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How many conferences should humanities PhD students be attending and presenting at per year?

How many conferences should PhD students (in the humanities) be attending and presenting papers at per year? Specifically, how many should be recommended for PhD students hitting the job market in the ...
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Academic Interview Question: "What is the title of your second book?"

Background: I watch a lot of YouTube content lately about PhDs, postdocs, and an academic career in general, and one content creator that stands out is the amazing Tara Brabazon. In one of her videos,...
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I feel like doing a PhD is my only option but I am not excited about it. What can I do to fix my life?

I have graduated a year ago from Oxford with a first honour master's degree in maths and computer science. Since then I've been trying to find a decent job and have been failing, to the point where I ...
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An application of the (100/e)% rule applied to postdocs: moving on from an academic career, perhaps

Motivation: There's a nice rule from mathematics that states that, when making some types of decisions, one can sample the first (100/e)% of the things available to get a feel for what is out there, ...
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Not being specialist of a precise topic (but having a broader perspective): is it a bad thing for an experienced post-doc

I finished my PhD a few years ago and I just finished my second year of post-doc. My research has been quite multidisciplinary and I am getting increasingly worried to not have a label of being the ...
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Switching research line at 2+years in post-doc

I am 2+ years in my first postdoc. In my PhD and beginning of my post-doc, my expertise was multidisciplinary: it linked different thematics. However I am getting a bit “bored” by this research line, ...
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How beneficial is teaching prior to PhD?

I have recently finished my MS in biology and will be beginning in a PhD program this upcoming semester. I was recently offered an adjunct position at a community college to teach a summer course. It ...
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What are the platforms to monitor for academic job search (Tenure Track/ Long-Term Positions) in the Sciences? [closed]

Apart from common websites, like Chronicle of Higher Education or Higher Ed Jobs, what are other platforms where academic positions are posted? I recently missed out on some opportunities by not being ...
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Does moderating a conference panel go on a CV?

Should moderating conference panels go on an academic CV and, if so, where? I am in a humanities-related field, if that matters. Thank you!
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The employer gives a job, but asks for a “plan” of work with a horizon until the end of summer

So, this is a continuation of my topics :) This and this. I need to consult specifically with the academic community. I found a scientific group (part of a large scientific institute). The lab staff ...
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How long do you ideally spend on reviewing a journal submission as a reviewer? [duplicate]

I am new to volunteering as a peer reviewer for a journal. I want to be helpful to the authors, but recognise that my time is valuable. I'm just wondering, how do you think about limits to time spent ...
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Clarification Help: Areas of Specialization (AOS) vs Areas of Competence (AOC)

I seem people list their AOS and AOC on their CV's, but it is not clear to me how these categories are distinguished from each other. Is the AOC the general field in which you work and the AOS your ...
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Mentioning researcher unrelated to institution I'm applying for in motivation letter

I am writing a motivation letter for a scholarship to fund my MS thesis project at university X. However, my research interests are inspired by the work of a researcher working at a completely ...
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Vicious academic circle [closed]

I received some answers in this thread, but there are new ones that I would like to discuss with the academic community. A little less than a year ago I received my PhD degree. By this time, my ...
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Why is it important that my master's publications are cited?

While I'm fortunate to have two publications already as a master's student applying for PhD programs, I'm still learning the full impact of research. Having a strong CV is important, but beyond that, ...
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Doing a (Math) PhD abroad vs the same university [closed]

I am a math masters student at an university in Germany, almost finished with my degree. I want to do a PhD and have the following options: Option A: Do my PhD at the university I am doing my masters ...
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Does doing 4 vs 3 substantive chapters in a US PhD come across as a "higher quality" dissertation?

I'm a 1st year PhD student in environmental science and policy. The expectation at my institution is generally to do three substantive chapters in our dissertations. I'm set up well and have the first ...
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Seeking Advice: Combining Control Theory, Machine Learning, and Applied Math in Graduate Studies

I'm an electrical and computer engineering undergrad in Portugal, considering a switch to machine learning or applied math for my master's. I've completed Andrew Ng's deep learning specialization and ...
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What to do with a paper that got rejected twice by referees?

I am an early career researcher (on my sixth month of my 3-year postdoc) facing a dilemma I don’t know how to resolve. I recently wrote a very short and simple paper, which I have submitted twice. The ...
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Advice for an early career lecturer

For a while my career was progressing in a "normal" way for a UK researcher. I completed my PhD and secured a 2-year postdoc working in collaboration with my PhD supervisor and one of his ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Generally, can a recent PhD graduate have too many peer-reviewed academic journal articles?

Generally, can a recent PhD graduate have too many academic journal articles (peer-reviewed papers)? It was suggested to me by one gentleman in my field (theology) that more than 4 might be suspicious,...
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My disappointment with academia and should it be fixed or should I leave? [closed]

Some background: I have practically two PhD offers on the table (well, I have to apply as its "the way of things", but they were both personally suggesting me for this) and have two masters ...
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As a junior researcher, should I pay my own article processing charge for career reasons?

I am a researcher a few years out of PhD competing in a field where there are very few jobs. I have a sole author paper coming out which received very good reviews. The journal is Hybrid Open Access, ...
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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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