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Questions tagged [changing-fields]

On changing from one discipline, sub-discipline, or department to another during one's education, or mid-career.

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What happens if a professor's interests shift dramatically? [closed]

Let's say Alice is a professor in underwater basket weaving. She likes the topic, has several PhD students & postdocs, a lab, and so on. But then one day, her husband Bob is knocked down by a car ...
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Is it possible to change the application area of research while looking for a postdoc position after PhD?

My PhD is in materials science in the field of environmental remediation (water decontamination) using different advanced materials as adsorbents. I also have expertise in computational chemistry and ...
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Switching field after a PhD in math

I am about to finish a PhD in mathematics with a thesis in an area in between differential geometry and PDE. I still have more than half a year, but I want to start thinking about my future. In the ...
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Should I join a different group

I am in my 4rth year and finished my candidacy recently. I am very interested in my research and it is going forward at a decent pace. However, my advisor is giving me some trouble. He is usually ...
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How do academics change their area of research in the middle of their academic career?

Often, I have come across profiles of tenured faculty members who are now doing research in completely different topics than what they had done in their PhD, postdoc or in the beginning of their ...
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Should one stick to their expertise/experience area post PhD?

I am currently writing my Mechanical engineering PhD thesis. My research was based on modeling a 3D printing process. The work was interesting but I feel that there's not much rigoresness in the ...
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How feasible would it be to transition from a Master in Finance to a phd in Pure Maths?

I know this sounds weird. I'm getting a Master in Business (MSc, not MBA) with emphasis in Finance (in my country you can't officially get a master in finance, logistics or marketing, they are all ...
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(Psychology) Mismatch with Advisor's Research Interests

A complicated story so I’ll try to keep it short. Basically, I was fairly young applying to PhD programs (in psychology) and got into a program where I thought I’d be a great fit. My advisor’s ...
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I want to pursue studying in Social Science. What to do in summers? [closed]

I am currently a second-year computer-science student. However, I am interested in pursuing social science after I am done with my bachelor's degree. To be more specific, I am interested in the fields ...
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“Catching up” after two years in the wrong school

I'm a student in a "second-rate" engineering school in France (by that I mean that it offers a decent formation but has basically no appeal for employers in the kind of jobs I want). This is deeply ...
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How to change path from field of IT to field of Space sciences?

I'm now at the final (4th) year of completing my bachelor's degree in IT. Four years back I haven't had any idea about what I'm choosing and in my country there were no space related degrees, ...
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Should I go back for 2nd PhD in applied field this time?

I finished my PhD in 2017 in a psychology field that is mostly academic (non-clinical), so it is basically impossible to find jobs outside of academia that don't require a huge move. I have a current ...
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How to transition: leaving an EdD before completing to pursue a masters in another area

I finished half of my comps for an EdD program that I really have no interest in finishing. I would actually like to pursue a second masters in a different area, but I have no idea how to do so, and ...
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Could number of years in Phd affect your chances to get employed in academia?

Say a Phd student spent 3 years doing systems, somewhat unsuccessfully (no publications since projects were not well picked..). Now this student switches to theory and ML (within its own department), ...
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Switching fields within biomedical sciences between PhD and postdoc?

I'm almost finished at my PhD, and I am currently looking for postdoc opportunities. My current field is quite a small one (a rare disease), and consequently all the postdoc positions I've found so ...
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Should I apply for a lecturer position in mathematics or physics if I have a degree in maths and PhD in physics? [closed]

I am finishing my Ph. D. in physics and I have a degree in mathematics. Currently, I am planning to apply for a lecturer position in Australia. Will it be more feasible to apply for a lecturer ...
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Dealing with potentially bad response from supervisor upon leaving with MSc for different PhD program

To keep it brief, I am thinking heavily about leaving my current PhD program with a MSc after 4 years to embark on a PhD in a field I am more interested in, as I have grown to dislike my current field....
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Masters in physics, wanting to pursue PhD in mathematics — how “best” to proceed?

I am currently about two semesters away from receiving a Master's of Science in physics. Originally, I planned on pursuing a PhD in physics, but during my studies, I have learned that there is just ...
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I find my masters topic extremely hard what should I do?

I'm writing this because I'm in a real trouble and I need to hear from experienced people. I'm new here so please excuse me if I get anything wrong. I'm doing my masters in Deep Learning and I'm ...
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I am looking towards getting into a good PhD program in Germany. How can I convince any professor to take me as a student?

I'm a non-EU resident and I want to pursue a PhD in pure math in Germany. I am currently in the process of writing to as many professors in my field of interest (functional analysis) as I can ...
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What kind of knowledge is required to do a PhD?

I am currently in an engineer school specialized in Computer Science, and I will be done with it in a little less than 2 years. I spent a lot of time on some advice websites and this stackexchange ...
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What is the eligibility criteria for doing research in physics?

I will be completing my MSc in mathematics, in India; and have before completed my PUC (11 & 12th classes) in PCMC (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science), and BSc in PCM (Physics, ...
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How to transition from theoretical mathematics to theoretical computer science

Background: I started my undergraduate career in computer science and transitioned to mathematics leaving computer science as a minor. I have just recently completed my Bachelors in Mathematics with a ...
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I want to switch PhD programme [closed]

I started a PhD programme 6 months ago. During the selection process you were asked which areas would u like to work in. My studies specialization is in microbiology and molecular biology, I clearly ...
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Choosing a right career pathway? [closed]

I am in a very confused situation as to how to decide my career pathway. First of all, a brief intro of myself. My Background I have completed my BEng in Software Engineering with an ordinary degree....
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Do I need a mathematical background to study astrophysics? [closed]

I don't know where to ask this question and I have found this site. If this is not the right place to ask it, please tell me and I will delete it. I've been a computer engineer for 20 years but my ...
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Academic librarian: workplace characteristics, and comparison to T-T faculty job?

