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Queries related to enterprise or industry activities of academicians and the impact of industry on academic career and vice versa.

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Doing an internship (possibly research-oriented) during a postdoc

I'm wondering what's the general approach to doing an internship as a postdoc? If you have your own funding as a postdoc and are just interested in doing a short internship in industry (12 weeks) to ...
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Failing my PhD courseworks and Possibility of Transferring to other Fields/Industry

Background: I am a first year PhD student in Math and I am failing my classes miserably. I believe that I am a hard worker, passionate about math and I am definitely committed to the program. However, ...
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In engineering research, how do academics who are stuck in the lab all day know that their model is actually correct or meaningful?

The title of this question is evocative, not meant to be condescending (I am one of those people), just an accurate reflection of reality. Sometimes I find that engineering researchers will come up ...
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Valuing Proprietary Research for Grad Admissions

I am a second-year Math and CS undergraduate in the US. I am beginning to consider my prospects for graduate school, or possibly industry research. My research experience thus far is from an ...
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Can companies source paywalled scientific articles from authors?

I work for a company in the medical sector that, among other things, conducts literature searches and submits them to regulators for approval prior to product launch. The company currently pays for ...
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Is the ranking of a university/PhD program any more (less) influential for a non-traditional student aiming for Industry Research?

How does the ranking of a university relate to a future career in mathematics? University rank/stature - How much does it affect one's career post-Ph.D? Dove-tailing off of the second Academia ...
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What is the prestige/status/merit-value of a Graduate degree in Pure Math/Philosophy(of math, or logic) in industry (particularly programming jobs)?

I tried asking this same question here previously but worded it poorly. Please let me know if my muddled style is unclear to anyone alongside myself. What I'm essentially asking is: all else being ...
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Why did physics departments pivot away from applied and defense work?

During the 50s, 60s, 70s there was pretty intense cross disciplinary work between physics and engineering departments and industry with a focus on the US arms industry. This appears to almost have ...
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Advice - Is a post-doc worth it if I do not want to stay in Academia long-term? [closed]

I am soon to be finishing a PhD in computer science and have started to receive job offers, one of which is a post-doc at a UK-based global top-10 University. Long-term I do not intend to stay in ...
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What should I choose between the Georgia Tech MSCS and CMU MCDS programs? [closed]

I am admitted to both the Georgia Tech MSCS (Specialization in Machine Learning), and the CMU MCDS programs. Georgia Tech costs me around 30k USD while CMU costs me 120k USD. Both are 1.5 year long. ...
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When and how to leave a faculty position for a new department/university or industry

Summary: I am a successful tenure-track assistant professor, but want to move to another department/institute or industry I’m an assistant professor about halfway through my tenure clock at one of ...
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How easy or difficult is it to switch from academia to industry in the case of a PhD in Bioinformatics? [closed]

Yesterday, I was talking to a guy who has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, got sacked from academia because of Covid related fund cuts, and he is not being able to find jobs in the industry because, what ...
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"Pausing" my PhD for 3 months to do an internship in industry, pros and cons?

I am a first year PhD student in an interdisciplinary STEM subfield, in a UK-style program (so 3 or 4 years long). I have been offered a 12-week internship in a biotech startup working in a similar ...
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PhD with Industry Research Group

For some context, I’m currently enrolled in a PhD program doing computational research. I’m also interning at a fairly large company in their research group as a research scientist over the summer and ...
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Will my experience in the industry work against me at this point?

I am interested in a Ph.D. in Robotics (possibly in the UK). But I have been working as a run-of-the-mill software engineer in the industry for the last 5 years. Browsing this forum, I am seeing ...
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Should I change college to have a better undergraduate foundation? [closed]

I am 21 and I study Electronics Engineering. I am at the end of my third year, and I realised where I wanted to put my focus in my graduate studies. What fascinated me the most about EE is the physics ...
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Can someone who did mostly theory in academia survive in the tech industry?

I am currently seeking a career outside of academia (STEM) and every "entry-level" career in my field seems to demand familiarity with dozens of technologies. For example, here is a data ...
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Is it seen negatively to apply to PhD programs "explorationally" (and re-apply after declining offers)?

In normal job-hunting, it's acceptable to apply for jobs "informationally", to learn about new opportunities before deciding whether the new opportunity is better than your current. Suppose ...
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Ways of approaching for internship in industry by a PhD student

I am a first-year PhD student in Quality Reliability and Operations Research unit at ISI, Kolkata. What are the opportunities for getting an internship in the industry? And how should we plan and ...
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Does the Tech Industry outside Academia know which Journals are predatory and which aren't?

The question is pretty simple: Are HR/interviewers/recruiters outside of academia who parses through your CV/resume, aware of which journals are predatory (say, from Beall's List) and which are not (...
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When under pressure from the industry, how can I protect myself/coauthors?

Our group (western Europe/Switzerland) has submitted a review on a device that generates a lot of money (i.e. multibillion $ industry). Our results speak mildly against the use of said device, ...
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Math Ph.D. does not know what to do with life? [closed]

Background: I am a Math Ph.D. student in the U.S. (originally from a developing nation) in partial differential equations (PDEs) but on the theoretical side of PDEs (no simulation, no numerical). I am ...
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How available is a return to academia for a mid-career professor headed to industry [duplicate]

I may leave for industry mid tenure case, with a strong funding and research record. I am hopeful one day to return, and am curious about how commonly such transitions in the industry/government to ...
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What are the pros and cons of different research career paths? [closed]

As a student thinking about a career in research, more precisely pure or fundamental research, I would like to know more about possible careers. I haven't decided on the field yet, so I'm interested ...
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How is quitting a PhD perceived in academia and industry?

