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Questions tagged [early-career]

On issues affecting academics or researchers specifically in the early stages of their careers.

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How bold can an early career academic afford to be, or not to be?

I've recently finished my PhD (the field almost doesn't matter, but applied mathematics if it helps), and begun a 3 year grant-funded postdoc with a heavy but very flexible research emphasis, in the ...
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Why do some states have such opposite patterns of mobility for science and non-science PhDs?

The NSF conducts a survey of PhD recipients in the US. Among other things, they look at which states are attracting many new PhDs and which states PhDs are leaving. They break this data into science &...
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Bad data - how to move on successfully

I work in an interdisciplinary field. My input is not generated by myself, but by talented people that I trust and that trust me to analyse their data and generate fascinating insights. But here I am,...
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Didn't attend field-specific conferences during my PhD; how much of a disadvantage is it?

During my mechanical engineering PhD, I was not able to go to my field specific conferences and had to go to diverse conferences. Thus, I couldn't interact with researchers directly in my field of ...
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How much does the PhD degree name matter when landing in a job?

I am considering doing a PhD in a great lab/with a great advisor (and already convinced the PI). But I got in another program rather than the supposed program with the name of my subject of study, e.g....
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Is it better to have a strong thesis, or to follow personal interests during PhD?

I'm a second year US PhD student in applied math. For the last year I've been working on one project with my advisor and another one of her students. We have also started a collaboration with a ...
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Is it possible to get a researcher position in a prestigious institute with a degree from a not very well-ranked university? [duplicate]

I'm currently in the 2nd year of my Ph.D. and I'm really interested in my future career options. I'm attending a double-degree study programme in two European universities, none of them being among ...
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How to prepare academically-minded students and postdocs for the eventuality of not finding secure academic employment?

Graduate students and postdocs are predominantly trained to be -- and driven by the prospect of becoming -- full-time academics. For a majority of them, there comes a point of reckoning when they ...
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Accepting a scholarship for masters just to get the money and fund a future masters

I have been offered a scholarship for a masters in theoretical physics at my home university, the scholarship covers the fees along with a decent stipend but I would rather pursue a masters in maths ...
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Passive discouragement and less supportive senior colleagues: What should I do?

I am a budding scientist (27 y/o, Doctoral candidate) and a lecturer in a University. In the early stage of my career, I have achieved some significant milestones in my field. However, sometimes I ...
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What are the advantages of serving as an examiner for a MSc or PhD thesis?

As an early career researcher, I am curious to know the advantages of being an external or internal examiner for a thesis. How does it help you in your career? Since you are not being paid for the ...
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What practicable alternative do I have to not fly around the globe to present a poster/pollute environment? [duplicate]

Popularizing your research and results is an important part of a non-tenured researcher, which alreday and often starts after graduating with a bachelor and proceeds up to being a postdoc for many ...
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Fermi problem: How many PhD students fail to earn a PhD? [closed]

I stumbled upon this article and found it interesting Q&A. It attempts to solve the fermi question by estimating the right order of magnitude. I'm wondering after personally learning(since I'm ...
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Fermi problem: How much of the published primary literature is never cited and will this number increase relatively? [closed]

I stumbled over this to me interesting Q&A solving a fermi question by estimating the right order of magnitude. In the age of publish or perish in my opinion it becomes a crucial question for ...
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Applying for another job within same department?

I've been a postdoc for just under a year in a nice lab, and I have no problems with my boss or colleagues. However, another position has just come up in the same department, which fits way better ...
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Is it possible to become a tenure track Assistant Professor at the same university where I did Post Doc?

I know that there is such thing as "intellectual incest" and that many universities are against hiring their own PhD graduates for their faculty positions. But what about the movement from being a ...
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Why do so many PhDs choose to join academia instead of industry given the pay in academia is considerably lower and the workload is much heavier? [closed]

In the computer science field, an entry-level software engineer in top-tier tech companies (e.g. Google, Facebook, etc.) could earn as much as a 20-year experience professor. And the workload in ...
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After 3 years… Should I stay at a PhD position that I think is holding back my thesis?

I was supposed to do my thesis in a research department of a company in the field of computational science (developing new computational methods that they could use to design and engineer ...
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What should the startup package consist of at US (primarily) undergraduate institutions?

What should one list in the startup funds if you are taking up a tenure-track position at a public undergraduate university in the US, mostly focused on teaching? I'm asking specifically for ...
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Competitiveness and Success Caliber in Academia [closed]

Every day, I am figuring out that competitiveness in academia is high. Of course, there are thousands of academics, but only a small number really make an impact with outstanding research. My goal --...
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Postdoc with a professor retiring soon

I am starting a new postdoc position with a professor who's retiring soon (<5 yrs, judging from the grad intake). I am interested in pursuing an academic job and it worries me that I would not be ...
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Choosing an email address/provider for academic work as you change positons

I'm an on-again-off-again academic, I guess you could say: I've switched positions in and out of academia several times over the past decade. When I write academic papers (or even Free Software in the ...
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Should a graduate student accept random offer to be a reviewer for IEEE Transactions paper?

I have been asked by a well-established professor to review a regular paper submitted to IEEE Transactions, however, I am concerned as in the email, he titled me "Dr. Monkia" although I am still being ...
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A PhD thesis without any publication [closed]

I am currently a Ph.D student(computational maths) works in a theory. I will be graduating in the next year. I have one paper which I will be submitting soon and working one more paper. One of my ...
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Should departmental talks be included on a CV?

