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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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Are old (>35) faculty candidates discriminated against all over the world?

I think that in India research institutes will never take a faculty candidate who is over 35. Is it so all over the world? I am asking this question from the point of view of if someone starts their ...
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Will self funding a PhD hurt employment chances?

I am thinking of self funding a PhD in Applied Mathematics at either the University of Oxford or Cambridge. Would employers, both for academic (postdoc etc) and industry (research) jobs think less of ...
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Should I simultaneously apply for multiple jobs in different ranks at the same university?

Say this year the university A advertises one postdoc and one tenure-track position. If I prefer the tenure track position, but am not sure that I can get it, what should I choose between the ...
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Are search committees biased in terms of a candidate's looks, such as long hair for men?

As a male Ph.D. student in engineering, I have not had a problem with long hair at any of the reviews I've attended with funding agencies, conferences, etc. However, I wonder if search committees will ...
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Useful strategies for answering “dumb” questions in a talk?

It has often been said that there is no such thing as a dumb question. And yet - perhaps due only to inattention, lack of sleep, or hunger - otherwise brilliant people sometimes manage to ask some ...
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How to buy plane tickets for job interviews?

I am currently on the academic job market, and scheduling on-campus interviews with institutions that might want to hire me. Suppose I am invited to an on-campus interview at the University of X, and ...
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Do universities hire graduates from lesser universities

Recently, someone analyzed computer science professors at top universities and found that over half of the professors at the top 51 universities graduated from a top 10 university. Others have also ...
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Should I use my university's letterhead for a cover letter for a job application?

I currently teach at University X and am applying for a job at University Y. Should I write my cover letter on University X's letterhead, or use a blank page?
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What happens to equipment purchased using a startup package after an academic leaves the university?

I am on the faculty of a large American university, and I have bought a lot of equipment (laptops, tablets, batteries, etc.) for research purposes using a startup package. I will be leaving for a new ...
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Should I include a paper with a low impact factor in my CV

I'm a Masters Student who has an old paper. I wrote a paper years ago with a research group in my old school. However, it's a really simple idea and was published in a not very reputed journal (Impact ...
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How much is the normal salary of a postdoctoral fellow in North America and Western Europe?

I understand that the salary of a postdoctoral fellow depends on the field, project, contract, and so forth, but I am curious how much is the normal range for a fellow. Someone told me that he prefer ...
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How can I detect a toxic environment while on the interview circuit?

If you are interviewing for faculty positions, how can you find out whether a particular work environment would likely be toxic? (Either generally toxic, or particularly bad for you as a {woman, early ...
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When during the application process should a candidate mention that their spouse is also looking for a job

When during the application process should a candidate say that their spouse is also looking for a job? The issue of academic spouses who want to find employment close enough to live together is ...
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How secure is a post doc job offer in an email from the department chair prior to receiving the official written letter?

I'm in/from the US. I'm finishing my PhD this semester. I've been offered a research postdoc, via email, by the dept. chair at one of my top choices, but outside the US (would rather not give too many ...
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How do I deal with postdoc acceptances that come in before my preferred institution makes its decision known?

I will graduate soon from the doctoral program. I will apply for multiple postdoc positions. The results of the one that I really think is great for my career will be probably announced later than the ...
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Faculty positions: What to say in a statement on diversity?

Some job ads of US schools require a "statement on diversity". I am not based in the US, and have never written one before. What should one say in a statement on diversity anyway? Am I supposed to ...
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Translating British faculty titles into American equivalents

A recent job posting at a British university has specified available openings at multiple levels: lecturer, senior lecturer, reader, and professor. However, it's not clear how to map these titles to ...
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Why would a top department hire a less experienced researcher for a tenure-track position?

Suppose that a top-N department at a big research university (for very small N) has the choice between two candidates for a tenure-track position: Candidate A: a bright young researcher just done ...
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Is it peculiar for a department not to have any of its own PhD graduates as professors?

I have been doing research into graduate programs and have noticed that some departments have a representation of their own PhD graduates as professors while others have an absence. For example, a ...
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Job sites for applied/interdisciplinary jobs in Mathematics?

I was wondering whether there're job sites that post jobs in applied/interdisciplinary mathematics, more specially, say postdocs or higher positions in mathematics and medical imaging, mathematics and ...
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Some questions about math postdoc offers

I am a math PhD student and on the postdoc job market for the first time. I would like to know how job offer (hopefully) comes and what I should keep in mind in accepting the offers. I am interested ...
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How “submitted”, “to appear”, “accepted” papers are evaluated in a CV?

Assume a search committee is reading my CV and in the publication section they notice some of my papers are only submitted or claimed to appear in a journal (or accepted for publication in a journal). ...
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What should I ask deans during my interview?

I managed to snag my first interview for a tenure-track assistant professor job. As I had heard, the itinerary seems somewhat gruelling. What caught my eye in particular are three 45min-1hr meetings ...
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Which topics should be covered in a teaching statement?

In mathematics, submitting a teaching statement (also called teaching philosophy or similar names) is part of the application package for any teaching jobs (and most research jobs). I suspect it is a ...
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Advice/guidance when interviewing for a faculty or postdoc job via Skype or phone?

