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

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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". ...
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VAP or lecturer?

I'm coming off of a 1 year visiting position. I'd like to focus more on teaching than research, but to still keep research active if possible. Two positions open to me are a 1 year VAP (possible 2 ...
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Where can I look for announcements of tenure-track positions?

I am looking around to land on a tenure track position in the area of systems and control (engineering) and I would be grateful if anyone can suggest a good strategy to identify possible opportunities....
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“Pushing” a search committee for an answer?

I had a job interview (Skype) for a post-doc at university A last Thursday, which I think went well. They say they would take 1 week to 10 days to get back to me. I had applied to other positions ...
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How do I, or should I, bring up research that I did under someone who was fired for another reason?

I worked under a professor whose research was funded by a non-profit organization. They were released from the university for some inappropriate behavior. The research that they have been publishing ...
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Bad relationship with PhD supervisors, should I have them as my recommenders in job applications?

I am about to submit my thesis. At the moment, I am looking for jobs, but my relationship with both of my Ph.D. supervisors is not good. Now I am facing another complication where I have to find a ...
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Will “academic expert” for study website hurt me on the academic job market?

I've been offered a side job working to answer submitted student questions (at my own discretion) related to my field of expertise for a study website. Seems pretty harmless as a way to earn very ...
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What is the most accepted time for a pre-tenure move?

I am a second-year assistant professor who is hoping to make a pre-tenure move to a school/location that is better for my family. It is not a situation where my current department is bad or toxic, but ...
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Unsuccessful job search with an MS in Math degree

My question is similar to this one Career for a mathematician outside academia but slightly different: what can I do with an MS in Math degree, if I don't continue for a PhD? I wrote an MS thesis, ...
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How to get into IT industry/consulting work without forfeiting the academic duties

I am currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Computer Science/Information Technology. I like the academic job that I have been doing over last five years and I am comfortable with the teaching ...
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What should I do with a bad dissertation from a good school?

I am a Ph.D. student who is at most two semesters away from graduation at one of the top institutions in the field. My field is not well-funded and can be highly competitive, and I am especially ...
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PhD in theoretical physics: good or bad for engineering jobs?

I'm a student who is currently undertaking a Master of Physics (coursework & research) at the University of Western Australia. I have also previously completed two Bachelor's degrees: one in ...
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How to find PhD students interested in 6-months paid exchange visits to work on a supervised project?

I am a junior research fellow with a bit of a luxury problem. I am in a field with many good, open problems. I have a grant which could easily support salary for a couple of exchange PhD students for ...
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On the market for TT faculty positions, is having my credit frozen a problem with University's background check?

Like many Americans, after last year's Equifax fiasco, I froze my credit with the big three. I'm on the job market, and at least all the Universities in the US do (or will do) a background check on ...
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Voting by faculty after a Search Committee recommends a candidate for a TT hire

How are candidates for tenure-track positions/hires voted on after interviews and the search committee recommendation? (I am especially interested in R1 procedures.)
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what are the best tips on how to market yourself for both academia and industry

I have a phd in computer science and I am applying for academic jobs. However, my specialization within CS is currently getting so much attention from the industry. I don't want to waste opportunities ...
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Faculty position decision timeline

I can't seem to find a answer regarding this point, I would like to know what the usual timeline from the point of application (for tenure track faculty position) submission to contact for interviews ...
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Taking a risk working with a new professor? (Math Grad School)

I will be starting a math PhD program in the Fall with hopes of working with a professor who graduated recently (between 4 and 6 years ago). This professor is working in my desired field, but I'm not ...
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Is this a realistic salary for China postdocs/ assistant professor?

After reading this (Persistent issues with salary pay as a postdoc in China: What can I do?) I am kind of worried about working in China with regards to pay. On paper, the type of salary advertised ...
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Difference between postdoc and researcher in Sweden?

At Uppsala universitet there are currently open positions as mathematics postdoc and as researchers. The announcement texts are identical, aside from this part (and clarification on it) that is ...
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The position that I have applied is being advertised again. Should I be worried?

I am interviewing within a couple of days for a position. As far as I know, that position has been rejected by at least one candidate before me. I know why the position was declined in the past, this ...
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How much damage would I be incurring if I turn down an informal postdoc offer? [duplicate]

So I have been in touch with a prof for a few months about being a postdoc in his group. He promised (verbally) one year of funding saying he was not sure if his grant proposal for my second year of ...
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Unemployed after 1st postdoc, what should my affiliation be when introduced during campus visit & job talk?

I finished my postdoc last year end of Aug. and have been unemployed ever since (not completely, I've been doing freelance work to support myself, but not research-related). The rest of time I've ...
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Assistant Professor at my state university, Research Scientist at my Ivy League, or both?

