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Seeking advice on effective follow-up for postdoc offer letter

I recently sent a cold email to a research group at the University of Oslo for a postdoc position and they seemed interested and asked me to apply to an already open position (even if I was not a good ...
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Applying for a job with former PhD supervisor - what to do about references?

It looks like I'm about to apply for a postdoc position to go back to my former PhD supervisor, with only one PI in between. Normally as a Postdoc going for a 2nd (or 3rd depending on how you count it)...
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How to select a subset of Euraxess's RSS Feed?

From this answer, I was able to get the RSS feed for Euraxess. However, is there any way I can select a subset of this? I am interested only in Astronomy jobs, so I would like to know if a filter to ...
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Addressing "desirable" criteria that I do not meet in a job application

I'm applying for a permanent lectureship at a UK university. The candidate brief has a list of essential and desirable criteria. I meet all of the essential criteria, but not the desirable criteria. ...
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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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Is "bench researcher" a formal / professional term?

I am applying to a computational biology job. I want to make it clear that I am extremely interested in the practical aspects of my work, wet-biology generally, and collaborating with / supporting ...
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Negotiating postdoc offer deadline while waiting for tenure track interview

I'm a PhD candidate who applied to a mix of postdocs and tenure track assistant professor positions. I've received an offer for a postdoc fellowship (2-3 year institutional training fellowship) that ...
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Adding a quiz to an application form

I have thought about setting up a quiz as part of a job application form (see background below for details), where I ask about 5 multiple-choice questions which are trivial to answer (or require a ...
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First round interview - tenure track

I have applied to several tenure track positions and I have gotten a couple of emails saying that I passed the initial round of review and that my application will now undergo a more detailed review ...
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Mailing list or websites for remote teaching positions in universities [closed]

I'm currently a part time math lecturer in an engineering college in France, but I'm very much willing to teach undergraduate level math courses outside France. However, despite searching on usual ...
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Called for a final interview with the university president after a notice of someone else getting hired for the position. Why?

Two months ago I was notified that I did not receive a full-time position. I was also informed of who was hired and why. Two weeks ago I was called for a final interview with the president of the ...
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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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How long after the application deadline does it take a search committee to schedule telephone interviews? [duplicate]

I know this can vary from department to department but in general how long does it take for a search committee to decide on a short-list of candidates once the deadline for submission has passed?
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How useful are university teaching certifications in faculty hiring?

The university I'm attending for gradaute school offers programs that give you official certification in university teaching. The program consists of taking teaching workshops, participating in ...
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Could I work at a university in a Spanish-speaking country if I'm not fluent in Spanish? (Rhetoric & Writing / English)

I'm working on my PhD in Rhetoric & Writing (Dept of English) in the US. I am also a writer with enough qualifications to teach creative writing at a US university. I speak enough Spanish to get ...
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Is it possible to transition back into academic research after leaving the bench for a non-research position?

My Background: I'm a PhD Microbiologist currently in the third year of a post-doc working in a US government research lab. While I do work for the government, I'm classified as a contractor and, as ...
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How will COVID travel restrictions affect postdoctoral hiring this year? [closed]

As concern for the Omicron variant rises, and travel restrictions resume, how will this affect academic hiring decisions in this application cycle? Does this mean there will be work visa issues? Will ...
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What is the best procedure to exit academia as a postdoc?

I'm a postdoc based in Europe working in a theoretical/computational field with a background in physics and am considering leaving academia. There are various reasons for this, but most importantly I ...
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Is it a good idea to ask my postdoctoral mentor for a recommendation letter when they have extended my contract yet do not seem impressed by me?

I am a postdoctoral fellow, working in a rather prestigious institute in Asia, for about a year. To be frank, I was rather surprised to get a position here, as many people here have spent at least ...
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What's a reasonable length of unemployment after finishing my PhD?

I finished my PhD one month ago. I applied to post-docs and I received three firm offers. Those offers are interesting but are (i) not in the field I would ideally like working on, (ii) are not the ...
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Does topic of Bachelor's dissertation matter when looking for a job?

I had to choose my dissertation topic, but due to some technical problems the wrong choice was selected. I wanted to know how much will it affect when I'm looking for a job. My major is accounting and ...
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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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How can I overcome the setbacks of a negligent supervisor after earning a PhD degree?

I'm legitimately looking for advice and to try to take control of my life and my job prospects post-graduation, but also feel that I can't portray the challenge of my situation honestly without ...
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Career impact of not earning your PhD degree (despite of trying till the end)

I am less than 2 months away from the end of my PhD (Europe, bioinformatics/machine learning in cancer research). My publication record is super bad so far, submitted my first paper 7 months ago and ...
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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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Should I mention likelihood to accept an offer in my cover letter?

