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Education or employment: What is a post-doc? What is a PhD student?

I’m afraid this question is mostly opinion-based, but I was wondering if there is any piece of material out there that covers the spectrum of opinions. What exactly is a post-doc? Is it an education, ...
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Is it crazy to leave a tenured position for a non-tenured but tenure-tracked job?

I recently obtained tenure, and lo and behold, my dream job comes up, but it is posted at a lower level. I would have to go through the process all over again, though potentially being posted further ...
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Can I be a researcher at a UK university without having teaching duties?

I have looked at Geology jobs but only oil and gas or engineering comes up which I have no interest in. I'd rather do something more academic. I'm currently a student in a UK university and am hoping ...
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Which areas have the most competition for tenure-track positions?

Being a professor in a general interest department, students from diverse backgrounds and aspirations come to me for career advice. A good number of them aspire to professors but unless they're in my ...
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How do I explain work experience in a different field on my SOP?

I want to pursue a masters degree in Electrical Engineering. I have a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, but I have two years experience as a software engineer. I want to ...
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Sources of Income for US Engineering Faculties

As a PhD student it is interesting to know what are the financial opportunities in pursuing a future academic job. From what I understand, engineering faculty members in US have sources of income ...
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How do I find a research assistant positions (life science) in USA if you're an international student and outside of USA now? Is unpaid job possible?

I have a Master’s degree, and want to apply for PhD. I want to find a position during the gap year. It is also possible to do 2 years. But I am not in USA. So, How do I find a research assistant ...
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How to evaluate (my) faculty application?

I just got my PhD recently and have a postdoctoral position now. I started applying to faculty jobs (tenure track/US/engineering/R1) for this cycle. I know that the whole hiring process is complicated,...
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What positions in industry should I apply for after a phd and postdoc in software engineering? [closed]

This could also be not the most appropriate place where to post, but I'll try anyway. Some background info: I am about to finish a 2-years postdoc in software engineering, and I am evaluating a ...
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Ageism in Tenure-track applications

I am applying tenure-track positions now, however I am about 10 years older than the average applicant (I worked many years in industry before PhD). I talked to 2 experienced people whom I trust. ...
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What is a suitable job title for someone responsible for data and software in a research project?

My PI has just asked me what she should call me when introducing me to visiting researchers. I couldn't give her a definite answer. I work in a research project where I supervise its research data in ...
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How to write a strong research plan?

This comes following my other question. When writing a research plan/statement when applying for an assistant professor position, how should be the document structure? I have to explain a few (e.g., ...
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How to make my CV attractive for a faculty position application?

When reviewing hundreds of applications, search committees quickly look for publications and groups the applicant has worked in to make the short-list. I had a successful but unusual career, working ...
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Doing math research without lecturing

Is it possible to become a research mathematician without lecturing duties? I couldn't find any information on this.
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How should I display scientific and non-scientific functions at the university on my email signature?

I am an Associate Professor at a British University who also has a function as Coordinator for a research team. Should my signature and business card be: Assoc. Prof. Dr. T. Koznin (? Assoc. Prof. ...
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How do new faculty members in the UK start their career without startup grants?

I'm starting a lecturer position in Computer Science in the UK, which is roughly equivalent to a tenure-track assistant professor position. However, the department head told me that, while they do ...
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The steps for applying to PostDoc positions [closed]

I have a PhD in computer science and recently I would like to get a postdoc with a respectful professor in my field to update my research works, or after that working in more applied domains in ...
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Adjunct to Full time position conflict

I have been an adjunct at different community colleges. I just got offered and accepted full time teaching position job (verbally) not in paper yet. The unfortunate situation is that I already ...
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Should I inform my bosses that I'm about to start doing a PhD research?

I was recently admitted in a PhD program, I haven't started any research yet and Intended to keep my full day job and try do a research while working. I think my bosses are unaware of this for now ...
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Should I include my MSc admission in my CV?

I've been admitted to an MSc programme, however I will probably have to postpone it for a year. Now I'm applying for a job and I'm trying to update my CV a little bit. Should I mention my MSc ...
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Academic Interview: What is your Greatest Weakness?

A common interview question is "What is your greatest weakness?". Having done some online research on this, there are lots of articles on how to tackle this with generic job interviews, and the idea ...
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Is it appropriate to show that a conference paper is prestigious by comparing the conference rejection rate to that of Science and Nature?

I have a paper accepted as an oral presentation at a conference that has an acceptance rate of 3.5 %. My field is computer vision and the conference is CVPR, the largest and most important ...
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What is the difference between “docent” (lecturer) and “Universitair docent” (Asst. Prof.) in the Dutch system?

I see many job openings for "docent" or "Universitair docent" on Dutch job boards. Curious, I checked out Wikipedia for more info and, while I learned about the structure there, it isn't clear to me ...
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Position in mathematics after Ph.D. with publications but without recommendation letters and teaching experience

Let's say that some person has a Ph.D. in mathematics and several publications in peer-reviewed journals. After that he worked several years in another field (not directly related to mathematics). Now ...
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I love pure math but detest teaching. What non-academic options do I have after finishing a PhD in Complex Algebraic Geometry? [duplicate]

I love pure math and currently I am at a very low ranked US math PhD programme. My area is Complex and Algebraic Geometry which I love it. But, after some semesters of being a TA, I realized that I ...
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Do teaching load agreements always refer to the academic year?

