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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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What to do when corresponding author insists adding an affiliation that I do not belong to?

We have recently finished writing and submitting an article (I am the first author). When submitting the article, I uploaded the files and filled in the necessary information, but the final ...
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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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Convincing my advisor to let me submit to a relatively new conference

I'm a CS PhD student, I'd like to submit something at a conference that has a deadline next year. I mentioned submitting to this conference in an email to my advisor and after looking at it, they told ...
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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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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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What distinguishes the people who get academic jobs from the people who don't? [closed]

Is it that the people who land the jobs are harder working, or better at networking, have more famous advisors, have more prestigious papers, or something else?
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PhD Advisor Slander to Postdoc PI

I recently, successfully defended my dissertation (2 months ago) and have been working as a postdoc in one of my committee member's lab since then. My PhD advisor is a malicious person who enjoys ...
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Do most conference papers get written last minute?

When I began my PhD (in a STEM field; somewhat relevant), I had heard from a few people that most papers in my field get written at the last minute. I kind of took that as a personal quirk that those ...
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How do I know which research directions are the most "fundable"?

I am interested in doing math research that will be fundable. I don't work on anything fancy or prestigious like the p-adic Langlands correspondence though. Should I try to move in a direction where ...
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Career change: Entering Academia realistic at 36?

I am thinking very hard about making a big career transition and could use some guidance. My end goal is to work in Academia as a Cognitive Neuroscience researcher. For the past ten+ years I have been ...
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How do you handle a research identity crisis?

I have studied applied math and got a phd (3yrs) in that field with applications in fluid dynamics. Then in my first postdoc (1.5yrs) I did again a postdoc in applied math but studied applications in ...
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Requesting Letter of Recommendation From Search Committee Member From Past Job Search?

This may sound like a strange question, BUT - last January I was personally invited/recruited by a department chair to apply for a position in a newly formed unit at an Ivy. During the search, I was ...
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How can I progress in academia with no connections?

I am an RA with an unorthodox path. During my PhD I had to move from a group to working alone with a different set of supervisors that didn't have much of a connection to my topic and after my PhD ...
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How much does choice of PhD typically matter for a future career in academia?

I have obtained multiple bachelor's degrees and a master's degree. I'm very motivated to pursue an academic career, for which obtaining a PhD seems like a necessity. However, I find it hard to decide ...
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2nd Postdoc after some questionable career pivots

I graduated with my PhD in biomedical science in December 2017. I went on to do a postdoc fellowship that lasted for 3 years. This time overlapped with the pandemic + me losing my father during the ...
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How unusual is it for a postdoc to do a K99 with a new mentor?

The K99 funding mechanism through NIH includes 2 years of mentored research (postdoc phase) followed by the R00 (independent PI phase) for 3 years. Based on the verbage of the grant, it appears geared ...
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How to reject a postdoc offer from ex-co-author?

I have been on the postdoc treadmill for 5 years now. My current employer has been clear from the start that unless I meet certain metrics with publications, I would not be able to stay past my ...
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As an early-career researcher, what are the consequences of writing papers with famous, senior researchers?

People start recognizing you as an important researcher in the community. You don't get much credit for the paper, as the assumption will be that the senior researchers have done most of the heavy ...
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Advisor offers phd early during master's thesis [closed]

I'm currently two months into writing my master's thesis, which is scheduled to take 12 months. During a conversation with my advisor he offered me a PhD position after I finish my thesis. He ...
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Why does where you got your PhD matter so much for getting an academic job?

According to one book I read, by an academic who has served on search committees, the first thing he looks for when he looks at an application is where the applicant did their PhD. The second thing is ...
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How much does networking matter for a career in academia?

I know in industry, it's all about connections "It's not what you know; it's who you know." To what extent is that true in academic hiring?
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I've been offered a major fellowship in my field, but I've been seriously considering mastering out and don't know what to do

I'm a Ph. D. student just entering my third year. Last winter, I submitted a proposal for a major fellowship/grant in my field, and last Friday my advisor told me that I had been offered funding. ...
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Can an applied (e.g. applied computer-science) postdoc compensate for pure PhD (e.g. Pure Mathematics)

I have graduated last year from a PhD in pure mathematics and I intended to do some machine learning in industry. However, seems like no place takes me seriously so I began asking colleagues from ...
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Scientific computing: academic research versus industrial skills

I am trying to evaluate the difference between two professional figures in the field of scientific computing, they are called Alice and Bob: Alice has earned a PhD in applied mathematics at a top 10 ...
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How can assistant professors (without industry experience) become professional engineer in Canada?

I recently asked a question about the acceptance of postdoc years to be counted as professional experience for a professional engineer application (in Ontario, Canada). The answer I got (partially) ...
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Can one go to a postdoc second time to another mathematical field after receiving a tenure track position?

