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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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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 ...
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As an American considering a post-doc in Australia, how does superannuation affect me? [closed]

I have been offered a temporary (3 years) post doc in Australia with a salary and superannuation. As an American, Can I access this money? Is there a penalty? Can I transfer it to a tax-...
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What fraction of STEM PhD graduates end up in jobs that require a PhD?

Only a small fraction of PhD graduates in STEM end up as (tenured) professors. For example, see this question and plenty of other material on the internet. Many PhD graduates end up wokring in ...
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How is the job market for Chemistry like? [closed]

Apologies if this isn't a correct website to ask. But I'm a UK student applying to study Chemistry at university mostly because I'm good at the subject and I enjoy learning the applications of what it ...
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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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Why do students go for a PhD even when chances of getting academic jobs on its completion are slim?

This is in reference to my question: How to do a PhD to equip myself for a job as assistant professor. I was told in the answer of the above linked question that chances of landing a job as an ...
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What are my choices? [closed]

I graduated with a Mathematics degree from a top-20 program in Mathematics. I have a good math background (I took many honors and some graduate level courses in my university with good grades with a 3....
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Which PhD field offers better job prospects: Math or Computer Science? [closed]

I have completed my Master's in Mathematics. I loved two subjects: Algebra (modules and non-commutative rings) and Cryptography (visual and algebraic). I wanted to work on them in my PhD. I scored ...
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Does one always accept good funding (Marie Curie)?

I have recently started a postdoc in a prestigious US university, making a leap between scientific areas. Right before starting it I have applied for a rather competitive European fellowship (Marie ...
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How would I fill out my employer on the graduate-school application?

I need to fill out a short history of my work experience (including volunteer). It’s not very critical for the admissions decision (they will have my CV, which is much more important), but I still ...
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Should I accept the job offers before having the results for my grad schoold admissions?

I currently have a bit of a conundrum - I would like to do a Masters right after undergrad and am currently applying to programs. However, I have several job offers. In case I do not get into the ...
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What is the job market like in terms of research positions in the industry for continuous optimizers?

I know that PhDs in continuous optimization do find research positions at Amazon, Facebook, and Google. But that's just a few places, and I'm hoping to get a more comprehensive view of the research ...
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Are PhD students still employed by the University after their scholarships/fellowships have ended but they have not officially received their PhD? [closed]

Is being employed by a university during a PhD tied to receiving a salary/stipend/scholarship? Or am I considered an employee until I am awarded the PhD degree? Because for the state I am considered ...
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Turning down an accepted tenure track for a better one?

Nota: This question specifically scopes the issue in an academic context. Context I am currently on the job market for a tenure track. I assert I should get a position in a bottom-of-the-first-tier ...
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How to check the postdoc opportunities in a specific lab even if there is no position-call from them?

I'm about to start the last year of my PhD and apart from filling the gaps in my work i started to check the postdoc opportunities here and there. The thing is that i found a few Labs (university ...
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How secure is it to receive a verbal offer for an academic position in UK?

I recently accepted academic offer from a UK university. I comminicated wtih the head of school via phone and email, and I have not yet received the official offer letter. I am wondering how secure ...
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Academic job future for applied mathematicians [closed]

I've heard many times that it's getting harder and harder each year to find a place in academia for scientists. Now I'm on the hunt of a post-doc and the "what about the future?" question arises. So, ...
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What are job regulations for early career researchers in US compared to Germany?

In Germany, the job of a scientist for the public sector is regulated in a way that on time limited contracts which are the general case you can work at most 6 years before achieving your PhD and at ...
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School Director: T/TT boss or not? [closed]

I'm an assistant professor at an undergraduate institution with significant research expectations. A number of my colleagues insist on calling our school director their boss, which I find bizarre. In ...
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How do I find a job that actually uses what I learned in school? [closed]

Many of my peers in my program, Computer Engineering, are of the opinion that what you do in school is a "head-fake", that you take all this intense math and science essentially to prove that you can ...
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Are Assistant professorships with no starting packages/benefits and high teaching load considered normal?

I am asking this question because I simply do not know. The story is that some department (northern continental Europe for what is worth) is (unofficially for the moment) negotiating an Assistant ...
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Can you apply for a faculty position via a recruiting agency?

I came across some job advertisements for faculty positions that stated Strictly No Agencies This implies that some agencies apply on behalf of the applicants. Is it common? Is it possible at all? ...
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Including reference writer titles in CV for jobs in academia

My question is about including reference writer information in the CV as an applicant. If a particular reference has lots of illustrious titles (ex: Fellow of the Royal Society), should those be ...