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Questions tagged [job-search]

The search for employment, inside academia or outside of it, by students and by academics.

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Reply 'no position' while the job posting is still there

I wrote an email to a group in a German institute ask about their 'Hiwi'(means student assistant) position which is posted on their website. But the group leader reply me 'I could not offer you a ...
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Job Prospects 4 years post-PhD

I graduated in Psychology quite a few years ago now, and for personal/mental-health related reasons, I didn't pursue a postdoctorate career. Instead, I focussed on trying to get better (partially ...
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What’s a good resource to track academic jobs in Germany?

Lots of countries have their own websites for recruiting academic faculty. I just can’t find the go-to resource for Germany. Do any of you guys have any tips?
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A social experiment. What is the worst that can happen?

I am a postdoc and I have been applying for jobs in both industry and academia. My h-index is good enough for junior faculty (~7). Along my academic CV I have an industry-oriented CV and send both of ...
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What is the purpose of the presentations section in the CV?

I do not understand what exactly I should bring in the presentations section of my CV? In fact, during my Ph.D., I presented my papers at the conferences/workshops and internal presentations in my ...
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Is it very unprofessional to contact people from an old job interview and tell them that I think I've made a mistake?

One year ago I withdrew from one job application. I met the committee, the interview lasted nearly 2 hours, they showed me the institution, I had lunch with one of the senior team member. Then I ...
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Are postdocs in the US expected to work closely with a postdoctoral supervisor [closed]

In Europe, typically postdocs are hired to work under a professor's research group. This appears to be totally different in the US and some other countries (e.g. Israel), where postdocs are hired by ...
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How do hiring committees for research positions view getting “scooped”?

Suppose that an applicant got scooped on a research paper and is applying for jobs. This is reflected in a lack of publications. Is that taken into consideration? Or will it be a huge blow to an ...
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Are young researchers at various universities held to the same standard?

Let's say that Candidate A is at University X, working in the same field as Candidate B, who is at University Y. University Y has lots of faculty working in that area, and an active seminar. Candidate ...
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Is there a way I can find out why I didn't get a certain academic position?

I'm applying for postdoctoral positions and when I get rejection letters there is no reason given. Is there any way I can tell if there are "red flags" in my application that are getting it shot down? ...
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How long before asking for a formal offer letter?

I have recently been offered a position by a university I had applied to. After I accepted the offer (through email), they said they would send me a formal offer letter along with other paperwork "...
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Pros and cons of supervising master's students as a postdoc

I'm an American postdoc working at a university in the UK, working in a mathematics department. I am planning on applying to jobs in both the US and UK, including smaller places, and SLACs. I have ...
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Do Chinese universities accept fresh PhD scholars for faculty?

I am finishing my PhD in just a few months time and I am very much willing to apply to any Asian University (Korea and China particularly). The reason is the research opportunities and fundings in ...
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How to manage imposter syndrome during the job hunt?

There are lots of questions on here about dealing with Imposter Syndrome throughout the whole Ph.D. experience. I have struggled with Imposter Syndrome throughout my whole Ph.D., but was able to ...
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Postdoc offers when supervisor did not get involved [closed]

I am a finishing PhD student in Mathematical Physics in a very good and prestigious EU University. I have excellent publishing record, including a single authored technical paper, have been awarded ...
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How early should I apply for a job in industry in a different country? [closed]

I am currently a postdoc thinking about applying for jobs in industry (I am particularly interested in jobs in R&D in computational chemistry, but any help would be appreciated). I am aware than ...
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4 weeks after on campus interview - ask about update

I had an on-campus interview for a tenure track assistant professor position in mathematics about 4 weeks ago. The interview seemed to go well, I felt I was well-received. I was told at the end of ...
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How to assess the long-term stability of a college as part of a job search

A few weeks from now, I'll be traveling for a flyout interview to a SLAC (small liberal arts college) in the eastern United States. The college is very small, less than 1,500 students. If hired, I ...
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How important is trendiness of the research one works on?

I used to think that for research postdocs, faculty evaluate things like research potential. Now I think they still do, but they look a lot at whether the research topic interests the faculty. For ...
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Applying for postdocs / lectureships - sorting bad advice from good (UK, mathematics) [closed]

Long story short: I got my PhD a few years ago, and am currently in a temporary job. Anticipating future job applications, I found myself an experienced, senior local mentor. My time in this job is ...
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Sexually harassed by postdoc supervisor and forced to quit [closed]

I was forced to resign from a postdoctoral position in a major research institute in the US because of sexual harassment. It's been 4 months since I resigned, but I'm still struggling to move on from ...
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Does mentoring a summer student during a postdoc help get tenure-track position?

I am interested in a tenure-track position at a university with 9 months hard money and 3 months soft money during the summer (by this I mean something between a liberal arts college and an R1 ...
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Is it appropriate to request that the department hire a female faculty member?

Our department is currently hiring a new faculty member. At the moment, the faculty gender ratio in our department is very skewed, even for our field. I believe that this has a negative impact on the ...
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When is it okay to update other search committees?

I'm on the academic job market this season for a position in a STEM field. I've had one on-campus interview and may receive an offer from this school within the next week or so. I've also had Skype ...
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How important is it to have publications to get a math postdoc?

The applications often ask for a publication list. If the only publication on the list is a thesis in preparation/preprint, would the candidate's application be rejected because of that? Is it ...
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For MathJobs does it matter what you put down for Primary Interest?

