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Any ideas on what else to think of when deciding about a PhD? [closed]

Do you think a PhD is worth it in my position? Asking for personal advise from current/ ex-Grad students. Hi everyone! I’m currently working after my Masters Degree, my background being appl. maths/...
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PhD student paid from NSF grant also working side job as independent contractor

I am a PhD student in the US that is currently paid as a grad research asst. from my advisor's NSF grant full time (100% FTE) during the summer and 1/2 time (50% FTE) during the school year, with the ...
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How does the WissZeitVG count the years of fixed-term employment?

The Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG) says: Die Befristung von Arbeitsverträgen des in § 1 Absatz 1 Satz 1 genannten Personals, das nicht promoviert ist, ist bis zu einer Dauer von sechs ...
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Would it be frowned upon for a person to hold two full time online teaching positions?

I currently hold a full time teaching position, and recently accepted another full time teaching position at another university. Is there any reason I can't teach for both schools since the workload ...
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Workshop dates on a CV

I am currently working on my CV (I am looking to apply to local community colleges as an English Comp and ESL Instructor) and a coworker recommended that I include the workshops I present for my job ...
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Why did only a few professors reply to my Ph.D. positions inquiry? [duplicate]

I am doing a M.S. degree in a mechanical engineering program. In the previous three weeks I sent a letter inquiring for an opportunity to over 20 professors whose lab's website clearly showed Ph.D. ...
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Does the short-term nature of post-docs and PhD assistantships create research inefficiencies?

Most of positions in academia, I am referring to PhD and postdocs which make up most of the people working in academia, are short term contracts. Why? Isn't this creating inefficiency? Point of view ...
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Can I use Researcher in XXX as a job title instead of formal position?

I plan to apply positions after getting my phd degree. Between graduation and getting a formal job, I am going to use "researcher in xxx" as a job title. Actually, I plan to use it after ...
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Early-stage recruitment as assistant professor in future at Caltech [closed]

In academia, usually we have to do postdocs before getting recruited as an assistant proffessor. However, recently I've seen a spectacular exception who already got an offer for assistant ...
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Teaching Vector Calculus for a demo [closed]

I have applied for a teaching position, and will have to appear for a teaching demonstration. I need to pick a topic from Vector Calculus taught at undergraduate level. My main concern: It has been a ...
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Job prospects for non-traditional students

I read on Twitter that non-traditional students (who obtain a PhD in their early forties or later) have less academic job prospects. Is that true? Asking for myself.
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How to negotiate on heavy social tasks and administratives that weren't advertised when you signed a lecturer contract?

I signed a deal as an undergraduate specialized lecturer with job description that prioritized research (followed by teaching). The (Human Capital) HC outlined these job descriptions when she offered ...
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I am looking for a daily report template for programming jobs [closed]

I am a PhD student of computer science. I want to find a good template file that I can report my daily works to the professor and show him what a regular and hard working person I am! I also like to ...
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Pros and cons of teaching in a department with no graduate program

Currently, I work in a small regional university, in USA, and my department has no graduate program (at least no Ph.D. program). On the one hand, I do not have to supervise graduate students, which ...
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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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Is it necessary to obtain NOC for completing in-service Ph.D in India?

I have a problem related to my in-service Ph.D.: I completed my Ph. D course work in March 2017, joined as an assistant Professor on 16 November 2017, got my Ph.D registration on 14 December 2017 ...
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Is it reasonable to request to temporarily keep a laptop after a postdoc contract has finished?

I am a postdoc whose contract has finished, and I am in the process of applying for industry jobs. However, I have multiple papers making their way through the submission and review process. My ...
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What to focus on in a 20 minute research talk?

This is question is regarding tenure-track job (in STEM) interview in the US. I will be giving 20 minute research talk during my on-campus visit for a teaching focussed school. Audience will all ...
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Do potential postdoc mentors judge candidates negatively if their advisor in graduate school was denied tenure?

I heard some postdocs discussing at a meeting that if assistant professors get denied tenure their students usually can’t find jobs. I think by this they meant academic jobs i.e., postdocs. This seems ...
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Job Talk, "Present a Calculus Topic"

I am going in for an on campus interview next week. I was told I need to do a 30 minute presentation on a "calculus topic" (the job is for a math tutoring center director at a small liberal ...
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CNRS postdoc research position in France - no mention of application procedure and one can apply just with CV and cover letter it seems (is it true?) [closed]

I'm looking at a few CNRS postdoc positions in France, and quite strangely I don't ever see any mention of application procedure. There's an 'apply' button where one can upload the CV and cover letter,...
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How do I politely decline an internship opportunity extended to me by my former internship supervisor?

A little background about me: I am an undergraduate engineering student (graduating in June 2022) currently doing my semester of bachelors. In my penultimate year, I did a research internship with an ...
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Career Development plan for university position

Certain academic job ads at the university request a Career Development Plan document. I have never heard about this. What should a document like this contain?
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What should I do when I'm on a shortlist for a postdoc?

