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Questions tagged [postdocs]

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

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PhD or postdoc salary in Denmark according to the cost of living. Is it OK?

I´d like to know if the average salary for a PostDoc and a PhD student is sufficient for a middle income expectations in Denmark. What I mean for middle income is for the two of us (1 PostDoc and 1 ...
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What salary can I expect after taxes as a biochemistry postdoc in the Netherlands? [on hold]

I'm a biochemistry Ph.D. student in the United States considering a postdoctoral fellowship opening a a private institute in Utrecht, the Netherlands. It would be the best next step in my career, but ...
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What do you suggest between these two post-doc offers? [closed]

Harbin Institute of Technology (Harbin) vs University of Rovira I virgili (URIV), Spain 1) Salary Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China with a monthly salary of 3700 USD and University of ...
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Second round interview for a postdoctoral position

I have applied for a postdoctoral position at a university in Ireland, and have done an interview with the professor who advertised the position. After three weeks from the interview, I sent him an ...
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How can I do well with an unpredictable boss as a postdoc?

My current postdoc advisor is an expert in my research field. He is head of research center and has huge amount of experience in this field. The poblem is, he is a bit whimsical. Sometimes he is ...
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Postdoc with a professor retiring soon

I am starting a new postdoc position with a professor who's retiring soon (<5 yrs, judging from the grad intake). I am interested in pursuing an academic job and it worries me that I would not be ...
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How many papers does a mathematician publish (on average) in a year? [closed]

I wondered about the number of papers published by mathematicians because I heard that they publish less than other academics or scientist. It would be nice if you could distinguish between the number ...
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Postdoc in the US : what salary should I ask for

I live in France and I'm currently applying for postdoc positions in fundamental mathematics, at several universities in the US and elsewhere. For my application at the University of Denver, I'm asked ...
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Stating a post doc research fellowship that I declined on my CV due to personal reasons?

So, I have recently finished my PhD in one of the "pure" sciences, in the UK. I have applied and been successful in obtaining a prestigious and rather lucrative research fellowship for a post doc ...
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About a mentor who want to supervise postdoc

I have been accepted for a postdoc position. My mentor is a young and according to his list of publications he has not many papers and/or many citations. I would like to know whether this position add ...
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Non-salary fellowships and US income taxes

In general, are fellowships which are granted to individual researchers, but do not constitute salary and are not held in a personal bank account, considered taxable for US passport holders? For ...
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Realistic expectations from a postdoc in terms of publications [closed]

I am in the process of applying for a postdoctoral grant and I was wondering what the expectations are in terms of journal publications when I plan? Would it be fine if I plan 1 paper per year if I ...
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After PhD - Need advice

I completed my PhD about 2 years ago. During the PhD period I left lots of bad things that affected my life. I divorced, moved to another city, lost motivation because of some big political situations ...
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A PhD thesis without any publication [closed]

I am currently a Ph.D student(computational maths) works in a theory. I will be graduating in the next year. I have one paper which I will be submitting soon and working one more paper. One of my ...
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Changing mind after rejecting a job offer

I recently finished my Ph.D., and joined a private company in the industry. A few months before defending my thesis, I received an offer for a post-doc position; the offer was very interesting, but I ...
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How much knowledge is expected of an MPhil applicant as compared to a PhD student, a postdoc or a research assistant? [closed]

A related question asks about differences in required background knowledge between PhD students, postdocs and RAs. This question asks about differences in the required background knowledge between ...
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about starting date of postdoc [closed]

I have been accepted for postdoc position. According the detail of postdoc the successful candidate will begin in January 2019 What does it mean? Can I start my work at any time of January? Am I ...
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How to follow up the result of postdoc committee? [duplicate]

I have been accepted for postdoc position at university A. In the meanwhile, I applied for postdoc in university B, and I am waiting to hear from them. I would like to write a follow-up email to my ...
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Forced to work as a postdoc without pay [closed]

I got an externally funded research grant as a lead researcher to carry out a project at a UK University, together with other senior co-PIs. The grant would pay my salary for the duration of the ...
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Who to include as a reference?

I am finishing my Ph.D. and looking for a postdoc position. Right now I have included my current supervisor in Ph.D. and my previous supervisor from my masters as references. The postdoc position ...
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non-scientific travel costs refunding [duplicate]

I have been accepted for postdoc position. Apart from travel grant to attend conferences, I would like to know whether there exists any ticket allowance for my first travel ( from my country to the ...
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How to deal with a micromanaging supervisor?

I am doing my PostDoc with a reputable professor, who achieved a lot in our research area. I really learnt a lot of things from him, but the problem is that I am uncomfortable with his supervision. ...
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Postdoc in China age issue [duplicate]

Ok here's the issue. Normally the Chinese postdocs have to be under 35 years of age plus under 3 years from PhD. However, I am slightly over 3 years from PhD. However, I already will have a one year ...
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External collaboration without doctoral supervisor - is it a fair request to pursue this?

I am about two-thirds of the way through my doctoral programme, and am intending to start applying for post-doctoral fellowships within the next few months. I am fortunate to have already published a ...
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Whats the average salary (inclusively) in china? How expensive it is for a single postdoctoral life? [duplicate]

I'm going to join one of the top university in China. I have been offered 130000 to 180000 RMB per year (including the basic performance and housing subsidy) on invitation letter although it's less ...
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Are there good ways to approach a professor for a postdoc? [closed]

How do I approach an unknown professor before a PhD interview? My defense (viva) will be held next March and I will be seeking a postdoctoral fellowship after that. I want to contact a Professor ...
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Refusing the postdoc offer (email acceptance of the offer only)

I have a classical situation, but as it is the first in my live, I would like to know: if it is acceptable to refuse a postdoctoral offer. The contract is not signed, the paperwork are going to start, ...
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Can a blind person do a post-doc in the humanities?

