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Constructing a compelling rason for changing postdocl positions to my advisor [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in mathematics in the US. I am graduating next month. Last fall, I applied for many postdoctoral positions, and at that time, I only received two offers from China. In March, I felt ...
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How not to commit to a post-doc offer while waiting for another?

I have received acceptance at University A and I have been told that the contract is being prepared (which takes some weeks e.g. 3 or 4), in the mean while I received an offer from university B ...
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Better to mention a paper as "under review" on the CV, or provide a paper's arXiv link (on the CV) to a selection committee?

I have a research article (a large work that lasted years) that just went "under review", in a well-regarded journal. More or less at the same time, i.e. in around 1 week, there will be the ...
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Can academics make a living solely out of publishing?

I live in the developing world where most of the population cannot afford to go to university. Unable to pay tuition, I relied on online material to study. However now even that is difficult because a ...
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Are Coursera certificates worth for academic positions? [duplicate]

I have a PhD and I concluded a postdoc. Right now, while applying for a new postdoc or teaching positions, I have some months that are free. So, for example, I was considering taking a Coursera MOOC ...
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As candidates for postdoc position, what are good examples of questions to ask interviewers during an interview?

After seeing What questions should I ask as a candidate during an interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position?, What should I ask deans during my interview? (focusing on tenure-track ...
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Received a verbal offer via videoconferencing - how long to wait for initial written offer?

I received a verbal offer via video call with the Dean of the institution (East Coast university) They indicated they would send an email the next day. It has been around 10 days with no email - I'm ...
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Is it okay to contact members of a lab before applying to a position?

There is a certain permanent position recently advertised at a lab that I'm interested in. The application consists of submitting a number of documents (CV, project, etc.) online, which will be ...
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Resources for searching research internships

I'm a master's student in computer science and ML, currently on the lookout for research positions within my field. I'm aware that finding such opportunities can be quite challenging, given the ...
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CEA vs CNRS for permanent researcher positions in France

I am trying to find a permanent researcher position in France. I'm applying to job openings in CEA and CNRS. Though I have some understanding of how CNRS operates and working conditions, salaries, etc,...
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"Major Sub-projects" and "Publication Strategy" on Job Application

I am applying for a faculty position. The position is not intended for one particular project but rather part of a research group in political science. In addition to overall ambitions for this ...
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professors reply "I will get in touch in future if a position is available"

I asked one of my professor my interest in pursuing a PhD in her group (who was a great mentor during this year). She told that no position is available and hope that new positions will come in the ...
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Should I write a follow up email? (UK Academic position) [duplicate]

I had an interview for a lecturer position on a Friday. The panel mentioned they would give an answer the following week. The week has passed and Im wondering if I should contact them with a follow up ...
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Acknowledgment section in job talk presentation for a tenure-track position

For a normal research talk, people may only acknowledge collaborators in those presented projects. Is it the same in a job talk for applicants for tenure-track positions? Two considerations: I ...
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Do university staff (in the US) usually have access to the university resources needed to do research?

Naturally, no one expects university staff (administrative or otherwise) to carry out research, but it was recently suggested to me that having such a job gives you access to the university resources ...
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What is a procedural letter of promotion?

I recently saw several job postings for positions of associate professor and full professor at a university and each of these postings states the following in bold letters: Candidates must provide a ...
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NTT carreer paths [closed]

I am an AbD PhD Candidate in history, currently navigating the complexities of the job market. Recently, I had job talks for both a tenured track position at an R1 PUI institution in another state (...
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Postdoc wanting to go to industry - need advice

I have been a STEM postdoc for almost 7 years. I am based in Australia and currently looking for a permanent position, preferably in industry. As I have not done this transition, I would appreciate it ...
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Formatting citations for a research statement in a job application

I am applying for a job (a North American TT job in mathematics) with a requirement of a 1-page research statement. There is no clear direction whether the references are counted toward the limit. ...
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Preparation for data scientist interviews for final year PhD student [closed]

I would like to check/ask if there is anything particular that I need to prepare for data scientist interviews. I am quite unsure/lost about the requirements since I am coming from academia (see my ...
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Accepted postdoc offer retracted last minute

I accepted a postdoc offer back in January 2023. I signed a (presumably unofficial) contract that stated I would accept the position, and the offer was formal in every sense I know postdoc offers to ...
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How to decide about the university to stay for the future after facing some troubles

In our country working in a state university is regarded as a priviledge. Even when we consider the degrees offered, people accept the state university degrees more. Usually first preference is given ...
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Changing Subfields after PhD in psychology

I am trying to understand the degree of difficulty that a psychologist might experience changing subdisciplines (excluding clinical/school/industrial-organizational). For example, could someone who is ...
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Number of recommendation letters while applying through Mathjobs

I am applying for postdoc positions in math. In MathJobs, I can add 5 recommendation letters (4 for research and 1 for teaching) for any position even if the position specifically asks for 4 letters. ...
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What is a "pedagogical reflection" in a teaching statement?

I am in the process of applying for an academic position in Europe. They have asked for a short pedagogical reflection in teaching statement, but I do not understand that. In the college that I am ...
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If I reject a postdoc job offer, should I tell them where I will finally go for postdoc?

