Questions tagged [postdocs]

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

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I did not secure a postdoc position this year. When should I start to apply again?

I defended my PhD recently. I don't have a good CV to start with. In 5 years of my PhD, I managed to publish just 2 (first author) decent papers (I.F ~2.5 & 3.1). I applied for several postdoc ...
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Where to find salary of TVöD public-sector pay grade? Thanks [duplicate]

Hi is there a payscale which can be referred to have an idea of monthly salary for a postdoctoral job? I was told my pay will be according to TVöD public-sector pay grade 13. But no numbers were given,...
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Lack of motivation to carry out research or search for positions post PhD. How to address this feeling?

Tl;dr: Defended my PhD two weeks ago. However, right from the time of the defense and up until the present moment, I am experiencing a huge lack of motivation and sense of purpose to do anything ...
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I wasted six years of my life getting a PhD degree. What should I do, and how will I survive?

I struggled with low self confidence throughout my bachelors, masters and PhD in chemical engineering. After spending two years in Masters and six years in getting a PhD degree, I am lost at what I ...
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What should I do to make the most of a stopgap postdoc position offered by my PhD supervisor?

I am a PhD in computational materials science, and I have been offered a stop gap postdoc position (at the moment for 6 months) by my PhD supervisor which I will be starting a month after my defense. ...
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Should we compete for tenure positions at top universities or be happy at second tier universities? [closed]

I am PostDoc at one of leading Universities. It was not that hard to get there for a PostDoc, yet it seems really hard to stay for permanent position, I see the competition is big. I also see that ...
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How to deal with the postdoc offer without a contract

I was recently interviewed for a postdoctoral position at a top-three institution in the world. The PI has now offered me a position via email which does not include any form of contract. How do I ask ...
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Why is the Marie Curie Individual Fellowship only for 'experienced researchers'?

The Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (IF) has the following eligibility requirement: "Researchers must be experienced researchers (ER), i.e. at the date of the call deadline (for IF) ... be in ...
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NZ PhD equivalent to USA PhD

Considering that NZ PhD does not have course work, is it still considered equivalent to USA PhD degree? What are the job prospects (postdocs) in USA after getting PhD from NZ?
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Dear PIs: How can a new hire politely probe you for details?

How can a new postdoc joining a lab probe their PIs for more information concerning the project they are going to be working on, what skills they need to acquire to prepare for the job, ...
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Some professors a my institution are asking for “common” spaces in which post-docs are not allowed. Is this ok? [closed]

I have been working as a postdoc for nearly a year. In recent months, the university is working to upgrade office and common spaces within my particular building. Some professors wanted a "Faculty ...
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What's a proper title when I started a post-doc position but not received my PhD degree yet?

I finished my Ph.D. research in computer science a few months ago and started writing my dissertation. Meanwhile, I applied for a postdoc position before my Ph.D. fund could run out. So, I found and ...
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What is the modus operandi to get a postdoctoral position at a foreign university?

In the field of Materials and Chemical Engineering, what exactly is to be done in order to secure a postdoc position (or even face an interview) at an overseas university especially when you have got ...
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Replying to potential professor about my position

I sent an email to Professor A sometimes ago and he has recently showed his interest in my work and replied my email. He is asking about what is my research plan for my future. At the moment I am a ...
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Can I apply for Postdoctoral Research Assistant as a fresh MSc graduate?

I know it sounds stupid but I have applied for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at a university in London and I have received an invitation for a Skype interview. However, I am a fresh MSc graduate ...
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How to start my own research?

I am currently a researcher (a postdoc) in a research group at a scientific institute. I obtained my Ph.D. degree 2 years ago and right away I got employed at this institute and started as a postdoc. ...
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Is it worth doing a postdoc from China in the field of Materials Chemistry? [closed]

I will be doing a postdoc from Beijing Institute of Technology, China where the lab is working on electrocatalytic water splitting and Li-ion batteries. The PI does good research in terms of ...
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Switching between postdoc fellowships

I am non-EU citizen working as postdoc at a university in Denmark. Not so long ago I won two postdoc fellowships, of which I accepted one, and that's where I am currently getting my salary from. I can ...
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Can I delay a while signing an official postdoc offer letter

I have got an official postdoc offer letter. The HR now is requesting my signature and then return the letter back asap. But I haven't made a final decision to sign it or not, because there may be ...
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Can I turn down a postdoc offer after I have received the official offer letter but haven't sign it

I have got two postdoc offers, one with the official offer letter in hand and the other still pending for the letter. I am considering to turn down the first one. Since during previous emails with ...
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Funding as a newly graduated PhD

So at last I have graduated. I experienced my ex advisor 'dropping me' more or less, and focusing on his own tasks. He no longer communicates with me about anything relevant, and it seems my ...
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Is the original PhD certificate required for a post-doctoral position in Germany?

I am online applying for a postdoctoral position in Germany. I have the electrical copy of my PhD certificate, and that is sufficient for my application. But the original copy of the certificate is in ...
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Choosing between two post-docs where one is with my PhD advisor

I am currently a post-doc researcher for two-months at a department (say A). I also graduated with my PhD from the same dept. The post-doc is not funded with any project but with department money and ...
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In mathematics, is it a problem if all research is joint with senior co-authors?

If a mathematics postdoc's publications are all co-authored with established senior co-authors (e.g. advisors), could it be a problem when applying for tenure-track jobs? I wonder in particular if ...
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Is it a lack of passion or competency if I don't want to leave my current position for 6 months?

