 21 '20 at 15:44
  • Yes, I work as a researcher, my tasks to publish one paper in a year. I am also involved in supervising research project and Bachelor and Master thesis. Do we only count teaching experience if I involved in some lecture or seminar? – Alex Kujur Jul 21 '20 at 15:47
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    @cbeleitesunhappywithSX Okay, thank you :) – Alex Kujur Jul 21 '20 at 16:04
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A PhD is a PhD... it doesn't matter how long it takes, or whether it is full or part-time, the qualification itself is unaffected.

Amount of research produced over a certain duration has got some importance though.

The crucial question is the reason for the PhD being part-time. If that reason would reflect badly on your perceived fit as an academic, then it might have a bearing (if it implies too many family commitments, or lack of motivation perhaps).

However the fact that your full-time work is, you say, in a research institute is great for you in this regard. Your full time work is directly related to one of the roles of an academic. As such this should have no negative bearing whatsoever on the path to becoming a professor.

  • Employers should not discriminate based on family commitments. – Anonymous Physicist Jul 23 '20 at 2:22
  • Employers don't care about PhD duration, but the student should. Completing the PhD promptly is good for the student's finances. – Anonymous Physicist Jul 23 '20 at 2:23
  • Thanks, will it affect in future If I show 2 experiences in my CV? – Alex Kujur Jul 23 '20 at 10:44
  • @AnonymousPhysicist they shouldn't, but it's possible that they could – Stumbler Jul 23 '20 at 11:44

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