Two days ago I was in discussion with a colleague of mine about the possible PhD studies destinations. We both agreed that the chances of getting post-Doc job or any full position are higher in the country we finish PhD (Maybe you have different opinion). However, we ended up discussion two potential (native English-speakers) countries, namely, Canada and Australia. We both had a vague idea about post PhD stage (academia or industry), so we had not much to share. My question is which country is generally better in terms of the following (computer science field):

  • Research sector prospects (is there any studies indicate which country has stronger research profile in computer science - my gut feeling is Canada at least from the world universities ranking in computer science)
  • Academic career path (What are the possible career paths for PhD graduates? (tenure track, postdoc, lab researchers ... etc.).
  • Finance benefits (taking into account the living cost in both countries, which of the countries, the academic career stand stronger comparing to the industrial jobs in terms of financial benefits)

Any advice to improve the question is most welcomed.

  • This seems far too broad. Feb 13, 2014 at 16:57
  • @NateEldredge It is disappointing that I am almost sure that who voted to put this question on hold have not read the entire post down to the last line.
    – Hawk
    Feb 14, 2014 at 0:57
  • I'm voting to leave closed for now, and I've read it all. I'd suggest narrowing down what you mean by your bullet points, or asking about one or two of them at a time in separate questions. Your third bullet, "Job chances..." is almost specific enough, but even that seems hard to answer, as there are an awful lot of personal factors involved, and separate sectors of computer science to consider on the job market even within academic or industrial and not both. Feb 14, 2014 at 1:46
  • The reviewers and voters are acting as they're supposed to. The problem is that this a very broad, opinion-based question. "Better" is just too unspecific a criterion to allow for a reasonable answer.
    – aeismail
    Feb 14, 2014 at 5:14
  • @aeismail Thank you, I tried to narrow down my questions. I hope it is easier to answer now
    – Hawk
    Feb 14, 2014 at 7:11