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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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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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Planning for post PhD career [closed]

I'm currently a Master's student in physics and I will begin my PhD apps in the next few months. I should graduate from my Masters in Spring 2022. I'm looking to do theoretical work. I'm applying to ...
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Is it immoral to advise PhD students in non-industry-relevant topics in middle-lower ranked universities?

Currently, the situation in academia is that graduating from a top PhD program is almost a requirement for landing an R1 tenure-track job. However, many of these graduates will not end up at similarly ...
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Industry and academia collaboration

I'm currently a PhD candidate on leave, working in industry (full-time) tangentially related to research topics (deep learning) I had been working on. I'm planning on submitting a somewhat theoretical ...
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PhD or research job?

I have a Master's degree, two years of research experience followed by an industry job for a few years. I had always intended to do a PhD eventually but the jobs were interesting, and later COVID ...
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Publishing a paper in an academic conference being someone who works in the industry

I have been working in the industry of software engineering for 5 years so far. Lately, I am planning to take a PHD, I am interested in software architecture and quality, something that started ...
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Should research papers that require millions of dollars to development be evaluated on the same track as those that do not? [closed]

I have previously asked many questions on the encroachment of tech industry on academic research in the past few years [1], [2] I am here again because this encroachment not only hasn't stopped, but ...
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Moving away from academia? How to get contacts and create your opportunity [closed]

I have always worked with academia and have recently started thinking about leaving it. Background I have done a PhD and after that a post-doc, and am now about 2 years after my postdoc working as ...
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Is a hybrid career possible in academia

I m rounding the corner of my PhD and wanted to have the semblance of a plan for next steps as I close out my degree. I came from industry so I have a grasp of the pros and cons on that front. I also ...
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How can I find papers that are not sponsored by industry?

Are there any databases or search filters for published peer-reviewed articles, particularly concerning environmental issues, that are neither affiliated with nor funded by corporate interests? I am ...
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How do I ask my professor to recommend me to a few specific industry positions?

I am working in the US for a professor as a contracted research staff, and my contract will soon end. The professor holds daily meetings with the bosses of several companies, over a project we ...
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Preparing for careers outside academia [closed]

I'm currently beginning a master's program in physics. I intend to pursue a PhD after this. I am interested in theory and at this point I think I want to explore high energy or stat mech and/or its ...
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I wasted a lot of time during my PhD. As a postdoc, I don't see much progress in my abilities. How can I make progress? [closed]

I made several mistakes in my PhD: Joined a PhD advisor who didn't have direct knowledge/experience about my PhD topic. She worked with nanomaterials, my work was on continuum mechanics. I had both ...
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How do I explain my failed career decision to a potential postdoctoral/academic manager/employer, when I'm almost seven years past my PhD?

First a bit of chronological background: PhD in pure math (2 publications, 1 preprint), 1 year of postdoc in pure math (unproductive) 2 years of postdoc in computational medical imaging (1 publication ...
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In the EU, can I start an R&D company and apply for research grants?

I am from an EU country and hold a PhD degree in structural mechanics. I have two questions: Is it possible to start a company dedicated to R&D only and apply for research grants for my own ...
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Literature on path from industry (STEM, not CS) to academia

I got my PhD 5 years ago and went straight to industry. Currently in industry and loving it, I'm in 30s. At some point I want to move back to academia. I think sharing industry experience and helping ...
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Opportunities in the private sector for a theoretical PhD in physics still interested in physics

I just read this post What are paths that physics majors/PhDs can follow? where most people discuss that PhD in physics (and sciences) are very competent in the private sector. I get that, and I get ...
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When to decide quitting academia? [closed]

I am in my third year of postdoc in Germany. Working in CS, I published only very few papers (3 in A* venues) during my postdoc. There are several reasons why I couldn't publish a lot of papers ...
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NSF letter of intent to collaborate w/ industry partner

Currently a university is pursuing an NSF grant with an industry partner, who might participate in a minor role. The university has jointly appointed faculty with the partner. These faculty would be ...
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Objectively speaking, is the opportunity cost of doing a PhD in STEM higher than it was compared to decades ago?

Here's somethings that are well established: being a PhD student is a (albeit, temporary) career-path with the poorest education-level/income ratio. It has been estimated that Post-Doc salary is ...
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Seven years of postdoc with no first-author publication – what are my career prospects?

I have been a postdoctoral fellow for seven years, but I have no first-author publications. I am really struggling with my projects; none of them could be completed. I have several review articles, ...
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My PhD Supervisor is founding a startup based on my thesis work and wants me to be first hire. Unsure if want to join

I'm a current PhD student and PhD supervisor is in the process of making a startup company largely based on the devices that I've developed during my PhD thesis. My supervisor is trying hard to ...
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Doing a STEM Masters after a non-recognized Masters/PhD

I am from a third-world African country. I have a STEM Masters degree from a non-recognized university (ranked 3000 or more worldwide). I am doing a PhD at the same university where I will be ...
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is it normal to work as an university professor in engineering but have no real professional experience (in the industry)?

I work as a university assistant professor, I teach engineering-related subjects. However, I have no real professional experience in engineering (in the industry), I've never worked as an engineer or ...
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How to not feel offended by comments/edits during manuscript drafting as first author

I work as a consultant in industry where I often get to publish scientific articles on "advanced" methods with pharma. Unfortunately, there is a often a fair amount of politics in the ...
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What are possible next steps after the completion of a less-than-stellar PhD?

I recently graduated with a Ph.D. in a STEM field from a reputed university in the US. I took more time than what it normally takes to finish the Ph.D.(over 6 years), partly due to some personal, ...
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Research outside academia without Ph.D

I had some Ph.D positions available to me after my undergraduation which I could not take owing to some personal reasons and instead chose to take an industrial job which basically is also research ...
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Leaving PhD program early, moving to industry and reapplying to others later

I am currently enrolled in a PhD program which involves a coursework component followed by a dissertation phase. I applied to the program under the suggestion of former research advisors who were ...
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Am I taking a wrong approach while looking for an academic position in applied areas - brutal criticisms appreciated! [closed]

After a PhD in pure mathematic, I wanted to do work in applied areas where I could bring in my pure math expertise. So I did two postdocs in computational medical imaging where I could apply my pure ...
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How can I minimize the damage of my PhD advisor's bad recommendation when applying for industry jobs?

I did not get along well with my former PhD advisor. I was able to defend and graduate; however, I have learned that my advisor was giving bad recommendation letters. No wonder why all of my ...
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What am I being paid for? (postdoc)

I am currently doing a postdoc in mathematics in Europe (staying vague for anonymity...). For various reasons I am seriously considering leaving academia at the end of my current postdoc, which ends ...
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Should I hide certain education history on my CV/resume? [duplicate]

Apologize in advance if it is not suitable for this site. I consider asking this in workplace exchange, but I think people on this site are more familiar with similar situation. For obvious reasons I ...
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How to approach a PhD if I want to have a career in academia?

I am towards the end of the first year of my PhD where most of my time went towards doing courses and a small research project in our lab. I plan to continue in academia after my PhD and aspire to get ...
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How can I publish an academic paper independent of work while working at a company?

I have been working on some independent research for a few years now, and I'm finally at the point where I'm seriously considering publishing a Computer Science/Mathematical Algorithm in an Academic ...
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Approaching Professors for Technical Consulting/Endorsement

I work for a technology company and our company is interested in inviting some professors to review some of our recent technological innovation. It'd be more like writing an endorsement, or a preface ...

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