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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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Ignored by university after requesting reimbursement for faculty interview campus travel [duplicate]

I did a campus interview for a tenure-track assistant professorship at a public R1 university in March. I was told to purchase my own air travel and submit for reimbursement after the interview due to ...
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Informative questions to ask in a faculty interview? [closed]

I have been in a number of faculty interviews where my overriding feeling was that we were judging how good the candidates were at being interviewed. This isn't necessarily useful information for the ...
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Teaching talks as part of the interview process for a faculty position?

How common is it, when applying for faculty positions, that the applicant is asked to give a talk as if they are teaching an undergraduate class? Does the likelihood of this being asked depend on how ...
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Struggling with PhD interviews [closed]

Based in London I did really well in my undergrad but ok in my master's in physics (average was around 66 with my lit review being 67 but 2 modules were below 60 so it was a pass). In my last year of ...
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Getting response from thank you email in second round of interview [duplicate]

I have second round faculty interview and send thank you notes to Dean of the Dept., chair of the committee and chair of the Dept. The first two replied me, even though I did not expect the Dean ...
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Follow up email after interview [duplicate]

I was a shortlisted applicant for a faculty position 5 months ago. Then I had an interview, and then I was asked for recommendation letters. I sent a follow-up email after submission of recommendation ...
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Wait time for interview process [duplicate]

I was one of the final three candidates for a tenure track position. How long does it usually take for the final decision to be reached and an offer sent out? It has been about two weeks since my ...
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Interview Dilemma: Other Offers [duplicate]

Tomorrow, I have an interview at one of the top UK universities where I really want to end up. However, I already have a few offers from other places. So, I am wondering, if they ask me whether I have ...
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After 2 interviews, I've been invited to visit the campus for 2 weeks. Looking for advice as I prepare for this trip (5500miles away!) [closed]

The position is for a full-time faculty professorship in my field (humanities). I was one of 10 invited to apply. My first two interviews went very well. I have been told that I am the only candidate ...
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How do I reframe getting an MPhil instead of a PhD the first time round, in the context of applying for a mathematical postdoc?

The Question: How do I reframe getting an MPhil instead of a PhD the first time round, in the context of applying for a mathematical postdoc? Background: I tried for a PhD in group theory at ...
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As candidates for postdoc position, what are good examples of questions to ask interviewers during an interview?

After seeing What questions should I ask as a candidate during an interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position?, What should I ask deans during my interview? (focusing on tenure-track ...
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What should I include in my PhD interview Presentation?

So I have been shortlisted for a PhD scholarship and I have an interview next week.I have been asked to give a 5-minute presentation titled: "A short introduction of my profile and how this fits ...
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Changing PhD, who and how to tell first?

I want to leave and change my current PhD after 3 months in this new city (France). I still haven't told my current supervisors because, for economic reasons, I do not want to get fired while looking ...
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What should I expect from a paper discussion in a postdoc interview?

I have been invited for a postdoc interview that includes a paper discussion. They sent me their key paper and told me to discuss it because I will do something similar if hired. I read the paper and ...
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Should I write a follow up email? (UK Academic position) [duplicate]

I had an interview for a lecturer position on a Friday. The panel mentioned they would give an answer the following week. The week has passed and Im wondering if I should contact them with a follow up ...
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How to interpret Chair’s email? [duplicate]

I’ve recently had an on campus interview and in response to my thank you email, I had this back from the SC. “You are certainly welcome! It was wonderful to host you, and gratifying to see you ...
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How to Improve Quick Thinking Skills in Mathematics

I have recently applied to several PhD programs in math and applied math. In between undergrad and grad school, I am looking to do some summer research. During a recent interview for a research lab, I ...
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Acknowledgment section in job talk presentation for a tenure-track position

For a normal research talk, people may only acknowledge collaborators in those presented projects. Is it the same in a job talk for applicants for tenure-track positions? Two considerations: I ...
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What Types of Questions Can I Expect in an AI/ML Summer Internship Interview?

I am currently preparing for interviews for summer internships in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Given the highly specialized and rapidly evolving nature of this field, I ...
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What goes on behind the curtains after a PhD interview in mathematics at a university in UK?

I contacted a professor X at an university in UK regarding a PhD position in a particular area of mathematics. I briefly described my research interests in my email to which the professor encouraged ...
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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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Found mistake in hypothesis of the Research Proposal after receiving interview call. What should I do?

I am an international student who applied for PhD in the Department of Social Science in UK. I had submitted the proposal as a part of my application for which I received an interview invitation. ...
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Who is responsible for paying for an on-campus visit for a faculty interview?

I am applying for faculty positions. I am worried that I may have to spend thousands of dollars for flights, hotel, and other transportation depending upon where I travel for the interview. I am ...
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Recommendation letter; reminder email

I had an interview for a faculty position about 6 days ago. I was asked to arrange two letters of recommendations. One of my references sent it, but another one has not submitted yet. Shall I remind ...
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Appreciation email after interview [duplicate]

I had a virtual interview with a hiring committee in a university for a faculty position. Do I need to send an email of appreciation after that? If so, to whom I should send? Can I send one email to ...
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Have you encountered a prolonged silence from a potential supervisor following a canceled interview, leaving you uncertain about their decision? [closed]

I contacted a prospective supervisor expressing my interest in collaborating with them. After an initial interview, they scheduled a more technical follow-up discussion, but it was canceled due to an ...
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A potential postdoc PI contacted my Ph.D. advisor without asking me for the contact info. Is this common?