Plenty of advice is available for standard interviews, should phone/Skype interviews be approached any differently? (This was asked on twitter by @emilyandthelime, I have my own, partial answer that ...
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Negotiating startup package given differences in institutional norms

There is a story on Inside Higher Ed (based on this blog post) about a candidate who received a tenure-track offer from a U.S. philosophy department. She emailed the search committee with some ...
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Will anybody actually read your research and teaching statements?

When applying to faculty jobs, how much weight is given to your research/teaching statements? Talking with a few folks on admissions committees at Very Good Departments in Big Research Universities, ...
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What makes securing faculty positions difficult?

This question is an off-shoot from this one, where it has been agreed by most that securing faculty positions is difficult in general. I would like to know what exactly makes this so. Though in ...
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What items should I ask for in my startup package?

I have offers for tenure-track computational biology positions at a couple of U.S. research universities. What sort of things do I need to budget for in my startup package?
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What are paths that physics majors/PhDs can follow?

I’m currently a high-school student that has been aspiring to be a physicist for quite some time. However, after much research I have found the following to be stakes in that path: There are about ...
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How early should a graduate student begin their job search?

Generally speaking, are there good "milestones" to suggest that a graduate student should initiate their job search? Roughly a year from completion? More? Less? Is there a particular time of year a ...
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Non-academic positions after PhD in computer science

With the academic job situation so tight and uncertain, I am thinking of jobs outside academia (after a PhD in Computer Science). There are plenty of programming jobs that require an undergrad or even ...
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I graduated last year and my advisor passed away unexpectedly soon after. What should I do now for subsequent academic job searches?

I received a PhD in mathematics last May. Last December, my advisor passed away quite unexpectedly. My advisor was an extraordinary person; in addition to being a fantastic advisor mathematically, ...
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Is there a stigma in computer science toward too many postdoc positions?

I am wondering if there is a stigma attached to holding too many soft-money positions when looking for a tenure-track position in the area of computer science. In computer science, postdoc positions ...
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Evaluating and negotiating a start-up package

I've been offered an academic position, and am now in the fortunate, but unfamiliar position of negotiating the offer. I've seen a few blogs/comments/posts on this process. However, I have no real ...
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Could teaching at community college for a few years harm my career?

If one aspired to a traditional, research-based academic career in a major university, would teaching for a few years at a community college (say, after the Master's) be damaging to one's CV? I'm ...
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How to negotiate multiple tenure-track offers

I'm in the lucky situation that I received 2 offers for tenure-track positions within days of each other from institutions A and B. Either one of the institutions would be a good fit. So far, neither ...
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Value of contributions to Wikipedia when applying for academic jobs

The quality of articles in Wikipedia has grown tremendously in the last few years. A "good article" requires a big list of necessities, including coherence, readability, comprehensiveness and credible ...
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How is US law on equal opportunity enforced in academic recruitment?

Almost every US university states on its job advertisements that the university is an equal opportunity employer. Based on federal law, this means that applicants not be judged by their race, color, ...
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Will it hurt you to leave a tenure track position (for another) after one year?

I'm a new assistant professor in my first year of my first tenure track position. For several reasons, I am seriously doubting whether my current position is a good fit and am considering applying ...
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How hard is it to get an academic position in Australia/New Zealand with a PhD from the US?

I am originally from India, currently a PhD student in Mathematics in the US. As such I don't have very many ties to the US and I was wondering whether it is common for PhDs from the US to get ...
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Should I put my h-index on my CV?

I'm finishing my PhD and looking for postdoc jobs. I've published a decent number of papers (and also have a fair number of citations), and want to emphasize this on my CV. Should I actually state my ...
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Should I apply to tenure-track positions if I'm fairly certain I won't be staying?

I hope to receive my PhD in Mathematics in May of 2015, so I am currently applying for jobs. Due to life circumstances, I'm fairly certain that I will only be staying at my next position for about 2 ...
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Job applications reviewed “until the position is filled” (i.e. soft deadline): What does that really mean?

I noticed that many ads say "Review of applications will begin on Day X, and continue until the position is filled". I wonder how this kind of search works. Assume the search committee received a ...
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Are single author publications given more weight in math hiring?

Suppose candidate A has only published alone, and in an alternate universe candidate B has an identical list of publications, most of which are with coauthors. All else being equal, would a typical ...
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What are some effective ways for someone without a graduate degree to increase their chances of getting hired as a lecturer?

Context I am graduating from a Bachelor's degree (Computer Science) at the end of the year from a fairly large Australian university (top50 world). I am keen for a lecturing role (only teaching) at ...
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Leaving PhD program to apply for industry job - better to apply while still officially enrolled?

I am going into the fourth year of a PhD program and my research, which is in a STEM field, has clear applications in the tech industry. I have my Master's degree, but have decided not to finish the ...
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Should I let potential employers know I have a job offer?

I've interviewed for a few positions, one of which has made me an offer. I'm very pleased with the offer, but I prefer some of the other positions. I have the luxury of being able to take a lot of ...
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Is it acceptable to apply for two different postdoc positions in the same institution at the same time

It is discussed here that it is generally okay to apply for multiple jobs in different ranks at the same university, but I want to know is it acceptable to apply two different postdoc positions in the ...
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How many recommendation letters are enough?

If I apply to a job, and it asks for 4 recommendation letters, is it good if I submit 5 or more letters? Why and why not?