Questions tagged [postdocs]

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

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Post doctoral fellowship in France and Switzerland

There is Humboldt experienced Research Fellowship in Germany. Is there any such type fellowship in France & Switzerland?
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professor interfering in postdoc offer from another professor

I am an Indian student in the United States and I am a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card). After my PhD in STEM (computer science), I had a postdoc offer from a professor in a new university (I'll ...
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Almost all of the Postdoctoral positions requires to attach publications while contacting. Can a manuscript under review be sent to address this?

I have submitted my PhD thesis and am searching for postdoc positions. However, every position has something on the lines of "Postdoctoral applicants should also attach your most important ...
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Need advice about a vague question on postdoc position search and post thesis submission dilemma

I am a veteran PhD student who have just submitted my PhD thesis and am waiting for my defense. The defense is to be scheduled for the end of the year (end of November). Due to lack of proper ...
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Is it possible to hire a phd student or postdoc by hours? [on hold]

I am working on small projects in machine learning field at my spare time. I love to research on the main ideas and concepts. However, I won't have much time on implementing it. Since the field ...
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Can I present myself as a postdoc at a given institution if I have a supervisor, but no official appointment there?

I have already finished my PhD at X university. I am now a postdoc at Y university and in collaboration with X university (by "in collaboration with X" I mean that I actually have two supervisors: one ...
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Have made several mistakes during the course of my PhD. Can't help but feel resentment. Can I get some advice about how to move forward?

I am about to defend my thesis. My PhD journey was not a pleasant experience. I worked in an area not within the field of expertise of my advisor. Though she was present to discuss; the conception, ...
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Proposing current postdoc supervisor as a Marie Curie mentor

The Marie Curie Global Fellowship involves 2 years in a university outside Europe and 1 year in a university in Europe. I'm applying together with my current postdoc supervisor, who is a fantastic ...
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Requesting a professor I barely know a recommendation letter for postdoc

I met a professor (a big name in our field) at a workshop and we worked on the initial idea for a paper as part of a group project. We stayed in touch for a couple of weeks but our conversation ceased ...
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Postdoc speculative application [closed]

I am just about to finish my PhD and a prof I know well and I were discussing future postdoc labs. They suggested I email a friend of theirs in the US. I got a very positive reply saying my research ...
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Postdoctoral funding for US citizen in Japan [closed]

I am a US citizen (with a PhD from the US) hoping to find funding to secure a postdoctoral position at a university lab in Japan. My research has medical, statistics, and biology components. I have ...
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Academic progression in Germany, what happens after a postdoc? What is the next step?

As a follow-up to this question, I am wondering whether or not there are intermediate positions between a postdoc and a tenure in the German academic system. I was told that there isn't really a ...
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What is the difference between TV-L E13 and TV-L E14 positions? Is it negotiable?

I am trying to wrap my head around the German research system since I have an offer for a position. I understand the TV-L concept, and that you can go up a step depending on your prior relevant ...
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Lack of mathematical work during PhD and coping up with the requirements of postdoc positions

I am a recently graduated 31 years old PhD in a STEM field. I have been applying for postdoc positions for the past few months, and have received rejections from almost all of them, with few yet to ...
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How can I tell who would be interested in my research?

I'm a math postdoc. On MathJobs they sometimes ask if there are any "faculty contacts," which are people I've met or who otherwise have interest in my work. But sometimes I don't know who the faculty ...
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US postdoc application with one-page research statement (no cover letter!) [psychology/linguistics]

For a one-year postdoc position (extendable up to three years) in psychology/linguistics in the US, I'm asked to submit a cv, two published works, and a one-page research statement (so, no cover ...
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Postdoc interview result [closed]

I have given an interview for a Postdoc position at UCSF, USA by an Assistant Professor recruiting his 1st postdoc. I was interviewed three times (1st over phone, followed by two skype interviews). ...
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Advice for postdoc application

As part of applying to a postdoc fellowship, I need to write the following: "Please describe your planned research activities for your postdoctoral studies (up to 650 words)". I'm not sure whether ...
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Not enjoying post doc work environment

I think this is more of an interpersonal/workplace question rather than an academic but still related I think. I'm in the first year of a three year post doc in the UK. I enjoy the work I do with my ...
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Can't attend conference due to canceled travel grant

I am a postdoc fellow and my abstract has been accepted for present at an international conference. I also paid the registration fee and now my name is on schedule of talks. Unfortunately, I was ...
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My postdoc advisor wants me to work on a topic that I don't have a proper theoretical background in. How to proceed with this?

My PhD involved using a commercially available software to carry out simulations. Now I am pursuing postdoc at another lab. My current advisor wants me to develop new complex models for which I don't ...
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Does PhD work experience (scholarship was tax free) count in Postdoc Salary contract (TVL-13) in Germany

I did my Ph.D. from Germany where I received a tax-free fellowship, and now I got a postdoc offer in Bremen with salary range TVL-13. The 'Stufe' depends on the previous experience of the employee, ...
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Does taking on an assistant professor position prevent me from doing post-docs later?

I have been offered an assistant professor position at a university in my home country. As I don't have any other offers at the moment, I want to accept. However, I believe that a post-doc or two will ...
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How many postdocs should one usually do before it is realistically possible to get a faculty position? [closed]

I am interested in the amount of postdocs one usually has to do before one gets a "good" faculty position while considering the apparent differences in various academic disciplines.
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Will it be a good idea to take 3 months off after PhD defense to improve my skillset and work on my mental wellbeing?

