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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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Machine learning researcher as a high-energy physics masters graduate

From what I understand, the majority of novel machine learning (ML) research is in applications such as natural language processing (NLP) and computer vision (CV). How can I focus my career on ...
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How many conferences should humanities PhD students be attending and presenting at per year? [closed]

How many conferences should PhD students (in the humanities) be attending and presenting papers at per year? Specifically, how many should be recommended for PhD students hitting the job market in the ...
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Impact of PhD University Reputation on Professor Applications in India?

How important is the reputation of the university where I obtain my PhD when applying for postdoctoral positions and professorships in India? Specifically, how does the ranking and prestige of my PhD ...
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I feel like doing a PhD is my only option but I am not excited about it. What can I do to fix my life?

I have graduated a year ago from Oxford with a first honour master's degree in maths and computer science. Since then I've been trying to find a decent job and have been failing, to the point where I ...
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Does Being a TA for an Irrelevant Course Benefit My Resume?

Would having experience as a TA for a course outside my field be seen as a positive on resume? How might this experience be perceived by potential employers or academic committees, especially when it'...
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Not being specialist of a precise topic (but having a broader perspective): is it a bad thing for an experienced post-doc

I finished my PhD a few years ago and I just finished my second year of post-doc. My research has been quite multidisciplinary and I am getting increasingly worried to not have a label of being the ...
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Switching research line at 2+years in post-doc

I am 2+ years in my first postdoc. In my PhD and beginning of my post-doc, my expertise was multidisciplinary: it linked different thematics. However I am getting a bit “bored” by this research line, ...
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Soft Question: Career Advice: Is love for biology a good enough reason to be a doctor? [closed]

I don't know if it is on topic here but I feel it is an important question related to field of medicine. So I have seen many struggle with this question. BACKGROUND Where I come from, career and ...
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Should you list all possible professional goals or be specific?

The PhD program I am applying to is asking about my professional goals and ambitions? I am thinking to answer it with respect to short-term and long-term goals. Short-term goals are easy to write ...
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List of "possible publications" at international conferences

I want to apply for a PhD fellowship program abroad and one of the requirements is that I must provide a list of possible publications and presentations at international seminars/conferences, what ...
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Academic careerism: How can there be biased research or dishonest inquiry in theoretical hard sciences? [closed]

From Wikipedia: (emphasis added) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_careerism Academic careerism is the tendency of academics (professors specifically and intellectuals generally) to pursue their ...
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Interested in pursuing a Ph.D. to do research in making warp drive a reality [closed]

I would appreciate some feedback on my specific situation. I have always been passionate about space exploration and would very much love to start doing research on not just the physics that would ...
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Is a PhD program the stage at which you define and carve out your own research niche?

Is a PhD the time when you define your academic path, or at least outline what it may become? While researchers have the freedom to change topics throughout their careers, would you recommend striving ...
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Will a low PhD GPA be a problem for industry R&D positions? [closed]

I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (controls) in India. My undergraduate GPA in mechanical engineering was good, but my PhD GPA has been low (6.8/10). Will this bad GPA affect my ...
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The employer gives a job, but asks for a “plan” of work with a horizon until the end of summer

So, this is a continuation of my topics :) This and this. I need to consult specifically with the academic community. I found a scientific group (part of a large scientific institute). The lab staff ...
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Accept applied PhD student position or wait for math PhD?

I have been offered a great PhD student position in information theory and machine learning, but in my heart i want to pursue a PhD in pure mathematics, hence I am debating with myself whether or not ...
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IT Professional interested in research [duplicate]

I have Bachelors of Engineering degree in Electronics & Communication from India. After that I have 5 year 9 months of experience from India and 2 year 2 month experience in Germany. I am ...
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Clarification Help: Areas of Specialization (AOS) vs Areas of Competence (AOC)

I seem people list their AOS and AOC on their CV's, but it is not clear to me how these categories are distinguished from each other. Is the AOC the general field in which you work and the AOS your ...
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Data Science undergrad degree from business school isn't what I expected to be [closed]

I chose a data science undergrad degree in the best-ranked business university in Peru (where I live). I've always been very interested in math and in programming so I thought I made a great decision. ...
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Is a career in academia still viable after mediocre phd and break?

I'm looking for some honesty and perspective if you can help me out :) I completed my PhD in humanities in 2020 (after small corrections it was awarded in 2021). It was a hot mess, I had a scholarship ...
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How to best exploit a (very) diverse research background in a Research Statement

I am considering coming back to academia for a faculty position after a successful stint as an entrepreneur. I think I'm a strong candidate for many of the job posts I want, having a good body of ...
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Is there an hope for a stuck post-doctoral career to recover

I'm an 'old' post-doc, meaning that I completed my doctoral studies already in 2015. This career length presupposes eligibility to tenure track professorships in Germany but unfortunately, I do not ...
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Constructing a compelling rason for changing postdocl positions to my advisor [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in mathematics in the US. I am graduating next month. Last fall, I applied for many postdoctoral positions, and at that time, I only received two offers from China. In March, I felt ...
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Vicious academic circle [closed]

I received some answers in this thread, but there are new ones that I would like to discuss with the academic community. A little less than a year ago I received my PhD degree. By this time, my ...
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Interview Dilemma: Other Offers [duplicate]

Tomorrow, I have an interview at one of the top UK universities where I really want to end up. However, I already have a few offers from other places. So, I am wondering, if they ask me whether I have ...
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Applying for a Master's Degree with Less Than Perfect Credentials [closed]

I'm very interested in pursuing a master's degree at Perimeter Institute and consider applying in the next call. However, I am not an outstanding student. I also don't have a perfect GPA (My average ...
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Academic view of graduates who go to US national labs?

