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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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Is it bad to apply for a second postdoc immediately after starting a first one?

I have finished my PhD in pure mathematics 3 months ago, and have just (one week ago) started a 1 year post doc appointment in another area of applied mathematics (it has only very very minor links ...
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When to tell current employer that I want to quit and switch to a different PhD

I am currently employed as a scientific employee at a research institute, which means I get a salary but am not currently working on a PhD. Originally I planned to begin my PhD at this institute ...
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Are there areas where only some universities that pay their sports scholars?

I have a feeling this is off-topic because this is about undergrad and not about research, but this question Why do American colleges and universities have sports teams? isn't closed, so yeah here ...
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Supervisor's behaviour changed after I decided to move to industry

As any other late-stage PhD student, I am applying for jobs. But I noticed that my supervisor's behaviour changed a bit after she heard that I want to go to industry, although she has been a great ...
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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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Potential repercussions from overlapping university appointments?

Consider a situation in which a professor starts a position at one institution on the 1st of a month, and finishes their position at their previous institution of the 30th of that month. What are the ...
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Postdoc: internal v. external candidates. Can I expect a fair process? [closed]

I have recently interviewed for a Postdoc position in a Scandinavian country, where the short-listed candidates have access to ranking and comments on how they were selected. I saw that the other ...
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Ghosted? PI of >1 year not responding to emails for new mentor?

I'm currently an undergrad who has been working at this lab for 1 year. In the beginning, I was pretty slow with research and I still make mistakes sometimes. For instance, it took me 4 months to get ...
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Accepted a postdoc offer by just emailing, have not signed any contract, what to do if other offer comes

Hi I am a Phd student (Phd thesis submitted). Recently, I have received a postdoc offer from a reputed university and accordingly accepted the offer by emailing them. Now this is just a offer letter, ...
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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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Getting a job and quitting PhD at university in UK [closed]

I am going to be straightforward in here. I am currently doing PhD at university in UK within the field of power electronics. However my previous background was related to general Energy Engineering (...
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Can I tell the PI who has offered me a postdoc job that I have not decided yet waiting for other results

I have got a postdoc job offer from a reputed University in Applied Mathematics. Now, I have given several postdoc interviews and some interviews are scheduled in the coming days. In such situation ...
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When choosing the institute as a Phd candidate, what aspects should be considered? (In Germany)

I have finished M.Sc. in Stuttgart, Germany (computational structural mechanics field) and planning to do Phd. Afterward, I would go to industry after Phd. So, I would like to have your opinions ...
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High paying job versus Master's Degree. Short versus long term [closed]

I am from a country where this is quite a decision. Whether or not to get a job right away graduating is something most engineers, like myself, fear. I just graduated and I couldn't get a job so far ...
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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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Postdoctoral and Research associate

Is there any difference between Postdoctoral fellow and research associate?
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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 is the norm in PhD internships in terms of their duration, tasks, and location.

Context: I am on my third year doing a PhD in Engineering in a North American University. The norm in my institution is that a PhD is 5-6 years long. I was funded through the past period of time ...
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non academic job opportunities for mid aged PhD

I am currently a masters student that is due to finish early next year. I have a scholarship which covers costs and pays me a modest wage up until and including PhD. I would like to do my PhD but I am ...
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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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Quit PhD abroad vs job at home country [closed]

I’ve just moved to Canada for PhD studies at one of its best universities. One day during my master studies, I felt that I wanted to live the international student experience and decided to move to ...
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In UK, is the advertised salary range before or after tax?

I've been offered a faculty position at a British university (Russel group). I'm slightly confused about the pay/salary. specifically, my questions are: I understand the single pay national spine (...
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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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Incompatibility between job and field of study [closed]

Finding jobs for Ph.D graduate in mathematics is the main concern. Available options are namely in general industry and academia. I see, for instance, some Ph.D in math (algebraic geometry) working ...
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Impact of PhD cgpa in academia and industry

I'm a Physics PhD student in a US university who qualified for the PhD level and waiting for the comprehensive test. In the first year of my PhD, I wasn't able to cope up with the pressure and ...
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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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If I fail PhD, what is the appropriate way to present myself in CV for jobs in industry?

