Questions tagged [postdocs]

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If I only applied on one site when required to apply to two, will they look at my file?

I noticed for a few postdoc positions, they want you to apply both on mathjobs AND on some external site. I applied on mathjobs, but didn't apply on some external site. Will they look at my file? The ...
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Offer for a great (but too long) postdoc and a girlfriend in another country

I am in the shortlist for a postdoc at a great place and I highly admire my future mentor. He will try to argue for my application in front of the hiring committee in a few days. The only concern I ...
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Seeking advice on effective follow-up for postdoc offer letter

I recently sent a cold email to a research group at the University of Oslo for a postdoc position and they seemed interested and asked me to apply to an already open position (even if I was not a good ...
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Is a letter of recommendation from a member of defense committee helpful and acceptable?

I am an assistant professor in a developing country. Previously, in 2019, I graduated from a university in my home city. In my Ph.D., I was able to publish 3 JCR papers with impact factors 6 or ...
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Applying for a job with former PhD supervisor - what to do about references?

It looks like I'm about to apply for a postdoc position to go back to my former PhD supervisor, with only one PI in between. Normally as a Postdoc going for a 2nd (or 3rd depending on how you count it)...
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At what point is an offer official?

Every research job/position I've ever had, I have had some sort of "informal" (verbal, via email) offer, followed by me showing up the first day of work to sign the contract and start. This ...
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Can age limit be an issue for postdoc in China? [duplicate]

I have got post doc position in China a year back when I was 34. Due to Covid situations, my permit expired before and now lab fellow is planning again to apply for work permit but my age is 35 now. ...
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What should I do when I'm on a shortlist for a postdoc?

I was notified via a backchannel that I'm on a shortlist for a competitive top tier postdoc in my STEM field, though some offers were already made. There's no interview process, but is there anything ...
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Negotiating postdoc offer deadline while waiting for tenure track interview

I'm a PhD candidate who applied to a mix of postdocs and tenure track assistant professor positions. I've received an offer for a postdoc fellowship (2-3 year institutional training fellowship) that ...
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Scientia fellowships - Marie Skłodowska-Curie status and reputation?

I recently found out about the University of Oslo Scientia fellowship program. The program seems to have (at least some of) its funding from the Marie Skłodowska Curie foundation and it says here that ...
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1 month pregnant and offered a postdoc: when to disclose pregnancy? [closed]

I work in bioinformatics (almost no lab work) in Europe. I have been offered a Postdoc position in California and just found out that I am pregnant. What should I do? Should I disclose my pregnancy ...
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Can I have holidays during a von Humboldt research fellowship?

I am reading the Guidelines and Information of the Research Fellowships of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/fileadmin/Bewerben/Foerderung_waehrend_Aufenthalt/...
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How to write a postdoc research statement when your interests are unrelated to your dissertaiton, or unknown [closed]

I am a last-year graduate student in physics in the United States. As I write my dissertation, I am also reading example research statements for inspiration, and the common format has been to ...
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Career options after Ph.D. Data Science in academia

What are the different options available to earn one's living, after completing PhD in Data Science, at the age of 50 or 55? I have completed my Masters in my early 40s and got a job from campus. My ...
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Postdoc roommate with student

I’m a postdoc (at a North American research university), and due to the high cost of living in the area, I’ve been rooming with other people. One of said roommates is an undergrad in a relatively ...
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Is doing a postdoc with someone you already worked with during your PhD a bad move?

I am currently looking for a postdoctoral position. The PhD I did was quite multidisciplinary, and among the fields within there is a field "A" that I would like to investigate further ...
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Should I send an updated CV if I was informed about the acceptance of a paper in a top-tier journal shortly after applying for a postdoc position?

Last week I applied for two postdoc positions (one in the US, one in Germany). The deadline for both was 10 December. A few days ago, I got the acceptance letter for a paper (JCR Q1). I have two more ...
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PhD student who wants to stay for a tenure position [closed]

I am finishing my masters, and my advisor wants me to stay to do my PhD. My advisor is also the department head. We have a very good relationship, he’s invited me over to his house for dinner and even ...
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about the number of recommendation letters

I submitted the required documents in order to apply for a postdoc position in Germany. In the application form they had asked for at least two referee's contact details. I put the details of two ...
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Is an informal postdoc offer in an email by a top UK university relatively secure?

A few days after two rigorous interviews for a postdoctoral position at a highly reputable UK university, I received an email from HR, along the lines of: Could you please send us your passport ...
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Post-Doc in the US/Europe while living elsewhere

I am currently in the final stages of my PhD and am planning on looking for a post-doc position soon, preferably in the US or in Europe in theoretical research (theoretical physics). Ideally, once ...
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Postdoc at another university in another country. My previous team wants to stay connected and do research with me!

I obtained my PhD from a very low ranked university in Africa. Research was really hard due to a lack of many resources. But by working hard I managed to land a postdoc at a top world research ...
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Should I take advice from an AI CV checker when preparing a postdoc application? [closed]

I am near the end of my PhD and intending to apply for academic jobs, especially post-doc research positions. One of the services offered by our university to its postgraduate researchers (PhD ...
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Supplementing Postdoc Salary with stipends while on NIH training grant

Is this possible? If you are funded under a T32 and they provide a stipend are you allowed to raise your salary with additional money from a PI or other smaller rewards? I know I wont be rich on a ...
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Postdoc in the UK, still in probation period. Can I still ask for a salary increase?

