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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How to search for postdocs with great fit

I'm a Phd student in the US (expected to graduate in Spring or Summer 2021). These days, I look for a postdoc position which starts from Fall 2021. I've sent an unsolicited email to 6-7 PIs that would ...
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Avoiding the double effort of academic research and marketable job skills as a math PhD

For context, I'm entering a mathematics PhD program that offers several different areas of specialization, mathematical computer science (MCS), pure maths, statistics, and more. My undergrad was in ...
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Career advice: How to move on in academia after a negative PhD experience?

I am post-PhD and I am really struggling with the job search phase of my career. My PhD took me almost a decade to finish, with time off, because after successfully completing all of the requirements ...
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My entire plan for academia has gone berserk. I can't bring myself to apply for positions. What should my course of action be? [closed]

I defended my PhD earlier this year. I wanted to work on few more topics related to my PhD, so I had accepted a postdoc offer with my PhD supervisor. It was supposed to start from March 1st 2020 for a ...
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Is there a chance to get in math phd for a physics student?

Let me introduce my background first. I am now a mathematical physics master student in Germany. I obtained my Bachelor in physics in Asia, used to be a M.Phil student in my undergraduate's university,...
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Dropped out of college while studying Physics. Want to complete my graduation in one year and do a course related to my career [closed]

I dropped out of college in second year (Physics Honors) because I failed and could not complete my graduation of three years from University Of Calcutta. I dropped my studies in 2014 and started ...
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Objectively speaking, is the opportunity cost of doing a PhD in STEM higher than it was compared to decades ago?

Here's somethings that are well established: being a PhD student is a (albeit, temporary) career-path with the poorest education-level/income ratio. It has been estimated that Post-Doc salary is ...
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Does it make sense to “pause” an academic career so that I can pursue financial independence and self-fund my research?

I graduated with a bachelor’s in the humanities last year. I would have preferred to continue studying, but I don’t have the money, and I have found very few opportunities for full funding where I ...
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How do I move forward after working with a toxic academic supervisor?

How do I move forward after working with a toxic academic supervisor who ruined my all job opportunities by giving negative referrals, when my next job is asking referee report from him? If anyone has ...
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Seven years of postdoc with no first-author publication – what are my career prospects?

I have been a postdoctoral fellow for seven years, but I have no first-author publications. I am really struggling with my projects; none of them could be completed. I have several review articles, ...
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Leaving PhD for a professional master's program

I am in the 3rd year of a social sciences PhD program and just haven't found it fulfilling. I've tried therapy in the past, meditation, new diets, exercise, even moving to a new place in attempts to ...
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How are scientists trained on the *business* side of running a lab?

I've noticed lots of folks in the sciences seem to have well-developed business skills needed to run a lab, like managing a budget, hiring employees, building a team, setting deadlines and managing ...
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Is Research Right for me?

I am going to start college in a while and one of the programs I've applied for is a Bachelors in Technology followed by Masters in Science Program which is a consolidated program here and can be done ...
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I'm an optimistic, open-minded, big-picture person. What's my ideal role in research? [closed]

I am getting towards the end of my Ph.D. and pondering future career options. I want to stay in research, though not necessarily academia. I have noticed that in comparison to some successful ...
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Can I write I worked as a referee in a journal in my CV? [duplicate]

I have recently reviewed an article. I am applying for a Ph.D. position nowadays so I am upgrading my CV and writing the professors. Is it ok if I write that I worked as a referee and mention the ...
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Part time Phd- Does it count negative in the path to becoming a Professor?

If some do a part-time PhD in Germany and work as full time in a research institute? Will it count as negative to become a professor.
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What are some criteria to get an Australian PhD scholarship? [closed]

I want to apply for a PhD in Australia and I wrote a professor (who has an open position) with my CV. He was very positive in his mail and encouraged me to apply for that position. Now I want to know ...
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What is the benefit of review a scientific paper as a referee? [duplicate]

I got an invitation to review a scientific paper from a journal. I accepted the offer to review but was wondering what benefits I might get if I review a paper? Can I write it in my CV as I will be ...
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What is the expected level of commitment for postdoc positions?

Recently there have been a couple of questions generating discussion on the level of personal commitment required for PhD positions and what kind of personal sacrifices students should be willing to ...
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Dual Job by a Professor in Europe

I have seen many professor are working in a research institute and also a full-time professor at a University. How is it feasible? Are they involve in the dual job and getting a salary from a research ...
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Should I just go to grad school during the pandemic or go to industry? [closed]

I've just got an offer from a top graduate program in Computer Science and also got an offer from the big company. I'm very happy and grateful for these opportunities, but I can't decide which one to ...
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Is it a good idea to do a (cs) phd in France with a fixed topic?

For what I know, one finishes PhD with only 3 years in France which is rather efficient, but one may suffer if one's research interest gets changed in the mean time, because the thesis topic is locked ...
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Applying for Masters Program at University I work at as a Developer [closed]

I am currently a developer for a middle tier software company in the US. I have this job despite a bachelor's in economics. With my employers blessing, flexibility with working hours, but with my ...
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TAing for two young hotshot postdocs (possible “in” for future research)? or TAing a lab with more student engagement?

Incoming theoretical physics PhD student in the US. I hope to get into academia after my PhD. When listing TA preferences, would it behoove my career goal more to list as my top preference a course ...
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How should I proceed when a (famous) professor says I'm not good enough for research?

I am a PhD student in a Computer Science department, doing research of a mathematical nature. Some of my research problems drifted from my advisor's area of expertise, so I reached out to a researcher ...
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Independent research after grad school while holding a somehow unrelated career. What are the potential caveats or problems?

