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 can I best prepare myself to keep the option for academia open, after leaving for industry?

I will be finishing my PhD soon, and I have a just managed to a get job lined up in industry. I previously received an offer for a postdoc position but for various reasons had to turn it down. Longer ...
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Career advice for a Physics PhD Student? [closed]

I am currently in the first year of my physics Ph.D. program at The University of Notre Dame focused on condensed matter physics. While in undergrad, I specialized in optics which I also enjoyed. I ...
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Double major in creative writing/computer science (career in game development) [closed]

I've learned that computer science is a good gateway into video game development which I've had a dying passion for in all its elements such as programming game engines, level design, script structure ...
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What funding sources are available for mathematicians in Italy? [closed]

In addition to European funds (ERC grants), what funding sources are available for researchers in mathematics working (or aiming to work) in Italy at different career stages ((1) postdoc, (2) RTDa/...
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Is it a good idea to go for multiple bachelor's or master's degree? [closed]

I have a bachelor's degree in Physics. I am currently doing my master's in Physics with a focus on machine learning. I want two thing for future: I want to gain coursework experience from different ...
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Is it worth it to continue thinking about academia? [closed]

I will try to make this short. My Ph.D. was in life sciences. I was a part of an "International Ph.D program in life sciences" in Germany. The Ph.D was a nightmare of its own. I had to ...
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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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How to keep confidential my PhD position search, if I have already started PhD in the 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 to gracefully leave a lab due to poor infrastructure and aiming to move into a new field of research?

I am an early career postdoc in a prestigious high-ranking university in US. I did my PhD in from a good state university in US and published a decent number of papers. My current PI has no expertise ...
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How to deal with career anxiety and manage to remain concentrated on the matter in hand?

I am just over 30 years and about to finish my PhD. I will obtain my PhD from an EU country, and I must obtain residence permit to keep staying in EU. My thesis is almost a staple thesis which ...
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PhD with limited research activity

For a number of reason reasons I find myself in PhD position that involves very little real research activity and I'm having hard time to fully understand my situation. To give some context, I started ...
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Is there a biological age drawback for comparable academic experience in order to get permanent position?

I wanted to know if there are (potentially unofficial) limits about biological age in order to get permanent positions. For instance let's say that you started your 3 years PhD about 27 (where people ...
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Wrong PhD better than no PhD?

I have BSc and MSc in Chemistry, and I have enrolled in a PhD project in Europe since mid of last year. The project is funded by the food department that means I would officially be a "PhD in ...
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Finishing a Phd in two years and few months

I am a phd candidate in education. My doctoral program takes 3 years. However, I have worked very hard and got several publications that sole-authored. My supervisor thinks that I can finish my phd ...
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Inability to secure any research position after PhD and postdoc. I am stuck with my low prospects research field. How do I proceed with my career? [closed]

My PhD research was in computational modeling of shot peening process using finite element analysis. An example publication can be found here. I did my PhD and currently pursuing my postdoc in the ...
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PhD Mathematics Admission Advice

Some background on me: I graduated in 2020 with my BS in Accounting with a minor in Mathematical Sciences from a non-special public university. I decided I wanted to make an educational career change ...
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Should I quit the PhD program? [closed]

I am currently enrolled in a Computer Science PhD program in USA, and this is my third year(I changed my PhD advisor after my first year). I have written two papers with my new PhD advisor. The first ...
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Careers in Mathematics

I am currently an undergraduate freshman student at Tulane University. I thought for a long time that chemistry was my purpose, but after actually interacting with the school's science department I've ...
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Shifting to unrelated field after postdoc? Neurobiology to linguistics [closed]

I am a 4th-year postdoc in molecular neurobiology, but I would like to shift to linguistics-related fields, particularly cognitive linguistics. Long story short: I realized that I've been mixing up my ...
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Asking a faculty member at my university that I have not met(!) about his research, and about courses that deal with his specialty/my career goal?

I am an undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Computer Science B.S. and Mathematics B.S. My dream career is to work in quant. finance. However, my school does not have a dedicated ...
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How to get objective advice on my CV and career progress in detail?

My research is in computational modeling of an additive manufacturing (3D printing) process. My PhD advisor and now my postdoc advisor seems satisfied with my research output. My collaborators (...
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Feasibility of a partially remote postdoc [closed]

(This question is somewhat related to those answered here and here, but is different in the "partially" remote aspect, and in a few other details I list below.) I am currently finishing my ...
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PhD or research job?

I have a Master's degree, two years of research experience followed by an industry job for a few years. I had always intended to do a PhD eventually but the jobs were interesting, and later COVID ...
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Why do PhDs from a same university and potent subjects produce different outcomes? [closed]

This question has been bugging me for a long time. I don't know how to put it according to Academia.SE 's prescribed standard. Kindly help me to formulate this question by editing my question if you ...
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What indicate an author belongs to a specific school?

In the question What is the status of Freudian publications in psychological journals?, one user says: I think your first challenge would be in labeling a paper as "Freudian" or not. There ...
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Is it possible to have a career in academia and not be confident in their field of research?