I am a Research Scientist at an Ivy League. I have been offered an Assistant Professorship at the state school. The Ivy League has suggested that if I take the professorship, I could stay on in a 20% ...
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What does an industry recruiter want to know my Ph.D. GPA for? [closed]

What are the potential motives for an industry recruiter to want to know your PhD GPA? Does this imply the position is more of an office drone position than a pure research position?
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Who to ask about the update after a campus interview. [closed]

I was in contract with the search committee after a campus interview. A week or two after the campus interview, the search committee chair told me that if I don't have a higher salary expectation, ...
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How do I turn down postdoc offer for an industry job? [duplicate]

So I am in a bit of an unusual situation. I will be graduating this summer and I have been in touch with a professor for a couple of months about postdoc positions in his research group. He encouraged ...
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Is it normal to interview for faculty positions in December-February and not hear back yet by the end of March?

I had several interviews in December-February in R1 universities for tenure-track assistant professor positions in a life sciences field. I was told that they would get back to me in March, so I ...
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Is positive discrimination in faculty hiring really efficient at promoting diversity in an academic department?

I have questions about affirmative action as described in this answer to another question (also called positive discrimination) in the context of US universities, more specifically departments ...
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Should I tell the university supporting my fellowship application if I apply for other jobs?

I am a postdoc currently looking for a faculty level position. I have recently started preparing an application for a grant scheme in the UK. If the application were successful, the grant would pay my ...
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Where to go after academia in the humanities? [closed]

I am a full prof in the humanities at a small liberal arts college in rural America. I am relishing my sabbatical in a European country with a flourishing economy and appealing culture. I do not want ...
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Academic librarian: workplace characteristics, and comparison to T-T faculty job?

How do the mix of job duties, work environment, and other qualitative factors for academic librarians compare to those for tenure-track faculty? (Some academic librarians are tenure-track faculty, but ...
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Question on etiquette while trying to secure a postdoctoral position

Let us suppose that a certain senior Ph. D. student is interested in "securing" a postdoctoral position under a professor whom he does look up to. Would it be right for the student to write the ...
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Should I cancel an interview if I already have a preferable offer?

I've been on the US tenure-track job market. I finally got an offer (let's call it A) that I am happy with. However, I have another interview scheduled (let's call it B). I think it is unlikely that ...
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Is it ethical to omit the PhD credential from my resume?

I am applying for a Statistical Programmer position at a commercial research organization (CRO), and I am wondering if it is unethical to omit my PhD in Statistics from my resume? All of my degrees (...
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How to get more info pre–job-interview

I've applied for a position in the library of the local campus of the state university, and they've asked to set up a phone interview. I'm not a naturally outgoing person, and I'm even worse on the ...
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Postdoc to transition from theoretical field (Statistics) to applied field

I am a third year Statistics PhD student. As I have become more involved in the field, I have realized it is not as good a fit for me as I originally thought. I excel in applied, collaborative work ...
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How do I get feedback after a failed tenure-track job search?

This year I went on the job market early (one year before the end of my postdoc). I applied selectively but to about 30-40 positions across a few countries. I had one campus interview. After the ...
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Why do highly successful people in computer fields say a degree in Computer Science is not worth to get “JOB”? [closed]

I'm studying Engineering in India. In Information Technology, Many CS-friends of mine told me that that degree is not worth it and that none of the subjects will be useful in my computer science ...
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What does “scientific merits” in a job application mean?

In a job application I should add a description of my "tieteellisistä ansioista", which translates to "scientific merits". (The application is only available in Finnish, in which I am fluent.) The ...
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Is it okay to give link of my recent paper in the cover letter for a postdoc application?

So I am applying for a postdoc position and I happen to be working on a problem that is quite closely related to PI's interests. I don't just mean that we share the same field/subfield (which we do ...
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Defer TT start date before offer

I'm currently halfway though my interviews for tenure-track computer science faculty positions in the US. I've been offered a really great postdoc opportunity. I want to take up the postdoc and defer ...
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How should work experience affect decision to get an MLIS (or another similar specialized Master's)? [closed]

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree is widely discussed as a potentially bad investment as a graduate level degree at this time because few programs are funded, it is rather ...
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How should one proceed when they receive no job offers after a considerable amount of applications?

I'm getting way ahead of myself, but being nervous on the job market I asked an advisor what happens should a candidate receive zero job offers. To which the reply was, "That never happens." I'm sure ...
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Are there still teaching professor positions in Western Europe in Biology/Env Sciences? [closed]

It seems that I can't find any evidence of just teaching positions in universities across Europe, aside from the temporary position for a semester or two. I am mainly interested in Italy, France, ...
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Should I send unsolicited applications for postdoc positions?

I am currently concluding my PhD in England and I’d like to do a postdoc preferably in the US or Canada. I’d like to know: Does it make sense to contact the supervisors when I find an interesting ...
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Any good way to tell a faculty candidate “We don't want you”?

I serve on a faculty search committee at a large university here in the US. The part of the job none of us enjoys is informing a candidate who's visited and given a teaching demonstration that we've ...
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Is it common to express interest in post-doc positions well before you are qualified to apply?

I'm very early in my PhD (just past 6 months) and out of interest I was looking at some post-doc positions that I could aim towards. I found a recently advertised position that is in the exact field ...