Questions tagged [job-search]

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

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Inquiring about the possibility of a job

I am a fairly new Assistant Professor at a liberal arts university. I know from Facebook that a professor at my undergrad just retired and I specialize in some of the same classes this person taught. ...
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Semi-academic job: techniques to apply

I am soon to complete a PhD and am quite interested in teaching roles. I have been doing some ad hoc teaching as a lecturer in my university, and quite enjoyed it. I apparently have done a pretty ...
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Should I focus on my grades or on finishing my degree on time?

I am doing an 5-year Integrated Master's degree (3-year Bachelor + 2-year Master) on Physics in Europe. Aiming for a thesis in Quantum Computation/Information. I am currently on the 4th year and have ...
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Are there any good job directories for academic work?

I'm currently looking for a PhD position and have started to realize that a lot of my time goes into sporadeously surfing the web in hope of finding an open position. Are there good job directories ...
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Should I apply for a position that I am interested but not competitive enough?

I am interested to an assistant professor (AP) position. The topic is very suitable for me but I think I am not competitive enough (not enough paper etc). Also, I am willing to take a lower grade ...
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How to communicate college's financial problems to faculty candidates?

I'm a faculty member at a small liberal arts college with significant financial problems, which make the long-term viability of the college questionable. In addition to faculty pushed out, junior and ...
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Is my research statement supposed to lead to papers in top journals?

I'm about to start a 2-year postdoc in math with a possibility to stay a 3rd year. This means I will probably be on the job market in one year. I am planning to apply for tenure-track research ...
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Do postdoc/professor search committees read the files from all candidates?

Or do they do a sort of selective search? If I apply, is there something I have to do in advance to ensure that will my file be opened, at all?
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How competitive are postdocs in math? [closed]

I applied to a lot of places (about 80) and only got 1 offer. It makes me worried that when it's time to apply for jobs again I won't get any offers. I would like to know if such a circumstance is ...
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Finding and connecting with academic headhunters

As a senior in my field, but very unhappy in my current institution, I am eager to move. My high REF score/productivity and ongoing Impact mean, even before grants, I cost less to employ on a ...
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Weighing advantages and disadvantages of independent study [closed]

I'm doing masters (by research) in Computer Science. You can think of it like a preliminary research degree in which a student is expected to publish one research paper and also write a thesis. ...
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I received an offer letter from a university abroad, should I continue to interview locally until my visa application goes through?

I have received an offer letter from a university abroad, which I am likely to accept. The country however has a very stringent immigration policy and a very complicated and lengthy visa application ...
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Job Market: should one hide their (young) age?

I am a 23 year old cis-woman in sociology. I entered college at 16 and grad school at 19. The program is in the US, so it is a five year program with a Masters along the way. I have been reading a ...
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Thinking about leaving industry job and taking up a postdoc

This is a follow-up to the question I posted about a year ago: How much damage would I be incurring if I turn down an informal postdoc offer? My situation: I moved to industry about 6 months ago ...
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How can I tell if I am short-listed for Phd position? [duplicate]

I applied for a phd position whose application deadline was 24th March. The project head consistently provided feedback on my project proposal and even invited me to his office to discuss my proposal. ...
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Are research interests the same as a research statement

I am applying for a research associate job while finishing-up my dissertation. The application is asking for the following... please send your CV, a brief statement of research interests, career ...
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Efficient way to determine potentially good AI research groups in mainland Europe

So I want to go about and compare different research groups for their standing, their potential for an exciting and fruitful environment etc. My field is Software Engineering with a heavy tendency ...
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Travel reimbursement for interview after accepting another position

I know a PhD student (X) who is soon to defend, reaching the end of his funding, and has thus been applying to PostDoc positions. He was applying to two positions in two different groups. The first ...
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How to ask rejected full-time candidates to apply to teach individual courses?

My department has a number of courses we need covered by adjuncts in the next academic year. We were given permission to hire one (and only one) salaried adjunct and to cover the rest of the courses ...
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How far ahead should you search for a faculty job?

Suppose you want to obtain a faculty job at a particular time. When should you start searching for job ads? When are they advertised? Answers describing different customs in different countries and ...
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How do I look for/solicit a move to another university pre-tenure?

I am considering a move to another institution, two years out from tenure. I do have a strong case, but the department has changed in ways that may mean better prospects elsewhere. I am not 100% set ...
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Finding mathematics postdoc opportunities in India

I am Ph.D. advisor to X, a rising 5th-year Ph.D. student in pure mathematics at a mid-tier US research university. X and I are trying to prepare for his upcoming job search. In my opinion X is ...
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During an application/interview should an applicant justify leaving a current faculty position (pre-tenure)?

I have been in a tenure-track position for 3 years and am going back on the job market. Would I be expected to "explain" why I am leaving, especially when it is pre-tenure? I suspect that a search ...
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How to solicit feedback from students about faculty candidates?

I am the grad student on the hiring committee, and I have been tasked with gathering feedback from grad students about our faculty candidates. All of the grad students were invited to attend each ...
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What to do during Math PhD to have options in industry?

