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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Thinking about leaving academia for good. I am feeling guilty and disappointed in myself. Any thoughts/advice?

I have a PhD in mechanical engineering and am currently a postdoc. I have been fairly productive in my research, published fair amount of papers during my 5 years PhD and 1.5 years of Postdoc ...
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Opportunities for Computer Science Graduates in the Field of Economics

I am a cs graduate as the title suggests. I have been working as a data engineering/ science consultant for the past couple of months. And I will hopefully get a public administrative job (civil ...
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What's the career progression of associate scientific editor at a major publishing house?

As someone who has been offered a position with Springer Nature as an associate scientific editor, I am unclear about the career progression in such an industry? I am currently a 2 year postdoc in ...
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What do you think of scientific editors for different publishing houses as a career path after a STEM PhD? Is it a rewarding career path? [duplicate]

After PhD and/or postdoc, one usually have three directions to go to. One leads to a tenure track position, other industry related to the field or third where one changes the field completely. However,...
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Can I withdraw from a fully funded PhD offer from US just before joining date as I got a Job in industry and don't feel like doing a PhD anymore?

I am an international student currently working in my home country - India. I got admitted for a fully-funded PhD program in the US. Although I was very confident about doing a PhD when I applied for ...
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Should I quit my PhD - workload, self-esteem and social life [closed]

I don't really want a degree. I just want to get married, and have weekends and evenings off, and chill out and play board games, and have nice conversations with friends, and have time to exercise ...
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How bad is it: doing the first PostDoc and PhD at the same place? [closed]

In academic recruiting it is often asked that one has lots of experience which includes being at different institutions preferably in different countries. I would like to who: What are the potential ...
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Transition from PhD to postdoc with an intent to change field

I'm in the following situation: In 3 months, I'll finish my PhD in theoretical physics, and I'm certain that I want to pursue an academic career. However, I'm just as certain that my PhD research is a ...
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Objectively speaking, are STEM jobs more difficult to acquire than STEM graduate degree? [closed]

I've recently been doing some (non-serious) job search. My background is STEM with a focus on computing. What I have noticed is that the requirement to get a job with many tech companies seems to be ...
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How can I get into computer science research as a high school student?

I am in High-School but want to pursue research in Computer Science, but as you know High-School usually does not offer any such options or tasks. So I want to explore avenues where I can get these ...
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How to ask for letter of recommendation without giving the impression you want to leave the group?

I am a final year PhD student and given the competition and burden of finding a PostDoc position, I want to try to apply to some positions early on. At this stage I am satisfied with the group and ...
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How good is an 18 month Masters in Computer Science?

I have plans to apply for a Masters in computer science in the United States as an international student. I see that some universities (Stony Brook etc.) have masters program which can be completed ...
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I left academia after finishing my PhD and completing my post-docs. Is it possible to return to academia now, in a slightly different field?

I have a PhD in pure mathematics and completed a couple of postdocs in complex analysis. I left academia a year ago. Now I realise that I would be interested in returning to research, but in ...
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How is quitting a PhD perceived in academia and industry?

I am in similar situation as in this post. I am a foreign PhD student in the Netherlands. My work is related to computer vision. Here, each PhD student typically has two supervisors, a senior ...
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How long can a pure math(Algebraic Number theory) PhD holder can work as a Post Doc/research associate in their career? [duplicate]

This is rather a curious question based on future career after PhD, looking at the crisis in academic/teaching job market. If one completes PhD with pure mathematics (Algebraic Number Theory) with few ...
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Doubt on bad GPA curriculum and academic future

I would like to ask something about the master program. I'm a student from one of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and I have a bad GPA and an undergraduate history ...
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Should I do another master following with a PhD or do a PhD directly [closed]

My situation is that I already hold a Master's degree in computer science (in machine learning specifically), I apply for some doctoral schools but haven't got any offers yet. During my master's study,...
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Math Ph.D. does not know what to do with life? [closed]

Background: I am a Math Ph.D. student in the U.S. (originally from a developing nation) in partial differential equations (PDEs) but on the theoretical side of PDEs (no simulation, no numerical). I am ...
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How to keep confidential my PhD position search, if I have already started a PhD in a lab, but want to change

I am currently hired as a PhD student in the lab for 8 months and I would like to look for another PhD position. The main reason is that my interests don't fit the research focus of my current lab. ...
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How do the logistics work for recipients of a DFG "Eigene Stelle" grant (in Germany)?

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), which funds most basic research in Germany, has a grant program that funds a temporary position ("Eigene Stelle") for novice principal ...
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Are the opportunity costs of pursuing a STEM PhD in the US higher than decades ago?

Here are some things that are well-established: Being a PhD student is a (albeit, temporary) career-path with the poorest education-level/income ratio in the United States. It has been estimated that ...
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How to pursue an academic career in Italy

I am an early career scientist that want to pursue an academic career in Italy. I am familiar with the usual track of an academic in Italy: Phd, "assegno di ricerca", "RTDA", "...
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"Extra teaching" (compared to the standard contract) for Italian researchers

For researchers (RTDa, RTDb, associate and full professors) in Italian universities is it possible to have some "extra" teaching duties (compared to the standard contract)? How would one ...
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Italian universities: how to find out the "hiring plans" for researchers in the next 1-4 years?