I'm a recent Ph.D. graduate looking for a postdoc opportunity in the US. I recently interviewed with my potential PI, and at the end he said we will discuss later. A week or two after the interview, ...
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Reserve list for a postdoc position [closed]

I've recently interviewed for a postdoc position and the day after the interview I was notified that I was first on the reserve list. I am just wondering if there are anyone out here has any ...
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When a paper has multiple corresponding authors, how should one respond to interview requests by media?

I've got two stories, one old and one recent. I'll start with the old one. The paper has three authors, all corresponding. The first author was a senior postdoc who came up with the idea and did all ...
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Would applying for a tenure track position while I am a visiting instructor look bad to the institution and my colleagues if I am not selected?

I am a fourth year doctoral candidate in an Experimental Psychology program at an R2 and am completing a visiting instructor appointment at a small liberal arts college (SLAC) right now. I had seen ...
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How to postpone the response for informal offer?

I just got an informal offer (a suggestion to apply through the university portal) from lab A, which I'm very happy about. On the same day, lab B emailed me, asking me for a prior interview by Zoom. I ...
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How long does it take to hear back from the faculty hiring committee after an initial screening interview? [duplicate]

I'm currently on the hunt for a job and I applied for several tenure-track psychology faculty positions. I did initial Zoom interviews with a couple of places (15 - 30 minutes long). It's been about a ...
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How to face some tough academic superiors who give undermining comments in the academic environment

If a group of Computing undergraduates ask to explain why 3 is greater than 2, what is the best way to explain it? When I asked the above question in the Math SE, one of the Mathematicians said this ...
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Unprofessional hiring committee?

I recently interviewed for a TT position and had a mostly positive campus experience. At the end of my interview, when it was my turn to pose questions to the hiring committee, I asked what they ...
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R1 university interview: how to address sparse recent publications but active funding

I'm currently a tenure-track Assistant Prof. at an R2 university. I will soon be interviewed on-campus at an R1 univ: a large state flagship school, but not one of the high-ranked ones (just trying to ...
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Is it legal/ethical to go to a postdoc interview even after signing another contract?

I have already signed an agreement for a postdoctoral contract. Now I got an interview call after getting the first contract, which I have signed to join. Can I appear for that interview? Is it ...
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About interviews for teaching positions in math during JMM

To what extent is attending the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) important when applying for teaching jobs in mathematics, including temporary lecturer positions and faculty roles at liberal arts ...
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When to contact the faculty after a postdoc interview [duplicate]

I recently had a postdoc interview in which the professor said would contact me by next week. Later on, I got an email from the professor saying recommendation letters would be requested from my ...
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Follow-up mail after initial interview for a postdoc position [duplicate]

I had a zoom meeting with my possible future boss about a postdoc position, and I thought it was quit good. After the meeting, we exchanged a few mails, but after that, the responses halted. A week ...
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How to answer 'Is your research going to be in biology text books one day?' question during faculty interview?

I am in the field of neuroscience/immunology, and I am applying for an academic group leader position. During most of my interviews so far I've been asked general questions about my fit into the ...
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A prospective PhD supervisor requested for an interview with me but no response afterwards

I sent an email with my qualifications to a prospective PhD supervisor and he responded by asking for my availability for interview and the likely days of the week, this could hold. I responded that I ...
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Do PhD advisors support students taking some time to prepare for interview and find a job before graduation?

Finding a good job after PhD seems to require devoting a few months to preparation and interviews. Are PhD advisors typically understanding of this? Or do they expect the PhD student to continue doing ...
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Germany WiMi/PhD Studentship Hiring Process

I've just recently applied for a WiMi/PhD student position in Germany and was interviewed for it. I had to present my proposal and there were many questions related to teaching. The panel was a 4-...
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Informal meet after the application of a tenure-track position

I applied for a tenure-track position a few months ago, and I just received an email from one of the members of the search committee. They mentioned the possibility of having an informal meeting ...
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Should I ask the professor, whether he can give funding for masters instead of phd

I recently had an interview with a professor regarding a PhD opening in their research group, for which I applied and successfully interviewed. The professor has offered me the opportunity to pursue a ...
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Should I email the same professor about supervision this year, If I failed in his interview previous year

I had the opportunity to interview with a professor and two of his PhD students for potential supervision in the mm-wave circuits group. Unfortunately, during the initial interview, which focused on ...
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Not answering questions during PhD interview

Recently I had a PhD interview for a very good university in Europe. The application was for the School of Mathematics, as I posses a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Pure Mathematics. During the ...
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Advertising open science in job market with a different norm

i am a postdoc at one of the US-based institutions. I have been invited to give a job talk for a faculty position in another country (i will call country A). Recently, i was browsing the faculty ...
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What should I prepare before a second meeting with my potential professor?

I am applying for a PhD program and received a second interview invitation from my potential supervisor. She said she would like to discuss the potential direction of the project and my ideas for this ...
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