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On the duties, responsibilities, titles, and benefits associated with an academic job. (For questions on searching for an academic job, use 'job-search' instead.)

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Who actually is a Post-Doctoral fellow?

Many of us often talk about Bachelor's and Master's students, PhD students, researchers, professors, and postdocs. But, do we know what we actually intend when we say "Post-Doc"? We all know that a ...
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What is being done to make the academic environment more women friendly?

The number of women in some academia disciplines like computer science remains low despite the continuous efforts to increase it. What is being done to make academic careers in computer science (and ...
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How does the US National Science Foundation (NSF) research funding system work?

Sometimes here on Academia I read messages referring to American National Science Foundation (NSF), "the USA agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of ...
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Does university location affect job prospects?

My university is in Oklahoma and most companies are in east coast and west coast in the US. I am a bit worried if a PhD will be worthy from an average university with poor location. Should I apply to ...
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What to do when visiting a lab or a university for prospective application?

In his famous and interesting article "Ten Simple Rules for Selecting a Postdoctoral Position", author Philippe Bourne states, in the 2nd point: Rule 2: Select a Laboratory That Suits Your Work and ...
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Do interviews require taking vacation days?

When interviewing for a new position, is it common practice to count the days spent on interviews as vacation days? It wouldn't seem unreasonable to count these as vacation days, except that I could ...
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Which soft skills for research career?

In a previous question we stated that soft skills are pretty important for admission decisions in universities, so I suppose that you'll agree with me if I said that they are very important not only ...
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What does it take to get a tenure track position at an Ivy League School?

I see some professors at Ivy league schools who didn't go to Ivy league schools. I also see professors who went to Ivy League schools that end up working at mediocre universities. So clearly pedigree ...
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How to prepare for a (PhD or PostDoc) admission procedure?

"Luck favors the prepared mind" ( Louis Pasteur ) During the MS degree program or PhD program, it's advisable for a good student to get used to take a look on scientific activities of research ...
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How should one turn down academic job applicants?

What's a tactful, respectful way to notify job applicants that you won't be hiring them? I see a lot of angry online discussion of this issue. Nobody seems to like the common "if you don't hear back,...
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Prospect of pro-bono/voluntary work with current advisor after graduating with PHD

As an international student in the united states, I am legally allowed to work for 12 months, extendable to 29months for STEM fields, after graduating with my PhD (or masters degree for that matter) ...
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What part-time jobs are suitable for PhD students?

I know PhD is unsparing in terms of available time, but at times there may be situations that demand some extra income, for example, family situations or some medical emergency. In such cases, are ...
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What do principal investigators (PIs) look for in prospective post docs?

I've always wondered if PIs look for a perfect fit for their projects. For instance, a post doc vacancy is advertised as follows: Must have completed PhD with 3 peer reviewed journal articles. Must ...
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Updating my CV post-Academia ( UK )

I've got a pretty awesome CV (I think), through hours of trailing through websites and reading tips. However that was back when I'd just finished University and now it needs updating! I'm 25 and I am ...
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Publishing a creative, important result – does it create any real finance opportunities (jobs, etc.)

I often fantasize that when I will get my work to successful end, then I will have new possibilities open – and that maybe I will even receive scientific job offers. The work is obtaining new ...
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Is there an international taxonomy of academic titles/ranks?

Looking at the list of academic ranks on Wikipedia shows that the same academic rank/title can mean quite different things in different countries. For instant, a "research assistant" in the US can ...
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What is the best career choice for a social psychology graduate?

I have a background in Psychology and Fine Arts. My passion lies with doing scientific research and making art. So ideally I would be able to do both, or use one to support the other. However, I've ...
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Does doing a postdoc mean a commitment to an academic career?

I have heard that it would be a bad idea to take up a post-doctoral position, if your ultimate goal is to work in industry. The basis of this maybe that it is harder to be hired for an opening at a ...
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In practice, how secure is a tenured position in the US?

Coming from France, where any official academic position (i.e. associate professor or full professor, or equivalent positions at public research institutes) is a civil-servant one, and therefore ...
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Obstacles in job hunting for US citizens in non-US nations

I am curious to know the kinds of obstacles a US citizen would come across when trying to find work in academia outside the US and/or those that a non-US-citizen faces when trying to get an academic ...
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Academic salaries at European universities

Is there a good source to compare academic salaries at European universities? For example, what are the salaries of full professors in different countries? I would particularly welcome a possible ...