In Italian universities (mathematics departments), is there a way to find out in advance what are the "hiring plans" for the next 1-4 years? In fact, when is it known within a university ...
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What does it mean when a department has 'retired professors' as part of their faculty? Can I still work with them?

What exactly does this mean? Could I do work with them? If not, why are they listed there? I am confused!
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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 the pros and cons of different research career paths? [closed]

As a student thinking about a career in research, more precisely pure or fundamental research, I would like to know more about possible careers. I haven't decided on the field yet, so I'm interested ...
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Returning to academia - continuously rejected

I finished my Ph.D. in mathematics in 2016 and then worked at the same university (in Germany) and under the same professor (now retired) as a postdoc for the next four years. I knew my contract would ...
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Changing fields after PhD, master or post-doc?

I am not far away from finishing a PhD in molecular toxicology, however with time i have gotten more and more interested in topics such as renewable energy, environmental/climate science and ...
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Is spending 16 years (in total) in academia to get three degrees career suicide? What do I do?

It took me 5.5 years to get my BSc, 3 years to get my MSc, and 6 years to do my PhD. I had a child as a teenager (so I have spent my entire adult life a mum) and we moved countries (to Germany) when I ...
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Is there a book equivalent to « Good work if you can get: How to succeed in academia » but for European / UK academia?

I found Jason Brennan’s book very useful when applying to my PhD and planning long term about my academic career. However I am doing my PhD in Europe and although I’d like to explore US academia at ...
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How do I gain back my faith in my PhD degree?

I am 3 years into a PhD program at a top North American university in STEM. My daily routine includes working on my research and preparing for courses I am assisting. In general, I would say that ...
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How to join a research group when not affiliated to any institution

I have just completed my bachelor, and wish to pursue a masters in the field of robotics. However, during my bachelors, I was not able to build a good research profile and do not have any publications ...
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How to enter graduate school in a social science discipline from a computer science background?

I am a senior computer science major at a state school in the US. I have done internships at "Big 4" companies in my field as well as CS research with NSF grants. I am interested in getting a Master'...
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Sabbatical disruption: common annoyance or warning sign?

I am a faculty member at an R2 institution in the US, looking ahead to a sabbatical. On paper, my university has a typical sabbatical policy: every seven years, a semester at full pay or a year at ...
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How do academics reconcile simultaneously collaborating and competing with colleagues?

In many fields of academia, a professor must get grants to fund his research (e.g., medicine, biology). Early in academic career, a scientist can have naive expectations about how things work in ...
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Why do pure mathematicians tend to start publishing good papers a bit late?

Why is it so common for pure mathematicians to start publishing "good" quality paper a bit late? Maybe towards the end of PhD or start of Post-doc. Whereas in some fields people start ...
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Are mathematicians paid enough? [closed]

I am a first year PhD student. The amount of funding that I receive, in my opinion, is bare minimum. After covering all of my expenses, I'm hardly left with anything or in some of the months, nothing. ...
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How are older associate professors viewed in academia in the USA and elsewhere?

Some U.K. universities are moving from the system of lecturer->senior lecturer->reader->professor to the American system of assistant professor->associate professor->full professor. ...
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What happens to unproductive professors?

I notice that past a certain age (sometimes as early as 50), some professors tend to be significantly less productive, to the point that they essentially do not publish or have graduate students and ...
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Is academic work, in the tech industry, on areas concerning social good mostly profit-driven?

I am a current PhD student in a STEM field who does work in areas that mostly concern social good. That is, my work's outcomes would at first glance mostly help uncover a new societal issue or inform ...
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Master's Degree Curriculum and its Effects on Teaching Opportunities [closed]

I have been working as a entry-level web developer for approximately a year now. I am looking to go back to school to get a Master's Degree in hopes that I will be able to teach programming/...
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How to participate in online discussions, meetings and conferences? [closed]

I am a Master's degree student in India. I am interested in Differential Geometry (mainly, Hyperbolic Geometry) and Topology. I am keen to apply for PhD in Foreign schools. I have read in Academia, ...
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Planning for a faculty position in the USA [closed]

I have a PhD in education from a US university (ranked within top 20 public universities) in 'mathematics education'. Because of my scholarship requirements, I had to come back to my country. However, ...
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Should I do a second PhD after a bad one? [duplicate]

I am expected to finish my Ph.D. by the end of the year and I am seriously considering going for a second one. After finishing my master's in Biomedical Engineering, I became interested in Machine ...
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Are researchers generally sympathetic to not taking jobs in certain countries?

Suppose that an early career researcher received a job offer from a country that the researcher really doesn't want to go to, because of political or other personal reasons (concern for safety, ...
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How to decline a potential PhD supervisor?

I have seen something similar has been asked but I seriously don't know what to do. I applied to 3 PhD programs all from quite good Universities. For all of them I contacted a potential supervisor, ...
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How do professors perceive breakthroughs from outside academia?

During my childhood, I use to listen the news with the phrases such as: Dr. scientist, professor of physics at university of Stanford invented/discovered the phenomenon.......... The italics used ...
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Is a postdoc necessary for a tenure track position in China?

In math/CS and related fields, it is almost unheard of to obtain a tenure track position at a top US university without doing at least one postdoc. However, on mathjobs, a large proportion of the ...
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Does the choice in education provider make a difference at interview time?

I am at a point where I am looking into all my options in my education. I am currently at a private university and am wondering if the location of where I am studying has any possible future ...

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