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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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My interview went well but at the end the interviewer said "All the best for your future endeavours". What does it mean?

I was interviewed for an academic job where I pretty much answered all the questions and the interviewer seemed positive. He even shared his contacts for further questions and said there would be more ...
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Have been thinking of Quitting PhD since day 1 - Advice appreciated!

I would really appreciate to hear some other people's thoughts on my situation. I am going into my third year of my PhD at a UK uni (paid studentship) and am thinking of quitting (80% sure) and ...
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Applying simultaneously for faculty and research-in-industry jobs

I'm a last year PhD student; I love doing research and mentoring younger researchers. I'm looking to apply for faculty this Fall. In my field, there are also multiple companies where you can currently ...
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Returning to academia - continuously rejected

I finished my Ph.D. in mathematics in 2016 and then worked at the same university (in Germany) and under the same professor (now retired) as a postdoc for the next four years. I knew my contract would ...
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Do I have the right to work in the UK?

I'm a graduate student in the United States in biomedical sciences applying for a postdoctoral research associate job at a university in the UK. In the online application, it asks "Do you have ...
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Career choice:postdoc or non-tenure assistant professor job with little teaching load

I am a PhD candidate and I am currently in the mist of choosing my career path. A little about my current situation: I have a family in a large city where my husband grew up in. We are not likely to ...
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Choosing between a PhD and a graduate entry level job [duplicate]

I am currently doing my Masters thesis in Germany and am a non-EU student. I will be finishing soon and then will get an 18 month job search visa, using which I can stay in Germany and look for jobs. ...
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It has been 6.5 years of my PhD and I am not seeing the end. What to do?

My advisor is a decent person. She is helpful and supportive. She has continued to support me throughout financially. However, she advices me that I should have offers before submitting my thesis and ...
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How early can I get the conversation started with a prospective postdoc advisor?

I am a little more than a year away from my funding running out (not taking into account any Covid-related extensions which may or may not be granted and thus can't be relied on). Hence, I would ...
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Choice of I vs we in job applications and grants

In mathematics, it is standard to use "we" instead of "I", even in single author papers. Is this the case for job and grant applications as well? For instance, suppose I wish to ...
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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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Do academics look down on applicants who leave academia and try to go back?

For example, if I do a postdoc and then leave for a year and then decide I want to go back to academia, is it possible, or will researchers look at my file, say, "Oh, a year not in academia,"...
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Questions to expect when interviewing for teaching-focused faculty position

I'm going to interview for a teaching-focused position in a couple of weeks, and I was wondering what kind of questions to expect. I know there are plenty of resources on what to expect in a standard ...
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Looking Ahead: What does the faculty job market for 2022 look like in *your* field? [closed]

The job market for Fall, 2022 tenure-track faculty positions can start as early as now (July, 2021) for many fields. To date, I haven't seen many articles on what the the 2021-2022 job market season ...
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If a tenure-track position has been advertised at the Assistant Professor level, is it legal to hire someone in it at the Associate level?

I am interested in a position that is advertised at the Assistant level but I already have been promoted to Associate at the same university but in a different department. In theory, if I were chosen, ...
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Postdocs or RTDa/b positions and a question on PhD acquired outside of Italy and equivalence with the Italian title

Is it necessary to have obtained the "equivalence" of Ph.D. acquired in another country (Germany in my case) to the Italian title before applying for postdocs or RTDa/b positions in Italy? I ...
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I replied to an emailed postdoc offer asking for a formal offer letter. Will it be interpreted as acceptance?

I am a graduating PhD student. I received a postdoc offer informally saying that I have been accepted. In reply I told them that I am looking forward to a formal offer letter. Will it be interpreted ...
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Is a postdoc necessary for a tenure track position in China?

In math/CS and related fields, it is almost unheard of to obtain a tenure track position at a top US university without doing at least one postdoc. However, on mathjobs, a large proportion of the ...
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Is it okay to ask references for their opinions on other faculty candidates?

I'm head of a search committee and will be checking references for finalists for a fixed-term position. Two finalists worked with the same non-profit and gave the names of different people who work ...
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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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Potential for interview when abroad

I attended a panel for early career researchers, and one of the panelists mentioned that at the university he was at, it is more challenging for the department to pay for the flight costs to host an ...
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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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Are independent PhD students evaluated differently than PhD students in research groups?

I've just finished the fourth year of my engineering PhD in the US and am anticipating graduating next year. In that time, I've essentially been conducting research independently, through no fault of ...
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How do I find CS research positions after graduating?

I am in computer science (CS). Is it possible to volunteer to do research in a CS group at a university during summers or part-time after I have already completed my bachelor's degree in CS? I want to ...
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Do Universities make fully-remote contracts? [closed]

I have been working in the UK for 8+ years, partially in academia and partially in industry, with satisfying results in both cases. I have been working fully-remote (from the UK) for the last year and ...
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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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Meeting with the decision maker after the final interview [closed]

My second interview for a tenure track position in US was completed last Monday and I was the first interviewee. Today the chair of the department has contacted me to arrange a meeting saying that he ...
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What is "arrêté de nomination" in ATER application for the French universities?

I'm applying for a French university for an ATER (temporary research + teaching) position, and they're asking for a document called "arrêté de nomination". I emailed the HR but no reply yet. ...

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