Questions tagged [career-path]

Queries related to progression of academics in various capacities from a student to a professor and the various stages involved in the process.

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Where I can find an academic counselor or advisor? [closed]

I am very confused about the next steps in my career. Last few years I have written here when I had specific problems or query and it sorted out nicely. Sometimes I wished I can write some specific ...
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How to evaluate foreign credential evaluation services

I am considering earning a degree abroad. In order to do this it seems that I would have to hire two separate credentials evaluation firms: one to present my transcripts in the application, and later ...
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How can I better equip myself early on for pure mathematics research?

From discussions about the nature of pure mathematics research I reached to a conclusion that it requires both- theory building; that is to create rigourous concepts relevant to the problem one ...
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Nature of pure mathematics research

For a little background- I'm a 3rd year engineering student, planning to do masters in pure mathematics. I've been studying abstract group theory and real analysis, although I'm extremely interested ...
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Building an academic career abroad

Good side of my background I'm 27 years old with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and now I'm about to finish my postdoctoral research. During my Ph.D. program, I've developed an innovative device ...
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How to deal with a relationship and the need to move abroad? [closed]

I am in a long term relationship (almost 9 years) and in the last half of my PhD. Inevitably I will have to move abroad for a postdoc, after that I will probably move abroad again, and I don't know ...
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Should I accept this invitation to conference PC?

I have received an e-mail inviting me to join the program committee (PC) of a well-established and renowned conference in computer science. The e-mail looks genuine, based on the sender address and ...
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Should I do another master followed by a PhD or do a PhD directly [closed]

I hold a Master's degree in computer science (machine learning) and I am published (not in very top conferences). During my Master's studies, I found out that I am more interested in the theoretical ...
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Prizes on Academic CVs

I rarely see academic prizes mentioned on academic CVs. I suppose many students who are completeting a PhD also have a few of such prizes. I am thinking, amongst others, about best MSc dissertation, ...
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I am extremely passionate about entropy/physics, but I don't think I can get into grad school. What can I do to pursue these topics sustainably? [closed]

I am a recent graduate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland with a 2.94 GPA and a 3.01 major GPA and I am completely obsessed with entropy and the foundations of quantum physics. I'...
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Is there such a thing as a permanent academic assistantship position?

It's common for graduate students and postdocs to fulfill various "assistant" positions in academia. They may grade papers or conduct research under the direct supervision of a faculty member who is ...
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Is promotion from staff scientist to professor possible? (Considering job offer in US)

I am a researcher making its way (very slowly) to professor in Europe. After several years of effort and relocations, I have now my own research program and have earned a promotion to supervise PhD ...
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Where in academia are HEA fellowships valued?

https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/fellowship#categories Apparently these fellowships are popular in the UK? What sorts of universities care about them? And why?
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I did not secure a postdoc position this year. When should I start to apply again?

I defended my PhD recently. I don't have a good CV to start with. In 5 years of my PhD, I managed to publish just 2 (first author) decent papers (I.F ~2.5 & 3.1). I applied for several postdoc ...
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Would doing machine learning during my PhD disqualify me from becoming a professor at a statistics department? [closed]

I would like to call myself as a statistician; I have been in statistics programs for seven years now (four year undergrad, two year master’s, one year PhD). I always thought that if I become a ...
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Going for a PhD after being unhappy in industry

After finishing my studies in Electrical and Computer engineering, I worked as a researcher for a few months in the field of my master thesis (developing scientific software for applied physics). I ...
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Can research breadth be a downside when applying for doctoral positions?

I'm going to apply for a doctorate position in mathematics soon, and I'm wondering if my breadth can be of any disadvantage. I have two MSc degrees, in mathematics and engineering respectively. The ...
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I wasted six years of my life getting a PhD degree. What should I do, and how will I survive?

I struggled with low self confidence throughout my bachelors, masters and PhD in chemical engineering. After spending two years in Masters and six years in getting a PhD degree, I am lost at what I ...
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What career option is the most viable if one has very wide research interests?

I'm in mathematics, and have recently gotten an opportunity to do applied/industrial research for a strong research institute in my country. As of now I have two MSc degrees in math and engineering ...
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What should I do to make the most of a stopgap postdoc position offered by my PhD supervisor?

I am a PhD in computational materials science, and I have been offered a stop gap postdoc position (at the moment for 6 months) by my PhD supervisor which I will be starting a month after my defense. ...
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Asking letter of reccomendation to a Professor I've had this semester

I want to be admitted to a European program that would mean so much to my future carreer. Particularly important documents to be sent with the application are reccomendation letters from professors. I ...
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Are there any examples of people who successfully did a startup AND worked in academia? Or is it better to just choose one?

I'm a newly minted PhD researcher from Sweden who just finished my defense this summer (after a really stressfull and draining final year). Ever since then I have been thinking about my future in ...
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How to successfully train myself in multiple “meta” areas of my discipline?

I am at the beginning of my academic career (first "professor at uni" job after PhD). My official obligations are pretty standard: teach, do research, and faculty-related admin stuff. Now, I have my ...
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Best way to position yourself to contribute greatly to a very new field? [closed]

I'm in my undergrad and am interested in brain-computer interfacing, but the field is still very new and undetermined. My hope is to be at the forefront of the field of BCI and be in a position ...
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Switching between postdoc fellowships

I am non-EU citizen working as postdoc at a university in Denmark. Not so long ago I won two postdoc fellowships, of which I accepted one, and that's where I am currently getting my salary from. I can ...
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Can I transition into quantum machine learning with a CS (rather than physics) background?

