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Questions tagged [postdocs]

Regarding Post-Doctoral appointments, duties and job-hunt.

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Is it OK to submit the same post-doctoral fellowship application two years in a row?

Last year, I submitted a post-doctoral fellowship application but didn't get it. This year, I thought about submitting basically the same research statement; slightly updated and refined, but having ...
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NSF mathematics postdoctoral fellowship: how to indicate U.S. citizenship status

I'm currently preparing to submit my NSF mathematics postdoctoral fellowship application, with deadline tomorrow on October 17. You must be a U.S. citizen (or permanent resident, etc.) to apply. There ...
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How do you build a healthy and productive relationship with your supervisor?

Some graduate students and post-docs have reported serious problems with their advisors and supervisors. Some of the problems are severe enough to be career ending. Not all problems can be avoided but ...
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Just started a postdoc, but it went REALLY bad, REALLY fast. Stay or go?

I just started my 2-yr postdoc, but things have gone sour really fast. So, I really need some career advice as to what to do. Over several months, I did the interviews with the supervisor and the lab ...
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Changing from 100% research to 20% teaching and 80% research: Seems like a raw deal, would you do it? [closed]

I'm a named researcher (but basically a Postdoc) on a funded project in the UK which pays my salary. I've got a good CV and currently do 4 hours of teaching per year. The principal investigator (PI) ...
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Applying for postdoc positions without first author papers?

I have almost finished my PhD, and I'm looking for postdoc positions. I have found many of the job specifications mention having a good publication record, and some explicitly say the applicant should ...
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Switching fields within biomedical sciences between PhD and postdoc?

I'm almost finished at my PhD, and I am currently looking for postdoc opportunities. My current field is quite a small one (a rare disease), and consequently all the postdoc positions I've found so ...
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How to apply for a post-doc in IHES? [closed]

I am a graduating PhD in USA. I am hoping to apply for a post-doc position in IHES, France. However I cannot find an application form any where. What should I do? (I cannot find it on mathjobs website)...
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If I am willing to relocate, is it true that Pure Functional Analyst very hard to land a tenure-track faculty position? [closed]

Background: Currently I am a first year PhD student in Mathematics in Singapore, doing functional analysis (doing theoretical stuff, not on PDE). My hope is to get a tenure-track assistant ...
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Is it typical for a candidate for a fixed-term, part-time postdoc to be flown long-distance for an interview?

I am a recent PhD in the US and applied for a part-time (65%), fixed-term (2 years) postdoc (official title: "Scientific Assistant") in Germany. They are willing to fly me out for a job talk and ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing a postdoc in France and UK/USA? [closed]

I am concluding my Ph.D. in the UK, and currently I have two postdoc offers one from the US and one from France. I am not a British/EU citizen and would like to take on an academic path preferably in ...
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How to describe a previous uncompleted PhD on postdoc applications?

I am currently completing a PhD studentship, and I'm aiming to complete by the end of the year. After this, I'm looking for a postdoc position in academia or industry. At the moment I'm working on my ...
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Post doctoral while working on self employed job

I am in need to know if there is a provision wherein I could do a post-doctorate in the USA for a year or two, while I am owning my own Biotechnology firm back in my home country?
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Starting over six years again after Ph.D.

I graduated with Ph.D. in 2012 from SUNY-Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, with B.S. in Physics. Then I could not find a related job to this day. In 6 years, I managed only to get ...
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What can a PI do about a low-performing postdoc?

This is a hypothetical question inspired by a flip side of the situation described here. Consider a PI on tenure-track position, facing tenure / promotion panel in a few years. The PI has just got ...
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1.5 years later, how to make sure unprofessional behaviour by former mentor has consequences?

I was a post doc at a large US university for a year and after took another postdoc position in my home country. My mentor was a tenure track assistant professor. It pretty soon became clear that ...
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Where should you mention the name of potential mentor in research statement when applying for a post doc?

I am going to apply for a postdoc position. I exchanged emails with one of the professors as potential mentor and he told me to mention his name in my research statement. In which part of the ...
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How to deal with career breaks in CV

I am about to finish my first postdoc (2 yrs) and the positions and grants that I am applying to frequently require me to specify and explain any career breaks. I feel somewhat uneasy about this since ...
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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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Need ideas for postdoc application re support of sponsoring institution [closed]

I am applying for a prestigious postdoc in social sciences. I need to make a case for why the sponsoring university is particularly well suited to support me, and what unique forms of support it has ...
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How much knowledge is expected of a PhD applicant as compared to a postdoc or a research assistant?

