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How many courses should I discuss in an academic video interview?

One of the questions some academic hiring committees sometimes ask job candidates during the interview process is, "What courses would you like to develop and teach?" How should a candidate respond ...
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Is it a lack of passion or competency if I don't want to leave my current position for 6 months?

I am about to defend my thesis. It has been a tough journey full of self doubt, self motivation and sheer perseverance. I am hoping that I can justify the time spent on my PhD to my defense committee. ...
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How to learn about a department's culture?

I recently interviewed for a teaching position, but I have concerns about the department's culture. First, I learned that the department adopted a different hiring process for me. They made me jump ...
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Timeline-wise, is it safe to plan attending the SODA conference if I apply for positions this year?

I am applying for faculty positions in the US this year (in computer science). Ideally, I would want to attend the SODA conference (January 5th-8th) and was wondering if it is safe to assume that on-...
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How to reach theoretical computer science researchers in China and India? Any equivalent of the DMANET mailing list?

An effective way of making researchers in Europe in the field of theoretical computer science aware of open positions, such as PhD positions, Postdoc positions, assistant professor positions, and so ...
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Is it disadvantageous to have recommendation letters from postdoctoral fellows rather than professors? [duplicate]

I am a math PhD student in a US university and also a teaching assistant. This fall I’m expecting to apply for jobs. I’m looking for math lecturer/instructor jobs. However, when I worked as a ...
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How to find out salary for faculty positions in private universities?

Public university salary information is usually available online. What about private universities? Can average salary by field and rank be found at least? Context: US/North America, mathematics
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What is an informed evaluation of resource availability?

I am applying for a postdoctoral fellowship at an American University and I have to submit the research proposal. Besides the usual description of my own research, it is written that I must describe ...
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Applying to jobs in multiple disciplines. How much does name of degree matter?

I'm currently a second year masters student applying to PhD programs but are at a bit of a crossroads and wanted to crowd source some opinions. My research interests are in a subject studied ...
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How to tackle interviews trying to leave a recent lab

Both me and my current PI agree that I am not a good fit for the lab I joined 1 month ago. I have good recommendations from my previous PI from grad school, How do I tackle interviews and job ...
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Length of a Dissertation Summary for a Postdoc job

For a job application I am currently putting together, they request a document of Dissertation Summary and Other Recent Scholarly Endeavors where I need to, of course, "Summarize your dissertation and ...
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Sample syllabi for job application

I'm applying for faculty jobs and was considering including sample syllabi for courses I could develop (which are currently not offered at the target institution). My idea was to include them as an ...
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Is it a bad idea to get a PhD? [closed]

Hope this doesn't fall into the category of personal advice, but I just have a general question about academia today (particularly in Philosophy). I have read many articles on the internet ...
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What are typical examples of “scholarly work”?

I am looking into applying to a teaching position at a liberal-arts institution. The application page asks for an example of scholarly work. What are good examples of scholarly work? For the sciences, ...
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How important is teaching experience?

I am a PhD student in economics in the UK. Recently, I have been hearing how important teaching experience is to find a job in academia as a lecturer. One needs to submit teaching statements and may ...
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Re-entering teaching after working in the industry (in Europe)

I have finished my PhD a while ago and have since worked at the university as lecturer. Now the contract is coming to an end and I am weighing two options: (1) Teach at the university (I am much more ...
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Waiting for an interview outcome ( Research Associate Position) [closed]

I did an interview for a research associate position 10 days ago and I still don't know anything. They told me they would let me know "soon" but they also had a problem with one of the project ...
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Is there usually an on-campus interview when hiring a lecturer with a one year contract?

In this case, I am asking about "Lecturer" in the North American sense, which means a faculty member who teaches but is not required to perform research.
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How to find companies looking to sponsor a Master's degree for their new employee? [closed]

I was told by a couple people I met that some companies sponsor a Master's degree (in the United States) for new hires. One of these was in such a program and was only required to work part time to ...
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Re-posted faculty position. Worth waiting? (and two-body problem…) [closed]

I applied for a faculty position at a state research (not so intensive) school in June. Since the position requires both a clinical degree and a research degree, their application pool is not likely ...
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Approaching a professor for a postdoc, after not taking his previous postdoc offer in favor of an industry job

I had a postdoc offer from a great research group at a US university towards the end of my PhD in April 2018. Around that time, a family member became severely ill. The nature of the illness was such ...
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Faculty funding in biomedical postgraduate-only institutions

What is the model for faculty funding in biomedical postgraduate-only or research-only institutions? I understand the distinction between "soft" vs "hard" money and I was told that in medical ...
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Getting research jobs in Canada for immigrants [closed]

I have a PhD in engineering from an African university which is obviously not well known and now I work at the same university as an assistant professor. I think about immigrating to Canada (EE ...
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friends or competition for work

I am in doubt if I should share new academic opportunities, studies, etc with college's friends, because they will may be my future competition for a job and they may get the job thanks to the help I ...
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Advice for Returning to Academia - CS/SOC

Looking for career-strategy advice here. I'm a recent Sociology PhD (Computational Network Social Science), who took a 6 year leave during my PhD to work as a Software Engineer with a handful of ...
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Do universities notify failed candidates?

