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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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What to look for in a postdoc job offer from UK university?

I got a postdoc job offer from a UK university. The job offer only contains the payment scale, which is grade 7, and an annual leave of 25 days, work hours. Nothing about notice to leave or sick ...
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Regret after declining a postdoc offer over another one

I have accepted a postdoc offer, then an other offer came out and I declined it mostly because I already accepted the first one. After taking time to think and consider multiple factors I have some ...
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Is it unusual to be offered an academic job without pay?

I have been applying for academic jobs which are admittedly a bit out of my league. I have a Bachelor degree from an elite (ie world top ~3, depending on ranking) university. My course had an ...
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How does a (junior) faculty member ensure prior promises are being kept?

Background: I'm in my 4th year on a tenure-track position. In June, I received an outside offer for associate professor after applying at a university where a former colleague of mine had moved to. ...
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Can I negotiate for a more senior position than the one specified in the job advertisement in the UK?

I am applying for a job in a public university in the United Kingdom. The job advertisement is for a Lecturer position. I already received an interview appointment. However, I am considering ...
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How to arrange sabbatical leave in the age of COVID?

I am putting together my sabbatical year plan where I hope to get a visiting (research) position in a research university in USA that will provide at least half of my salary. My field is applied ...
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UK Uni: modify FTE after offer?

This might be a silly question, apologies in advance. I've received an informal offer for a fixed-term, part-time (0.3FTE) teaching position at a UK university. Now, because of Brexit, as a EU ...
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What do I write on my CV when I was not affiliated?

I had a six month period between two jobs (I already had the offer), in which I was not affiliated with any institution. The reason was an urgent surgical operation. In these months I still did (...
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Starting PhD, university says I don't have to sign contract

I am starting my PhD in three weeks in Denmark. In Denmark, it is usual that PhD students are formally employees of the university but also have student status. I have received recently my employee ...
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What exactly is a preplacement letter in an academic job in an english speaking country?

I applied for one job in a state-funded research organization. After the interview I received a pre-placement letter in which they say that before an offer of appointment can be made, some pre-...
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How should I tell my professor that I want to quit internship that I am doing under him?

A little background about me: I am an undergraduate engineering student currently doing my internship remotely at a prestigious foreign university since January. I have been working there for almost 6 ...
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Have there been hiring and/or funding changes in academia allowing non-colocated research positions, full time, part-time or gig-like (lockdown)?

Almost four years ago I asked Are there "gig economy" resources in academic research? Are they fundable?. Now that much of the world and its academe has endured pandemic and lock-down, I ...
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I am expecting a baby a month after starting a postdoc. Should I tell the PI before signing the offer?

I was just offered a postdoc position, but my wife is pregnant, and we are expecting the child a month after starting the postdoc. This is my second child, so I know what is required to take care of a ...
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Mature PhD maths student going through a crisis and feeling pretty anxious and depressed about future - advice needed [closed]

So, to provide a bit about my background, I did an undergrad degree in mathematics from 2010-2014, and started a PhD immediately afterwards and dropped out after 9 months due to it not being a good ...
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I am about to apply for a tenure-track position close to my spouse's workplace. How do I reflect my intent wisely in the cover letter?

I currently hold a TT position at school A. My spouse's job (not in academia) is at a 4 hours commute from school A. We underestimated the hassle it would bring when I accepted the position at School ...
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Should I upload my big C-language project to Github in hope of it helping me get a job in the future? [closed]

Recently I have finished my big project, which is basically PDP8 Computer simulation made in C. I was thinking about uploading it to Github because I hope it may help me get a job in future after I ...
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What's holidays entitlement for postdocs in the UK?

I applied for a postdoc position. In the job description, they mentioned that they offer a 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure. But when I received a formal offer, they mentioned ...
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To whom the follow up email must be sent?

I interviewed for a Math faculty position including with four persons. I want to know about follow up email. Should I send the follow up email for each an every body in the interview board?
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Is there a Ronin alternative in Europe? How to be an independent scientist in the EU?

I am a senior postdoc in a theoretical/computational field and for various reasons I am quite tired of jumping from one postdoc to another (have to switch cities/continents every few years, and many ...
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Academic Job Interviews for Asst Prof Positions in Ireland

I have an upcoming interview for an asst prof position in a university in Ireland. I am wondering what questions are asked in such interviews. I am used to the hiring process in the US. It will be my ...
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Is it ok to withdraw from a PhD when receiving another job offer?

I received admission to a Ph.D. offer in the US with an assistantship that would cover my tuition and living expenses for Fall 2021. At the same time, I received a 10 days consultancy contract with ...
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Language of instruction in the ATER positions in France, and resource for English speaking teaching positions in France that are not postes vacataire

For ATER positions in France, is the teaching always in French or it depends on the university? I've written to one or two departmental contacts for ATER position, but they replied that the teaching ...

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