How do the mix of job duties, work environment, and other qualitative factors for academic librarians compare to those for tenure-track faculty? (Some academic librarians are tenure-track faculty, but ...
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Postdoc to transition from theoretical field (Statistics) to applied field

I am a third year Statistics PhD student. As I have become more involved in the field, I have realized it is not as good a fit for me as I originally thought. I excel in applied, collaborative work ...
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How to change PHD sponsored by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship [closed]

I come from an EU country, and I am doing a PHD funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN). The problem is that, after almost a year spent here, I realize that I do not ...
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Recent PhD graduate, can I change fields and get back into it?

I'm a recent PhD student who specialized in field X and have a couple options open in this field for my work. I like the field and it is field with opportunities in academia and industry. That said, ...
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Changing the main topic of research

I started my PhD about a year and a half ago in an area that I will call A, which is quite applied. I've been doing a lot of programming and coding, and although I've learnt a lot and we've been doing ...
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Changing field and master in mathematics [closed]

Now I am studying engineering.But i want to do master in mathematics in Europe.The only math classes I've taken are linear algebra and calculus.Where should I start and what should I do?
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Accepting a postdoc position (in a different field) after industry [closed]

After a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (focus on Imaging and Robotics) with a decent publication record and some prestigious fellowships, I took on an industry research position at a well-known company,...
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I hold a PhD in political economy, and am outside academia; what route might I take towards researching for a PhD in canine psychology and behaviour?

I hold a BA in a language and area studies (history, politics, social science) and a PhD in political economy (touching on social science), both from British universities belonging to the (research-...
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The route for a 2nd year physics PhD student to have a career as a data scientist

I am a 2nd year PhD student in physics. Tenure-track positions are highly competitive and I do not love research enough to pursue it as a life career. Since I like programming and playing with data, I ...
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Is it possible to get a PhD in field X with research that isn't really in field X?

People obviously change their mind sometimes. So it is possible that someone starts out with a PhD in a certain field, but may want to switch to another field. I am wondering, is it possible, or ...
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Explaining Poorly Chosen Major and Average Grades

I am a Mechanical Engineering major applying for Ph.D. programs in Physics (in the US) who was always interested in Theoretical Physics but chose Mechanical Engineering due to a poor career choice at ...
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Changing research interests as an undergrad?

I knew I that I wanted to get involved in research since my second year as an undergrad. I contacted a few of the staff whose work I thought was interesting at my institution and managed to acquire ...
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Confusion in field after CS undergraduate degree [closed]

Thank you for hearing me out. I'm currently enrolled in a CS Undergrad course and will be coming out of it next year. ( 2018 ). One thing straight is I love mathematics. Anyways let's proceed with ...
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Tenured professor wanting to go back to school for a PhD in a different field

I am a tenured professor in the field of education (learning sciences). I have been employed at my current university for six years now. Most of my research has been done in classrooms, researching ...
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Want pursue phd in Machine Learning but having a networking background [duplicate]

My situation is similar to but not same as -UG different field than phd Please skip to edit 2 below if you want to know the problem in short. Details Talking of my career so far, I completed ...
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Relevance of a PhD with a quantitative psychology group for applied math

My background is in mathematics, with a main interest in mathematical statistics / biostatistics, and I am considering applying for a PhD position with a quantitative psychology group. The research ...
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Terms agreed upon for PhD offer are being unilaterally rescinded—what to do?

At my old university: I was a visiting researcher at a university, working with my current advisor. My advisor got an offer to go to another university. He also offered me to join him at his new ...
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How feasible is it to pursue PhD in mathematics for a computer science undergrad? [closed]

As a Computer Science undergrad, I've taken Calculus I, II, III, Linear algebra and Differential equations. This exposure to higher mathematics encouraged me to pursue a PhD in mathematics. How ...
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Effects of changing majors in undergrad on graduate admission

I'm posting this on behalf of my friend. I'll address my friend as 'I' in this question to make it more readable. I'm currently an undergraduate studying podiatry outside US. Over the course of 3 ...
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Doing PhD on computer vision with an engineering background

I'm working at a research institute in Germany, which offers the possibility to pursue a PhD degree provided that one can find a topic, which is not very unrelated to the ongoing projects, and a ...
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Finding more mathematicians who can write recommendation letter(s) for me

My question is specific to admissions in the graduate mathematics. I have had an unconventional training this far; I started off as an Economics major. I realized that I enjoy doing physics and ...
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Does publishing research in physics during bachelor degree help in applying for master’s in mathematics?

Before I applied for my bachelor degree, I was unsure whether to take physics or mathematics because I liked both of them equally. Then I decided to go for a mathematics degree. Currently I am in the ...
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changing field of research [closed]

Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and I have been interested in a while in Quantum matter and related stuff. Recently, I started thinking seriously to change my research and apply ...
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How to identify future directions in a saturated field without getting discouraged

I am close to finishing a PhD in applied mathematics and I'm looking to develop future projects that go beyond my dissertation topic into other domains. One of the major subjects my advisor has ...