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Questions tagged [job-search]

Regarding the job hunt during and after the completion of graduate studies.

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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 ...
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Applying for job while 3/4 done with MS program [closed]

I am currently a MS student finishing my last (2nd) year. I have just applied to a top company of my field in my city (perhaps the nation as well). I did a video, phone, and on-site interview. They ...
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Is it bad to update a job application after the due date?

I am graduating from a math PhD program next May, so I am on the job market now. I have already submitted some applications (via mathjobs.org). But most applications are due in the next week or so and ...
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Does anyone look at the transcripts of PhD students when they are looking for jobs?

Although it is generally believed that grades in one's PhD program are deemed as unimportant (so I am not asking whether grades are important for PhD students or not), I still see many PhD students ...
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Whom is a diversity statement written for?

This is related to the "what to say in a diversity statement" question, but I'm asking something slightly different: Who reads a Diversity Statement in a faculty application (exact sciences/CS/math)...
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Should I apply to a job where the requested area of specialization is my area of competency? [closed]

There are some job ads in my job search where the school is seeking someone with an area of specialization (AOS) in "Bioethics/Biomedical Ethics or Environmental Ethics", and with an area of ...
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What things can I do as a job market candidate to gauge the internal political culture of a department that is hiring?

I am about to finish my phd and have been frustrated with the toxic politics and culture of my department. During the job search, what are some specific things I can do to learn about the internal ...
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How to sell my skills in a research statement

I am a postdoc currently on the academic job market who does interdisciplinary work. My phd is in mathematical physics, granted by a physics department, while working with a research group technically ...
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Can contacting a search committee for questions about the position hurt your chances?

Most job postings include an email (usually for the chair) to contact the committee's chair. I have so far never dared to use it for fear that i'd get sidelined for asking stupid questions. Things ...
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Asking a commitee to replace a letter of recommendation?

I have asked one of my thesis committee members for a letter of recommendation for a position I was applying to. He is a well-known and well-connected figure in my field, we have a good relationship ...
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How to quantify potential supervisor's reputation at a non-top university?

I ended up in a decent but below 50 ranked PhD program for math, and I'm going to try my best to get an academic job after my PhD. I want to work with someone who is well-respected and well-known, and ...
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Including positive and negative evaluation comments during job search

This may sound like a "humble brag," but I assure you that I am asking this as a legitimate question for the sole purpose of increasing my chances of getting a job -- not internet bragging points. I ...
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Does a PhD student need to focus more on working in theory, in order to have a real chance of becoming a professor?

I have a friend who's doing a STEM PhD at one of the top programs - think e.g. Harvard / Princeton / MIT - and they are getting ready to drop out after the faculty there have told them that they don't ...
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What is the “chalk talk” at job interviews?

It was only recently that I heard about the academic "chalk talk" at job interviews (from biologist friends). As I understand, this is a closed-doors talk the applicant must give to the existing ...
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Is it (ab)normal to propose a course to another university as a PhD candidate

I'm an external PhD candidate at a university in Germany, meaning that I have neither a post at the university nor funding. I know this isn't ideal, but my question is this: My research is related to ...
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Seeking technical degrees in India after post grad in Math [closed]

I am from India and have completed my post grad in mathematical science this year (2018) from Tezpur University, Assam, India. Usually, many math students in India pursue research right after their ...
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Follow-up email after faculty position interview

I followed up and was told that "we are still navigating the university's recruitment process, so still need several weeks to provide update". Could anyone explain what does it mean? Does it imply any ...
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Why institutions and governments invest in infrustructure instead of hiring researcher permanently?

I have observed two recurring trends in Academia, both in Europe and in North America. I don't have statistics in hand but I can present quite a few examples of budgets in which the investment for new ...
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Should I be looking at the market while under first year of two year contract?

I have a two year contract as a visiting assistant professor. Is it normal to be keeping an eye on the market and perhaps selectively sending out applications now in my first year, or should I be ...
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How to present preprints that are not publicly accessible on a CV for math academic job search?

In the context of preparing a CV for a math academic job search Is it advisable to list preprints which are not yet accessible to the wide public in the CV? If so, should it be in a rubric of its ...
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Sending a paper which is under review for showing competency in order to find a paid sabbatical leave [closed]

I am a Ph.D. student. I submitted my paper to a highly prestigious journal and also answered with a very detailed and long answer to a reject & resubmit type of revise to this journal. I think it ...
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How does one find an academic career coach?

Inquiring for a client with a PhD (public policy/labor studies) who has been hunting for a tenure-track position for 4 years (I'm an editor). Like many emerging scholars, she works at several adjunct ...
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Missing out on a position due to false HR advice. What should I do?

Following up on my previous question (Academic Progression via Promotion vs via Recruitment), where I wanted to apply for an assistant professor position at a university where I am currently a postdoc....
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Academic job search: protocol for asking for letters of reference

Asking on behalf of my client (I'm an academic editor). Person is up for tenure next year at a small college. Wants to apply for a job at a better school with a higher salary. What is the protocol/...
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What is the maximum age to get into academia, as a recent PhD / recent post-doc, in the US? [closed]

At what age does breaking into academia as a professor, e.g. recent PhD / recent post-doc, in the United States become effectively impossible? Is it at the age of 30 or 40? I keep hearing about ...
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Getting a teaching recommendation as a mathematics postdoc in the UK

I am a postdoc in mathematics in the UK. When my current position ends, I plan to apply for positions in the US (among other places). Most of these positions will require some teaching experience, ...
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Is there any website for postdoc jobs in Canada?

In Europe there is https://www.euraxess.de or in the Netherlands there is https://www.academictransfer.com/en/ to find postdoc positions. Are there any similar website to find postdoc positions in ...
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Funding faculty position for a spouse [closed]

My wife is looking for a faculty position. It seems its not so easy to get a position in biology though she is doing postdoc at top 5 genetics programs in USA. I am wondering if I can offer a school ...
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Postdoc interview follow-up: HR or PI and how should I approach the conversation?

I had an interview about 4 days ago for a postdoc in Scandinavia. The interview went well, from what I could tell, and the committee seemed approving and pleased with my answers. I am thinking of ...
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Should I list campaign consulting on my CV? (the campaign I consulted for was Republican)

I am going on the job market this fall and I am updating my CV before I send it out to search committees. One area of my work and experience has me somewhat worried. I am a postdoc statistician, I ...
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How to ask for advice regarding a position?

A colleague of mine has notified me of an upcoming opening for a TT position in my field in the US. She told me to contact a colleague of hers in the department hiring to "ask for advice" regarding ...