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Top Places for a Postdoc in the US [closed]

I'm looking to apply to top-tier postdoctoral fellowships in the US. I'm interested in interdisciplinary programs, as well as programs in my field (math / theoretical computer science). For example, ...
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How often have advanced degrees been revoked due to misbehavior as an undergrad?

Has anyone ever lost their PH.D. or MA from something they did when they were an undergrad? I'm going to use an example of a college buddy who has an MA in history but bullshitted a project once as a ...
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Math postdoc position for a very mediocre new phd graduate [closed]

I hope I do not post a repetitive question here. Generally, I have questions about finding a math postdoc position and the expectation/duty of general math postdoc position. But I suppose my situation ...
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Can a postdoc work on his hypotheses that were part of a winning grant proposal, even through his P.I. removed them from the project?

This post related to Research Integrity & Ethics. I work for a P.I. in a project. I was initially funded by my hosting organization to write a project proposal for a funding dedicated to ...
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Should I always keep my professor in cc

I have recently joined as a research staff (after finishing my PhD) under a professor, and my primary duty is to interact and provide day-to-day support (mostly academically) to all of his PhD ...
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(How) Can I switch from field X to field Y after getting my PhD?

I am an early-career academic: I am finishing / finished with grad school, but have not yet found a permanent position. My work so far has been in field X, but I would like to move forward in field Y. ...
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Industry job right after PhD: will it affect my chances for a postdoc in the future?

I just graduated with my Ph.D. in Physics from a highly reputed (although not top 10) university in the U.S. My dissertation research was in optics and photonics. I am currently looking for jobs and ...
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Academic Independence: Interaction with your Line Manager?

I am a University Postdoc (got my PhD a couple of years ago). Many of the fellowships/grant applications require that the new "sponsor" is different from my line manager. The line manager ...
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Can I submit a research proposal (originally made for a PhD) for postdoc fellowship under different PIs?

I made a research proposal for a PhD position. I was able to secure a conditional offer from a UK university but did not secure funding as the UK prof did not fund my project. After completing my PhD ...
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What am I in the gap between PhD and postdoc?

I have recently defended my PhD (though not technically graduated as in not had a ceremony yet) and am applying for funding for my postdoc. I have a mentor for the postdoc and even though I am not ...
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Matching Postdoc to Graduate Research (Quantum Computing / Physics)

I defended last month, got my PhD and am about to run out of funding. I've been applying to postdocs for close to a year and have only had one near-hire (something happened with their funding) and ...
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Strategy as a PhD student for earning good letters of recommendation in 1-3 years

I'm a PhD student in a 3-4 year program (UK), nearing the end of my first year. I want to stay in academia, so I want to have good LORs. I was wondering how to earn good LORs that I may need in 1....
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Is PostDoc fellowship considered a job or a degree?

I am wondering if a Postdoctoral fellowship is considered a job or a degree in the academia to the private-sector employer by the Visa-issuer country ?
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Doing a postdoc anywhere except USA even worth it toward becoming a professor?

If your main goal is to become a professor in a fairly ranked university anywhere in the developed world. Will completing a postdoc in any country except the USA (namely: Australia, China, Japan, ...
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Do national labs in the US accept international post docs who come with funding from their own government?

I am from Finland, which provides funding for postdoc research abroad. I want to use that funding to do postdoc research in a national lab in the US. Will national laboratories in the US accept post ...
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How to address a PI's issues with organization?

I am a postdoc at an european university and for the most part get along very well with my PI. However, one issue that can be challenging to deal with is her complete lack of organization. Very often ...
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Postdoc application and ignored?

UPDATE: received a reply from PI wishing me a good luck on my future endeavors. I have sent my CV and letter to a PI. The PI received and replied me "we will review and get back to you". As ...
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I have sent the following cover letter to several scientists but I haven't gotten a single reply. Can anybody please help me in correcting? [closed]

I have sent the following cover letter to several scientists but I haven't gotten a single reply. How can it be improved? X I am writing this letter for a postdoctoral position in your reputed ...
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Postdoc position follow up

I had two Zoom interviews with a PI in two weeks. As of today, 3 weeks have passed since the second interview and I haven't heard anything from the PI. I was expecting either position offer or ...
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Same motivation letter for the same project but in two different places? [closed]

Let us assume that I have applied for a post doc position in place X on a project Y in collaboration with university Z, and they asked for a personal statement. A week later, another post doc position ...
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Post-doc salary negotiation in US

I have two post-doc offers from universities in the US. Option A is better for me than option B in terms of my interests, however, option B pays slightly more than option A. I want to negotiate my ...
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How personalized does a CS postdoc research statement have to be?

I am looking for postdocs in computer science in the US. My spouse and children will not be able to move. So I have decided to look for positions at universities very close to my city. This puts me in ...
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Is it common to attend to conference of past postdoc during a new postdoc?

Summary: I have finished postdoc #1 (it was negative experience) and started postdoc #2. I have been invited to present work performed during postdoc #1. Is it normal and expected, since it will take ...
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PostDoc while Serving in the Military

I am currently full-time military, and I am due to graduate in a year with a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering, are there opportunities to do post doc work "part time"?
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I have just realized that my PhD supervisor is probably going to provide a bad recommandation letter? How can I stop him?

