Questions tagged [postdocs]

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What is the typical time between application and contact for a postdoc on Norway?

I recently applied to a postdoc position in Norway, this was an advertised role in an engineering department rather than a fellowship application. I had a brief email exchange with the hiring ...
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No reply after almost two months since the first interview

At the beginning of March I applied for a postdoc position that was very close to the research topic of my PhD. I also sent an email to the Professor who posted the position in order to persuade him ...
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Getting a LOR from a postdoc for PhD applications [duplicate]

I've always been advised to only ask for letters of recommendation from professors who have worked in their field for several years. However, I was wondering if it would be reasonable to ask for a ...
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What does a senior research associate position in the US mean?

I was looking at a faculty profile at a top ranked university in the US. She is doing good work in the field and it seems they have a good network of collaborators and research output. Her designation ...
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For non-English-speaking countries: Can I use my PhD to prove my knowledge of English for a UK visa?

I was browsing through the needed documents for a skilled worker visa and I found that I need to prove my level of English as a requirement, but I've also found that I need a UK PhD certificate (I ...
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Postdoc: established project vs your own

I am considering the pros and cons of two types of postdoc positions I have come cross: The most common is 1-3 years of work on an established project for which a supervisor PI typically won a grant. ...
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Should postdocs give fewer (or otherwise different) status updates than PhD students?

This question is a bit weird to ask because generally speaking, a normal answer will be "the same way you used to work as a PhD student" but I am not sure if I picked a "bad" habit ...
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I am not getting response from any professors or industry. Is it end of the road for me?

I did in a PhD in mechanical engineering from a Canadian university on simulation of shot peening process. I collaborated with experimental groups from my department. After graduating in January 2020, ...
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Is my advisor asking me to commit fraud?

I am currently a postdoc, leaving my position in ~1 month. I am departing my contract a few months early after receiving an offer for a job in industry, about which my advisor is very upset. It is ...
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I couldn't negotiate my postdoc salary during HR meeting, should I try days later? (I haven't received the formal offer yet)

I had a meeting with HR last week. During the meeting, the recruitment officer talked about a lot of things very quickly in the first 5 meetings: "you will receive a formal offer in the next few ...
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Moving from a modest research laboratory to a laboratory with a prestigious research portfolio. Tips to be successful?

Background I have done my PhD (Computer Science) at a university (in a third world country) with very limited resources. My research was not funded, my previous lab didn't provide any research support ...
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Visa preparation for the postdoc will take weeks. Can I start research (with the PI?)

As it's mentioned in the title. I am going to receive a formal letter this week. During my meeting with HR, they told me the visa will take 12 weeks so we can agree on the start-date at the point. My ...
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What does it mean “English proficiency” for a J-1 visa? [closed]

English is not my native language. Meanwhile, sometimes I should read and write in English due to various reasons and work duties. In most cases, I understand a lot of (approx 80% and more) from the ...
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Invited to a meeting where I will receive a postdoc offer, what should I discuss/prepare the meeting?

I had a postdoc (field is computer science) interview 2 weeks ago. The HR team told me that the panel is willing to offer me the position and want to discuss the details in a 30mins Zoom meeting. This ...
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Can you contact PI (informally) about the decision timeline of the postdoc?

I had a postdoc interview more than 2 weeks ago where the panel told me that they will not be avalaible due the entire next week (Easter holiday) and I should expect a decision a week later (or 2 ...
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Including non first author papers as “sample papers” on academic job application

Academic job applications often require one to submit a few recent papers in the application. I have been a postdoc for the past couple of years and my role has primarily been advising: coming up with ...
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Is taking a postdoc for training purposes wise as an industry scientist?

I'm considering taking a postdoc after 5 years as an analytical chemist in the pharma industry (small molecule). This may seem backwards and counter-productive due to the massive pay cut but here's my ...
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Should I wait patiently if the professor asked me to wait for a few weeks?