I’m about to finish my PhD in Sociology. I’m from Pakistan, and I’m totally blind. My PhD research was quite interdisciplinary. I studied factors influencing environmental concern about environmental ...
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Is it reasonable to apply for (postdoc) positions early?

When preparing an application for a position, it goes without saying that everyone wants to make the strongest possible case for themselves. Hence, it seems that the best strategy would be to wait ...
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Should I be patient with this postdoc application?

I applied to a postdoctoral position some time ago. In early September, I had a skype interview with the Prof., and I was told I had made it to the short list and that I may be invited to give a ...
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Postdoc Proposal: Can I quote from viva examiners' report?

Can I quote from a viva examiner's report some positive feedback in a postdoc application? If yes, how do I cite the report?
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'Virtual' postdoc (in math)

Assume that a given postdoctoral position does not require teaching/laboratory. Are there postdoc positions for someone who wishes to stay in his/her country and just be in touch with the post-doc ...
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some questions regarding research plan for postdoc

I am going to apply for some postdoc positions which last more than one year. As usual, one of the main required documents is research plan. Having considered some good questions in academia....
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Can I say no when my principal investigator asks me to help cover lectures next semester?

I'm a postdoc at a US university, and my principal investigator (PI) asked me to cover some of his lectures next semester. I do not want to do any lecturing as I want to focus solely on my research. I ...
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Can I get a postdoc in China more than 3 years after having received my PhD?

It's been 4 years since my PhD and now I'm applying for a postdoc in China. The Chinese website mentions that the age limit for applicants is 35 years and the applicants must have received their PhD ...
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Calling a professor regarding an advertised postdoc position

I have sent an email to a professor regarding a postdoc position that I saw advertised in the careers web page of her university. The email was very polite and extensively detailed. However, it has ...
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Presentation of 'relevant research' for a postdoc interview, when switching fields

I have been invited to interview for a postdoc position, and as part of the interview I've been asked to give a 30 min presentation of my relevant previous research. This particular position would be ...
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Invited to interview for several postdoc positions - how to proceed?

I'm currently in the process of applying for postdoc positions. So far I've applied for four, and to my surprise I've been invited to interview for three of them (1 phone, 1 Skype, 1 face to face) so ...
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How to address “positively” an unemployment gap for a postdoc application in a CV

I’m planning to apply for a postdoc in Europe but in the eligibility conditions section for this position, it is written that the PhD shouldn’t be obtained more than 3 years ago unless it is a case of ...
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Time overlap between two postdocs? Simply keep two affiliations or quit the first position earlier?

My current postdoc position will end in few months, so I started to apply for another postDoc position abroad. Shortly, if I would get the second position, there might be about two months overlap ...
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Small mistakes in research or personal statement

I have recently submitted required documents to apply for a postdoc position. One of the required documents was a personal statement. Unfortunately, after its submission, I found two grammatical ...
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Does anyone look at the transcripts of PhD students when they are looking for jobs?

Although it is generally believed that grades in one's PhD program are deemed as unimportant (so I am not asking whether grades are important for PhD students or not), I still see many PhD students ...
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Risking declining a postdoc offer for a potentially better one [closed]

I have an offer of a good postdoc that I have until the end of tomorrow to accept or decline. It's a 2 year post at a decent UK institution, working on interesting applied interdisciplinary work. I ...
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How to present research software development when applying for programming jobs [closed]

I am a physicist, and during my PhD and postdoc I wrote two open source packages for data analysis. I am now applying for programming jobs, and a recruiting firm asked me to present the software ...
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How could I network during my Phd?

I am thinking a bit ahead of time and I would like to do some networking with some groups in my research field, for probably a future postdoc opportunity with them after my PhD. However I am afraid my ...
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Is it OK to submit the same post-doctoral fellowship application two years in a row?

Last year, I submitted a post-doctoral fellowship application but didn't get it. This year, I thought about submitting basically the same research statement; slightly updated and refined, but having ...
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NSF mathematics postdoctoral fellowship: how to indicate U.S. citizenship status

I'm currently preparing to submit my NSF mathematics postdoctoral fellowship application, with deadline tomorrow on October 17. You must be a U.S. citizen (or permanent resident, etc.) to apply. There ...
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How do you build a healthy and productive relationship with your supervisor?

Some graduate students and post-docs have reported serious problems with their advisors and supervisors. Some of the problems are severe enough to be career ending. Not all problems can be avoided but ...
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Just started a postdoc, but it went REALLY bad, REALLY fast. Stay or go?

I just started my 2-yr postdoc, but things have gone sour really fast. So, I really need some career advice as to what to do. Over several months, I did the interviews with the supervisor and the lab ...
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Changing from 100% research to 20% teaching and 80% research: Seems like a raw deal, would you do it? [closed]

I'm a named researcher (but basically a Postdoc) on a funded project in the UK which pays my salary. I've got a good CV and currently do 4 hours of teaching per year. The principal investigator (PI) ...