A young colleague of mine got Ph.D. in mathematics in a field A. He spent one year elsewhere at a postdoc. Then he got a tenure track position at his alma mater. Meantime he realized that he better ...
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Supervision/mentorship norms and options for assistant professor

Currently I am an assistant professor in a research group of a field which is not my main field. I do have a group leader of course, but I only see him for my yearly performance evaluations. I do have ...
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Lab is moving to a new university, what's negotiable for research faculty?

I'm research faculty (early career scholar, with more extensive professional background) with a lab at a major R1 and the PI is moving the lab to a recently upgraded R1 in a major metropolitan area. ...
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Need help advising my life-science / biochem daughter on choice of major, career, and internships [closed]

My daughter will be starting her senior year of high school and plans to study a biochemistry related field in college. (Makes me wonder if biophysics might be up her alley.) She participates in the ...
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When to start applying for permanent lectureships (UK, humanities)?

Last year, I finished my PhD in history and started a 3-year postdoc at a Russell Group university in the UK. I have a few peer-reviewed articles, but haven't published my thesis as a book yet. When ...
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Would an internship at a private company in India make me competitive for post-docs in the US?

I am on the verge (4-5 months) of completing my PhD in micro-scale heat transfer engineering in India. My long-term goal is to get a post-doc in the US or Europe and remain in academia long term. I ...
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What are the best ways for postdocs in math to find research problems? [duplicate]

Is it a good idea to attend seminars and then try to generate new research problems? Once I attended a panel and a senior mathematician said, "That's like asking how a composer makes music." ...
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What happens to postdoc applications when they've been received? (US) [closed]

On the internet I found that some universities list their committees. For instance, the postdoc hiring committee might have two faculty members. What is their role? Are they the only people who read ...
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Jobs similar to research that don't require a PhD [closed]

I am 2 years into my experimental physics PhD and I'm considering dropping out. The main reason for this is that I am unsure whether I want to continue in my specific field (optics and photonics). I ...
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Difference between MAst, MSc, how far I can go with an MPhil [closed]

For context, I'm currently an I.T. bachelor's student who has an interest in mathematics and is planning for higher education in math. After doing some research online, I realised that a PhD isn't ...
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I'm very late to applying for postdocs because I was aiming for industry jobs and didn't think I needed one - how much trouble am I in?

I'm about a month away from my PhD defense, and my goal is to work in industry (I'm in medicinal chemistry and I've been doing high-throughput screen and in vitro inhibition assays of a particular ...
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How can I be competitive in pure math research if I don't get a postdoc?

I want to do good work, but I don't have the benefit of a postdoc advisor to bounce ideas off of. I applied for postdocs but didn't get any offers. Now I'm just reading papers in my room on my own and ...
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How important is it for people on hiring committees to have heard of my recommendation letter writers?

When I applied to grad school it seems like the only places I got into were places that had someone on the faculty who knew one of my recommendation letter writers. How much does that matter? For ...
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I want to do a research project in Mathematics. But I am getting rejected due to no research experience. How should I proceed?

I completed my undergraduate in Mathematics in 2018 and masters degree in 2020. After that, I taught in a college for two years. I was not satisfied with my masters degree, and also was getting ...
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Tenure positions competitiveness among schools

Below can be categorized under career questions. I am currently a 2nd year PhD student studying PDE at a big state University. I am extremely stressed by the competitiveness in academic careers ...
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Are reduced working hours in a PhD a reasonable idea?

I live in Germany. I've just recently finished my M. Sc. in computer science and I'm now thinking about pursuing a PhD. I've been offered a full-time position on a topic which I'm quite interested in (...
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I submitted an article to a too high-ranking journal, should I cancel?

I am a Postdoc, recently I submitted my first single-author publication (physics). I had one journal in mind and briefly discussed the idea with several seniors, and nobody really objected. Now I ...
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When not to do a post-doc after PhD?

I am a finishing graduate student after, what I personally would say, a rather mediocre PhD (mathematics). There has been some personal issues (mental health issues) and so I could not perform to the ...
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If I don't get a postdoc, how do I know what I did wrong? [closed]

For example, did I make the research statement too technical, etc.? Also, is it true that a lot of applications don't even get looked at?
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What "non-research" items belong on an academic CV (postdoc)?

Context: I'm a final-year PhD student overhauling my CV for academic postdoc and grant applications (in Europe and the US). During my MSc and PhD, I was very active in Outreach, Teaching/TAing, held ...
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Are informational interviews helpful in academia?

I'm not yet on the tenure track, but would like to be. Over my 8 years of contract work at the faculty level, I've racked up a lot of accomplishments (research, teaching, collaborations, mentorship) ...
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What non-academic job options are there for someone with a PhD in algebraic topology?

I am in the second year of a three-year PhD in algebraic topology — though not in topological data analysis or anything practical — and I am beginning to think about job prospects and life after my ...
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Are postdoc applications sometimes scored using a rubric?

I am wondering if some postdoc positions are evaluated using a rubric, like when students hand in tests and the instructors grade using a rubric? If so, is whoever gets the highest score the person ...
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