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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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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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Switching department of my PhD (keeping same supervisor) [closed]

My PhD has 9 months left supervised (funded) and a year after that to write up in the thesis (unfunded but I am currently looking at other options for that and may be able to get around 6 months of it ...
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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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Is writing papers with a complex statistical methodology worth it? [closed]

I published several medical meta-analysis papers in high-profile journals using advanced methodology that, to my eye, should be most interesting to many people in my field. However, I noticed that: ...
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Is it better to do a bachelors in general Computer Science or in a subfield focused degree? [closed]

I'm in a dilemma between whether to do bachelors in general Computer Science or a specialization in it. These specializations include Artificial intelligence, Cyber security, Data Science, and ...
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CV concerns about misleading admissions committees on accident. Are concerns like this warranted at all?

Back again with a bit of a follow up to this post, albeit I'm not concerned about degree revocation this time: May have embellished my CV and resume by mistake after I was admitted to MA and Ph.D ...
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Are PhDs always obligated to stay involved in research, even after graduation?

I have the impression that PhDs are expected to always be involved in research and have (or eventually get) some sort of peer reviewed publication, even after graduation. I'm gravely concerned now ...
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Preparation for data scientist interviews for final year PhD student [closed]

I would like to check/ask if there is anything particular that I need to prepare for data scientist interviews. I am quite unsure/lost about the requirements since I am coming from academia (see my ...
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How to deal with multiple supervisors and different expectations?

I'm a 3rd year PhD student in Australia. My primary supervisor did a little supervising during my candidature but now complains that I have not done enough work. He gave one of my aims (which I worked ...
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What was your main selling point to start your own research group after the PostDoc phase? [closed]

I am in the PostDoc phase in an European institution where I am given quite some autonomy by the group leader. She is very generous indeed. Recently, she advised me to apply for a 4-5 year grant to ...
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An internship in synthesis, is it good for academic career?

I am a chemistry student on my first year of master's, my love is purely towards making novel protein inhibitors, mostly for cancer research. I can do the synthesis and I am getting better at ...
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How to become a competitive candidate for grad school after a ruined integrated master's degree?

I am 22 years old, about to graduate (delayed by one semester because I failed in two courses) with a dual major (one of which is an integrated Master's degree in a Physics, and the other a Bachelor's ...
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Is chemistry needed for graduate programs in material science?

I am a third year undergraduate in a physics program at a US university. I am in quantum and enjoy it, I also enjoyed a quantum chemistry course I took. I am looking to do work quantum computing (...
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Showed my CV and resume to screeners. Things are not looking good job prospect wise. How can I salvage my situation? [closed]

I know I've made a couple of posts on this website by now that I've realized are me worrying and/or pure speculation. I have something now that is not in this case. I basically asked for feedback from ...
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Working in HEP TH with a background primarily in HEP PH [duplicate]

I've just started a PhD in QCD phenomenology and Quarkonia. While I'm quite happy with the work at the moment, I suppose I do have a romanticised view of working in theory. How feasible is it for me ...
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Publishing without supervisor (sidelining Ph.D. supervisor)

Hope you are doing well. I am a third year PhD student. I have very good relationship with my phd supervisor. However; I am secretly dissapointed at him. I am listing the reasons one by one: My ...
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From PhD to Assistant/Associate Professor

I am in a bit of a pickle as soon I will finish my PhD and I will need to think about the next step in the academic career. One thing I realized is that is very unclear how the scientific production (...
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What are the pros and cons of joining a newly established department as assistant/associate professors?

I am an assistant professor with three years of experience. I am planning to leave and I have two choices: one is a newly established department A (2 years) while one department B is slightly older (5 ...
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Do university departments take on additional faculty members for existing lab groups?

