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Who might lose a job in academia due to covid19? [closed]

With covid19 continues to spread, this might affect the universities in the next semesters as the number of students might drop and many universities are offering cheap online degrees compared with ...
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How do I put professional affiliations on a CV?

I am currently a grad student in Psychology. I have heard that many professors like to see a list of 'Professional Affiliations' on a potential employee's CV, because it is an easy way to see whether ...
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How do new faculty members in the UK start their career without startup grants?

I'm starting a lecturer position in Computer Science in the UK, which is roughly equivalent to a tenure-track assistant professor position. However, the department head told me that, while they do ...
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Is it common for students to complain directly to deans, or for deans to review faculty's message to students?

I am a tenure track assistant professor in a relatively small university (approx. 6000 students). Without giving too much identifiable details, I'll just way that a student was unhappy with some ...
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Postdoc position “on hold” due to covid-19

I am currently in a job in the US (on STEM OPT). I had a postdoc offer from a large US university that was supposed to start April 16. I signed an offer letter for a two year contract. We were in the ...
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What is the letter of experience for faculty position?

I am going to apply for a faculty position. One the required documents is titled" Letter of Experience". Do you know what is this letter. Is there any special format for that? Need to say, they have ...
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Trimester percentage 22% due to an accident. How to explain it to employers? How will it affect internship and job opportunities?

I am an international student currently pursuing my Master's program in Computer Science that follows the trimester system. Before the beginning of the trimester, I had an accident but I decided to ...
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What should a candidate ask in an informal phone call to Hiring Person in Department

Many positions, especially in UK, have an email or phone number for the Head of Department. What should a candidate ask in these informal phone calls about academic posts? Example: For informal ...
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academic job offers during Coronavirus

I signed a contract for an academic faculty position in the US in February. Now with the pandemic affecting universities, do you think it is possible that they rescind the offer? Is it appropriate to ...
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Gender transition as a starting faculty member: a terrible idea?

I'm a computer scientist at the point in my postdoc where I will have to decide soon whether to apply for faculty positions this fall or go to industry, in the US/Canada/UK/maybe Europe.1 But I've ...
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Timeline to start applying for faculty positions in the US

I want to start applying for faculty positions for Computer science positions in the US. Still march is good time to apply? Are there is a chance to get interviews or I am late?
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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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What is the point and how to organize 15 minutes research presentation for job interview?

How to be technically specific enough, and to present research history and future plans in 15 minutes? Should I plan as a presentation for a conference or should I follow strict rules for a job ...
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Postdoc in good environment, but haven't accomplished anything on my own: How long is it reasonable to stick around?

I'm about 5 months into my postdoc now, and I am seriously questioning the choice. Most posts I read about this mention bad advisors, situations with the lab, etc. but in my case actually everything ...
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Imminent unemployment, I have a screwed up CV; incompetent in my own field of PhD. Hoping for some perspective and advise? [duplicate]

I did my PhD recently and it took 5.5 years to complete. I had just 2 courses in my PhD, so the timeline is excessive owing to my lack of motivation during my 2-3rd year. I have also not taken any ...
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The first teaching job: prior knowledge or do people get trained?

I am soon going to finish my PhD (neuroscience; India) and am interested in working as a post-doctoral fellow, eventually going down the teaching and research line. My question is specifically about ...
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Is it possible to complete a Master's degree while working full-time?

Generally There's a question which asks is it possible to get a PhD while working full time? The responses to this were essentially "yes but say goodbye to anything except school and work" or "only ...
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Synonym for the job title of assistant professor

I often go to meetings and professional events outside academia. I am meeting new people all the time, and most of them are not acquainted with academic ranks and job titles. It happens often that ...
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How to search for a PhD in Japan?

I noticed that the Japanese universities almost never advertise for open PhD student positions on the websites such as phdportal.com or academicpositions.com or researchgate. I tried to check some ...
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For academic tenure applications, is the number of first-author publications or the number of total publications more important? [closed]

I'm an academic in the fields of biomaterials and biochemistry, willing to apply for academic tenure positions. Unfortunately, I don't have a high number of publications, but they are either first-...
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Is the academic job market in developing / former Eastern Bloc countries welcoming towards young foreign researchers?

Though I am at the very beginning of my PhD journey, I am somewhat disturbed by the apparent lack of tenured positions in the US and Western Europe, especially concerning the humanities. All these ...
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Possibility of negotiating a better contract if I am offered an asst prof position?

I attended an interview last week for an asst prof position in math in a university in the UK that is much lower ranked than the universities where I did my PhD and postdocs, for instance, my PhD ...
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Being overqualified as a barrier for getting a job [closed]

I have a PhD and whenever I apply for a librarian job I am told that I am overqualified for this position. How can I overcome this barrier?
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Is it possible to work full time and complete a PhD?

