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Regarding postdoctoral position in the USA [closed]

I have recently given postdoc interview. the professor was impressed by my CV and publications and immediately replied. next week I gave presentation. though I was little nervous, she understood it ...
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When should I worry if a potential postdoc PI doesn't respond?

I recently sent a cold email to a potential PI in the USA. He replied to me the same day showing interest and we set up a meeting, during the meeting he suggested we continue the selection process ...
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What next after a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship?

I have a question for all postdocs, particularly those who are Marie Curie fellows. I am a non-EU researcher who moved to the EU for a Marie Curie postdoc. My fellowship is ending soon, and I am ...
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How to proceed if your post-doc advisor gives you terrible project ideas?

I'm currently doing research in computer science. It's been nearly a year since I began working on my project, as a postdoc, but we haven't achieved any tangible results yet. Initially, I was working ...
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Best Practices for Contacting a Potential Postdoc Supervisor When Planning to Accompany Spouse Abroad

My spouse will soon start an internship in the US, and we are exploring options for me to join her. The financial limitations of her stipend mean that I would need to secure employment to support our ...
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MSCA/UKRI Fellowship - Personal tax owed for research expenses

I have been a UKRI/MSCA fellow for a year. The university gave me personally the entire amount: both the amount for my personal salary allowance as well as for fellowship-related expenses like travel. ...
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Can sharing code on GitHub enhance career opportunities post-PhD?

I am a third year PhD student. If I do projects and upload in a github profile; will it help in my academic career or job hunting after my phd? I am asking this because if it does increase the worth ...
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How to reply to email from Professor [duplicate]

I have applied for a postdoc position in the US. I got a reply from PI asking for a Zoom call. How should i reply? I will be thankful for your response.
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What should I do after post-doc advisor pulls out?

I turned down a 600K/year job in a lucrative industry for a post-doc role in a university. My perspective advisor is giant in the field who I admired for many years. Despite various immediate "...
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Is it okay for a potential advisor to call a post-doc "pretentious"?

I have been in contact with a professor since October last year about a post-doc position. We had three meetings so far. The first one to get to know each other better and to establish the project's ...
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Is a career in academia still viable after mediocre phd and break?

I'm looking for some honesty and perspective if you can help me out :) I completed my PhD in humanities in 2020 (after small corrections it was awarded in 2021). It was a hot mess, I had a scholarship ...
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Is there an hope for a stuck post-doctoral career to recover

I'm an 'old' post-doc, meaning that I completed my doctoral studies already in 2015. This career length presupposes eligibility to tenure track professorships in Germany but unfortunately, I do not ...
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Applying to academia and industry at the same time issue

I will apply to both industry and academia while graduating with a PhD in math, but I'd prefer the industry. The deadline to commit for the academia position is very early (end of Winter?). But one ...
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Constructing a compelling rason for changing postdocl positions to my advisor [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in mathematics in the US. I am graduating next month. Last fall, I applied for many postdoctoral positions, and at that time, I only received two offers from China. In March, I felt ...
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How not to commit to a post-doc offer while waiting for another?

I have received acceptance at University A and I have been told that the contract is being prepared (which takes some weeks e.g. 3 or 4), in the mean while I received an offer from university B ...
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To be unemployed for the RTDa in Italy

I'm Research assistant in Turkey, I'll apply for RTDa position in Italy. I will try to take sabbatical and then unpaid leave from my university in Turkey to apply for RTDa but i heard that Italy does ...
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Authorship issues and postdoc [closed]

My supervisor and I wrote an article and submitted to xyz journal. At that time she didn't give me first authorship. I discussed this with other faculty members in my institute who also agreed that ...
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Interview Dilemma: Other Offers [duplicate]

Tomorrow, I have an interview at one of the top UK universities where I really want to end up. However, I already have a few offers from other places. So, I am wondering, if they ask me whether I have ...
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Do I take tenure track job for one year for the money?

I've been offered a TT job at a very small school: 4-4 teaching load and no research other than educational research. Poorly organized interview process and just felt lots of red flags. For example, I'...
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Senior Research Associate in Germany

I came across a Senior Research Associate position at a German university. This role is permanent and is classified within the E14 TV-L salary scale. It is situated within the department head’s group, ...
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How do I reframe getting an MPhil instead of a PhD the first time round, in the context of applying for a mathematical postdoc?

The Question: How do I reframe getting an MPhil instead of a PhD the first time round, in the context of applying for a mathematical postdoc? Background: I tried for a PhD in group theory at ...
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How do I navigate a tenure track job offer, having already accepted a 1-year postdoc offer?

if I already accepted a postdoc offer from Europe (only 1 year) and later received a tenure-track assistant professor offer from a research university in US, I do not want to lose both opportunities, ...
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Is it more important to have an accepted, rather than submitted paper, when applying for math postdocs?

I'm a fourth-year math PhD student and am about to submit my first paper. Since this fall, I probably will be on the job market, I am not sure what strategy should I use for submitting. My major ...
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Asking for an unpaid postdoc position. Will it be rude?

I am planning to start a tech company and raise some funds from investors. Unfortunately, the school where I did PhD is not well known. I have a fairly good track record of research, but sadly the ...
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A postdoc in China vs a postdoc in the US

I am a PhD student about to graduate from a university in Western Europe, and recently I have received two postdoctoral job offers - one in Beijing and another in Los Angeles, and I find it hard to ...
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Students not involving postdoc supervisor in publication

I am a postdoc leading a project X. I have two PhD students directly supervised by me working on this project. They are 'officially' supervised by my professor. Both these PhD students went to my ...
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Is expanding post-doc research idea independently as a faculty a good idea?