I thought getting a PhD in my mechanical engineering field would lead in gaining confidence in the field. However, it became other way round. I am far less confident on my skills and knowledge than I ...
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Articles about different types of colleges and universities, from math faculty perspective

I'm looking for an article, web site, book chapter, whatever, that I can share with some math graduate students so that they can read and learn a little about some of the different types of colleges ...
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If I have a PhD in computer science, could I contribute to philosophical outlets or would I need a philosophy PhD to do that?

In the future, I'm planning to pursue a PhD in computer science. Alongside making technical contributions to the field of computer science (artificial intelligence in particular), I'd like to give my ...
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Should I hold back some ideas for after my PhD?

I guess this a question about 'career pacing'. I am currently a first-year grad student studying for a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at a research university in the US. Even though I have only been ...
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Should one continue their journey on the academic path if they love their field of study and research but are not proficient at it? [closed]

Suppose a student decides on a topic for their PhD that's interesting and enjoyable for them but they are not very good at it. For example, an experimentalist wanting to completely transition to be a ...
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Having a Promising Assistant Professor vs Well- Known Full Professor as a PI [duplicate]

If one's ultimate goal is to obtain tenure (as a professor of chemistry or some other STEM field, for example), is it honestly better to have a more well-known professor as a PI versus an assistant ...
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Do I have to include my pronouns in a course outline?

I am a TA in a US school and my professor told me to include my pronouns in the course outline. I personally would rather not for social and religious reasons. Her argument was that I will confuse ...
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Careers at the National Research Council of Italy and difference from the university system

What is the organization of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR)? In particular, I'd like to know How does one get a position there? I assume there are public competitions (as for university ...
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Urgent help to decide on degree choice [closed]

I would really appreciate it if someone could help me!!! Aptitude and background I am from the UK, and for A-levels, I am studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry, and I am predicted ...
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Is a low undergrad GPA a career killer? [duplicate]

I graduated with a 6.4/10 GPA from a Non-IIT University in India - BE in CS in 2019. I pretty much messed up during my early 2 years of UG while taking part in non-academics such as workshops and ...
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Can I use these letters of reference later?

I was working with some startups as their tech advisory and with some others as tech lead. But now I want to concentrate on my main goal, that is research. That requires me to work with researchers ...
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One tenured job to another tenured one? [duplicate]

I have recently been promoted to associate professor with tenure. But I want to relocate to another institution of similar rating. Is it possible to get an offer with tenure from another institution ...
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Salary and academic career in Italy

What are the average salaries for the steps of an academic career in Italy (RTDa, RTDb, Associate Professor, Full Professor)? In the vacancy announcements that I've seen, this information was not ...
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Teaching duties in Italy for researchers, associate professors, and full professors

What are the teaching duties in Italy for researchers (RTDa & RTDb), associate professors, and full professors? In particular, I'd be interested to know, for each position, the number of courses/...
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Having just started a Master's in Economics degree I am feeling ambivalent, how do I change paths?

This question is from a young person who feels a bit lost and who would like some career advice—and possibly some encouragement, too. I will try to be as concise as possible and get straight to the ...
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Associate Professor vs Assistant Professor vs Lecturer [duplicate]

I want to know the difference between associate and assistant professor in terms of contract length, status and salary. And also how both positions are published and what's the recruitment process of ...
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Is there anything that resembles an algorithm for success in academia?

There are algorithms/prescriptions for treating some diseases. There are also personal trainers who can guide people to fitness goals. Is there anything like this for achieving academic goals?
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Can you still distinguish yourself at a second-tier grad school?

I have noticed while reading CVs of professors in STEM fields that universities only hire up. First-tier and second-tier universities seem to only recruit professors from first-tier PhD programs, ...
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Questions about Mathematicians [closed]

I will be completing high school at the end of this academic year. I have a strong love for Maths, and I am considering becoming a pure mathematician or pure mathematics researcher when I'm older. I ...
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What early career development questions to ask during a Postdoc Interview? Is is polite and acceptable?

I recently finished my PhD. I am going to have a Zoom interview for a postdoc position (in life sciences). My postdoc goal is to get a better experience in Research and become independent in R&D -...
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Academics who have moved to industry: what changes helped you thrive [closed]

What changes to habit, knowledge, or mindset can help an ex-academic thrive in an industry management role? I have moved to an industry position, setting down an academic career after my university ...
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Is it possible to switch from a “normal” IT career to an academic career?

I have a long experience of working like a programmer in many companies, but I was always tending to research. Is looking for PhD position real for me? Is it like looking for a job and how is it ...
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Is reading machine learning theory only good for academia? [closed]

I am a computer science student with about one semester left before graduation. Currently, I have some free time — about a month before the final semester begins. I am interested in artificial ...
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PhD in computer science, jobs in mathematics?

Related to this question. I am a mathematician interested in doing a PhD in areas such as categorical logic, homotopy type theory, constructive math, etc. In the UK and Europe, most of the people ...
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Graduating this year and not sure what type of grad school to pursue? [closed]

How did you all decide that graduate school, and specifically the field you're studying in graduate school, was the right choice? I'm a senior at an excellent university studying Bioengineering. I ...

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