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Applying to academia and industry at the same time issue

I will apply to both industry and academia while graduating with a PhD in math, but I'd prefer the industry. The deadline to commit for the academia position is very early (end of Winter?). But one ...
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Should an academic with autism and adhd disclose that to a potential employer

In the context of applying for an assistant professor position, should an academic with autism and adhd disclose that to the university during the hiring process? If so, and the application package ...
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Do I take tenure track job for one year for the money?

I've been offered a TT job at a very small school: 4-4 teaching load and no research other than educational research. Poorly organized interview process and just felt lots of red flags. For example, I'...
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Advice on Picking Grad School with Goal of Getting Academic Job at Small College

I am a student looking to pursue an academic career in computer science. I enjoy doing research and understand that is a big part of getting tenure and jobs. Importantly, I also very much enjoy ...
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Post-doc vs Research Fellow on CV after Phd thesis submission

I submitted my PhD thesis in February, and now I'm a research fellow for 1 year at an Italian university. I will defend my PhD thesis in summer. In the meantime, I'd like to apply for some jobs so I'm ...
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How do I make sense of application files?

I'm at the stage of my career where people are asking my opinion on applications such as for PhD students etc. I find it somewhat challenging to sift through everything. I got a stack of 150 or so ...
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Should I put my MCAT score on a CV for a sessional position?

I'm applying for a sessional lecturer position for an ethics course in a biology department heavy on pre-meds. I don't have a PhD but am an ideal candidate in every other respect. Will including my ...
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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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Postdoc disenchantment

Recently, I attained my PhD in biophysics, with three publications in respectable journals, including one letter, and delivered seven conference talks, two of which were by invitation. While I wouldn'...
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Withdrawal of Acceptance for Postdoctoral Position

I am a PhD student in mathematics in the US, scheduled to graduate this year. Last fall, I applied for postdoc positions. My situation is a bit complicated: in late January, I was offered a postdoc ...
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Are R1s preferred over R2s in funding applications?

I have two tenure track assistant professor offers from two US schools, close in university ranking to each other (US news) but one is R1 and the other is R2. I’m more inclined to the R2 offer. I am ...
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Logistics of job offer negotiation

My question about the logistics of negotiating academic job offers (in particular salary) is two-folded. Is it best: to simply point which items of an offer can the department improve on (e.g. salary,...
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Resources for searching research internships

I'm a master's student in computer science and ML, currently on the lookout for research positions within my field. I'm aware that finding such opportunities can be quite challenging, given the ...
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Who should I address in the cover letter?

I am applying for a postdoc position. A professor advertises the position, and applications are made directly to the professor. His name, email address, etc., is on the "where to send" part. ...
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Postdoc in the US: should one inform other departments of a received offer?

I got an offer for a postdoc in a great US university A. I am still waiting to hear from another postdoc position also in a great US university B. The search committee at university B mentioned that ...
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CEA vs CNRS for permanent researcher positions in France

I am trying to find a permanent researcher position in France. I'm applying to job openings in CEA and CNRS. Though I have some understanding of how CNRS operates and working conditions, salaries, etc,...
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Schedule for Job Applications

When applying for a postdoc position or a tenure track job in the US, most universities have application deadlines between October and December, and send out offers between January and March. I am ...
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When to reply the email of a job offer?

I got an email with a written job offer for a faculty position in the US. A question that I never saw addressed is about the timing of replying to a written offer email. Should I acknowledge and thank ...
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Different strategies to mentioning the need for negotiating a faculty position in the US

Today I received a written offer from a great US department in my field (Biology) and still did not reply to the email. I want to start negotiations about a few points in that offer, but I need also a ...
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In the U.S. academia, why do many institutes never send rejection letters for postdoc positions (to save the hassling of inquiries from applicants)?

As far as I know, many, if not most institutes in United States never send rejection letters for postdoc positions. As a result, applicants have to keep asking them to update the status. Is there a ...
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"Major Sub-projects" and "Publication Strategy" on Job Application

I am applying for a faculty position. The position is not intended for one particular project but rather part of a research group in political science. In addition to overall ambitions for this ...
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How can I attract good postdocs?

I work as a research group leader at a top-100 university in Europe and supply of good PhD students is good, both from within the university and from other places in Europe. However, attracting good ...
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Suggestions for learning new techniques during postdoc training

I am about to finish my PhD. My PhD work mainly have computational biology focus(60%) and rest of them are experimental biology. Due to lack of experimental biology goal I am thinking of learning new ...
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Dealing with discouragement during the academic job hunt

Similar to this site's question on impostor syndrome, what strategies would people recommend for dealing with self-doubt and discouragement on the academic job market? It's not that I think I'm an ...
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Job talks: A few detailed topics, or loosely discussing many projects?

I have a job talk for a tenure-track assistant professorship coming up, and I am having trouble deciding on the format. I have a few ideas/options, and I'd like to hear the perspective of some folks ...
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How many times do people ask the same referees for reference letters to get a postdoc position normally?

