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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 so many people do 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 ...
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Academic faculty expat (Germany) experiences and new research group advice [closed]

I have been offered a W1 professorship to start a research group (CS/Engineering) at a German university and am seeking to learn from others' experiences or someone prepared to be a second-opinion / ...
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Leaving PhD program with a masters (for a job). Can continue PhD later?

Suppose a couple of years into a PhD program one gets a job offer he/she is quite happy with and decides to take it. This could be for one or several reasons such as: You are at a point in your life ...
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How to explain not listing my PhD supervisor as a reference?

I need advice on how to explain during a job interview why I am not listing my PhD supervisor as a reference. I have a third interview for a job as a scientist at a startup company. Previously, my ...
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What types of administrative jobs can a faculty member get?

I am a professor of physics and just moved to the UK with my wife, who is British. I anticipate that it will take a year or so to find a faculty position matching my field of expertise. To avoid being ...
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What is the role of a University Archivist

I am wanting to know roughly what it is a university archivist does, and what sorts of documents are in the collections they manage. An acceptable answer would be "It varies wildly from institution ...
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Is it considered normal to publish job offers inviting candidates to apply based on their gender and/or race in academia?

I was browsing PhD position offers in Europe on different websites and I was quite surprised to find that several offers contained sentences such as University of X value equality and diversity. We ...
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Tattoos in academia..and CV [duplicate]

When applying for a job in academia, shall people specify in the CV if they have got visible tattoos?
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Are there “gig economy” resources in academic research? Are they fundable?

In many fields of research, there are some tasks that are self-contained and could be done effectively by someone who is not a full time member of a research group, but has the required skill and ...
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What's the shortest “acceptable” postdoc length?

So, the postdoc is going ok and there might be one or two publications after a few months. However, I've realized that I'd like to move forward and start applying to industry jobs. Now, my concern ...
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What is the point of being the head of the department?

What is the point of being the head of the department ? I'm an undergraduate Physics & Mathematics student and I want to stay in academia, do research and also teach. I'm assuming professors also ...
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Handling Multiple Interviews

Recently, I applied for two positions at one university. I received a quick reply for a video interview and immediately thereafter the campus visit. Right after my campus visit, I got a call back on ...
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I am studying computer science but I am passionate about electronics [closed]

I am studying CS but I am passionate about electronics and hardware. However, I can't study CS and EE at the same time. So if I study electronics by myself with online courses, can I work in that ...
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Relearning how to work (becoming much more efficient). Is it even possible?

I’ve been considering a career in academia ever since I was an undergrad. I’m turning 30 this year. I think I should either get to it (PhD and beyond) or give it up once and for all. The key source ...
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Postdoc in reputed university vs Assistant professor in below average university [closed]

I am a fresh Ph.D. scholar. I have applied for several academic jobs and recently I got acceptance for a Postdoc position in a university (world QS rank 71) and an assistant professorship offer in a ...
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Duration of postdoctoral positions in pure math

I'm curious as to how long postdoc positions in math usually last for. I'm far away from thinking much about this myself but all my grad student friends seem to be telling me they only last a year or ...
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Can I continue my previously developed idea in my new work place?

I had developed a research idea with my colleagues in my previous work place. However, recently I have left the job and joined in a new work place. I also know that none of the colleagues in my ...
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Do academics in the UK usually have to declare other jobs (e.g. consulting) they take on and is it public information?

I am interested in relationships between academics at UK universities and private businesses. A number of academics in the Computer Science department at my old university worked part time and were ...
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What differences should an early career UK academic expect when moving to Australia (e.g., research culture, funding opportunities)?

I'm currently a Lecturer in Computer Science at a (medium ranked) institution in the UK and I've been given the opportunity to join one of the (top ranked) universities in Australia. While I do ...
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Pursuing a research career in a university without teaching duties, is it possible?

Is it possible to pursue a research career inside a university without teaching duties? I don't like to teach, I love research and I love being affiliated to a university. The universities I am ...
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Asking about a colleagues post-grad work?

This may not be the best place to ask this question, if so please inform me. I am approaching the end of my program and will be applying for jobs soon. But some of my colleagues (some of which I'd ...
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What are the non-academic job prospects for a PhD in probability? [closed]

So I am a Master of Science, majored in math, as of now. I am going to a reasonably good US university as an international student to get my PhD, which will likely be in probability, my main field of ...
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Pros and Cons of University vs Research only Institute [closed]

I love doing research, only research with no teaching duties. What are the pros and cons of having a job in a university and in a research only institute? If you were me, which one would you choose? ...
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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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What employment can someone obtain if they were not given the PhD after studying and publishing? [closed]

Suppose, after six years of study toward a PhD, my advisor refuses to give me PhD because he is not happy with my work. (I am in India, currently in my third year of the PhD, studying computational ...
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Equivalent of 'above/below the bar'

I've just come across some academic positions in Ireland described as Lecturer above (/below) the bar. What should this be understood as equivalent to in other naming schemes? (A basic search didn't ...
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Does obtaining citizenship somewhere help in applying for a faculty position there?

Would obtain the citizenship of a country help to be a more successful applicant for an academic job? More specifically, for example consider that an international scholar, who currently holds a ...
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How competitive are faculty jobs in the UK, as compared with the U.S.? [closed]

I wonder when a faculty position at a top UK university is advertised, how many applications will be submitted. I am just asking about an estimate of the average. For example, consider a Reader ...
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Does staying in a Master's program for too long look bad on PhD applications?

I am currently a (USA) Master's student studying biochemistry. I intend to get a PhD after my Master's but I am doing a Master's first because my husband is going to finish his PhD and want to move to ...