After interviewing for faculty positions, would universities (in the US, or in general) notify me if they chose to proceed with other candidates or to close the search?
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Extended position start date. How to extend it again while waiting for waiver?

I was on a Fulbright in the US during my Ph.D., and returned to my country upon completion of my studies. I was in the US on a J1 visa, which requires that you return to your home country for two ...
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Commercial company wants me to list all prior “inventions”, give up everything not listed [closed]

I'm a post-doctoral researcher in computer science, but my next position will be in industry. I've been negotiating a contract with this commercial company to do R&D work (not while I'm employed ...
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What are the Pros and Cons of Pursuing a PhD after 5+ years in the Industry? [closed]

I am sure this is a quite subjective topic, but I haven't been able to find like clear advice or info about this particular situation. Also, I'm going to give some context; therefore, you could ...
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Career options after Masters in mathematics outside academia [closed]

Basically, my background is the following: I was a very good student in a not so bad university in my bachelor, and now I'm doing alright (~ good student but not one of the best) in a very good ...
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Teaching Fellow vs. Postdoc

I would like to continue with my academic path but, the last year, I've been conducting mainly research activity with no teaching assignments. I would like to build up my portfolio to gain some ...
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In writing a job posting/ad, better to be specific or broad? [closed]

In writing a job posting/ad for a tenure-track faculty position, is it better to (A) specify subfields the department is most interested in hiring in or (B) make the posting as broad as possible (even ...
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Postdoc speculative application [closed]

I am just about to finish my PhD and a prof I know well and I were discussing future postdoc labs. They suggested I email a friend of theirs in the US. I got a very positive reply saying my research ...
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Do faculty at Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, etc. only want to hire people from those universities? [duplicate]

This is what I have heard from someone who did his PhD at Princeton. Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, MIT, etc. are biased towards accepting candidates who got their degrees from those schools.
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How can I tell who would be interested in my research?

I'm a math postdoc. On MathJobs they sometimes ask if there are any "faculty contacts," which are people I've met or who otherwise have interest in my work. But sometimes I don't know who the faculty ...
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HR will get back ASAP

A week after the submission of my CV for an academic position, a person from the HR department answered me: "Thank you very much for your application and your interest […] We are currently screening ...
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Husband and wife publishing together - Problem for tenure-track jobs?

My husband and I work in the same research area (of theoretical computer science). We were in the same PhD program and even had the same advisor. We are a great collaboration team, and really enjoy ...
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Is it OK to use personal email ID for faculty job applications or should we use (current) institute's ID

I am about a graduate from my university. Will it be OK to use my personal email if I am looking for faculty jobs/postdoc positions. Will it somehow give a negative impact on my application as ...
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reference letter from current line manager?

I am currently a lecturer at a UK university, and I got an oral offer from another university. I was called by their HR today saying that their official is condition on satisfactory reference checking ...
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Will leaving a PhD after one year or having a full PhD be better or worse for job in industry? [closed]

I am a UK student, 23 years old, and started a PhD in theoretical physics last October 2018 at a top 15-20 university (my undergrad Maths degree was at a top 5 uni where I got a First Class Honours 1:...
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(UK, mathematics) Making the most of a teaching job as an aspiring researcher

I finished my PhD a few years ago, and since then have been hopping from temporary job to temporary job every year. They've all been research-and-teaching jobs, which has been exactly what I wanted. I ...
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Channels for applying for faculty positions

I am a postdoc in engineering at a large US university and am planning on applying for tenure-track faculty positions this fall. I understand that the nature of applying for TT faculty positions ...
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About sending email for postdocs after finding a potential mentor

Two weeks ago one of my emails was replied by a professor who expressed his interests in my work and consider me as a potential postdoc. He told me that he is going to apply for funding then will ...
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Just graduated with a master’s degree, but I internalised nothing [closed]

I just graduated with a software-engineering master’s degree with a good grade from a top-five university in the UK. I also have a bachelor's in computer science. I always revised just for exams and ...
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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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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 ...