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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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HELP! I'm ABD and I want to switch programs

Situation: My doubts about graduate school have resurfaced and become more potent. While I am in my third year at a top ten university, I no longer think my department is right for me given my ...
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How much political influence is involved in the academia in Germany?

I heard that German and Polish national politics influences the appointment of tenured positions in their universities. E.g. if some party is in power, they would like to see somebody loyal to them ...
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Should I quit Master's after 2 months into the program? Please help! [on hold]

I completed my Bachelor's in Electrical engineering last year in a foreign country. I already had a job pending in that country when I finished but due to visa concerns, I would only be able to start ...
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Why are some PhD holders unable to become professors?

Why do some people get STEM PhDs, want a professorship, and end up not getting it? Is it only about opportunity and competition, or are there PhD candidates that are just not qualified to be ...
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What are the most interesting labs ans masters for Reinforcement Learning and Deep Reinforcement Learning in Europe, specifically also in Germany? [closed]

Being interested in continuing my studies by focusing on RL & Deep RL, I got interested in two questions: Which labs are there in Europe which focus on that topic? There seem to be several ...
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Is there an IRB/ethics career path?

Suppose I was back at the beginning of my undergraduate career, and I decided that while I was willing to do human-subjects research, my real career goal was to sit on an IRB and guide lost souls who ...
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Fields of computer science with good academic outlook [closed]

I gather that the academic job market is very tough for theoretical computer science PhDs with a low chance of obtaining a professorship. Some things I have read with regards to this: https://www....
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How to gain some research experience after leaving college? [duplicate]

I had graduated from a non-research college with a Bachelor's degree in engineering a year ago. My only 'research' experience is through my project in the final year. I want to do research but I am ...
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What methods to estimate the current number of logicians in the world? [closed]

How many active researchers today have specialised in logic? What methods could be used to estimate this number? I would more precisely define this population as all mathematicians, philosophers, ...
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Failed my professor months ago, not sure what to do now

About 8 months ago I was about to graduate university and was trying to figure out what to do with myself then. A professor asked me if I wanted to do my masters with him and I said yes almost ...
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Is it worth going to college when you have no real passion for the subject you will study?

I'm in my last year of high school and about to move on to the next stage, undergraduate programs. The problem is that I don't care about any of my subjects enough to continue them at a higher level. ...
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getting a job with a PhD in (pure) mathematics

Probably this concern has been addressed several times here but I will give a try to get other people's perspective from my situation. I am feeling sort of hopeless these times. I am in my last year ...
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What are my prospects to get a Postdoc position with just 1 publication from PhD? [closed]

I am a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. I have already completed my 5 years, am writing my thesis and will be submitting my thesis in 4 months. I have published 1 paper till now. That was 2 years ago. ...
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What is a 3 Year (Indian) Engg. Diploma equivalent to UK education standards(HNC, HND or other)?

Can anybody assist me in knowing what is a 3 year engg. diploma is equivalent according to UK education system or ECTS? or Is it equivalent to HND or HNC?
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PhD in Statistics working in Physics

I will be applying to PhD statistics programs this upcoming fall and really enjoy statistics. But, I also love physics (started as a physics major) and am wondering if there is opportunity post-PhD to ...
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Failing PhD, how to go forward? [closed]

I have read many PhDs have a feeling of failure during their studies. At the moment I am seeking a reflection, from someone who is/has been a PhD and maybe a similar situation. I found myself in a ...
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Changing fields between PhD and postdoc

My background is in Applied Sciences (Bachelor and Masters) and I did my PhD in Human Factors. I'm currently doing my postdoc in Human Factors (Social Sciences) but I discovered that I don't enjoy it ...
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Negotiating 1-year delay to my Assistant Professor Offer

Recently I was offered an assistant professor position at a major R1 university. My problem is that I need to stay one more year in my home country due to Fulbright 2-year home residency requirement. ...
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Finishing incomplete degree after a decade to switch to industry

I'm considering the possibility of completing a degree from which I dropped out almost a decade ago. In part because I feel I should, in part because I think it could be useful for switching to ...
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Applying for another job within same department?

I've been a postdoc for just under a year in a nice lab, and I have no problems with my boss or colleagues. However, another position has just come up in the same department, which fits way better ...
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PhD in autonomous underwater robots [closed]

I have finally found my true calling. I want to work on autonomous underwater vehicles trying to solve different problems from research to oil and gas industry. The problem is that I am having ...
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How much do teaching responsibilities hinder a researcher at a small university? [closed]

I would like to consider physics (theory) or math. I have two questions, but in general I would like to understand more about the following. If a researcher joins the faculty of a small (not top-...
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Am I graduate student or underpaid employee?

I started graduate course in a national research institute abroad (3 years ago). I just realized now this is my third year and every year we had different projects. Main problem is that I am not ...
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Is it possible to become a tenure track Assistant Professor at the same university where I did Post Doc?

I know that there is such thing as "intellectual incest" and that many universities are against hiring their own PhD graduates for their faculty positions. But what about the movement from being a ...
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Found startup or finish PhD?