My understanding is that postdocs, research assistants (which I understand are master's level analogues of postdocs) and PhD students are all paid positions except for self-funded PhD which I hear is ...
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Working from distance as a postdoc for a Company

Almost 5 months ago I got an offer for a postdoc in USA. As we knew due to my nationality it will take some time to get the visa, I started working on the project from distance. Even though, my ...
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Effective use of extra time during a PhD

I am a PhD student in mathematics starting my third year with the goal of a tenure track position at an R1 university. I believe I have enough research completed that I could graduate this year if I ...
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Prof at small university or postdoc at big university

Recently I've been faced with the dilemma of being an assistant professor in a small rural University near my home city or being a postdoc at the top University in my field in the world..... What are ...
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experience/ability in teaching and securing external funds for getting professorship

I'm a postdoc in Engineering. I'm seeking for tenure-track professorship in research-oriented universities. But most of the posts require 'demonstrated ability to secure external funds and teach ...
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Sponsoring scientist for for NSF postdoc fellowship

I wonder how do people usually find sponsoring scientist for NSF postdoc fellowship. Do you find someone you want to work first and then decide mutually you want to apply for NSF funding or you ...
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Which one is more valuable in a postdoc application? a full paper in a B* conference or a short paper in a A* one? [closed]

Assume the hiring committee (Computer science) are reviewing the CVs of two Ph.D. graduate's with almost equal skills/expertise. Regarding their best publications, one has 1-2 short papers (e.g. 6 ...
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Is there any website for postdoc jobs in Canada?

In Europe there is https://www.euraxess.de or in the Netherlands there is https://www.academictransfer.com/en/ to find postdoc positions. Are there any similar website to find postdoc positions in ...
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Postdoc interview follow-up: HR or PI and how should I approach the conversation?

I had an interview about 4 days ago for a postdoc in Scandinavia. The interview went well, from what I could tell, and the committee seemed approving and pleased with my answers. I am thinking of ...
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Advice on career move - from industry to academia [closed]

I think my situation is somewhat unusual and goes into the opposite direction: I have the possibility to move from industry back to academia. Background: I have been working in an industry position ...
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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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Do universities in the USA help postdoc researchers with the visa process?

I am currently at the end of my PhD and will be defending my thesis in the next two weeks. I have been offered a postdoc position at a university in the USA that is set to begin in October 2018. I ...
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What are the common criteria of evaluation for a Post-Doctoral or Tenure-Track faculty position? [closed]

I am waiting for my PhD viva and I would like to start applying for Post-docs or faculty positions. We all know that a CV is never too good, so I would like to ask some things about the elements of ...
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Applying for NSF math postdoc fellowship with a non-U.S. institution as sponsor

I will be applying for the NSF mathematics postdoctoral fellowship this fall, and I was surprised to find out that the sponsoring institution need not be located in the United States. One of the ...
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Funding for postdoc - how does it work?

I am a Ph.D. student at the end of my Ph.D., looking for postdoc opportunities. My strategy has been to apply for different positions that are already funded. Now I am thinking about applying for ...
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Is it possible a post-doc position for a specialist in medicine without PhD?

I graduated from Medical Faculty ten years ago. I got my degree as a Microbiology Specialist in 2015. I have been working as a Clinical Microbiologist in a hospital since then. I completed all my ...
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How badly will my future job prospects be affected after having my PhD graduation date extended by more than 3 years (due to health)?

Do I still have the possibility of a career in Academia? Can publishing merit (Qualitative and Quantitative) save me?
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Which is more valued, first authorship articles or the number of articles produced?

What is more important in academia (bioinformatics, computational biology) for a person when he/she has already completed their PhD: Number of first authorship articles he/she has Number of ...
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Are post-docs required for faculty jobs in statistics?

Is it possible to become a tenure-track assistant professor of statistics department directly after the PhD, without having to do a postdoc? I'm interested in the top schools in the US (i.e., the Ivy ...
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Do postdocs still take courses?

I just saw an ad for a new Statistics course that will be offered this fall semester and it states: For postdoctoral, graduate, and advanced undergraduate students ... I am surprised and a little ...
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Meeting dishonest ex-supervisors at large international conference — Should one speak out?

I have returned to my country after one negative experience as a postdoc in China. In short, I was hired based on false salary & funding expectations supported by shady vague contracts written in ...
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Can I apply to other postdocs after accepting an unofficial postdoc offer?

I am a PhD student in Applied mathematics. I submitted my PhD thesis (not yet defended) and am applying for postdocs. Until now I have gotten two unofficial postdoc offers: the PIs unofficially ...
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How to tell my supervisor I won't use the data that a colleague prepared?

I started a postdoc about a year ago. At the time of my hire I was told another postdoc was preparing the large dataset I would eventually use. In the meantime, I was to run some sample models and ...
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How to get lab resources back from a post-doc who resigned while on vacation and not coming back?

I am posting this on behalf of my advisor. A post-doc in my research group at US told that he'd be going home to meet his family who are in a different country, but after two months he emails that he ...
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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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Publish work extending on PhD with supervisor

I recently completed my PhD and have started a position at a different institution. I am writing a paper which extends a model I introduced in my PhD. It wasn't a significant part of my PhD, more of ...
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Finding mathematics postdoc opportunities in India

I am Ph.D. advisor to X, a rising 5th-year Ph.D. student in pure mathematics at a mid-tier US research university. X and I are trying to prepare for his upcoming job search. In my opinion X is ...
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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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Who should cover conferences expenses for research work done in a lab a researcher just left for another lab?

It would be quite interesting to have others' experience and opinion on what guidelines are followed, and/or would make sense to follow regarding conference expenses for a researcher having recently ...
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How is the career path of a full-time Research Associate different from that of a tenure-track / full-time professor?

Recently, I saw that a post-doc, "assistant professor", converted to become a full-time Research Associate at their school, moving all of their online content out of the department faculty page and ...