I am coming into (hopefully) the last year of my PhD and starting to think more seriously about next steps. I am really enjoying my research, as well as several teaching assistant experiences that I ...
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How Impactful is the Particular Subject of Undergraduate Research to Graduate Admissions

Okay so I am in the final year of my math undergrad, and I am an undergraduate research assistant in what you might consider Mathematical Physics, specifically in Black Hole Quasi-Normal Modes. I have ...
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Would it be possible to work as part-time staff in a university research lab?

I was wondering if it's usual(or even possible) to work in a research lab as part-time staff. I would love to just apply for a full-time position, but I cannot leave my current job due to an education ...
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Lost in my life plan at the beginning of PhD thesis

I started my PhD thesis (in artificial intelligence and ecology) about a month ago, because it seemed like the perfect choice to continue from my master's degree. The problem is, since the beginning ...
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How realistic is it really to transition from an applied maths PhD to a career in finance?

I am currently in my final year of PhD in mathematics (functional analysis of PDEs) at one of the top 3 universities in Japan. I earnt my master's (mathematics) here too, and a bachelor's (theoretical ...
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Can productivity out weigh a bad reference and or relationship with a postdoc advisor? What to do when a relationship sours?

I wanted to do a pivot and go in a different direction due to interest and better funding prospects down the road IMHO by going more translational. I was the first grad student and covid hampered ...
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From mathematics to neuroscience?

I'm a second-year mathematics undergraduate, and I am really interested in neuroscience and medicine. I would like to pursue a career in research or applications in the above mentioned field. I have ...
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Should I exclude my supervisor as a reference when applying for academic jobs outside my PhD area?

I completed my PhD earlier this year and I will be applying for postdocs and faculty positions. My thesis is quite different to the field I'm applying to. Additionally, my relationship with my advisor ...
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Quitting software engineering job to accept professor's assistant position

I am an undergrad software engineering student (B.Sc) and have been fortunate enough to have been offered a professor's assistant position by one of my favourite professors. My dilemma is that I am ...
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Is University reputation considered when I am applying for a PhD in Europe?

I am currently studying for an entrance exam to get into a masters program in either IITs (Indian institute of Technology) or NITs (National Institute of Technology) and by the looks of it, it's ...
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Does it look negative for a young assistant professor from a low tier university to apply for a postdoc at other (possibly higher tier) university?

Post completion of my PhD in 2020 I spent one year finishing pending publications, teaching as a part-timer, and applying for some jobs. Then, I had to return to my home country, where I immediately ...
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I am doing a project-based master's in math , and my supervisor asks me if I want to transfer to a thesis-based

I am an international student in Canada, and my supervisor thought that my project was bigger than she expected and thus, I would deserve a thesis-based degree. My expected graduation date is December ...
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Can I go for PhD ( in person ) and master's (online) simultaneously in different subjects?

I have just started my PhD program in Nanoscience in the United States as an International Student. I have a master's degree in Physics and have decent skills in Python too. I have practiced several ...
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What questions to ask before accepting a lectureship?

I recently received an offer for a lectureship position at a smaller UK university, albeit with a notable compensation decrease. I am seeking guidance on the key inquiries to pose during negotiations ...
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Engineering internships as a mathematics undergraduate

I'm a second-year mathematics (pure and applied mathematics) undergraduate. In a few months time, I'll be embarking on the summer internship programme. I'm really interested in engineering (...
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After 15 years in biomedical research and 11 years hiatus what career options do I have left?

I had a very exciting research career (stem cells) PhD with the group that cloned Dolly, post docs at NYU and Cornell, even Assistant Professor in Memphis. Not a great publication record but my ...
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Applied Mathematics to Neuroscience Transition?

I am currently studying Applied Mathematics in a university in Bangladesh. I have always been deeply interested in psychology and neuroscience. I want to complete my degree in Applied Mathematics and ...
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C+ in a core Master's class years ago. Will postdocs and/or employers mind it at all?

I graduated with a Master's in Experimental psychology in 2020 with a C+ in research methods (core course and it actually counted even though other programs normally don't do that). Reason my grade ...
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