Is it achievable to perform a doctorate while working in a private company (not in college) full time (8 hours per day, 5 days per week)? Or is it too much work or stress?
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Rejected an offer and then became interested (a bad decision I made)

Three months ago, a professor has offered to me a research position at his university with high salary, and I rejected it because I wanted to join a master's program. Unfortunately, I made a bad ...
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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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How do government research labs compare to research positions in academia and industry?

So what I’m wondering about is how research positions in government run research labs with organisations like Australia’s CSIRO or America’s FFRDC labs compare with equivalent positions in academia ...
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How to translate French “colleur”/“khôlleur” position into english?

French higher education system is quite singular: besides traditional universities (following Bologna Process scheme with Bachelor (3 years), Master (2 years) and PhD (3 years)), there are so-called ...
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Potential Postdoc advisor giving exams (assignment) as part of hiring process

I will be graduating with a PhD from a US institution in computational sciences. I have published 10+ papers in peer reviewed journals in the field I am applying for jobs. I have been interviewed by ...
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I entered a PhD program out of fear of being unemployed and regret it. How can I gracefully undo my mistake and switch fields?

I want to switch careers from PhD in chemical engineering to data scientist. How can I go about doing this without having everyone hate me? It is one year after I started and I am feeling miserable. ...
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How to deal with the postdoc offer without a contract

I was recently interviewed for a postdoctoral position at a top-three institution in the world. The PI has now offered me a position via email which does not include any form of contract. How do I ask ...
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Teaching stream faculty postion

I recently applied for a tenure track teaching stream position which requires to teach standard math courses but also math courses for non-science, non-math majors. It's been one month since I applied ...
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Are there any examples of people who successfully did a startup AND worked in academia? Or is it better to just choose one?

I'm a newly minted PhD researcher from Sweden who just finished my defense this summer (after a really stressfull and draining final year). Ever since then I have been thinking about my future in ...
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Dear PIs: How can a new hire politely probe you for details?

How can a new postdoc joining a lab probe their PIs for more information concerning the project they are going to be working on, what skills they need to acquire to prepare for the job, ...
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Employment history: job title

I am currently filling out an application for a lecturer position in the UK, which includes a section on employment history. Previously I was employed at a Russian university where my official job ...
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What is a “Junior Faculty” position?

I have seen an ad from Columbia University for a "Junior Faculty" position. The ad had no details on whether it is a tenure-track position or not. Are these tenure track positions? Is this term ...
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Tenure and tenure denial rates by universities

Is there a way or website to find the tenure and tenure denial rates by universities and departments? I heard from some faculty that the tenure rate at X university is Y%, so I wonder if there is a ...
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Is there any job security for tenured academics in Denmark?

There recently was some bad press regarding job security for tenured academics in Denmark. A critical article in a newspaper edited by University of Copenhagen employees mentions the firing of two ...
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Is the original PhD certificate required for a post-doctoral position in Germany?

I am online applying for a postdoctoral position in Germany. I have the electrical copy of my PhD certificate, and that is sufficient for my application. But the original copy of the certificate is in ...
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Is it acceptable to contact people from an old postdoc interview and ask if a job is still available?

Is it normal to contact people from an old postdoc position interview and ask if a job is still available? Last time I withdrew my application before results were announced. I was from a different ...
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If PhD programmes prepare the candidate for research, why do teaching positions require it?

Example, example. From the first example: The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor of Teaching (Lecturer with Potential ...
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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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Does a minor obtained in a graduate school matter?

Some universities require that each graduate student have a minor. I wonder whether it is helpful in the long run? For example, if one has PhD in mathematics with a minor in philosophy, would it be ...
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Options for research opportunity

BACKGROUND I am working as a faculty member in the CS department of engineering university of a South Asian country for the last couple of years. I have done my masters from another  Asian country. ...
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Go to grad school or not? Help! [closed]

I'm having a hugely difficult time deciding on grad school. I'm almost 25 and I'm working for a non-profit, which I love, but I love the people and the mission... I'm not too passionate about the ...
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positioning yourself for research positions after graduating from a PhD in a different country

I asked this on Reddit also but didn't get any responses so I am trying here. I am a first year PhD student thinking about how I can start to better position myself to get a research position after ...
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Is it stupid to quit graduate program after one year? [closed]

As the title says, I'm thinking about quitting. Everyone I've spoken to seems to think this is a dumb idea (quitting after one year, at least), but I haven't talked to anyone who's actually gone ...
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Stay in academia or become professor without overworking, is it possible?

I am referring more to young scientists after the PhD than professors, although I am also wondering about people with a stable position. I see many people overworking themselves, burning-out, being ...
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Is there a possibility of educational redirection for an IT student? [closed]

I am a student at an IT school, I study to become a computer engineer. During my scholarship, what I did was: 6 month intership at the beginning of 2nd year. 6 month internship at the end of my third ...
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Can we put some documents which are not listed as required documents for jobs

I am going to apply for non-tenure tack academic position and I have already prepared all documents. They did not list Cover Letter as a required document. I would like to know whether it is necessary ...

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