I am about to defend my thesis. It has been a tough journey full of self doubt, self motivation and sheer perseverance. I am hoping that I can justify the time spent on my PhD to my defense committee. ...
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Potential Postdoc advisor giving exams (assignment) as part of hiring process

I will be graduating with a PhD from a US institution in computational sciences. I have published 10+ papers in peer reviewed journals in the field I am applying for jobs. I have been interviewed by ...
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Finishing with only 2 papers (both co-authorship)

So, I am about to gain my PhD degree in Biochemistry (Cancer biochemistry) in december. But I'll have finished it only with 2 papers (3rd one, which is the one totally about my thesis project is due ...
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Who should I ask to write a letter or recommendation

I am applying for tenure track faculty jobs and postdocs. I am setting up my letters of recommendation and I am struggling on who I should ask. I have one strong letter from my advisor, one decent ...
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Is it permissible to ask the advisor if she has funding to support me as a postdoc for a year?

I am about to defend my thesis and I have not yet secured a postdoc position elsewhere. I want to ask my PhD advisor if she can support me as a postdoc till I secure a position elsewhere. Usually in ...
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When the letter of recommendation will be asked for by the hiring committee?

I have already applied for a postdoc announcement in Europe. During the online process of uploading my documents, I was asked for the name of two references as well. According to the time table of ...
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Turning down a postdoc offer from a committee member. Can that create problem in the future?

Recently I responded to a postdoc 'advertisement' posted by one of my PhD defense committee members. I still have 2 months to go for my PhD defense. However, I got an offer for a position from the ...
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The importance of finding potential mentor before applying for a postdoc

I am going to apply for a competitive European research grant as a postdoc. How does finding a potential mentor in department help me to get postdoc position. Does it really increase my chance to give ...
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How long outside academia without publishing is too long?

I finished a PhD in Earth Science 10 months ago and now work as a software engineer. I haven’t done any research or published in these 10 months. Is it too late for me to go for a postdoc and have a ...
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Asking my PhD advisor for a postdoc position. Is it bad to appear desperate?

I am soon to defend my PhD thesis in computational materials science. I have just two publications, which I believe is the most important reason for getting no response from postdoc applications. The ...
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Is it disadvantageous to have recommendation letters from postdoctoral fellows rather than professors? [duplicate]

I am a math PhD student in a US university and also a teaching assistant. This fall I’m expecting to apply for jobs. I’m looking for math lecturer/instructor jobs. However, when I worked as a ...
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Should I stop applying faculty positions after I take on a postdoc job

I may have a postdoc job offer. The professor for the postdoc still hesitates to make a final decision and asked me if I can confirm my commitment (working for at least one year). I have finished one-...
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Can a postdoc write a letter for someone applying for a postdoc?

I'm a PhD student currently applying for postdocs and while I have secured my first and second letters of recommendation from faculty, the professor that had agreed to write me my third has ...
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Medically undiagnosed condition: how to inform?

I am currently a final year grad student. Sometime last year, I developed severe pain in one of my hands which led to a lot of time lost. I have seen some of the best doctors in the country for my ...
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What is an informed evaluation of resource availability?

I am applying for a postdoctoral fellowship at an American University and I have to submit the research proposal. Besides the usual description of my own research, it is written that I must describe ...
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What is expected in a 5 minute postdoc interview presentation?

I have been invited to interview for a postdoc position at a good university. They asked me a different question to most of my other interviews. For the presentation they want me make a 5 minute (...
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Approaching a professor for a postdoc, after not taking his previous postdoc offer in favor of an industry job

I had a postdoc offer from a great research group at a US university towards the end of my PhD in April 2018. Around that time, a family member became severely ill. The nature of the illness was such ...
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About career break in CV

I am going to apply for a postdoc position and there is an item about career break. Having finished my Master degree, I got a position titles Director of Research in a College for about 6 years. In ...
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With regards to replying to emails, are my expectations too high from Group leaders?

I am currently looking for Post-doctoral positions after finishing my PhD. I have recently visited a potential lab for a lab visit. It has already been two weeks since I came back from there. Since ...
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Research promotions in the middle of post-doc contract

I noticed that a few people in my field (Computer Science / Community Informatics) have taken up post-doc positions immediately after their PhD but within a year of starting those post-docs have been ...
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What should one consider when pondering a career as a scientific editor? [closed]

I'm in my 2nd year postdoc, considering getting a science-related job. I looked for jobs at PhD level, and found that one of my options is becoming an editor for a scientific journal. How many years'...
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Who reads the NSF postdoc fellowship applications? (mathematics)

I am applying for the NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, and I noticed the guidelines say the following: The Project Description should be written with both specialists ...
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About approval of grant of potential mentor

About three months ago I sent an email to ask a professor about postdoc position under her supervision. Her feedback on my cv was positive and she told me that she intend to apply for grant this year ...
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Did mistake of doing PhD in a dead field. How to approach postdoc applications with hope of changing fields?

I am a final year PhD in a STEM field. My PhD research field is fairly stagnant with less scope of future growth. I had chosen this topic because I was interested in the field during my masters and ...
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Postdoc exploring tenure track faculty jobs against the wish of mentor

I have been a postdoc for a year and half with a good number of publications. I feel it is the time for seriously exploring the TT faculty positions. However, my mentor wants me to work for a few more ...
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Interview for a faculty position after accepting a postdoc offer

I recently talked with a professor about his offer to me a postdoc position. Later on I was notified about an interview for a tenure-track faculty position. So, I am wondering, if I have accepted the ...