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Questions tagged [postdocs]

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

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Can I take recommendation from someone I met at a conference?

I met a faculty (from a university in the UK) at a conference. She liked and praised my work and we are in touch after conference. She has an impressive profile and her research work is similar to ...
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When to apply for postdoc positions if papers will be submitted to journals after submitting the PhD thesis?

My field of study is Computational mechanics and branch is mechanical engineering. I will be submitting my thesis in September. Subsequently, I will be submitting my 3 manuscripts to journals for ...
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How can I get a postdoc position in signal processing [on hold]

My field of study is signal processing. I am looking for a postdoc position in Australia or Canada but I can not find any. Could you introduce some sites that offer postdoc positions in signal ...
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Not sure if a postdoc is for me. Terrible at quantitative methods [closed]

I am a finishing PhD student in the field of cognitive neuroscience. During my PhD program I was underperforming than anyone else in my department (in my belief at least). Although I liked research, ...
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Doing postdoc at a non-famous university in France or doing a second PhD at a good university in UK [closed]

I would really appreciate it if you could help me. My ultimate aim is to be able to stay and live in a well developed European country. To do so, I have applied and being accepted in two different ...
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What are advantages/disadvantages of Habilitation over PostDoc in case of academic career?

As far as I know a PostDoc in USA is 2 years of research program. Habilitation is 4-8 years program. So, why is this difference in time frame? What are advantages/disadvantages of Habilitation over ...
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Which are the funding options for a Postdoc in Denmark?

I am willing to apply for a position in Denmark at Copenhagen university. However, the putative PI told me that has no money to fund a postdoc position and recommended some fellowship options to apply....
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junior professor's strategy of postdoc recruitment [closed]

If the professor has 15 publications and a postdoc applicant has 10 papers, will the professor think the applicant is too strong to colloborate well as to not obey the professor's ideas all the time?
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What should I prepare for a postdoc interview?

I am preparing for a postdoc interview. In the invitation e-mail, they send me a paper to read beforehand. My question is that: What do they expect from me in the interview related to the paper?
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Mention marking duty for a course in an early academic career CV

I am first year post-doctoral fellow. I have been asked to carry out some marking duties by my PhD supervisor from another university which I am not currently affiliated with, but where I got my PhD ...
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What are the standards/expectations from a teaching postdoc contract?

Recently, I talked with a CS Professor regarding working in his lab as a postdoc. He said that he is interested in my CV/profile, but he can only give me a contract as a teaching staff until he gets ...
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How to stay motivated and optimistic about an academic or industrial career with an extended PhD?

I am pursuing my PhD in Canada in Mechanical engineering and will graduate this November. This brings my PhD time to a total of 5 years 3 months. I already had a master's degree. I have not yet ...
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What is work-life balance like in academia in Japan?

I am a current PhD student, still a couple years off from graduation. I'm still keeping my options open, but I've started to idly consider interesting places to do a postdoc. Fit with a mentor and ...
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What to expect from or discuss in a Skype call about the possibility of a research position?

I'm going to have a skype call with a University Professor (Computer Science) to discuss the possibilities of working in his lab as a postdoc. He already told me (via email) that he can not produce ...
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Future prospects at the moment seem bleak after PhD. What steps can I take now to make best use of the next 1 year?

Suppose, I want to add machine learning proficiency to my current skillsets. What should my strategy be like? I already have done two machine learning courses on Coursera, but without doing actual ...
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What to wear for invited talk in Canada

I have been invited to give a talk at a university in Canada, with a view to getting a postdoc job there (although there won't be a formal job interview at this stage). I'm female and in biomedical ...
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In a 5 years PhD, is it possible to get a postdoc position with one publication? I can really use some advice

I am a 5th year Mechanical engineering PhD. I just have 1 published paper and 3 others are pending with my advisor I was wondering if I can get some advice on what should my approach towards ...
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Should one stick to their expertise/experience area post PhD?

I am currently writing my Mechanical engineering PhD thesis. My research was based on modeling a 3D printing process. The work was interesting but I feel that there's not much rigoresness in the ...
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What are the things you feel that you should have known before your first postdoc position? [closed]

I will be graduating by this year end and subsequently I will be doing a one year postdoc with my PhD advisor. This will be both a transition phase and also will allow me to learn a new modeling ...
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Will it be too late to start looking for postdoc positions once I am about to submit my thesis for review?

I am going to submit my Mechanical engineering PhD thesis in July, with defense probably scheduled in September or October this year. I am about to submit few papers and I was thinking of applying for ...
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Does a gap of 10 months after Master's degree affect my chances for a future academic career? [duplicate]

I am soon to submit my PhD thesis and I am currently looking for postdoc positions. I would eventually like to stay in academia and was concerned if my past gap year would harm my chances in getting a ...
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Should I choose someone as one of my references while I also have applied to his group?

I just faced a funny, yet complicated situation! I want to apply for postdoc positions, and one of my references would be a professor that I had a good collaboration with his group during my PhD. ...
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Post-doc vs. Assistant Professor choice, but neither ideal [closed]

I'll keep this question short to make it easy to read, but happy to supply details later if relevant. I recently finished my Ph.D. - computer science, in the US. I have a choice between accepting a ...
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NSF postdoctoral fellowship

I am interested in applying for NSF's postdoc fellowships. Can I write two different proposals with two different advisors?
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Should I prepare a research statement or cover letter for postdoc ads. with general descriptions?