I have recently been accepted to a top five math PhD program. The department seems to have a good mix of pure and applied math, and there are plenty of opportunities for collaboration with other ...
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Addressing a poor student-advisor relationship in job interview

I have a couple of interviews for research assistant vacancies in the next few days, but I didn't list the advisors of my undergraduate research project as my references, even though I added the ...
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Cold emailing potential search committee members

I recently applied for a tenure-track position with a regional state university. I know of the college but have no contacts there. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a proportionally large number ...
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How can lab equipment be transfered when the PI changes universities? [duplicate]

I've seen these answers: Does equipment purchased with grants stay with the PI? What happens to equipment purchased using a startup package after an academic leaves the university? However, I want a ...
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Is it okay to break a contract for a teaching position to get a job outside of academia?

I have another year in my contract as a visiting assistant professor. However, it is possible that I might be recruited for a non-academic position before the end of the next academic year. Would it ...
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Job market in academia: applied/computational math vs. pure math

Many people told me it is much more easier for an applied/computational mathematician to find a job in U.S. than a pure mathematician. I believe that it is largely due to the fact that applied/...
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Disiplinary offense whilst a grad student, will university employers ask for it

I am starting to think about graduating from a PhD and a few years back I got a disciplinary offence. Basically, without full details, I was giving some advice to students on Facebook, another ...
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Two co-first author publications vs. one second author + one first author publication [closed]

Hypothetically, which of these authorship scenarios would look better to the eyes of a potential employer in the academic world of biology/bioengineering from the perspective of author A: Work 1: ...
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Software engineer vs research associate in not-so-related subfield for CS PhD

I currently have 2 job offers: high-paying software engineer at a top tech company (return offer from internship) and a computational biology research associate 2-year pre-grad school position. I ...
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Is it very unprofessional to contact people from an old job interview and tell them that I think I've made a mistake?

One year ago I withdrew from one job application. I met the committee, the interview lasted nearly 2 hours, they showed me the institution, I had lunch with one of the senior team member. Then I ...
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“Start-up funds” in offer

This is probably really silly to ask, but I'd rather look silly anonymously here than look silly to my possible future department chair. I received my first offer for a position at a public ...
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Reply ‘no position’ while the job posting is still there (‘HiWi’ position in Germany)

I am third year undergraduate and I am not studying in Europe. I plan to apply for a master at a German institute by the end of this year which is the time for application. This institute advertised ...
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A social experiment. What is the worst that can happen? [closed]

I am a postdoc and I have been applying for jobs in both industry and academia. My h-index is good enough for junior faculty (~7). Along my academic CV I have an industry-oriented CV and send both of ...
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Job Prospects 4 years post-PhD [closed]

I graduated in Psychology quite a few years ago now, and for personal/mental-health related reasons, I didn't pursue a postdoctorate career. Instead, I focussed on trying to get better (partially ...
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What’s a good resource to track academic jobs in Germany?

Lots of countries have their own websites for recruiting academic faculty. I just can’t find the go-to resource for Germany. Do any of you guys have any tips?
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What is the purpose of the presentations section in the CV?

I do not understand what exactly I should bring in the presentations section of my CV? In fact, during my Ph.D., I presented my papers at the conferences/workshops and internal presentations in my ...
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How do hiring committees for research positions view getting “scooped”?

Suppose that an applicant got scooped on a research paper and is applying for jobs. This is reflected in a lack of publications. Is that taken into consideration? Or will it be a huge blow to an ...
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Are postdocs in the US expected to work closely with a postdoctoral supervisor [closed]

In Europe, typically postdocs are hired to work under a professor's research group. This appears to be totally different in the US and some other countries (e.g. Israel), where postdocs are hired by ...
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Are young researchers at various universities held to the same standard?

Let's say that Candidate A is at University X, working in the same field as Candidate B, who is at University Y. University Y has lots of faculty working in that area, and an active seminar. Candidate ...
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Is there a way I can find out why I didn't get a certain academic position?

I'm applying for postdoctoral positions and when I get rejection letters there is no reason given. Is there any way I can tell if there are "red flags" in my application that are getting it shot down? ...
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I am non-tenured and have been offered a tenure-track position at my current university, but I don't want to stay here long term. What should I do?

I work at a midwestern university in a very small department in a specialised field in the Humanities. I've been working here as a non-tenure track assistant professor, and have been offered a TT ...
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How long before asking for a formal offer letter?

I have recently been offered a position by a university I had applied to. After I accepted the offer (through email), they said they would send me a formal offer letter along with other paperwork "...
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Pros and cons of supervising master's students as a postdoc

I'm an American postdoc working at a university in the UK, working in a mathematics department. I am planning on applying to jobs in both the US and UK, including smaller places, and SLACs. I have ...
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Postdoc offers when supervisor did not get involved [closed]

I am a finishing PhD student in Mathematical Physics in a very good and prestigious EU University. I have excellent publishing record, including a single authored technical paper, have been awarded ...
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How to manage imposter syndrome during the job hunt?

There are lots of questions on here about dealing with Imposter Syndrome throughout the whole Ph.D. experience. I have struggled with Imposter Syndrome throughout my whole Ph.D., but was able to ...
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What to do if a university is pushing for a response before making a formal offer for a tenure-track position?

I have interviewed for a tenure-track position. I got a call (followed by an email) saying that they would like to offer me this position and I am their top candidate. This being said, in the ...