I am in similar situation as in this post. I am a foreign PhD student in the Netherlands. My work is related to computer vision. Here, each PhD student typically has two supervisors, a senior ...
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Applying simultaneously for faculty and research-in-industry jobs

I'm a last year PhD student; I love doing research and mentoring younger researchers. I'm looking to apply for faculty this Fall. In my field, there are also multiple companies where you can currently ...
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PhD advisor provides low effort “recommendation letter” for scholarship application — what options are there?

A PhD student friend of mine is applying for an academic research scholarship at her university. Her PhD is funded by a private company, and the company’s CEO is effectively her PhD advisor (he has a ...
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What do employers look for in a math PhD with a PDE/Complex Analysis background? [closed]

I'm currently in the 4th year of my PhD in math. My main research focus is complex analysis (geometric function theory) but I'm also learning and working on PDE modelling. After my PhD, I want to ...
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Can someone join a journal's editorial board with no academic affiliation

Recently I became aware that a journal is recruiting a board member. The subject matter is very close to my research background and I am very interested in the position. I have a PhD in the field (...
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Declining an industry job oppurtunity

I was recently forwarded a job opening for a company with which my PI has research ties. The job role and function itself does not appeal to me. I am quite keen on applying for grad schools that are ...
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Keeping door open to return to academia

I'm a lecturer in a good UK university with 10 years research experience (64 publications, £800k in grants, lead 3 teaching modules) and am at the end of 5 interview process for a pretty high up ...
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Is academic work, in the tech industry, on areas concerning social good mostly profit-driven?

I am a current PhD student in a STEM field who does work in areas that mostly concern social good. That is, my work's outcomes would at first glance mostly help uncover a new societal issue or inform ...
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Why are professors from some universities willing to supervise employees in industry?

I find that many professors are to some extent supervising employees in the industry. They are helping the industry guys publish papers or solve difficult problems. I don't know what motivates them to ...
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To what extent are technology transfers weighted when reviewing a professor's tenure application in a US university?

I wonder to what extent technology transfers are weighted when reviewing a professor's tenure application in a US university. E.g. in the case that a professor collaborated, possibly via one of their ...
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How do you approach being on the fence between research and industry at the end of your PhD? [closed]

I've got a little less than a year left in my PhD and I intend to search for a job this fall/winter. The question is to where should I direct my efforts -- academia/research or industry? At the very ...
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Academia vs. Industry for Machine Learning [closed]

For PhD students in machine learning, academia vs. industry is an increasingly strange choice. Getting a faculty job at a good university is still quite hard, but the pay is hugely lower than in ...
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Transforming Development and Management Practices

Disclaimer, I already posted this on StackOverflow and got advised to post it on "The Workplace" where I got advised to post it on "Academia". Please don't send me back to ...
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I am not getting response from any professors or industry. Is it end of the road for me?

I did in a PhD in mechanical engineering from a Canadian university on simulation of shot peening process. I collaborated with experimental groups from my department. After graduating in January 2020, ...
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Bringing advisor into summer internship project

I have a summer internship in the research side of a big tech company. I already know the project I will be working on, and it has some relation to my advisor's research. In fact I believe he might be ...
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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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Does working in a research group with poor funding means poor future prospects post graduation?

Background: I am pursuing PhD in a Canadian University in mechanical engineering. My PhD work is computational and I work in collaboration with experimental groups. I am in my 4th year and I have ...
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Why do big companies ask for conference instead of journal publications?

It is generalized that journal publications are normally more complete research papers than those in conference proceedings. However, when applying for a job in the industry, most companies (e.g. ...
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Is taking a postdoc for training purposes wise as an industry scientist?

I'm considering taking a postdoc after 5 years as an analytical chemist in the pharma industry (small molecule). This may seem backwards and counter-productive due to the massive pay cut but here's my ...
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When a public university in the US receives an industry grant or gift funding, is that information publicly accessible?

By "that information", I mean the fact that a firm gave some money to a public university, and perhaps also the amount. If it is publicly accessible, how to access it?
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Working in industry before pursuing a PhD in a different field

I am an undergraduate student in mechanical engineering and would like to pursue my graduate studies in computational Physics in UK/US. The two subjects only align with respect to the 'computational' ...
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Ideal contents of a reference letter for PhDs seeking industry jobs

The majority of PhD holders do not stay on in academia, but rather move on to jobs in industry far away from the area of their PhDs. Given that the content of the PhD is not directly relevant (the ...
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Does doing an Industrial Postdoc after PhD make an academic career more difficult?

I'm doing a PhD in Engineering and want to have a career in academia. I've been learning some people in engineering are able to do so-called industrial PostDocs where you do research in a company. ...
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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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Postdoc in China. Looking on advice about culture shock and pursuing a career in industry [closed]

So I was recently offered a math postdoc position in China for 2 years. A bit of additional background: I am a US citizen and have never left the US; I've hardly left my home state (except for grad ...
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