When you look for a postdoc position, how many times do you ask your references to write a letter? I know it depends on the working place, but what do you think in your region? I sometimes feel it's ...
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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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What will a search committee do when a letter writer does not respond?

I have submitted my applications for faculty positions, and one of my recommenders ask that I make sure their letters show "received" in the application portals. Some of the applications ...
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Question About Resigning Mid-Semester [duplicate]

I just accepted a non-academic job 10 days before the start of spring semester. It's too good to pass up - nearly double pay, remote, in my field, etc. - and they would like a start date in mid-...
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Postdoc wanting to go to industry - need advice

I have been a STEM postdoc for almost 7 years. I am based in Australia and currently looking for a permanent position, preferably in industry. As I have not done this transition, I would appreciate it ...
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Are PhDs always obligated to stay involved in research, even after graduation?

I have the impression that PhDs are expected to always be involved in research and have (or eventually get) some sort of peer reviewed publication, even after graduation. I'm gravely concerned now ...
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What are the pros and cons of working in a small or a large department?

If somebody has two tenure-track offers from two institutions of similar standing, with similar pay and tenure requirements, but one has a large department and one a small one, what are the pros and ...
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Preparation for data scientist interviews for final year PhD student [closed]

I would like to check/ask if there is anything particular that I need to prepare for data scientist interviews. I am quite unsure/lost about the requirements since I am coming from academia (see my ...
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Why are PhDs without publications seen as questionable? Does this also apply to PhDs who don't secure external grants and/or fellowships?

I'm a 4th year PhD student in Experimental Psychology who should be graduating sometime in May 2024. I'm graduating from an R2 in a rural area of Michigan that recently suspended admissions for their ...
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Graduation date on internship applications?

I'm a mechanical engineering undergrad student in the US, currently in 3rd year. 2 seperate university transfers have made it so I'm narrowly missing my intended 2025 graduation date, instead forced ...
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Why don't math departments use Mathjobs for postgraduate admissions? [duplicate]

It is common practice for mathematics department hiring to use Mathjobs (especially in the US). This is very convenient for recommendation letter writers, as we can just upload one letter that the ...
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What should I do with the postdoc verbal offers if I'm strongly inclined to one option?

I am a international student who is in the midst of a US postdoctoral job search. I have two potential lab options, lab A and B, both of which I have interviewed with and received positive indications ...
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Ask about political climate at a department during a job interview?

I am on the job market this year, and one of the main things I'm looking for is a good department culture fit. Naturally, the political views of the department and its members plays a role in this, ...
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How to deal with inappropriate hiring instructions that are only given verbally?

Suppose I am chairing a hiring committee for a faculty position in a north American university, and suppose the administration have some verbal instructions on how the search should be conducted that ...
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Interviewing Questions on Teaching

I've got an interview for tenure-track teaching jobs at an R1 and liberal arts college in the US. As part of the application, they've seen a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, 3 syllabi, and ...
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Applying for Associate jobs during tenure application year?

Edited for clarity: I am an assistant professor in the US. I will be applying for tenure next year and, barring something unforeseen, I expect to get it. However, I live in a state that is having (...
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How may the budget to recruit an assistant professor be a challenge (for a university) after all interviews at the decision-making time?

I've been involved in a recruitment process of a Danish institute for an STEM-based tenure-track position. I was invited to a first, a second, and a third interview in the span of only 10 days. At the ...
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Second round of applications at CERN

I have applied for a CERN postdoc theory fellowship. After the 21st, I got no response (unlike many other places, CERN sends an email even in case of rejecting the application) and decided to ask a ...
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Why do so many institutions choose their own systems for application process rather than universal systems like mathjobs.org or interfolio?

Why do so many institutions choose their own systems for application rather than universal systems like mathjobs.org or interfolio where letter writers don't have to upload their letters multiple ...
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"Password" on Job Application as a Part of the Address

I am applying for a postdoc position, and on the advertisement page, there is the address in case you want to send it via post, followed by an email address for sending it via email (as a single PDF ...
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Why some universities prefer to hire people with only one postdoc?

I am currently doing my first postdoc in mathematics and I noticed that when it comes to hiring for tenure-track assistant professor positions, some universities prefer to hire people with a single ...
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Government Job Hiring Process

I was recently contacted out of the blue by one of the national labs about a social science research position. I met with three members of the team shortly thereafter and they pitched the position to ...
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How much does pre-PhD work affect chances in seeking academic jobs?

I have completed the third year of my PhD studies in Electrical Engineering. So far, I have published a few conference papers during my PhD. However, I had several good journal and conference ...
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Contacting Department about a Job (UK)

I keep hearing that in the UK, it's a positive thing to get in touch with the department during the application process to show you're really interested. Is this true? (I've read that in the US this ...
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Subscribing to job announcement list [closed]

I was trying to get the feed from specialised jobs like this one: https://dmatheorynet.blogspot.com/ in my email. However, there doesn't seem to be a standard method for this. A friend suggested to ...
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