Is it better to indicate 3 interests rather than one? Does it affect who looks at my file or affect my chances of acceptance in any way? For example, suppose I'm mainly interested in combinatorics but ...
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Straight To PHD or work with an MA as part time professor?

So I've recently applied for my PHD in Economics and have found a a couple job offers to be a part time professor at a college (not a university) which only require an Masters degree. The contract is ...
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What are the main reasons postdoc applicants get rejected?

I'm applying for postdoc jobs right now (math). I was put on the short-list for one position and had an interview but the PI for that postdoc made the offer to someone else. I'm starting to get ...
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Faculty job search (one year from graduation/starting postdoc)

I am reaching out to get a piece of friendly advice on the search process for a faculty job worldwide. I was awarded a PhD in Pure Mathematics from a Russel Group university in July 2018. I started a ...
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Choosing an adviser based on the professor's past students' jobs

I have recently been a admitted to a top 20 math Phd program at one of the schools I really wanted (woohoo!). The reason I wanted this school is because I have been really into a certain research ...
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What should a PhD in physics put in a CV?

The countdown to ending my studies has begun, with less than a year left to finish my PhD. I'm currently very confused about whether or not going for a post-doc, considering that I have recently found ...
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Should I do a doctorate straight after my master or work for a while first?

I have a BSc in Software Engineering, and I am now doing an MS in Software Engineering (taking more advanced courses and such). Once I am done with my MS I would like to do a PhD in a software ...
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How long can you give job talks on your thesis-book project?

I'm two years out of my PhD in the humanities and have given a couple of job talks since, all on material from my dissertation. Not only have I spent months trying to make the talks themselves as ...
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Should I go back for 2nd PhD in applied field this time?

I finished my PhD in 2017 in a psychology field that is mostly academic (non-clinical), so it is basically impossible to find jobs outside of academia that don't require a huge move. I have a current ...
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How do I ensure that a search committee won't contact my current colleagues (that are not references) to ask about me?

I once applied to a job (in the US) where the search committee unexpectedly contacted one of my colleagues to ask about my job performance. This individual was not one of my references. I had never ...
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What reference from current insitution is required/advisable for pre-tenure move?

I am interviewing for a tenure-track position in the United States. I am currently a tenure-track faculty member at another US university. In my cover letter, I stated that I wished to keep my search ...
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How can I Get a Job Reviewing Math or Comp Sci Articles and Books in Advance of Publication?

I spend a great deal more time than other graduate school students identifying and figuring out how to fix mistakes in published papers and specialized books. Time and time again an author's careless ...
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Why is a job interview needed if I am the only suitable candidate for a research-assistant position?

I have recently applied to a research-assistant position at a university in the European Union. I got admitted into the interview. However, I am the only suitable candidate to this job, as I could see ...
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Accepting offer from one place while waiting for answer from another place

I have received an excellent job offer from institution A. I have also applied to institution B, which I would likely prefer over A if I had the choice. I believe I have a shot at getting an offer ...
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How should one advertise a program if it doesn't lead to jobs?

(Asking this since similar themes have come up in a conversation with a friend) So-and-so physics department has decided to start teaching more astrophysics classes, because they need more students. ...
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What is a typical dress code for campus interviews on west coast state schools? [duplicate]

The question says it all. I am shortlisted for a campus interview at a state school in California. I was wondering about the dress code? Should I wear a suit or would it be too much? EDIT: It's for ...
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Years of experience - how to count PhD and postdoc years [closed]

I am a physicist specialized in developing algorithms for microscopy techniques and after a postdoc I am applying for data scientist / engineer positions at various startups. To estimate what would be ...
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Can a blind person do a post-doc in the humanities?

I’m about to finish my PhD in Sociology. I’m from Pakistan, and I’m totally blind. My PhD research was quite interdisciplinary. I studied factors influencing environmental concern about environmental ...
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Is it OK to work on projects from research proposal before position starts?

There is considerable gap in time between submitting applications for academic positions and the time the postitions start. I'm wondering about the status of the problems listed in the research ...
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Is it reasonable to apply for (postdoc) positions early?

When preparing an application for a position, it goes without saying that everyone wants to make the strongest possible case for themselves. Hence, it seems that the best strategy would be to wait ...
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Getting a recommendation letter when applying for a job before finishing graduate program

I am midway through the third year of a five year graduate program. Grad school has been fine and I am not struggling academically but there is a full-time job offering in my city (in a field related ...
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Is it worth to do PhD in machine learning/statistics for work in industry? [closed]

I am 30 years old, have Master's degree in Machine Learning from a CS department. I also have a job, which I have had for like 4 years, first as a software developer, now as a data scientist at the ...
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Presentation of 'relevant research' for a postdoc interview, when switching fields

I have been invited to interview for a postdoc position, and as part of the interview I've been asked to give a 30 min presentation of my relevant previous research. This particular position would be ...
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Invited to interview for several postdoc positions - how to proceed?

I'm currently in the process of applying for postdoc positions. So far I've applied for four, and to my surprise I've been invited to interview for three of them (1 phone, 1 Skype, 1 face to face) so ...
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Grad school - Is transferring to another school for a Master's program (Computer Science) a good option?

I am an international student in the US (important as my stay in US is tied to my student visa, issued to attend my current university). I joined as a grad student in the MS CS program in one of the ...