I was notified via a backchannel that I'm on a shortlist for a competitive top tier postdoc in my STEM field, though some offers were already made. There's no interview process, but is there anything ...
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I am being asked to resign with only a week left on my postdoc contract, should I? [closed]

My two year postdoc contract is ending next week. I am looking for a job at a bank in my state now. My university's personnel office has contacted me asking me to resign; that is to say, they're ...
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Sociology PhD : what are the prospects of landing a job within academia? [closed]

What are the job prospects, like the likelihood of becoming a university professor, for people who pursue a Ph.D. in sociology in North America?
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PhD student who wants to stay for a tenure position [closed]

I am finishing my masters, and my advisor wants me to stay to do my PhD. My advisor is also the department head. We have a very good relationship, he’s invited me over to his house for dinner and even ...
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Postdoc in the UK, still in probation period. Can I still ask for a salary increase?

Basically the title says everything. I came from a very low ranked university outside the UK (Africa). During my PHD, I worked as a part time lecturer at another University in my home country for 1 ...
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Should I let the committee know that they accidentally mentioned two deadlines for a job application?

I applied for a tenure track job recently. There were two deadlines mentioned in their advertisement (on mathjobs), one was Oct 1 and the other was Oct 15. I did not notice the Oct 1st one and applied ...
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Post-doctorate or equivalent "entry level" job

I'm a PhD student in pure math hopefully defending my thesis in 9 months. This is exactly the period in which one has to look for post-doctoral positions or for an entry level job. I have recently ...
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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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Being asked to start teaching before being employed as a new faculty

I'm going to join a US university as a teaching-focused faculty. My official starting is set to be January 4th and, at that university, classes start in the same week, and I will be teaching 2 courses ...
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Is there an age limit on applications for Maitre de Conferences?

I'm interested in pursuing a permanent, independent research position in neuroscience in France. However, I'm getting conflicting information from different researchers in the country about whether or ...
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Absence of "Pré soutenance de thèse" while applying for qualification for Maître des Conférences (MCF/MdC) positions in France - what to do instead?

I'm applying for the qualification for an Maître des Conférences (MCF/MdC) position in France in the sections 25 (mathematics) and 26 (applied mathematics), and I see that under the complementary ...
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Can I work full-time (remotely) while doing a PhD in Science? [duplicate]

I will hopefully be starting a PhD soon, it will be in the sciences (so at least several hours a day will be spend in labs). It is a 3 year position, with a possible extension to 3.5 years, and it's ...
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What to write at "Activité en matière d'administration et autres responsabilités" while applying for 'qualification' for MCF position in France

I'm applying for an MCF (Maître des Conférences) position in France in math, where my PhD is from the US. MCF's are equivalently to tenured assistant professor in France. For interested readers, you ...
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What do you think of scientific editors for different publishing houses as a career path after a STEM PhD? Is it a rewarding career path? [duplicate]

After PhD and/or postdoc, one usually have three directions to go to. One leads to a tenure track position, other industry related to the field or third where one changes the field completely. However,...
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What does Scientific Managing Editor at Elsevier do? What are their responsibilities?

I am planning to apply for a position at Elsevier. They are looking for Scientific Managing Editor. I have no idea what to expect in such a job profile? I am a PhD with a year of postdoc experience. ...
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Objectively speaking, are STEM jobs more difficult to acquire than STEM graduate degree? [closed]

I've recently been doing some (non-serious) job search. My background is STEM with a focus on computing. What I have noticed is that the requirement to get a job with many tech companies seems to be ...
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How can I find the number of applicants per tenure-track position in Canada?

There are some anecdotal accounts of number of applicants per tenure-track position in the U.S., but I haven't been able to find anything for Canada. Kinds of information that would be helpful: ...
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Could an 1.5 year gap affect my application for setting foot into PhD or Job?

I have 1.5 year time gap since I graduated from master degree (Jan 2020) and I am wondering if this could affect my current interview evolution? (Job interview). All that time I was in the process for ...
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Adding Start-up package and yearly funding to CV?

I am an assistant professor at an Institution that provided me with a continuous yearly funding plus a start-up funding package. The values are substantial. Is it common practice to add these values ...
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If a job ad asks for a research statement and a teaching statement, should I also include a cover letter?

A job I am applying to explicitly asks for a research statement, teaching statement and a CV. It doesn't mention a cover letter. Is it assumed that I will also include a cover letter?
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I have been asked for names of referees during signing offer letter

I have recently signed an offer letter for a faculty position.This is not a permanent position. One of the required documents in the offer letter was the names of referees. As far as I know my ...
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Should I reply or reply to all in the case of recieving a job offer?

I have received an offer from a university and I want to accept that. In their email they have sent a cc email to another person who is probably the head of HR. In my response, I want to know whether ...
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Is there any rule in US that prohibits recruiting as faculty the students studied in the same university/institution?

There is a phenomenon in my country. I am not judging whether it is correct or not because of my ignorance on it. My honest opinion, as per my current knowledge, is that the phenomenon is bad as whole....
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What is the meaning of a statement regarding the result of interview?

I did an interview for a faculty position around 1 and half month ago. I recently sent a follow up email regarding the status of my application, and the chair of faculty replied that my application is ...
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Whether to do second postdoc at prestigious university or take a lecturer position at current university

I may be in the position soon of going to do a postdoc at a highly prestigious University. I am currently at a good university in the UK doing my first postdoc. I have applied for a Lecturer position ...
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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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Is it reasonable to have both a TAship and an internship during grad school? If not, what to consider when choosing between them?

I'm attending grad school out of state, paying upwards of $17K/semester. Over the summer, I was offered an internship (40 hrs/week). A couple of fellow students were also interested in this internship,...
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