I am currently a postdoc in the US, and will likely become a STEM tenure-track assistant professor at an R1 university. Background. During my postdoc, I was working on a project that was unsuccessful ...
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Postdoc disenchantment

Recently, I attained my PhD in biophysics, with three publications in respectable journals, including one letter, and delivered seven conference talks, two of which were by invitation. While I wouldn'...
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Withdrawal of Acceptance for Postdoctoral Position

I am a PhD student in mathematics in the US, scheduled to graduate this year. Last fall, I applied for postdoc positions. My situation is a bit complicated: in late January, I was offered a postdoc ...
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Quitting a post-doc

A while ago I had to pick between a few post-doc offers. I ended up choosing one in a modestly interesting project hosted by what you'd call a high-profile university, with seemingly strong PIs (...
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As candidates for postdoc position, what are good examples of questions to ask interviewers during an interview?

After seeing What questions should I ask as a candidate during an interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position?, What should I ask deans during my interview? (focusing on tenure-track ...
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How to Communicate with a Postdoc PI About a Significant Problem in My First Paper

I am a newly graduated PhD who started my postdoctoral position a month ago. To help me adapt to the environment, my Principal Investigator (PI) asked me to write a brief paper for an invited ...
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Applying for postdoc after being assistant professor

I recently obtained my PhD in mathematics (about 6 months ago). I started a nice project in my PhD, but did not push to its limits (due to personal problems that occurred during my PhD that diverted ...
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Who should I address in the cover letter?

I am applying for a postdoc position. A professor advertises the position, and applications are made directly to the professor. His name, email address, etc., is on the "where to send" part. ...
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When do you know its Imposter's Syndrome vs. truly being out of your depth/not being cut out for it? [closed]

After my recent inactivity, I finally gave everything some thought and I think I have something that may be contribution worthy to this site as I am likely not the only one. I am aware of this ...
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Postdoc in the US: should one inform other departments of a received offer?

I got an offer for a postdoc in a great US university A. I am still waiting to hear from another postdoc position also in a great US university B. The search committee at university B mentioned that ...
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How to deal with failing ideas?

I graduated from my PhD last November and as I get along super well with my PhD supervisors, I decided to pursue research with them on my free time alongside my postdoctoral position. We all have ...
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In the U.S. academia, why do many institutes never send rejection letters for postdoc positions (to save the hassling of inquiries from applicants)?

As far as I know, many, if not most institutes in United States never send rejection letters for postdoc positions. As a result, applicants have to keep asking them to update the status. Is there a ...
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What should I expect from a paper discussion in a postdoc interview?

I have been invited for a postdoc interview that includes a paper discussion. They sent me their key paper and told me to discuss it because I will do something similar if hired. I read the paper and ...
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Is it appropriate to cold email professors in search of a postdoc position?

I am a final-year PhD student doing my research in the field of theoretical physics. Soon, I will start applying for postdoc positions in different universities, primarily related to my area of ...
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How can I attract good postdocs?

I work as a research group leader at a top-100 university in Europe and supply of good PhD students is good, both from within the university and from other places in Europe. However, attracting good ...
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Suggestions for learning new techniques during postdoc training

I am about to finish my PhD. My PhD work mainly have computational biology focus(60%) and rest of them are experimental biology. Due to lack of experimental biology goal I am thinking of learning new ...
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What is the route to a postdoc without a PhD supervisor?

I really like my PhD! I'm a 3rd year and need to begin thinking about next steps. I've found the area of physics I can truly get behind (and I've engaged with a lot of different topics, in and out of ...
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Dealing with discouragement during the academic job hunt

Similar to this site's question on impostor syndrome, what strategies would people recommend for dealing with self-doubt and discouragement on the academic job market? It's not that I think I'm an ...
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Can we apply to the Marie Curie postdoc fellowship with two supervisors at two different universities?

I'm thinking of applying to the Marie Curie postdoc fellowship. My topic is a interdiscipline, two professors from two universities both participate in. One of them can be the supervisor from the host ...
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How many times do people ask the same referees for reference letters to get a postdoc position normally?

When you look for a postdoc position, how many times do you ask your references to write a letter? I know it depends on the working place, but what do you think in your region? I sometimes feel it's ...
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Research statement for postdoctoral position in theoretical Physics

I am applying for a postdoctoral position in theoretical Physics and they ask for a research statement. I looked it up and it seems some people write this in the format of a letter, in which I say ...
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Is it badly viewed to have company funded research during one's thesis when applying for their first postdoc

I have a friend that might be doing an academic (not industrial) thesis in a biology related topic where one of the projects would be funded by a company that sells a product that will be tested in ...
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Employer Pension Contributions UK on grant/fellowship

I've won a postdoc fellowship to work at a UK university (which is funded by a billionaire externally) and as part of the budget, my salary (I simply costed myself on a spine point) implicity includes ...
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My former PhD supervisor is keeping me hostage

Since I started my postdoc, the relationship with my former PhD advisor has turned sour. I’m doing a postdoc with one of his competitors on a project I initiated in his lab. He encouraged this, said ...
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