I recently graduated from a master's degree while working on an interesting but niche intersection of machine learning and biology. This area is of my personal interest and I believe it can impact the ...
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Am I capable of doing PhD based on my advisor's words?

I am average student completed my under-grad and grad studies successfully. I am doing PhD since 4.5 years. I was a hard-working student. I was a self-motivated student always wanted to do PhD and ...
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Specialise now or broaden knowledge?

I am currently an undergraduate student in mathematics coming to the end of a 4-year Bachelor degree. I have strong credentials (good marks, plus research and teaching experience) and have been doing ...
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Is it ok if I write to all professors that are offering Ph.D. positions the same email?

I saw some Ph.D. positions from a particular university. Most of the projects align well with my interest. So before applying, I want to write the professors some queries (e.g. just to know what he is ...
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Am I taking a wrong approach while looking for an academic position in applied areas - brutal criticisms appreciated! [closed]

After a PhD in pure mathematic, I wanted to do work in applied areas where I could bring in my pure math expertise. So I did two postdocs in computational medical imaging where I could apply my pure ...
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How can I minimize the damage of my PhD advisor's bad recommendation when applying for industry jobs?

I did not get along well with my former PhD advisor. I was able to defend and graduate; however, I have learned that my advisor was giving bad recommendation letters. No wonder why all of my ...
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Last year of my Ph.D studies [duplicate]

I am a Ph.D. student in pure mathematics and I am in my final year of graduate studies. I found that academia is not suited for me: unstable job, low salary, and a self-sacrifice culture that it is ...
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Long term research plan

I have been on a junior professor position for three years and I start thinking about my future. Is there any suggestion for young faculty on how to come up with a long term research agenda? I feel ...
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Cost/Benefit of transfering from Masters to PhD mid-program [closed]

I am about 8 months into a Masters program. My advisor just asked me to consider transferring into a PhD program with him. If accepted, the work I have done towards my Masters would count towards the ...
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Is just after your PhD a good time to switch your research area?

I am finishing my PhD soon. The area in which I pursued my PhD is very challenging as I was only able to publish couple of papers even after spending many years. I want to switch into other research ...
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Is Relocating Necessary in Academia?

Despite experiencing a lot of drama and negativity at my university, I love my city and hate the idea of relocating. Sometimes I even think of reapplying there just so I could stay in this city (this ...
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What types of higher than undergarduate degrees look exceptionally good relative to other equal level degrees? [closed]

I've heard a few people get exceptional job offers (huge pay and great benefits) just by getting a masters in certain fields. This has happened more than once. They describe a wild job offer as though ...
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I have somehow completed my PhD without having the required theoretical understanding of my field. Can I have an academic career? [duplicate]

I have an undergrad in mechanical engineering. My Masters, PhD was in Mechanical too. However, I have never been academically strong (grades were majorly C and B+). I had to retake advanced ...
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Is it possible to get a PhD position with only a Bachelor's degree?

I have done a Bachelor's (4 years) and my GPA is quite low. But I have research experiences (more than 3 years) and few publications in some good journals. I want to do a Ph.D. in biology or a related ...
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Would it be ok/wise to end my PhD contract after submitting my PhD thesis in order to be able to start a new job at that time?

I would like to start looking for a job in the period preceding the submission of my thesis, so that if I’m lucky and I find a job, I could end my PhD contract (around PhD submission time) and take on ...
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What should I do if I'm trying to go into academic from a mostly non-academic background?

I have finished an undergraduate programme in Biology, and went on to do a Masters in Global Health. The problem is that I don't really have any articles of thesis to show. My undergraduate ...
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switching fields from experimental chemistry to theoretical chemistry after PhD?

I am currently a second year PhD student in a 5 year direct-entry PhD program, studying experimental chemistry. Another important consideration is that I am on the first year of a 4 year top-tier ...
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PhD offer - Making decisions on right PhD [closed]

I hope everyone is well. I would like some advice about accepting PhD offers/waiting for the 'perfect' phd. I don't want to over-explain my situation, but I think the background is important, as I am ...
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Job prospects for international student in the UK for an academic position in the humanities

For the sake of context, I have been accepted by a UK university for my undergraduate degree (Maths and Philosophy at Oxford), and shall be beginning my degree this fall. My issue is this - after ...
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A second bachelor degree or a master in US?

I graduated from a Canadian university 5 years ago in Electrical Engineering. My dream is to pursue a phD in Computer Science. However, the courses of my study is quite different from that in CS. I'm ...
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Publishing a paper that is not related your field [duplicate]

I am graduate student in mathematics, but I did undergraduate in a different field (Astrophysics/Geophysics). I did my undergraduate reaserch somewhat seriously and have a good thesis as an ...
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From computational mathematics to abstract mathematics

I graduated with a bachelor in math/physics with a cgpa of 2.74/4.00 but didn't study many courses of abstract mathematics mostly computational math . I applied for a master's in the same Uni. and ...
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What’s the point of invited talks?

Imagine a post-pandemic world where we can travel. You’re invited to give a talk at a university. You would present your research in front of room of faculty and grad students, have numerous one-on-...
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Is obtaining Multiple PhDs in two different and barely related disciplines detrimental to the career? [duplicate]

My situation is like this: I have tried to obtain an MS in CS/CSE but failed. Now, I am studying an MA in Education and planning to get a Ph.D. in Education. After that, my plan is to get a Ph.D. ...
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How do you interpret the feedbacks of my boss [closed]

I have a PhD in biological sciences but working (for two years by now) as a data analyst (I can say something like a bioinformatician) in a university analysing cancer omics My boss says that I am an ...

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