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Questions tagged [job-search]

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

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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How early should I apply for a job in industry in a different country? [closed]

I am currently a postdoc thinking about applying for jobs in industry (I am particularly interested in jobs in R&D in computational chemistry, but any help would be appreciated). I am aware than ...
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How to assess the long-term stability of a college as part of a job search

A few weeks from now, I'll be traveling for a flyout interview to a SLAC (small liberal arts college) in the eastern United States. The college is very small, less than 1,500 students. If hired, I ...
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4 weeks after on campus interview - ask about update

I had an on-campus interview for a tenure track assistant professor position in mathematics about 4 weeks ago. The interview seemed to go well, I felt I was well-received. I was told at the end of ...
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How important is trendiness of the research one works on?

I used to think that for research postdocs, faculty evaluate things like research potential. Now I think they still do, but they look a lot at whether the research topic interests the faculty. For ...
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Faculty job search (one year from graduation/starting postdoc)

I am reaching out to get a piece of friendly advice on the search process for a faculty job worldwide. I was awarded a PhD in Pure Mathematics from a Russel Group university in July 2018. I started a ...
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Applying for postdocs / lectureships - sorting bad advice from good (UK, mathematics) [closed]

Long story short: I got my PhD a few years ago, and am currently in a temporary job. Anticipating future job applications, I found myself an experienced, senior local mentor. My time in this job is ...
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Sexually harassed by postdoc supervisor and forced to quit [closed]

I was forced to resign from a postdoctoral position in a major research institute in the US because of sexual harassment. It's been 4 months since I resigned, but I'm still struggling to move on from ...
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Is it appropriate to request that the department hire a female faculty member?

Our department is currently hiring a new faculty member. At the moment, the faculty gender ratio in our department is very skewed, even for our field. I believe that this has a negative impact on the ...
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Letterhead in application letters for tenure-track in computer science in USA?

I'm a postdoc in computer science preparing an application for a tenure-track full-time faculty position in a US university. The opinions on whether to use a letterhead or not vary: Postdoc using ...
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Does mentoring a summer student during a postdoc help get tenure-track position?

I am interested in a tenure-track position at a university with 9 months hard money and 3 months soft money during the summer (by this I mean something between a liberal arts college and an R1 ...
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When is it okay to update other search committees?

I'm on the academic job market this season for a position in a STEM field. I've had one on-campus interview and may receive an offer from this school within the next week or so. I've also had Skype ...
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How important is it to have publications to get a math postdoc?

The applications often ask for a publication list. If the only publication on the list is a thesis in preparation/preprint, would the candidate's application be rejected because of that? Is it ...
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What are the main reasons postdoc applicants get rejected?

I'm applying for postdoc jobs right now (math). I was put on the short-list for one position and had an interview but the PI for that postdoc made the offer to someone else. I'm starting to get ...
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For MathJobs does it matter what you put down for Primary Interest?

Is it better to indicate 3 interests rather than one? Does it affect who looks at my file or affect my chances of acceptance in any way? For example, suppose I'm mainly interested in combinatorics but ...
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Straight To PHD or work with an MA as part time professor?

So I've recently applied for my PHD in Economics and have found a a couple job offers to be a part time professor at a college (not a university) which only require an Masters degree. The contract is ...
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Choosing an adviser based on the professor's past students' jobs

I have recently been a admitted to a top 20 math Phd program at one of the schools I really wanted (woohoo!). The reason I wanted this school is because I have been really into a certain research ...
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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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In my second year of a three year PhD program and I now hate research. What career can I do?

I have just started my second year in a Health Education and Promotion PhD program. It is a three year program and I will be done with classes after this year. Next year is my dissertation year. ...
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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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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 ...