I have struggled throughout my civil engineering PhD. My topic was away from the realm of my advisor's expertise, and as a result my research can be considered as an independent endeavor. She (advisor)...
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Asking senior scientists for a subreview

I am a junior postdoc (1st year) part of a program committee in an international conference. As a member I have been assigned with several papers that I would like to delegate to subreviewers. I have ...
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How should I proceed if I am late in applying for postdoc positions?

I am submitting my Aerospace engineering PhD thesis in August. However, my colleagues have pointed out that I am very late with postdoc applications for this year. I should started searching much ...
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postdoc positions by countries [closed]

I would like to categorize the research destinations by countries. In the level of postdoc positions, let consider three categories, the first one includes US, UK, Canada and Australia, second one ...
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About sending email for postdocs after finding a potential mentor

Two weeks ago one of my emails was replied by a professor who expressed his interests in my work and consider me as a potential postdoc. He told me that he is going to apply for funding then will ...
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Research Assistant Professor vs Post-doc

Recently, I have completed my PhD in Biomedical Engineering from a 25 - 30th ranked USA university and got a Post-doc offer from a 9-12th ranked USA University. To keep me, my PhD advisor offered me ...
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How to exchange email with potential professors

I sent an informal query to a professor in UK and she replied me with her strong interest in my research works and considering me as a potential postdoc. She mentioned that she wants to apply for ...
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Is it common to have a mentor in academia?

At a recent networking workshop (not one of the "just don't be an introvert" ones, an actually helpful one with applicable ideas) I learned that it is supposedly very common to have a (career) mentor ...
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How to politely ask supervisors for a 1-2 month contract for finishing some work?

I've been doing my PhD in a research centre for four years with a contract, and abroad from my hometown. My contract finished 3 months ago and I recently defended my thesis (consider the economical ...
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Is it common to delay the start date of a postdoc?

I wanted to apply for a particular postdoc in the UK that has a start date in September. It is a great opportunity but I would need to delay the start date as I am currently in the US and it would not ...
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Colloquial term for relationship between postdoc and phd with same advisor

Colloquially, two phds from the same advisor are referred to as academic brothers/sisters, i.e. if i am a phd student with advisor X and someone else is a phd student with advisor X then we are ...
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Is it possible to get a faculty position from a skype interview alone?

I am applying for faculty positions in a country outside the country I am currently a postdoc in (USA). My visa restrictions make it difficult traveling outside of the US for interviews. Is it ...
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Is my research statement supposed to lead to papers in top journals?

I'm about to start a 2-year postdoc in math with a possibility to stay a 3rd year. This means I will probably be on the job market in one year. I am planning to apply for tenure-track research ...
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Do postdoc/professor search committees read the files from all candidates?

Or do they do a sort of selective search? If I apply, is there something I have to do in advance to ensure that will my file be opened, at all?
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How competitive are postdocs in math? [closed]

I applied to a lot of places (about 80) and only got 1 offer. It makes me worried that when it's time to apply for jobs again I won't get any offers. I would like to know if such a circumstance is ...
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Should a postdoc advisor be on a journal article published out of the postdoc's PhD Thesis?

My friend is in a new postdoc position. Her PhD thesis is unpublished. Her new adviser hired her with the mandate that she get it published (or a paper based upon it) in a good journal, with his help. ...
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Make some papers in PhD [closed]

I am a third year PhD Student in math. I am studying abroad from my country. I need some advice. I have three main problems that I would like to share with you. 1) It seems, I will be graduated ...
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What is the difference between early career research positions [closed]

I am looking for the differences between the following positions: Researcher Postdoctoral fellow Postdoctoral researcher
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Early career drought and correlation with future performance

I've heard from not a few people that the first postdoc can be quite tough. You've been kicked out of the nest and have to figure out for yourself what's worth working on, what's likely to turn into ...
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I may leave a postdoc for industry after 6 months for health/family reasons…is it ok?

I have started a postdoc far away from home overseas, away from my family and with quite a large time difference. The original idea was for my wife to move over after obtaining a work visa, although ...
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Is it possible to find an unpaid and “half-time” postdoc?

I've defended my thesis, and I would like to do my postdoc abroad. But the problem is that I am married, and I have two little children. So, I can't just leave my family for a couple of years, and ...
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What is letter of interest

I am going to apply for a postdoc position and one of the required documents is letter of interest. Is it the same with research statement? The requested documents are cv, list of publications ...
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Thinking about leaving industry job and taking up a postdoc

This is a follow-up to the question I posted about a year ago: How much damage would I be incurring if I turn down an informal postdoc offer? My situation: I moved to industry about 6 months ago ...
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Is it possible to change the application area of research while looking for a postdoc position after PhD?

My PhD is in materials science in the field of environmental remediation (water decontamination) using different advanced materials as adsorbents. I also have expertise in computational chemistry and ...
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For Postdoc positions seeking experts in programming language, what are the expectations and what should my strategy be suitable for those positions?

I am a 5th year PhD student in mechanical engineering. My research has been about utilising a commercial Finite Element software to model a complex phenomenon. For my research, I had to write small ...
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Is it common to work as a visiting scholar at a company while employed as a postdoc in a university?

I am currently employed as a postdoc at a US university. I was wondering if it is possible/common for postdocs to work as visiting researchers in industry while employed as a postdoc? I know that ...