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, 2020 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, 2020 at 15:02
  • So many other factors to be looked at on your application...
    – Solar Mike
    Jul 21, 2020 at 15:44
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    @cbeleitesunhappywithSX Okay, thank you :)
    – Alex Kujur
    Jul 21, 2020 at 16:04
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    I do not understand the constellation here. What exactly does "do a part-time PhD" mean here? Is this unrelated to your full position and you are working on a self-funded PhD project in your free time?
    – Roland
    Jul 22, 2020 at 14:40

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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.

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    Employers should not discriminate based on family commitments. Jul 23, 2020 at 2:22
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    Employers don't care about PhD duration, but the student should. Completing the PhD promptly is good for the student's finances. Jul 23, 2020 at 2:23
  • Thanks, will it affect in future If I show 2 experiences in my CV?
    – Alex Kujur
    Jul 23, 2020 at 10:44
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    @AnonymousPhysicist they shouldn't, but it's possible that they could
    – Stumbler
    Jul 23, 2020 at 11:44

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