I was lucky enough to get hired as a tenure-track assistant professor in computer science. During the negotiation of the offer (per email), the department head assured me that, during my first year, ...
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6 months is all I have, what would be your method to finish your dissertation? [closed]

I will ask this question trying to be simple, but hoping to be understood on the complexities of my problem. I have looked for questions alike and my answer is not in any of them or, combined, the ...
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Changing the status of my paper in a job application

Two days ago, I have applied for a lecturer job and my CV & cover letter included a paper which was under review at that time. Yesterday, I got this paper accepted and will be soon published. As ...
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What is a Research Scientist position?

In an advert, I read: "[University U] is inviting applications for a multi-year fully funded Post-Doctoral Associate position. Highly qualified candidates may also be considered for a Research ...
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When you get paid to do research, but you're not a graduate student/PI, is it mandatory to put in extra time?

When I was an undergraduate student volunteering in laboratories, I recall times where I would come in on weekends to work on plating cells, running experiments, etc. This was something I did on my ...
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Applying for industry job after accepting postdoc offer

It is clear that once one accepts an academic job, it is just not right to continue interviewing for the same type of academic job. However I (and most others on both sides, I would imagine) think ...
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Off-campus job and Internet earning [closed]

As far as I know, international students can't work off-campus in the USA (according to the law). What about Google AdSense? I have been working on my personal websites and I have activated ...
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possibility of transfer from a fixed-term Lecturer to a continuing appointment

Recently, I have got an Lecturer position in a UK University. However, when I got the offer letter, it said that "The appointment is for a fixed-term of five years, with the possibility of subsequent ...
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Mentioning non-academic pre-PhD work on one’s website?

Does mentioning non-academic pre-PhD work on one’s website help or hurt one on the academic job market? I’m a graduate student in political science approaching the end of my PhD and preparing to go ...
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Choosing a degree program with 'low academic standards' [closed]

I am not sure if this is the right StackExchange to post this kind of question. If not, I apologize. I currently have a problem in choosing a undergraduate program to study. I am mainly interested in ...
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Have a job, but might not finish Ph.D. on time.

I have a few irons in the fire as far as jobs go. I have one offer so far and am waiting to hear on a few others. I am working hard to finish up my PhD, but might not have it completely finished by ...
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Why are positions in math so hard to come by nowadays?

Whenever I've heard math professors talk about job prospects in academia, they indicate that the job market has gotten much tougher over the years. Is it true that it is harder now than it used to be ...
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How to ask good question at the end of lecturer interview

I interviewed yesterday for a lecturer position at computer science. At the end of my interview, the Head of School asked me if I have any questions to ask them. This is my first time to interview, ...
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Computer Science degree Vs. Software Development degree

Why are schools offering software development degrees as opposed to computer science? Are computer science degrees not as good for software development jobs as the software development degrees? I see ...
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How should one describe a future academic appointment

I am currently a grad student, and will have an appointment as an assistant professor in a few months. For various conferences I am attending, I am to provide my title. I would prefer to mention my ...
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How to tell my advisor that I am quitting my PhD and what to say to an employer about why I am leaving

I got a job offer shortly after starting my PhD. So my question is: What should I say to my advisor about why I am quitting my PhD? Is it fair to tell her that I have accepted a job offer? And What ...
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How many papers are expected a PhD student to write in order to be accepted on postdoc programs?

I am a PhD student now in theoretical physics with applications to nuclear physics, astrophysics and chemistry and I am asking about how many papers are expected a PhD student to write in order to be ...
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Etiquette: asking for postdoc position to seminar speaker

A really cool professor is invited to give a seminar in my department, and I would like to ask him/apply for a postdoc position in his lab. I do not know, if he has any openings, but I do have a ...
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Ways to tell interviewers you want some time to think about your decision (Employment in Academia)

I am interviewing for employment in academic labs as a computer scientist, one of which a childhood friend is in and has some position of seniority. According to my friend who has spoken with the PI ...
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What could be the negative factors in getting a PhD position in theoretical computer science?

I have been searching and applying for funded PhD positions in Europe specially in Germany for a long time to no avail. I think, what pushes my applications back the most is the lack of proven prior ...
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Can you get hired where you received your phd?

I really like the institution where I'm working on my PhD, and I enjoy the city that I live in. I have shown that I am a strong research, and I am really starting to make a name for myself. I was ...
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W2 Positions in Germany after Postdocs elsewhere

I am currently a research fellow in Europe and am possibly interested in permanent positions in Germany. I can find resources about how one climbs through the ranks in Germany from W1 to W2 or from ...
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Will a Master in Science (Statistics) helps in landing a job

I specialize in Pure Maths when I was a undergraduate. Currently I am working in a university as a teaching assistant. I would like to find an industrial job. However, due to my lack of applied ...
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What are some faculty positions focused purely on research in Europe? [closed]

In the UK we have fellowships at various levels depending on experience, in which there is no obligation to teach. What are other similar positions in Europe (including the UK)?
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If a postdoc is interested to apply for a future professorship in his/her current institution. What should she/he do in the postdoc research period?

Based on the discussion in a previous question Apply for assistant/associate professor at same institution as postdoc? If someone is interested to apply for a future assistant/associate professorship ...