I'm on last year of my Ph.D. However, I got an offer from investors for my project and investor required to full-time work in a new company. Would it be an advantage or a disadvantage to have worked ...
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I applied to tenure track positions in the US when should I hear about interviews? [closed]

I have a PhD in Chemical Engineering and have applied to a handful of tenure track positions in December/January. When can I expect to hear about possible interviews? At what point should I just move ...
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Why do so many PhDs choose to join academia instead of industry given the pay in academia is considerably lower and the workload is much heavier? [closed]

In the computer science field, an entry-level software engineer in top-tier tech companies (e.g. Google, Facebook, etc.) could earn as much as a 20-year experience professor. And the workload in ...
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Go for undergrad or graduate degree in CS?

I am a cybersecurity professional well employed. I am almost 50 year old so since my employer would pay a graduate or undergrad degree I thought about going back to school to enhance computer science ...
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What's the right time to transition from postdoc to PI?

I've been a neuroscience postdoc for the past ~2.5 years and have recently applied to Assistant Professor positions in various R1 universities within the US. I decided to apply mainly for timing ...
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How to change path from field of IT to field of Space sciences?

I'm now at the final (4th) year of completing my bachelor's degree in IT. Four years back I haven't had any idea about what I'm choosing and in my country there were no space related degrees, ...
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Choosing an adviser based on the professor's past students' jobs

I have recently been a admitted to a top 20 math Phd program at one of the schools I really wanted (woohoo!). The reason I wanted this school is because I have been really into a certain research ...
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Is a math degree really useless financially? [closed]

I graduated in December 2018 with a double degree in math and electrical engineering and have applied to various graduate schools in pure math and electrical engineering and have been offered ...
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Risks in accepting a position if candidate considers themselves unqualified and believes they will fail

Freddie was offered a post-doctoral position they did not apply for, by Sasha. Sasha and Freddie know each other because they used to share an office. The topic is quite different from what Freddie ...
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What should the startup package consist of at US (primarily) undergraduate institutions?

What should one list in the startup funds if you are taking up a tenure-track position at a public undergraduate university in the US, mostly focused on teaching? I'm asking specifically for ...
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Competitiveness and Success Caliber in Academia [closed]

Every day, I am figuring out that competitiveness in academia is high. Of course, there are thousands of academics, but only a small number really make an impact with outstanding research. My goal --...
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What career can a master student take?

So I normally see master graduate student apply for a position as a lecturer. Is there any other career that is available for a master (science) student asides from lecturer? Which is for computer ...
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Is it good to take a project even if the topic is not what I'm interested?

One of my university professors offered me a research assistant position which would require me to study for a master degree. I really wanted to take it but there are few problems for me. I don't ...
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Assessing potential future research paths- metrics for funding competitiveness by field?

As a current graduate student looking forwards to a career in academia, I am concerned (as is likely normal) about the potential for future funding in my field/subfield. Doing good science is, of ...
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Are PhDs in Engineering worth it for working in the labour market? [closed]

I am a undergraduate electrical engineering student in Canada. Programming courses aren't offered in our EE degree. So, to overcome this lack, I learned to program in Java, C++ and in Python by my own....
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Why is a professorship sometimes called a chair?

Why is a professorship sometimes called a chair? Are chairs only the correct term when the professorship has been endowed? (I don't think so, because endowed professorships are rare in the UK, but ...
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How do I regain my momentum in research after a long period of slacking off?

I'm two and a half years into my PhD program. Recently, I finally worked up the courage to admit it — I've been slacking off for over a year and it's my fault. Now I'm determined to be productive in ...
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Have there ever been any “Lebron James” of academia?

For those who aren't familiar, Lebron was so talented and sought-after in high school that he was able to skip playing NCAA basketball and went right on to the NBA at the age of 19. Have there ever ...
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Can I reasonably move universities every few years for professional work?

My real love is scientific computing, but I'm generally interested in nearly every academic field — through undergrad I've had research computing positions in social psychology, electrical engineering,...
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Is it possible to gain admission to an engineering master's program without an undergraduate engineering degree? [duplicate]

I tried to search for this and could not find it. This is my first stack exchange post so go easy please. Here is my situation. I have an undergraduate degree in economics from a top tier economics ...
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Difference between Visiting Lecturer and Lecturer?

May you please tell me what is the difference between Visiting Lecturer and Lecturer Can Visiting Lecturer be considered an affiliation or academic staff, for Ph.D holders?
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What's wrong with my e-mail to potential PhD supervisors?

I recently sent some e-mails to potential supervisors asking information for a PhD with them, I obtained no answers. I share my doubts and then copy the standard mail I sent. I sent it to 5 ...
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What is the typical work-life balance and appointment duration for a non-tenure assistant/associate/full research scientist in the U.S.? [closed]

This question is specifically directed towards anyone who is currently employed in academia as a non-tenure assistant/associate/full research scientist, although others are more than welcome to join ...
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To what extent my discriminating PhD supervisor can influence the future of my academic career? [closed]

I'm almost at the end of my Ph.D., writing down the thesis and having the disputation. Well, my Ph.D. took me about 5 years. My main background is Engineering, but I changed my research domain to ...
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Art Major to Physics/Applied Mathematics, Advise? [closed]

Firstly, I'm yet unfamiliar with the query conventions specific to this stack exchange. If I've improperly tagged or placed this question, such that it need be closed or held, I apologize. Continuing,...
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Obtaining abstracts for symposium talks before vs after submitting proposal

As an early-career researcher, I would like to get some organisational experience with chairing symposia, and am considering proposing a symposium for my (sub)field, at a major conference of the (...