Basically the title says everything. I came from a very low ranked university outside the UK (Africa). During my PHD, I worked as a part time lecturer at another University in my home country for 1 ...
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Send my paper to some mathematicians before putting on arXiv

I am a math postdoc. I have recently finished a good paper, but I want to make sure about it before I put on arXiv. That is why I have sent it to some good and great mathematicians to know their ...
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Addressing a colleague's lack of contribution/input

I am a recently hired postdoc. I was tasked to prepare two documents for my first project. The project was for a company where we needed to provide results when it's over. I was working well on my own ...
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Should I contact the PI on Monday after the postdoc interview held on Friday to enquire about the outcome?

I had a second round postdoc interview (and presentation) on Friday at a prestigious UK university. They seemed very pleased with my work and they stated that my research is in line with the needs of ...
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Decline postdoc after signing - health issue

I write to ask how to renege on a signed postdoc position in the US, and whether there should be legal consequences. During the embassy interview waiting time, the health of one of my close family ...
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Applying for NSF PRFB. What constitutes "Current and Pending Support" for a postdoc?

I am applying for the NSF PRFB. I recently began a postdoc position in lab and have been funded since June 2021 by my PI's NIH award. I have no sources of current or pending funding that have been ...
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Is it normal in the UK that postdoc contract mentions I will have to work extra hours (if asked) without further remuneration?

I got a job at a university in the UK. When I got the offer, the working hours were 38h per week. When they sent the contract to sign, it says, minimum of 38h and the university will from time to time ...
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Is it correct that staying in postdoc position for more than 3 years is a negative thing?

I am working as a postdoc at a reputable university. The salary and funds are quite good, no less than an assistant professor at our university. However, some of my friends are saying that staying in ...
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Valuing coding over physics, how can I address this in applications?

I'm a theoretical physicist. I really like to code and come up with (efficient) solutions to math and physics problems. I do not particularly care if this is in subfield A or B. After all, the ...
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How will COVID travel restrictions affect postdoctoral hiring this year? [closed]

As concern for the Omicron variant rises, and travel restrictions resume, how will this affect academic hiring decisions in this application cycle? Does this mean there will be work visa issues? Will ...
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Resignation from a postdoc without appropriate notice period (UK)

I am 3 months into a 15 months postdoc in the UK, so I am still into the initial 6-months probation period. My contract specifies I have to give 3 months notice before leaving (plus some further ...
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First year postdoc at career crossroads - how do I communicate this with my PI?

I'm in a predicament on where and how to take my next career step, and how to communicate this to my PI. Important note - so far they've been really supportive of me and my career. TL;DR at bottom of ...
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Does the country where you do a postdoc matter (irrespectively of other aspects)? [closed]

I am looking for postdocs, and I have different postdoc offers. I am really hesitating between different possibilities. Some of those offers are interesting, in a dynamic group and they are in eastern ...
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Currently applying for postdocs: had a demotivating discussion with my supervisor [closed]

In my penultimate year of PhD I did not apply for postdocs. I decided to take this year as a gap year. I remember that before telling my supervisor, they were very encouraging, and told me I had very ...
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What is the best procedure to exit academia as a postdoc?

I'm a postdoc based in Europe working in a theoretical/computational field with a background in physics and am considering leaving academia. There are various reasons for this, but most importantly I ...
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Is it a good idea to ask my postdoctoral mentor for a recommendation letter when they have extended my contract yet do not seem impressed by me?

I am a postdoctoral fellow, working in a rather prestigious institute in Asia, for about a year. To be frank, I was rather surprised to get a position here, as many people here have spent at least ...
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Delayed decision after postdoc interview [closed]

I was interviewed on 17 Nov. The interview should be 45 minutes, but it actually took one hour. At the end of the interview, the PI promised that they will inform me the outcome in two days. But I ...
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Can I apply to grant as PI while I am postdoc in UK university?

I will start working as a postdoc at a university in the UK. I want to apply for a grant as PI and I am afraid to discuss this with my supervisor. Can I apply without telling him? The grant ...
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How to negotiate relocation expenses (for a postdoc in the UK) two months after I accepted the offer?

I was offered a UKRI funded position. It was advertised as two positions. I negotiated my salary given my experience and the PI refused. Since I am International, I was waiting for my visa so I ...
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Is it necessary to have all skills asked in advertisement to get a post doc?

Is it necessary to have all skills asked in advertisement to get a post doc.? I have very ordinary PhD and due to COVID I spent very little time in lab , although I leant some techniques bit I can’t ...
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Relocating to a new city for postdoc when you have a partner [closed]

I recently applied and interviewed for a post doc position in a leading scientific institution in Australia. I never thought I'd get the position, and the reason why I interviewed was to get more ...
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How to handle a failed PostDoc

I am currently into a very worrying situation. I landed a position as a PostDoc about 2 years ago, to join a new project and I was really excited about it. However, ever since I started, I have found ...
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Must I hire a proofreader to edit my cover letter and research statement if I'm not a native English speaker?

I am going to apply for a postdoc position in the US. Application requirements include a cover letter and research statement. I am not a native English speaker and in my department, unfortunately, ...
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Do postdoctoral positions come with unemployment insurance once contracts end?

I am wondering if postdoctoral positions come with unemployment insurance. I specifically want to know about this in UK and Canada. I know research positions in Germany for instance benefit from ...
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How competitive exactly is physics/applied mathematics academia (UK)? [closed]

I am a PhD physics/applied mathematics student, and I was wondering how competitive academia is in these subjects. The area of research is in biophysics/statistical mechanics/mathematical modelling by ...
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Is it normal to have a bad feeling after asking questions?

I am a postdoc in math who defended his Ph.D. a year ago. I have 4 papers where three of them were written by me(only author). From time to time, when I don't understand some part of a paper, I send ...

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