I am in a terrible situation. My two supervisors said that my thesis (about to be submitted) is borderline because I do not have any published paper (two submissions only). It is because I tried hard ...
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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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Improving work conditions of student assistants, PhDs, Postdocs etc

I have been following threads on this website for a few months now. However it's my first time posting. I am a postdoctoral researcher from a Western European country who has done reasonably well ...
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How to translate German “Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz”?

I'm drafting a job offering for a paid PhD position at a German university. It's a temporary position, so it's offered under the terms of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, a German law that limits ...
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Oxford vs Job in Silicon Valley [closed]

I have an admission from Oxford University DPhil (CSE) . I also have a job in Silicon Valley with a startup that is a well funded late stage venture . Which one should I choose ? I am looking for ...
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Background check before employment offer

What's the standard procedure in University jobs when it comes to "background checks"? Do they call my current employer or is it limited to a "criminal background check"? Edit: tenure track job in ...
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Lie or try to explain reason of my absence during classes?

I have a difficult situation about limit of absences during classes in my university. The teacher of one subject made a rule that 3 absences with disrespectful reason during the course leads to fail ...
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Hours worked in research vs teaching professorships

Are there any studies that have compared the number of hours worked by faculty members who are teaching-focused vs. those at research intensive institutions? I have the impression that faculty that ...
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Being artist and scientist at the same time [closed]

Although I do research in science as my day job, I spend most of my free time for my life-long hobby, drawing cartoon. But I keep this fact in secret to my research co-workers since the culture of ...
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Should dropping out of a PhD program be treated the same way as quitting a regular, industry job? [closed]

I personally see no practical difference between dropping out of a PhD program and quitting a regular job, at least considering the way PhDs work in the US, especially in STEM fields, but I'm sure ...
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Where can I look for post-doctoral positions in Europe?

I am about to submit my PhD thesis and I will be starting to apply for post-doctoral positions, and I was wondering if you can advise me on where to look all the opportunities available in Europe. I ...
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How to ask a potential postdoc supervisor to give me the postdoc interview results sooner than he planned

25 Mar 2018 I had a Skype interviewer with a potential postdoc supervisor, and he mentioned that those who passed the first Skype interview will be informed after he interviews all people, which is ...
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How to choose a post-doc offer

I was offered a post-doc position at 2 institutions where I was invited for an interview by a PI. I am also invited for 2 more interviews the next couple of weeks at different institutions. Both ...
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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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How can you get paid to do research when you are retired in the UK?

I am retired but still actively publishing. I would, hopefully understandably, like to be paid to do this research. Is there some way to get a grant to pay you a salary in this situation? I don't ...
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I have to leave my PhD program with a Masters degree. What are my options? [closed]

I started out in one of the best PhD programs in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (at an American university) two-years ago. I took my qualifying exams last month, which I could not clear (twice) and ...
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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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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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Do you include skills in your CV? [duplicate]

In any business CV/resume, the section of skills is a great deal with full descriptions such as Communication skills: a few sentences of description of relevant experience Project management: ...
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What can a grad student do when their assistantship requires more hours than specified in their contract?

I'm currently finishing my second year as a STEM PhD student at a fairly large research university. As a grad student, I am expected to fulfill 20 hours of extra duties each week. Typically this ...
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Are there enough academic jobs for geometric measure theorists? [closed]

I am considering focusing on Geometric Measure Theory, and I want to stay in academia. Some of my colleagues told me that there are fewer and fewer people doing GMT in the US, which would result in ...
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Books/resources for new faculty [closed]

I recently accepted a TT asst prof position in computer science at an elite SLAC in the US. During my job search I perused Karen Kelsky's book "The Professor is In", and I found it very valuable, ...
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PhD in mathematics, science communication jobs

I'm doing a PhD in mathematics at one of the world-leading universities. I spend a lot of time engaging in science communication: both speaking (talks for general audience, some of them quite ...
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PhD student funding from another professor?

I'm a PhD student in the (probably) final third of my work, and I'm in the comfortable position that I have two options to continue my doctoral efforts for the next two years. The problem is: the job ...