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

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How to "quit" DFG Eigene Stelle and transfer the funding to another person?

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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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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What is the long-term professional status of a spousal hire?

I have some questions about the process of spousal hires, particularly in US academia. As I understand it, the system is as follows: when two married academics Ann and Bob enter the job market, they ...
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Should I look for a job in a foreign country before I get there to pursue my Ph.D.? [closed]

I got accepted to a Ph.D. program in New Zealand. For now, I have enough funding to cover only my first year of study, which is why I plan to work in that country while I study. Is it advisable to ...
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Job Titles at German Universities - Proper English Counterparts?

At universities in Germany, there are the following standardized job titles that I find difficult to express in English in a useful manner: Studentische Hilfskraft: a student who does not yet hold a ...
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I've been called for an audition for MCF position at a place in France that has nothing to do with my research - what could be the motive behind this?

I've a PhD in pure math, with postdoctoral experience in theoretical/statistical aspects of machine learning, with over seven years of teaching experience in math in English, and currently a part time ...
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Is it a good idea to give a very short time for a decision of a professor job?

I recently completed a final round interview for an AP job. I told the interview committee that I only have about a few days to respond to other offers and would appreciate if they could let me know ...
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US Assistant Prof salary negotiation with counter offer before going up for tenure

I'm an assistant prof. in a public US university. I have to go up for tenure this year. The department I'm in is somewhat mismanaged, with lots of politics and favoritism. Many have left the ...
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Impossible to survive academically without being corrupt? [closed]

I am sorry if this question seems offensive, so I begin by reiterating that it derives from my personal perception and lack of information instead of ill intent or the purpose of attacking the ...
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I had a postdoc interview (UK based) last Monday and haven't heard back. Should I contact HR?

I had a postdoc interview for a job (social sciences) I am really interested in last Monday. I thought the interview went well and I was told I would hear back within the week. As of today I still ...
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How to prepare for the questions you get at a research interview

I recently applied for several permanent research positions. The interview were all similar: a talk on your past, present and planned research and some time for questions. I prepared well for the talk ...
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How does speaking multiple languages fluently help you when trying to find an academic job in the USA, Canada, the UK and Europe?

This is a broad question. However, I think there's more to it than meets the eye. Yes, I do speak multiple languages fluently due to my studies, but I never thought much about it until now. In America,...
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Applying to academic positions in UK without teaching experience

I'm originally from the UK and did my PhD there. After that I left the UK and have over 10 years experience in academia, but my positions have all been research-only. I have never given lectures (...
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When is a reference asked to submit a recommendation letter during postdoc hiring? [closed]

I have applied to a postdoc position at NTNU in Norway. I was invited to an interview and I think it went okay, they indicated that a decision would be reached within 1 week due to the urgency of this ...
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How to evaluate researchers?

Based on a recent question that seems closed or deleted, where the OP couldn't keep pace with his/her colleagues, I found it important to raise the questions of how researchers are evaluated to get ...
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Is it exploitative that an institution offered me associate professor when I am qualified for full (and have been full at a previous institution)? [closed]

I am an international academic having received my degrees in 4 different countries. I began my career in a highly prestigious position in industry, but thoroughly enjoyed research so made a move into ...
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Does “Historically excluded groups” in job posting mean that they want to hire Black/Hispanic?

I have spotted a job posting for tenure-track positions at an R1 school in the US, saying that they look for candidates who bring perspectives in their research that reflects membership in groups ...
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TT job ad re-posted after I had a fly out - implications? [closed]

I had a second interview for one US college 3 weeks ago and for another 2 weeks ago. The interviewers said they would be getting back to me in 2-4 weeks, depending on how things went internally. I ...
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Is it difficult to return to Europe after doing a postdoc in Saudi Arabia?

I am applying for postdocs and one of the offers I have received is from a university in Saudi Arabia. Although the research which they do at the University is good as far as I can tell and regularly ...
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I got a rejection email for postdoc position along with an invitation to apply as a visiting assistant professor. Is this a gentle letdown?

I applied for a postdoctoral position, and I got an email from hiring committee : "Thank you for applying ~ positions. All positions have been filled. But we have been authorized to fill a ...
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Is there such a thing as a "postdoc" for master's degree graduates?

I have recently graduated with an MSc in nuclear physics, and am having a hard time finding appropriate entry-level openings for a job. I have looked at multiple openings at several national ...
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What exactly is the "présentation analytique" while applying for MCF (assistant professor) positions in France on Galaxie portal?

I've passed the qualification in mathematics and I'm trying to apply for some assistant professor (Maître des Conférences - MCF) positions in France, using the Galaxie portal. However, I see that ...
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Question about the role of the department chair during the faculty hiring process [closed]

I want to better understand the role of the department chair (at an R1 US institution) with regards to the faculty hiring process. I'm sure this differs between departments, but how does the ...
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Is it ok to say you want to come to campus interview another day?

I’m shortlisted for a campus interview. I am asked if I can do it in few days. I’m nervous because it is very little time to prepare my research talk and teaching lesson. Can I tell them that the ...
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Upon my request prior to a faculty application in France, I was invited to give a talk. Should I travel at their expense or better give it online?

So after a few postdocs in applied math (PhD in pure math), I'm currently outside academia with a part time teaching position in France. I'm in the process of applying to a lab in the South of France ...
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Follow up meeting with dean of faculty after on-site faculty interview

This is for a US R1 institution. About 2 weeks ago I had an on-site interview for an assistant professor position, and last Friday the department wrapped up interviewing candidates. Today I got an ...
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A better method than essays to measure diversity, inclusion, and equity?

I have been invited to join a scholarship/grant committee for supporting university early career researchers (ECRs). One of the aims of the panel is to implement diversity, inclusion, and equity ...
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When should I start applying for Tenure Track positions? [duplicate]

Ph.D. Candidate in Social Work. When should I start applying for Tenure Track positions, if I plan to complete my degree by December 2023? I'm Canadian. And yes, there are Social Work researchers in ...
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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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Do I have a chance to postdoc without any papers? [closed]

I finished my Ph.D. in Plant Biology almost a year ago, and I am very interested in continuing my research in a postdoctoral fellowship. But, unfortunately, due to some problems I encountered during ...
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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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Job prospects after math PhD in cryptography [duplicate]

I would like to ask for help since I am on the verge of finishing my PhD Math degree but I am worried that there are almost no jobs which I qualify for. I am an international student in the US and my ...
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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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