I noticed 1-2 advertisements for postdoc positions in which they provided the general description of what they want as publishing and improving the state-of-the-art in a more or less big subfield of Y....
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Quitting a postdoctoral fellowship

I was awarded a rather prestigious postdoctoral fellowship that guarantees a generous salary, research expenses etc. for 2 years. It is in the same institution where I am working as a postdoc now, but ...
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Is it typical for adjuncts to have a higher salary than postdocs?

I've been noticing that sometimes adjunct lecturer salaries are higher than those of postdocs, in math. I was wondering if that is typical and why that is the case.
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How to ask a professor via email about possible postdoc positions?

I have sent emails to a few (about 10) professors in different Computer Science research labs (related to my research interests) to see if they have any postdoc position available. However, I ...
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Post-doc applications

I am having terrible experiences with my PhD program. I have no feedback and no supervision on anything. I have been working with other people in other departments so that I can get proper training ...
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What to do in case when advisor refuses to provide a reference letter for a postdoc position?

What to do in case when PhD advisor rejects everytime (by his own choice) a request for reference letter for a possible post doc position? Majority of decent post doc positons requires PhD advisor's ...
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A social experiment. What is the worst that can happen? [closed]

I am a postdoc and I have been applying for jobs in both industry and academia. My h-index is good enough for junior faculty (~7). Along my academic CV I have an industry-oriented CV and send both of ...
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Can I put a postdoc as one of the references in my CV?

I'm applying for a postdoc (Computer Science) and some positions ask for the contact information of 3 references. Beside my Ph.D. supervisor, I work with other departments in my institute, but mostly ...
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Transitioning from a PhD to Postdoc. Is it acceptable to stay with the PhD advisor for 6 months to a year after graduating?

My PhD advisor has offered me a postdoc position in her group with specific projects and duties post graduation. However, she has time and again advised me to do a postdoc from somewhere else as ...
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How are journals evaluated? [closed]

How are journals evaluated? A researcher is evaluated on the basis of his/her publications. If a researcher has good publications in his/her PhD he/she is offered a Post-Doc position and eventually a ...
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What is the purpose of the presentations section in the CV?

I do not understand what exactly I should bring in the presentations section of my CV? In fact, during my Ph.D., I presented my papers at the conferences/workshops and internal presentations in my ...
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Do postdocs have reasonable chances to acquire non-federal funding in the US?

This article argues that the portion of federal funding is decreasing more and more in the US while funding by corporate and philantropical sources is increasing within the last decade. I'm wondering ...
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What is the preferred order of information in an academic CV for computer science field?

I'm sending my CV for postdoc positions in computer science in Europe (esp. Germany). My special focus is academia rather than the industry. I was wondering what is the preferred order of information ...
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Am I considered fulfilling postdoc duty in this situation?

General question: I am a postdoc supported by a grant A. Is it OK for me to work with people not in the grant supporting me on a topic related to grant A, given that I will acknowledge the grant in ...
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How much do grades matter for a future academia position?

I am completing my PhD and I was wondering how much does the PhD coursework grades affect future academia applications? My undergraduate and master's was somewhat decent grade wise (3.8/4) in both. ...
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Are postdocs in the US expected to work closely with a postdoctoral supervisor [closed]

In Europe, typically postdocs are hired to work under a professor's research group. This appears to be totally different in the US and some other countries (e.g. Israel), where postdocs are hired by ...
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Postdoc position not specifying about required recommendation letters

As I'm approaching to the end of my PhD, I recently applied for a postdoc position. Before applying, I contacted the scientist offering the position, sending my resume and some publications which are ...
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Can you reject a postdoc offer after the PI has paid a large sum for flights/accommodation for your visit?

I am being considered for a very nice industry scientist position but this involves many interviews and assessments and can take some time. However I have also accepted an invitation to the US (I'm ...
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Pros and cons of supervising master's students as a postdoc

I'm an American postdoc working at a university in the UK, working in a mathematics department. I am planning on applying to jobs in both the US and UK, including smaller places, and SLACs. I have ...
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Is it appropriate to ask one of my thesis-committee members for a postdoc position?

I'm about to give submit my Ph.D. thesis to my selected reviewers. Among the external reviewers, I really like the research themes that one of them is working on. So, I want to ask him about any ...
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Postdoc offers when supervisor did not get involved [closed]

I am a finishing PhD student in Mathematical Physics in a very good and prestigious EU University. I have excellent publishing record, including a single authored technical paper, have been awarded ...
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getting a job with a PhD in (pure) mathematics

Probably this concern has been addressed several times here but I will give a try to get other people's perspective from my situation. I am feeling sort of hopeless these times. I am in my last year ...
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What are my prospects to get a Postdoc position with just 1 publication from PhD? [closed]

I am a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. I have already completed my 5 years, am writing my thesis and will be submitting my thesis in 4 months. I have published 1 paper till now. That was 2 years ago. ...
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How much time of unemployment after PhD in order to still be competitive in postdoc application

So I uploaded my PhD thesis about a month ago. I am trying to switch academic fields at the moment, and I applied to about 20 postdocs. However I am considering the possibility I may not get in for ...
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Do you need published papers to apply for a postdoc?

A friend of mine has a conundrum: He finished his PhD and wants to stay in academia (in Physics). Problem is, his supervisor is very unsupportive in everything. I think he switched research interests ...
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About to submit my PhD thesis in 4 months, feeling lost about my future and inadequate for any job. What should I do? [duplicate]

I am about to submit my PhD thesis in 4 months and have to move on from being a student. I am already 30 (so a sort of mid-life crisis catching up). I feel that I made a really big mistake in entering ...