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Age vs career in natural science [duplicate]

Due to my country's education (we finish high school later than other countries), a year off, doing master's degree, I am finding myself in my first year of PhD in States being 26 years old, ...
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Age restrictions for teaching in united states [duplicate]

I am asking this question in a general sense (in the majority sense) and is not particular to any institute or topic. Is there any upper age limit to join as an assistant professor in the US? If a ...
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Can someone in his mid 40s start an academic career? [duplicate]

Suppose that one gets his PhD (electrical engineering) in his mid 40's; is it too late to get an academic job at a university?
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Is it practically possible to rise to the highest ranks of academia in STEM in the US system after finishing a PhD at 34? [closed]

I am about to finish my Ph.D. at the ripe old age of 34. I plan to stay on and try to become a part of the faculty at a university. Considering the time it takes, not to mention the competition ...
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Am I likely to be perceived as less successful if I start as an assistant professor at age 40?

Several professors, including my former advisor and a senior member of my research community, have been encouraging me to apply for a faculty job. I am torn about it mostly because I am 40 years old. ...
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Changing fields in postdoc. Whether or not to pursue another postdoc at 35

This is my story. I did my PhD in neuroscience (took me 5 years), with no publications during my PhD, but got my PhD thesis published 2 years after graduation as a first-author Nature Medicine paper ...
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Does age matter to get a job/postdoc?

I stayed at home after I got married, but at 25 years old I decided to study History. Now I've finished my BA, MA, PhD and postdoc. I've got several publications and I can say I have a very ...
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Ageism in Tenure-track applications

I am applying tenure-track positions now, however I am about 10 years older than the average applicant (I worked many years in industry before PhD). I talked to 2 experienced people whom I trust. ...
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Discrimination against theists by atheists in academia

Several times I read or heard about the claim that there is a discrimination against theists in academia by atheists. For example the german newspaper ZEIT Campus ONLINE cites an anthropologist Robert ...
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Why are so many science jobs temporary in the US?

In science in the US, a large fraction of the available jobs are temporary, and typically scientists take on temporary jobs (usually called postdocs) earlier in their careers. Why is this the case? ...
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In choosing between MD-PhD and PhD, how should I factor in the expected age at which I'll start my career as a professor?

My ideal career is to be lead a lab at a university as a professor. If I completed a residency and fellowship after an MD-PhD, which I think I'd love because of the 80/20 split that fits my ...
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