I spent the last 7 months looking for a postdoc after my PhD graduation. My toxic PhD advisor killed my previous postdoc, as they have withdrawn their offer after his non-negative but not enough ...
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I want to keep doing the sort of work I've been doing as a PhD student, rather than becoming a supervisor or bureaucrat. Can I remain a PhD student? [duplicate]

Note: I am aware of this other post that covers why doing many PhDs in different subjects is not a good path. My question is different: can I do multiple PhDs in the same subject, or very similar ...
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Delaying TT position to finish postdoc? [duplicate]

I am trying to decide if negotiating to delay the start of a TT position in order to complete the 2nd year (out of 2) of my current postdoc is a good idea. I am mostly interested to hear your thoughts ...
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Doing an internship (possibly research-oriented) during a postdoc

I'm wondering what's the general approach to doing an internship as a postdoc? If you have your own funding as a postdoc and are just interested in doing a short internship in industry (12 weeks) to ...
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Professors and Postdocs - attending conferences throughout the semester

how do Professors, faculty and postdocs go about attending conferences during the semester/academic year? I understand there are conferences during the summer and winter break, what about conferences ...
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Leaving postdoc for another one

I have started my first postdoc for a little less than a year now. It is a two-yrs position. However, my relationship with these new supervisors have been at least questionable. Additionally, my ...
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When is a reference asked to submit a recommendation letter during postdoc hiring? [closed]

I have applied to a postdoc position at NTNU in Norway. I was invited to an interview and I think it went okay, they indicated that a decision would be reached within 1 week due to the urgency of this ...
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Postdoc extension

I have a query to ask about a postdoctoral extension. I got the position for 1 year. During the interview, I was told that it can be extended. Now at the same time another person was also recruited (...
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Problems with my boss in academia: who to ask for some advice in Austria?

I have some problems with my boss at a university. The problem does not only include cooperative aspects. It also involves some problems related to a post-doc project that I developed and that I gave ...
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From these two options, which one is better toward becoming a Professor in a high-ranking university? [duplicate]

Let's say you've just finished your PhD.(EECS), your ultimate goal is to become a Professor from any high-ranking University (world top 100). You are presented with two main options. Option 1: ...
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Improving ethics in Theoretical Physics - looking for an association [closed]

I am a postdoc doing Theoretical Physics in Europe, and I would like to know what a person at this stage in his/her career can do to actively promote ethical standards in its community. Precisely, is ...
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Is it appropriate to change author order before submitting grant proposal?

In 2020, I started to work on a grant proposal for the Austrian Academy Science Fund to fund a two-year postdoc. After two months, I was told by my prospective supervisor that the proposal was so good,...
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Influence of Habilitation's field of study on the Professorship

Suppose person X did Bachelors, Masters, PhD, and postdoc in Physics. Then, X wants to start a Habilitation. Although the work will be relevant to Physics, the supervising professor is officially a ...
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Faculty applications in Europe vs US

I'm a postdoc in the natural sciences planning to start applying to faculty positions. What are the main considerations to take into account when comparing Europe with the US? Are there any notable ...
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Advice - Is a post-doc worth it if I do not want to stay in Academia long-term? [closed]

I am soon to be finishing a PhD in computer science and have started to receive job offers, one of which is a post-doc at a UK-based global top-10 University. Long-term I do not intend to stay in ...
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Staying longer as a postdoc vs doing another postdoc elsewhere

I am currently on the third year of a postdoctoral fellowship that is due to finish in ~10 months. I'm looking into faculty positions, but I take into account that I might not succeed in getting one ...
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J-1 Postdoc visa, sponsor change

I have two postdoctoral job offers (both under the J-1 category, different sponsors). My questions are: If I apply for J-1 with the DS-160 issued by one of the sponsors, if my visa is eventually ...
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Advice for difficult first postdoc. What can I do? [closed]

Last year I took my phd in applied math. Now I am 5 months into my first postdoc (different subject from phd but still modeling and some numerics) which is 18 months in total. Both phd and postdoc are ...
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How to get back to my previous workplace after a prematurely severed postdoc (USA)?

I was hired at a postdoc at a national lab. However, the postdoc was a total failure and mainly for reasons that were out of my control. First, there was a coding / computer science part that was ...
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How should one navigate a "I currently do not have any open positions, that may change depending on grant applications" situation?

A prospective postdoc PI, after looking at my application and papers, told me "I currently do not have any open positions, although that may change depending on grant applications", ...
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Assistant Professor position at a VERY low rank University or a Postdoc at VERY high rank University? (Please advice) [closed]

I'm about to finish my PhD (last semester) . at a top 100 university in the world. The University is located in Asia, but I'm not from Asia. I have made some applications for Postdocs and Faculty ...
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Why do Masters + PhD, when you can just do a PhD and then do a PostDoc?

Let's say someone (me) is having a tough time deciding if they want to concentrate in machine learning or complexity theory. Instead of doing a masters first to explore research/coursework in both ...
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Is it appropriate to cold call a prospective postdoc PI?

If a professor shares their office phone number on their website, can I make a call and ask them about postdoc positions? What should I say to them?
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MSCA seal of excellence

I have applied for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship and, despite receiving a grade of 90%, did not receive it. Although nothing is mentioned in the application, it turns out something called a &...
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Is it difficult to return to Europe after doing a postdoc in Saudi Arabia?

I am applying for postdocs and one of the offers I have received is from a university in Saudi Arabia. Although the research which they do at the University is good as far as I can tell and regularly ...
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How difficult is it to change supervisor during a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship?

A couple of months ago I started my Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. My relationship with the supervisor is pretty bad, which is surprising to me as she was involved and seemed to respect ...
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