This might be more relevant to early career scholars since the CV isn't quite long enough to start filtering, but should departmental talks be included on a CV? In my department we have weekly ...
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Changing mind after rejecting a job offer

I recently finished my Ph.D., and joined a private company in the industry. A few months before defending my thesis, I received an offer for a post-doc position; the offer was very interesting, but I ...
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Have there ever been any “Lebron James” of academia?

For those who aren't familiar, Lebron was so talented and sought-after in high school that he was able to skip playing NCAA basketball and went right on to the NBA at the age of 19. Have there ever ...
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Forced to work as a postdoc without pay [closed]

I got an externally funded research grant as a lead researcher to carry out a project at a UK University, together with other senior co-PIs. The grant would pay my salary for the duration of the ...
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Is it better to publish a few papers in one journal, or one paper each in several (equally good) journals? [duplicate]

Suppose there are several journals with the same impact factor. Is it better to submit my papers to one of them or each time I finished a manuscript it is better to submit to an equally good journal ...
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Junior faculty/senior faculty grant sharing

I am a junior faculty (research assistant professor) in a full professo's lab. I was a postdoc in this lab and got promoted to Asst. Prof. due to the grants I brought in to the lab. Oct 2017 I wrote ...
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CS Associate's degree in Brazil: go straight to master's or get a bachelor's first?

I am 23 years old and finishing my associate degree (3 years part-time) in Computer Science. I've been thinking about pursuing a career in academia; I've started to do research and got a paper ...
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Are there good ways to approach a professor for a postdoc? [closed]

How do I approach an unknown professor before a PhD interview? My defense (viva) will be held next March and I will be seeking a postdoctoral fellowship after that. I want to contact a Professor ...
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How should I avoid being in the shadow of my PhD advisor after I have my own faculty position?

I would like to receive some feedback from the community about the following situation. I have a permanent position as associate professor in an institution for some years now (3). This institution ...
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Does it look bad to have a PhD thesis unrelated to the rest of future research?

The short version of my question is: will it be perceived negatively to have a PhD thesis unrelated to the rest of my future research or work? For more context, I currently hold a bachelor's degree ...
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How does doing a PhD with a pre-determined project vs. formulating your own affect your later career?

Between Doing a PhD by joining a predetermined research problem Doing a PhD by formulating one's own research problem is it possible to say that option #1 is a more advantageous choice in terms of ...
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Risking declining a postdoc offer for a potentially better one [closed]

I have an offer of a good postdoc that I have until the end of tomorrow to accept or decline. It's a 2 year post at a decent UK institution, working on interesting applied interdisciplinary work. I ...
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Can a faculty on a 12-month appointment apply for grants?

I'm wondering if a 12-month appointed faculty (mainly teaching but also research duty, R1 university in the US) is allowed to pay him/herself from grants (especially NSF or NIH). I heard that they may ...
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How not to forget things we learned?

I have been a postdoc for many years now in a theoretical field. Thus, while progress in my career has been slow, I am not without experience. There is one particular thing that I feel keeps limiting ...
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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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When should I get business cards and how much do they actually matter as a graduate student who has not yet built up their CV?

Context: I am a graduate student within the social sciences, who will be obtaining their Master's degree on their way to Ph.D. (hopefully by the end of this academic year). Though I have not yet ...
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Googling my name reveals silly things from when I was younger. I am embarassed. How will this affect me in my future academic career?

I am a masters student at one of the top two universities in the UK and will be applying for PhD positions soon. When I google my (unique) name, the first few results are what you'd expect, my ...
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My supervisor is trying to “steal” my collaborators: what can I do?

I work as a postdoc in Prof. X's research group. I have my own funding and work on my own topics, which are related to X's interests. X is an expert in experimental work and I do simulations, on which ...
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What is Wise to Study For a Successful Career Outside of Academia? [closed]

Next year I will be starting an MS program in the Computer Science department (I have come from a grad-prep program). I have "learned" C++, C, Java, assembly, CS math, and OS. When I enter this ...
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Disappointed about Academia [duplicate]

I was a first-year PhD student but was forced to quit although hard-working day and night! I am disappointed, I am now 27 and did not create family, left my home country. Problems from the past in my ...
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Accepted conference paper but changing job before the conference

I am a researcher at a company C and I'm going to submit a paper as main author in the next few days for a conference next spring. The thing is, I applied to a University U for a PHD and still waiting ...
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Alternative to PhD?

As a bachelors student in mathematics, I took various courses in Algebra, Analysis, Number Theory, Geometry and Topology. I am pretty much interested in every field and I don't want to specialize in a ...
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Supervisor complaining about research work is slow and not doing anything properly. Is it possible to continue with him for long?

I am about to finish my first year of MS leading to Ph.D. Our team works on cable Robotics. At first, when I joined prof asked me to do a computer vision problem of tracking. I spent 5 months to do ...
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When it is wrong to pursue a PhD degree? [closed]

I finished medical school, and then residency, and wanted to pursue a career in medicine. Due to certain experiences, I'm now shifting into the public-health field, doing a master of public health. ...
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From a financial standpoint, how much more can I expect to earn after my degree? [closed]

While certainly there is value to learning something you are passionate about, one might also have to consider the finnacial responsibilities after college. Thankfully for me, what I am passionate ...
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I want to pursue topics from different fields (pure math,CS) as a researcher. Which one to choose for my PhD? [closed]

My background: I have two master degrees in pure math and applied CS. I am interested in working in both areas, and there are certain topics in each area (extensions of my -completely different- two ...