I am an undergrad currently finishing up a research internship at a Department of Energy national laboratory. I've enjoyed my time here, and I want to work at a national lab post-PhD. With my PhD ...
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Seeking Mentorship Late in PhD: Strategies and Criteria for Finding the Right Mentor

I am a 4th year Ph.D student working in a lab where independence is highly valued, and collaboration with other labs is minimal. My supervisor prefers focusing on our research without much external ...
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How to ask a professor from 29 years ago to write you a recommendation?

After college, I never kept in touch with this professor even though he was one of my favorite professors, did very well in his class and have thought of him often. I was basically conflicted over his ...
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Do I need to take Advanced Courses for Trade School, and specifically for plumbing? (Specific Questions enclosed) [closed]

I have a quick question. I'm a sophomore in high school, and I wanted to go to trade school after I graduate. I had some questions about what courses to take for trade school, and specifically for ...
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Is Dumping PhD Work on a Junior Scientist a Form of Academic Misconduct? Who Should I Report it to?

A potentially controversial issue that can jeopardise the career of one or more people, so I am treading lightly while protecting the concerned persons as much as possible, save a few details for ...
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Seeking Advice: Combining Control Theory, Machine Learning, and Applied Math in Graduate Studies

I'm an electrical and computer engineering undergrad in Portugal, considering a switch to machine learning or applied math for my master's. I've completed Andrew Ng's deep learning specialization and ...
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What to do with a paper that got rejected twice by referees?

I am an early career researcher (on my sixth month of my 3-year postdoc) facing a dilemma I don’t know how to resolve. I recently wrote a very short and simple paper, which I have submitted twice. The ...
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NSF CAREER Proposal For PUI Faculty [closed]

I am currently a tenure-track faculty at a PUI ("Primarily Undergrad Institution"). I recently received a research grant from NSF to start the lab and research in a small scale. Now I am ...
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Switching Career from Theoretical Physics to Biomedical Engineering

I am doing my Ph.D. in theoretical physics but want to switch to biomedical engineering (BME), especially tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Do Master's programs accept students without any ...
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CEA vs CNRS for permanent researcher positions in France

I am trying to find a permanent researcher position in France. I'm applying to job openings in CEA and CNRS. Though I have some understanding of how CNRS operates and working conditions, salaries, etc,...
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Should I be worried that I might not be interested in the exact type of research my supervisors do?

I started a PhD program this September and I keep having doubts about whether or not I can achieve what I want being in this program and working with my current supervisors. I'm in the differential ...
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Is 5 years of professional experience bad for a future career in academia?

I am a current master student (my field is earth sciences). Some time ago, I was sure that I should apply for a PhD right after I graduate with a master's degree. However, now I am thinking about ...
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Supervision is rather intrusion than guidance [closed]

Recently I joined a Ph.D. program (1st year) and I have already been thinking of quitting multiple times. It comes and goes, but I am basically very disappointed of the intellectual and social ...
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From bad high school grades to becoming a professor in mathematics [closed]

I know it is possible, but are there professors (kept anonymous) who did poorly in high school?
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Part-time and remote research in the UK

The general question: If someone has commitments and constraints which make working full-time on site in a University impractical, is it possible for them to have a research career? If it is possible, ...
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In a grant proposal, should I write that I have a paper very likely to be accepted by a very prestigious journal? and how?

I am facing a problem that is new for me and I don't know to whom to ask. My current supervisor and I are very busy and we both have barely some time to discuss pressing bureaucratic issues and ...
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Optimal Length of an Undergraduate CV: Is 4 Pages Too Long?

I'm an undergraduate student currently updating my CV and seeking advice on its optimal length. Until recently, my CV was 2 pages long. However, this year, due to gaining additional teaching ...
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Choosing Between Monetary Compensation or Last Authorship in a Research Project Outside My Field [closed]

I have recently been presented with an opportunity to contribute to a research project by creating a dataset, a task that would take approximately 100 hours of work. The project is not directly ...
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What Types of Questions Can I Expect in an AI/ML Summer Internship Interview?

I am currently preparing for interviews for summer internships in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Given the highly specialized and rapidly evolving nature of this field, I ...
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Understanding "Mastering Out" in Graduate Programs: Implications and Consequences

One of my friends have been currently navigating through graduate studies and have come across the term "mastering out." My questions are that: What does "mastering out" of a ...
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How does accepting a non-faculty staff job affect faculty applications?

I am currently employed as a postdoc. I recently received an offer for a non-faculty online instructional staff position while simultaneously applying for several faculty (tenure track and non-tenure ...
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Key considerations when applying for a Ph.D. abroad

I'm in the process of applying for a Ph.D. in a foreign country, and I'm trying to determine the most crucial factors to consider. How should I prioritize aspects like the reputation or expertise of ...
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How to Professionally Conclude a Collaboration with a Professor to Pursue New Academic Opportunities?

I've had a fruitful period of collaboration with my current professor, but I'm now looking to explore new academic opportunities and challenges. What is the best approach to professionally conclude my ...
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Struggling postdoc Physics [closed]

I am seeking some career advice on my situation. I am around my third year of my first postdoc in Physics. Haven’t published a first author paper for three years now. I come from a poor immigrant ...
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