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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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PhD advisor ghosting me to escape unethical behavior sabotaging postdoc applications [duplicate]

I've graduated 7 months ago (I did my PhD in a Lab in Europe as an international student) and since then I am looking for a postdoc. I managed to get two prestigious opportunities in the US before my ...
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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 My toxic PhD advisor killed my previous postdoc, as they have withdrawn their offer after his non-negative but not enough ...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?

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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How should I respond to a prospective postdoc PI that postpones his decision about my application?

All of the items on my application for a postdoc position was completed around 2 weeks ago. The prospective PI told me he will take a look over everything and gets back to me in a day or two, he did ...
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Why do professors cut communication with their employees once their contract ends, even with on-going projects/articles? [closed]

I have noticed this behaviour several times with many people. Once the contract of employees (such as PhDs, Postdocs, ...) ends, Professors/employers cut the communication with them even if projects ...
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Role of ongoing work when starting a postdoc

This coming year I'm going to be starting a quantitative post doc in the United States after finishing a PhD. Is it typical that I will be expected to fully stop all of my PhD work while I'm at the ...
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Is this what a bad fit means? [closed]

I'm 5 months into my 1st data science postdoc and I already feel overwhelmed, intellectually isolated, and now unmotivated. Is this what a bad lab fit means? Let me elaborate below. I just completed ...
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Maternity Pay for postdoc on Professor's ESRC grant in the UK

How does maternity pay work if you are a postdoc on a professor's ESRC grant in the UK? Does it depend on the university policy, or is it defined by the ESRC? I understand generally how the university ...
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Interview Presentation for Postdoc

I have been asked to give a small presentation as a part of the postdoc interview. The general guideline is that the presentation should foster ideas, roles and vision in the upcoming project. ...
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I got a rejection email for postdoc position along with an invitation to apply as a visiting assistant professor. Is this a gentle letdown?

I applied for a postdoctoral position, and I got an email from hiring committee : "Thank you for applying ~ positions. All positions have been filled. But we have been authorized to fill a ...
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If someone doesn't get into a graduate program/postdoc, or a grant, etc, how are they supposed to know why?

So that they can do better next time. There's usually no transparency or explanation of why they were rejected.
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how would you consider an offer of 8000 shekels (2460 USD) in Israel for a postdoc position? [closed]

Hi, how would you consider an offer of around 8000 shekels (ca 2400 Euros or 2460 US Dollars) in Israel for a postdoc position? A bit of context: it would be a 3rd postdoc, applicant's age 36 yo, with ...
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Cannot travel for second interview for post-doctorate position due to visa issues, will it reflect badly on me?

I am a PhD student from India. I have been called for a personal second round interview for a post-doc position in the Netherlands just a few days ago. The call for the second interview is due this ...
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Change of field between PhD and Postdoc

I am currently writing my PhD Thesis in Computational Engineering applied to Civil Engineering. My background includes an MSc in Civil Engineering, an MSc in Computational Engineering, and a BSc in ...
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Visiting another University during PhD : Opportunity Vs Hassle?

I am doing a 3-year PhD in CS (Probability+Logic) at an average university in Continental Europe. I am currently in my final year (which ends JAN -23). I have one top tier (A*) AI-conference ...
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Is postdoc stipend taxable in Germany?

I will have a postdoc fellowship in Germany with a stipend contract, not a working contract. Therefore, I won't have the pension or other social benefits. Health insurance is paid by the organization ...
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Applying to post-doc programs after a less-than-ideal PhD program, how honest do I be about my experience?

I am a graduate student in a theoretical STEM field, studying under a professor who is relatively well-known and respected in my field. My experience working under them has been...not the best. It's ...
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After meeting with a PI for a postdoc position he asked for my recommendation letters, how should I interpret his later message?

After he received my letters, he wrote to me "I received your letters and I am thinking about this", how long should this take? is this a good sign or a bad sign?
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Can I apply to another position while only spending three months in my current position?

I got a UKRI postdoc position for two years and I currently worked only for 3 months, I want to leave this job because of the toxic lab. I found another position and I want to apply for it. Will it ...
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Mental health tips for transitioning from PhD to postdoc

I finished my PhD in physics in the middle of last year in the UK, and have started my postdoc in Germany. My PhD had a lot of guidance and I met with my supervisor every week, but it's totally ...
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How to send a follow up email for postdoc position [duplicate]

I passed the interview for a postdoc position some weeks ago, and the department asked me for various documents so they could begin the mandatory background/references check. I sent in the files ...
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How to make sure that the Selection Committee made fair decision for a Postdoc position?

I have applied for a postdoc position in October 2021 by sending my application to the responsible professor by email (as it's the only way to apply) as announced in the poster (in Germany). I got an ...
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Lack of a second collaboration just after a successful first publication

I am a postdoc with some experience. I collaborated with a well known scientist (S), which resulted (after around 3 years) in a paper in the Nature Publishing Group, where I was first author and S was ...
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Competitions in the applications for postdoc positions (Applied Math)

I am a fifth-year Ph.D candidate in Applied Mathematics (my general research interests include probability theory & stochastic processes & PDEs) at a research university in U.S. and I have ...
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