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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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How to start independent research after PhD in pure math?

I'm now in my last year of PhD in pure math and I'd like to know how one should start his/her own research. I'm about to hand in my thesis recently, and so far I have only discussed math with my ...
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Is it possible to get a Ph.D. position in Europe after a one-year diploma?

I had interviewed by a professor for a Ph.D. position in Australia and the application has been unsuccessful. However, the professor wrote I did well in the interview and encouraged me to apply for a ...
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In Preparation For The Job Market - On Day 1 of the PhD [closed]

There's a higher likelihood everyday that I am considering pursuing a PhD in my field, and ultimately, in applying for positions as a professor down the road. What I am trying to do is think ahead as ...
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Returning to academia after long break with new research topics

I am currently out of academia but I would like to return to university and start as a postdoc. It is more than 5 years ago when I finished my PhD in mathematics (algebraic geometry) at a very ...
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Transitioning from Electrical Engineering to Physics *after* graduating

tl;dr: Graduating from EE with Ph.D. offers, but thinking about shifting to physics. Hi Everyone, Background: I'm an Electrical Engineering and Chemistry major (weird combination, I know). I am now ...
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spending time to get into top school PhD vs getting done with PhD

I have a funded PhD offer from a R1 university in texas but its ranked in the 180s based on USNews, the advisor and myself click very well, he is nice, open-minded, and a young motivated and driven ...
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The expenses of a postdoctoral fellow

I am a postdoctoral fellow on applied mathematics and I am applying for a scholarship, they asked to estimate the expenses of the scholarship. My laboratory pay for me the conferences, so do you have ...
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Reconsidering PhD? [closed]

I don't know if this is the right question to ask, but I have been seriously reconsidering whether I want to continue with my PhD. I am currently a first year graduate student in mathematics (PhD ...
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Considering a second PhD, this time in statistics. Will any professors be interested in working with me? [duplicate]

I have a PhD in applied mathematics from a top university. I didn't realise it at the time because I was so focussed on my research, but it seems my research area (numerical analysis of PDEs) is ...
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Timing a career switch from math to TCS

Short version: Is it better to switch focus as a postdoc or wait until after tenure? Details: I'm a PhD student in math (combinatorics) graduating next year. Let's suppose that I'm a strong candidate ...
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Should I drop out of gradschool or finish out a Masters?

I am currently in my first year as a PhD student in inorganic chemistry, however I am not excited about the research in the group. After some thought I desire to get into a bio-related field (...
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Academia or industry: which is easier to begin a CS research career without a bachelors degree?

I'm an engineer from the US at a large tech company who had to cease their undergraduate studies due to family complications. Previously, I was an assistant in a CS research lab during college, and in ...
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What are the academic career prospects for someone in their late 30's starting a PhD?

I'm in my late 30's and started a Ph.D. program and am wondering what my academic career prospects are. From my understanding, after the Ph.D., there are 2-3 years of postdoc, then 4-6 years of tenure-...
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Famous professor at relatively unknown university for post-doc

I am about to finish my Ph.D. soon. It was in the field of computational sciences and was done from a well-known European research lab. In my own assessment, it has been a mediocre Ph.D. for me (2 ...
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What are the criteria for associate professor habilitation in Italy in mathematics?

What are the official criteria that one needs to meet to achieve the national "associate professor" habilitation in Italy in mathematics?
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Math careers outside of finance or education? [closed]

Been trying to decide between majoring math or engineering, my interests being in math, electronics, software, and chemistry. Math being my favourite, but most of the math jobs I’ve looked at in my ...
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Practical aspects — how to change subfields between PhD and postdoc?

For the context of the question, I'm interested in switching between different areas of a field -- e.g. I did my PhD in biological physics mainly involving simulations on a specific biological system, ...
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Correct form to tell and write the degrees I hold

If I have a bachelor degree in Physics, how should I write it in a CV? What is the correct form between the two: Bachelor of Physics or Bachelor in Physics? The same thing goes for the master ...
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After getting hired, department matter

I am a new tenure-track faculty. I did my phd in a very weird way -- my advisor was in a different dept. So even for my committees, I did not have anyone from my department -- I even do not know ...
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Breaking the (perhaps perceived) academic (poverty) cycle

Background information: Field: Neuroscience (neuroimaging); Country: India; currently: grad student Working in a country that may not always have a lot of financial resources, we usually face ...
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Should I feel guilty for quitting postdoc due to immigration status?

Background: I hold citizenship of a country included in the Exchange Visitor Skill list for J1 visa holders (my research area, biological sciences, is on the list as well). My postdoc project is ...
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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? [closed]

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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