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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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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When a professor takes an affiliate appointment in another department, do they get an increase in salary? [closed]

Let's say an associate professor of Math makes 120k per year USD in a United States university and takes an affiliate professor position in the Quantitative Biology department. Would they get ...
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Pursue a German PhD with a Masters from the USA?

In December of this year (2020) I'll graduate with an MA in Applied Linguistics from a US university (via distance learning/online). I have been living and working as a full-time teacher at a ...
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What do I need to do to move from a CS major to a math PhD

I am a first year computer science student in India. I have always liked mathematics and have performed well in it. I want to pursue research in pure mathematics. I did some research on the internet ...
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Is it better having a bad PhD done or having no PhD?

I'm close to the end of a troubled PhD experience. However this closeness might be extended to the infinite if I would get to the point of having something that is good enough. I might be too self-...
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Why do some researchers publish preprints? [duplicate]

Why do some researchers publish preprints? I am not a scientist but asked this on a medicine professor. He said that it would be bad for a scientist's career if he or she publishes a preprint and ...
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Choosing between a Post-Doc and a faculty position at “2nd-tier” institution

I am Ph.D. student in India working in computer science. I will be graduating soon. I have two options: 1) post-doc 2) join a "tier 2 institute" (i.e., an institution ranked between #11 and #20 in ...
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How to become a better researcher in a shorter amount of time?

This question could also be read as : As a professional researcher, you wish you would have done some things differently than you did when starting your research career. Things that would have ...
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Math postdoc in Europe or the USA

I am a PhD student in mathematics in the US. I got a 3 year postdoc position at a R1 university in USA and I was extremely happy about that as the department is pretty strong in my research area and ...
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Is it possible to get a Ph.D. position in Europe after a one-year diploma?

I had interviewed by a professor for a Ph.D. position in Australia and the application has been unsuccessful. However, the professor wrote I did well in the interview and encouraged me to apply for a ...
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In Preparation For The Job Market - On Day 1 of the PhD [closed]

There's a higher likelihood everyday that I am considering pursuing a PhD in my field, and ultimately, in applying for positions as a professor down the road. What I am trying to do is think ahead as ...
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Returning to academia after long break with new research topics

I am currently out of academia but I would like to return to university and start as a postdoc. It is more than 5 years ago when I finished my PhD in mathematics (algebraic geometry) at a very ...
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Transitioning from Electrical Engineering to Physics *after* graduating

tl;dr: Graduating from EE with Ph.D. offers, but thinking about shifting to physics. Hi Everyone, Background: I'm an Electrical Engineering and Chemistry major (weird combination, I know). I am now ...
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spending time to get into top school PhD vs getting done with PhD

I have a funded PhD offer from a R1 university in texas but its ranked in the 180s based on USNews, the advisor and myself click very well, he is nice, open-minded, and a young motivated and driven ...
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The expenses of a postdoctoral fellow

I am a postdoctoral fellow on applied mathematics and I am applying for a scholarship, they asked to estimate the expenses of the scholarship. My laboratory pay for me the conferences, so do you have ...
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Reconsidering PhD? [closed]

I don't know if this is the right question to ask, but I have been seriously reconsidering whether I want to continue with my PhD. I am currently a first year graduate student in mathematics (PhD ...
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Considering a second PhD, this time in statistics. Will any professors be interested in working with me? [duplicate]

I have a PhD in applied mathematics from a top university. I didn't realise it at the time because I was so focussed on my research, but it seems my research area (numerical analysis of PDEs) is ...
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Timing a career switch from math to TCS

Short version: Is it better to switch focus as a postdoc or wait until after tenure? Details: I'm a PhD student in math (combinatorics) graduating next year. Let's suppose that I'm a strong candidate ...
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Should I drop out of gradschool or finish out a Masters?

I am currently in my first year as a PhD student in inorganic chemistry, however I am not excited about the research in the group. After some thought I desire to get into a bio-related field (...
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Academia or industry: which is easier to begin a CS research career without a bachelors degree?

I'm an engineer from the US at a large tech company who had to cease their undergraduate studies due to family complications. Previously, I was an assistant in a CS research lab during college, and in ...

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