I am currently in the process of applying to postdocs. I'm wondering whether it would be beneficial to include language indicating a certain position is my top (or near top) choice and that I would ...
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Are there any online tools that allow you to figure out the names of the industry positions you should look for? [closed]

I am almost done with my PhD in physics (specifically, in MRI), and I am not sure which positions would fit me well. I am also not very familiar with the terminology used in the industry, so I am ...
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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 share my peers' class visit reports with the hiring committee?

I am currently a TT faculty at school A and I am applying to school B. I have my peers' letters from their annual class visits at school A. Can I share them with the hiring committee while applying to ...
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How to convey confidentiality to the hiring committee? [duplicate]

I will be applying for TT jobs and I am currently working as a TT faculty. How should you express in your cover letter that you want to keep your job search confidential from your current colleagues? ...
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Does extensive peer-reviewing service help with faculty job applications?

I am sent a lot of papers to review, from an expanding set of journals. Currently I am a postdoc on the job market, with little time. Even though recently I only agree to review for better journals, ...
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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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Can you be a part-time (research) assistant professor in the USA?

(I am new to the USA academic system, so please apologize if this is very naive.) In the USA, is it possible to have a full-time job (e.g., industry scientist) and also pursue a part-time Assistant ...
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I have a background in English (Education). If I apply for a PhD in educational psychology in the US, how likely am I to find a job? [closed]

If I start an educational psychology PhD under the supervision of a well-known educational psychologist in a department which ranks somewhere between 50-100 in the US (the global ranking of the ...
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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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Should I submit research/teaching statements if a job ad doesn't ask for them?

The vast majority of faculty applications I've made explicitly require the candidate to submit both a research statement and a teaching statement, and the institution usually describes the expected ...
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How are MS and MA programs in Mathematics different?

Most graduate programs in Math only offer a PhD program, but some provide either an MS or MA in Math. Are there any significant differences I should be aware of between the two, or are they ...
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Where can I search for mathematics academic positions with English as the medium of instruction in Thailand?

I am a PhD candidate in mathematics going to graduate next March 2022 and am searching for academic positions beginning next year. I am using mathjobs.org and JREC-IN. mathjobs.org has advertisements ...
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What does a reference letter for a postdoc/tenure-track position in math look like?

I find myself in the unenviable position of having to draft the body of my own reference letter. I trust the recommender in question to actually treat it as a draft, and I know that they think highly ...
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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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What is the best way to contact a retired professor for a job reference?

I graduated from college in July, and I need to get someone to be a job reference. I have one from a previous job, but I need a second one. The recruiter indicated that I could use a professor with ...
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Are first-generation college students considered an "underrepresented group" in academia?

Neither of my parents went to college. Is this something that can be brought up in the context of university diversity hiring and outreach? This is for academic jobs - postdoc, tenure-track, etc.
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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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Choosing my "best works" for a tenure-track application

My question is related to this one, but is more specific (and has no answer there). I am a postdoc in mathematics, applying for tenure-track jobs for the first time. Some departments ask me to ...
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Postdoc offer: Do I have the position? How long does HR take to prepare the formalities?

I applied for a post doc position in the USA. My interview was done with the PI and I had one-on-one interactions with all the lab members ten days ago. He then unofficially offered me the position ...
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Applying as a full professor to assistant professorships at other institutions

I have been on the faculty of a liberal arts college for over 20 years and have the rank of full professor. I have started to look for other academic jobs because of my college's financial problems, ...
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How available is a return to academia for a mid-career professor headed to industry [duplicate]

I may leave for industry mid tenure case, with a strong funding and research record. I am hopeful one day to return, and am curious about how commonly such transitions in the industry/government to ...
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How do I job hunt as an assistant professor mid-tenure, mid pandemic?

I have decided to take a new job, mid tenure case. I am having trouble finding information about how to job hunt in academia at my mid-rank. Specifically: How to communicate my status Whether to ...
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How do the logistics work for recipients of a DFG "Eigene Stelle" grant (in Germany)?

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), which funds most basic research in Germany, has a grant program that funds a temporary position ("Eigene Stelle") for novice principal ...
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Italian universities: how to find out the "hiring plans" for researchers in the next 1-4 years?

In Italian universities (mathematics departments), is there a way to find out in advance what are the "hiring plans" for the next 1-4 years? In fact, when is it known within a university ...

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