I'm currently pursuing an undergrad in Computer Science and Engineering from an Indian university. I really like machine learning, but of late, I've been doing some digging and I think I really like ...
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Will the research activity during my Master's program seriously impact my PhD or career path?

I've posted a few questions here seeking advice on my life as a first-semester graduate student. I have a question that is somewhat related to those, and also related to this question (What happens if ...
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Applied Math or Computer Science for graduate school [closed]

I am a 4th-year student about to finish my math and computer science programs (double major). I have taken both pure math courses and computer science courses and I find myself more interested in math....
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Possibilities of Going to Industry and back to Academia in a Different Field [closed]

I am a postdoc doing Particle Physics in a university in a small town in US midwest , and I am thinking of moving from academia to industry. But I have been facing a dilemma because I think I like ...
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Tenure and tenure denial rates by universities

Is there a way or website to find the tenure and tenure denial rates by universities and departments? I heard from some faculty that the tenure rate at X university is Y%, so I wonder if there is a ...
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The choice between changing advisor or just ignoring her and do the PhD research alone?

I'am 2nd year PhD student and I'm in the phase of problem definition and exploration for my research. Other than research, I also do both RA (working on paper review, grants, etc) and TA jobs as well. ...
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What could be a next thing after my theoretical physics career has not worked out? [closed]

Perhaps this question is about leaving the academia, but hopefully it's still in the right place. Given that many people have been there before, I'll spare you most of the personal details. Late in my ...
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MS in Mathematics, having trouble finding work outside teaching algebra

10 years ago, I got an undergraduate degree in IT/CompSci from a good school. I spent most of my hours playing video games or drinking beer, and learned only enough to get a barely passing GPA. I ...
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Am I too old to do an MS in Finance?

I want to do a Masters in Finance. I am from India. I am 30 years old. I have seen that most people in masters programs in finance are less than 25 year old. I also don't have much in terms of ...
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(Re-)entering UK academic system after a long time abroad

This is a sort of general existential question, but I hope it's specific enough to be welcome here. I'm a reasonably successful not-quite-exactly-young-any-more researcher in my field, but I don't ...
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Is it possible to do two PhD's in the same field one after another? [duplicate]

I am PhD student in an area of business in India. I am dissatisfied with the coursework and research guidance available at my university and feel that I won't be a very good PhD post completion of ...
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What is the name for “academic fights”?

There are several kinds of academic fights: Two researchers may have different interpretations or modelling approaches to the same dataset. They claim that the other party is wrong in their ...
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Should I get a CS PhD if I'm only interested in industry research? [closed]

I'm currently working on a masters in CS and working at a university as research faculty (my title is 'research engineer'). I'm in the branch that does mostly contract work with the government or ...
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Supervisor lack of knowledge

I am a doctoral student in the engineering area in Europe, Belgium. I applied for the project in which I am in April and was accepted. I also had other offers from England. I liked the subject and ...
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Ws on transcript affecting admission to engineering masters? [duplicate]

I have a 3.67 GPA at Rutgers in Materials Engineering and I plan on going to UConn for a masters in Mechanical Engineering since my job after graduation is more aerospace and mechanical engineering ( ...
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What to expect when pursuing a second doctorate in an unrelated field [duplicate]

Long story short: I got a PhD a few years ago (let's say, in numerical methods for nonlinear PDEs). I've since gotten experience with a couple post-docs and a variety of collaborators, but I'm not ...
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Is it possible to have a healthy work-life balance as a professor?

I am an MSc student and one future direction I have been thinking about is the potential of pursuing a professorship after I do a PhD. Why do I want to be a professor? I enjoy the back and forth of ...
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What should I do if my parents are forcing me to study a career I don't want? [closed]

I want to study biotechnology and become an engineer. I'm a straight A's student and as the eldest daughter I'm quite disciplined. However, my parents don't want me to study that career and are ...
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What are some lifestyles that you have adopted in order to excel in academia? [closed]

So the basic idea is that I want to become a theoretical physicist in the future( in 12th now)and with those conditions, I understand that a person requires originality creativity intuition and good ...
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Is success due to hard work sustainable in academic research?

I am a physics master's student hoping to pursue physics research by doing PhD, post-doc, etc., following the standard path. To put it straight, how far can sheer hard work take one in academia until ...
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Would preaching in a church be advantageous for becoming a lecturer?

In general, the job of a lecturer (under Australian terminology- I think the terminology is different in America) can be divided up into two main areas of focus: research and teaching, with the latter ...
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Moving from a University to a National Research Institution, career implications?

Because of Brexit issues with my large grant, I'm considering a move from a permanent research+teaching post at a university to one of Europe's large research institutions. I'm not particularly ...
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Should I finish my PhD? [closed]

I have one more year until finishing my PhD. I feel that I will have a mediocre PhD thesis, at best. I feel like quitting, and I had this feeling even from the start of the PhD. I felt even from the ...
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About career break in CV

I am going to apply for a postdoc position and there is an item about career break. Having finished my Master degree, I got a position titles Director of Research in a College for about 6 years. In ...
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PhD Length: are shorter PhD degrees (from different countries) valued differently in other counter countries where PhD Is a longer process?

This question is partially inspired by the question about degree nostrification. In some countries a PhD is a 3-3.5 year degree (Denmark and the UK for ex) whereas in others like Sweden a PhD is ...