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

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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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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 ...
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How badly will my future job prospects be affected after having my PhD graduation date extended by more than 3 years (due to health)?

Do I still have the possibility of a career in Academia? Can publishing merit (Qualitative and Quantitative) save me?
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Tips on answering “What can you do to enhance our department?” and “Why are you a good fit?” type of questions in job interview

I am preparing myself for a job interview for a lecturer position. According to many articles on academic job interviews, a common question to be prepared for is that " what can you do to enhance our ...
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Can I apply to other postdocs after accepting an unofficial postdoc offer?

I am a PhD student in Applied mathematics. I submitted my PhD thesis (not yet defended) and am applying for postdocs. Until now I have gotten two unofficial postdoc offers: the PIs unofficially ...
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Is it normal for adverts for US jobs to give much less information than European ones?

At the moment I'm looking for my next position (most likely postdoc level, potentially one step up from there). When looking at advertised positions in Europe I generally expect to see a brief ...
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Jobs in industry for mathematicians

As a Ph.D graduated in mathematics (combinatorial algebra), I would like to apply for jobs in industry such as finance and/or Data science. I have some knowledge on programming but no real-world ...
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Did it become easier to land an academic job in the UK after the Brexit referendum?

This is a companion question to Why is Brexit bad for British science? Judging from the responses to that question, a significant number of academics are unhappy with Brexit and are not intending to ...
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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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Is it a faux pas to not have your phd supervisor write a letter of recommendation as a post doc? [duplicate]

Here is the current situation I face: I am currently a postdoc but have begun to apply for jobs as a faculty member for the 2019 academic year. My issue is in securing letters of recommendation. My ...
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Are journal papers published in journals more useful than arXiv papers when applying for a postdoc?

I am a PhD student in applied probability looking for postdoc jobs after submitting my thesis. What is the value of arXiv papers (not yet published in a journal) compared to papers published in a ...
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Is it a mistake to talk about hobbies in a job application?

According to Sean Carroll, a famous cosmologist and tenured professor, Don’t be too well known outside the field. I hate to say this, but the evidence is there: if you have too high of a public ...
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German Phd vs Swedish Phd vs Norway Phd [closed]

What phd is more capable of getting a job in industry in European countries? (in Engineering field)
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Applying for more than one faculty position in a department

I am coming to the job market this coming fall and a university that I am very interested in has a number of faculty positions that were posted simultaneously. Consequently, they are all positions ...
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Looking for a postdoc: How to approach professors in a conference

I'm in the last year of my PhD and I'd like to get a postdoc after my program is done. In a few days, I'm going to present a poster about one of my projects (manuscript to be submitted soon) in a ...
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Importance of professional website to search committees

I am hitting the academic job market this fall and was advised to have a professional website, but I am completely lost in putting this advice into action. I now am sitting here thinking about making ...
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Can a recruiter contact a postdoc's recent supervisor who was not listed as a reference on the application?

P, a postdoc applicant, lists 3 referees (A, B and C) on her strong application. A knows P's work best and gives a mixed (guarded) assessment. B knows P's work moderately well and gives a great ...
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Does being unemployed after a PhD reflect poorly on my advisor?

I successfully defended this spring, and made it clear about a year prior that I would not be continuing in academia, with the goal of switching fields and entering the workforce. As part of this, I ...
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Where are academic jobs (starting from postdoctoral contracts) advertised in France?

I the United Kingdom there is a very useful website (jobs.ac.uk) which allows researchers to search academic jobs, including postdoctoral positions, lecturer's posts, and so forth. I have been looking ...
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What to do if your phd went well?

I will soon be in my final PhD year and am about to start my job search. Suppose that for some reason I suspect that I did quite well, research-wise. My main question is: What is the optimal job ...
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Is it wise/ethical to take up a TT position with a desire to leave?

I'm currently deciding whether to take up a tenure-track faculty position. It's a good position (R1, top-50 department in USNWR ranking), but I'm not very excited about it. In particular, the location ...
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Applying for a postdoc when you don't have all the necessary skills

I have recently completed my PhD and now looking for a postdoc/research assistant position. I found a few positions that look attractive - but I don't have all the skills listed in the job ad. I have ...
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How to respond when rejected with encouragement to apply again, when hiring committee says position is always open?

I received notification that I wasn't select for the final round, but they encourage me to apply next time when the application is open. So I of course, out of curiosity ask when will be the next ...
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How to cope with a situation, when I withdrew from a job search, but now I regret it?

I applied for a position. Before the interview, I was encouraged by the selection committee that I was a very good candidate. But I was not sure. I thought it is far more above my capabilities, I was ...
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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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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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Hostile interview process feedback— what should I have done? [closed]

I applied to a TT faculty job and got interviewed for a joint position between Computer Science and Education departments. The on campus interview started off well, with the CS people being very ...
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When do recommenders get asked for references? How do they get asked?

I have decided to apply to a few faculty jobs, and all of my faculty references have agreed some time ago to support me (my masters and PhD advisors who I talked to a year ago). I have submitted 5 ...
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Red flag - long interviewing process

In December I applied for a post doctoral position. After 4 months I had my job interview and now one month later they are ready to make a decision. Is a long interviewing process a red flag? I am ...
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Is it rude to take all the time allowed to make an offer decision?

I've been made an offer for a position that I will likely accept. I've been given a week more time than planned (at my request) to make a decision, which makes it possible to attend a campus interview ...
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“1 year with possibility of extension” - what does this mean?

When looking at adverts for postdoc positions, I often see examples from the US that say something like "the position is for one year, with the possibility of extension for another 1-2 years". ...