If I reject a postdoc offer, should I inform the PI where I declined the offer about the institution and PI I will eventually work with? Academia is a very small world, and there's a good chance we ...
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Research profiles descriptors used by the European Commission

The European Commission has drafted so-called Research profiles descriptors. I understand that this is an attempt to uniformly describe researchers' career stages in a way agnostic to particular ...
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What if I have no students when I do a research? [closed]

Now I am a Ph.D student in China. I will get my degree at 2023.12 (if fortunately). But I only have three papers. I wish a school with a good platform. Now I find a school with title "211", ...
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Never took a second stats class in my Ph.D. How will this look to employers?

I posted here yesterday for a totally different reason, so I'll be brief on the introductory piece. I'm a 4th year Ph.D student in Experimental Psychology who is slated to graduate this academic year. ...
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Unprofessional hiring committee?

I recently interviewed for a TT position and had a mostly positive campus experience. At the end of my interview, when it was my turn to pose questions to the hiring committee, I asked what they ...
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Choosing Between Postdoc Offers: Prestigious Institution vs. Favorable Conditions?

I'm faced with a choice between two postdoc positions and would appreciate some advice: Option A: Top 5 World University Project: Aligned with my expertise and research interests. Additional ...
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About interviews for teaching positions in math during JMM

To what extent is attending the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) important when applying for teaching jobs in mathematics, including temporary lecturer positions and faculty roles at liberal arts ...
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To whom should I request a recommendation letters if I am currently employed but applying to a different university?

I'm 5 years into my current position. But really want to leave. I'm planning to apply to 6 positions this year. I lost contact with my "official" letter writers (postdoc boss, PhD advisor) ...
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Verbal Postdoc Offer can be trusted?

How much a postdoctoral offer by email can be trusted? Did you face any issues for example bluffing or changing the mind of PI at the last moment ? Is it likely to happen ? Please share your ...
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What are my options post PHD as a blissfully ignorant, neurodivergent candidate about to graduate with few marketable skills?

I entered academia despite my suboptimal "stats" (GPA, research experience, etc.) because I was allured by the idea of focusing on a research project. Even my Master's advisor noted how I ...
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Follow-up mail after initial interview for a postdoc position [duplicate]

I had a zoom meeting with my possible future boss about a postdoc position, and I thought it was quit good. After the meeting, we exchanged a few mails, but after that, the responses halted. A week ...
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What are the caveats in pursuing a PhD mainly for fun?

I have heard many times that I should do a PhD only if I love doing research on my topic, and if I cannot imagine my life without research (as research-based jobs mostly require a PhD). Another reason,...
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What is 'journal rank'? How can I get this? [duplicate]

I am applying for a job and the HR is asking me to update my CV with a list of publication to include authorship role, journal rank and impact factor. I am not sure what journal rank means in here. Is ...
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Is it allowed for a scholarship beneficiary in Australia to earn more than a stipend?

I am a PhD (research sector) student with full scholarship. I normally work 4 hours every day (Mon-Fri) which means I worked for 20 hours per week and 40 hours in 2 weeks, from 7pm-11 pm shift. ...
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Career advice: Which jobs or positions are interesting for a computational physicist or data scientist? Industry, academia or something else? [closed]

I have a Ph.D. in physics (astroparticle, computational physics), and I'm currently working on my first postdoc in medical physics (radiotherapy, computational), a field in which I do not want to ...
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What defines a scientific institution?

Recently I have been worrying about my professional future in academia. Permanent positions are scarce and the situation is even harder when taking into account personal constrains, such as family, ...
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How to discuss a women's college mission while applying for a job there?

I'm applying for a job at an elite women's liberal arts college, which is part of a co-ed group of liberal arts colleges where students can easily take classes at any of these colleges (in the ...
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How to reject a postdoc offer from ex-co-author?

I have been on the postdoc treadmill for 5 years now. My current employer has been clear from the start that unless I meet certain metrics with publications, I would not be able to stay past my ...
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Can I reach out to a supervisor directly even they might not have open phd position currently?

My field of study is not a popular one (animal behavior in ecology) and my specific interest is "unexplored" (specific female behaviors and sexual conflict). Moreover, I am an international ...
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Is it possible to return to academia after an industry experience?

After Ph.D. I went to pursue a position in industry. But after 2 years I figured that the company culture is not suited for me. Will the hiring professors in academia accept the fact that I wasn't ...
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Postdoc application under review for three months?

I applied for a postdoctoral position at a university in the USA at the end of April, and it has been under review until now (late July). I reached out to the university, and they responded that if I ...
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Should a 1-year gap in employment/education 12 years ago be mentioned in the ATAS application? If yes, where should it be mentioned?

I am applying for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate in order to start my job as an Assistant Professor at a Russell Group university in the UK. And I would like to know if a 1-...
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Getting a first grant post phd [closed]

I have a good research idea and practical plan how to do it. I don't want to stay in my PhD lab and have found a group where I can do this but I prefer to be on my own grant/fellowship (and they also ...
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Typo in cover letter of the journal name where my manuscript is currently under review

I just discovered that the postdoc application I submitted two days ago contains a typo. It's likely due to accidentally touching my keyboard before the final compile. I mistakenly added a character ...
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Is it usual and/or healthy for Ph.D. students to do part-time jobs outside academia?

One of my cousins is doing a Ph.D. in anthropology at Georgia State University. He is living with his wife and two kids. Clearly, his Ph.D. stipend is insufficient, so he works in a gas station and ...
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