I am in my final year of PhD and submiting thesis in June. I had an interview for a Postdoc position about 2 months ago and gave an on site talk to the lab. The professor asked me to talk to each lab ...
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Can someone apply for a Post-doc postition in Italy without having a doctorate? [duplicate]

One of the top Italian research centre for applied physics, the Area Science Park located in Trieste, just elected its new president. The president's CV can be found here: https://ginko.unipg.it/ws/...
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How was the Doctorate/PhD title awarded in Italy in the 1980s? [duplicate]

One of the top Italian research centre for applied physics, the Area Science Park located in Trieste, just elected its new president. The president's CV can be found here: https://ginko.unipg.it/ws/...
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What are the available postdoctoral fellowships in Europe that non-European can apply for? [closed]

In life Science, What are the available postdoctoral fellowships in Europe that non-European can apply for? Once joined an EU research center can a non-EU researcher apply for Marie-Curie postdoctoral ...
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Doing an unpaid Post-Doc in the US with own savings, visa

I was wondering if it is possible to do an unpaid post-doc in the united states (Boston, MIT) for one year, especially in regards to the needed visa (I am german). I am unsure if I would be eligible ...
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What is the meaning of “person specification” in a job advert?

I am going to submit my application to a postdoc in math. In support of my application, I have been asked about what I can do, and they have mentioned that You should pay particular attention to the ...
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How was the Doctorate/PhD title awarded in Italy in the 1980s and now? when can someone apply for Post-doc?

One of the top Italian research centre for applied physics, the Area Science Park located in Trieste, just elected its new president. The president's CV can be found here: https://ginko.unipg.it/ws/...
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How to express about getting informed about a specific position

I am going to prepare a cover letter for postdoc position. I was informed about this position by my Phd advisor. I am looking for a proper statement about how I was informed about such that position, ...
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Is it possible to run two postdocs simultaneously if one of them is “independent”?

I currently have a postdoc at a university in the US whose contract stipulates only that I "produce research" relevant to my field. I have no supervisor and have not been hired as part of a ...
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Transitioning from bioinformatics to wet lab?

I had a very bad PhD experience in developmental biology. My project was supposed to be wet lab and it was, but I didn't learn a lot of techniques. At the end I got into bioinformatics and, because my ...
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Last year of PhD: only one paper in peer review and other in arxiv. Problem with postdoc?

I am starting to look for postdoc (I am at the end of my 3rd year of PhD, my PhD is a 3 year long and I will finish in october) and I currently only have 1 co-author publication (on a good journal), ...
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Postdoc interview presentation doesn't explcitly mention a research plan, should I include one?

I was invited for a postdoc presentation of 10 minutes. The title of the presentation is "Challenges and Opportunities in problem Z". The email didn't give any other information whether I ...
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Postdoctoral Catch-22

I graduated with my PhD in January. In my field (biophysics) and country (US), we only have a 1 year time window to apply for fellowships. However, my advisor is sitting on the paper from my ...
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I was invited to an unexpected and urgent second postdoc interview (in less than 24h) - Is this fair?

I had postdoc at a top 10 university in the world. The email of the first interview said I should expect questions around the job description. The first interview was very smooth and I felt very good ...
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Is an unexpected reference letter inherently a black mark?

I recently applied for a math postdoc in Europe. I contacted the number of letter-writers requested in the job ad, all of whom agreed and sent in letters for me. I also included the names of these ...
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Visiting Assistant Professor before a postdoc position?

I am considering a 1 year visiting assistant professor position so as to have employment upon my defense in the next few months. However, after that time I would seriously consider other options ...
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Will Leaving a tenure track position after one year for a postdoctoral position at a better location hurt my future academic career? [closed]

I'm leaving a tenure track position after one year, I have a tenure track offer and a postdoctoral offer. The postdoc position is in the very nice city and I like the research projects there. But the ...
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A stunted PhD: PhD in the time of a pandemic

I'm a third year Math PhD student in the US. My concern is that my PhD is going to be stunted in the following sense: I am my advisor's only graduate student. This is not uncommon for grad students ...
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The hiring process for a postdoc position in the US

I need a piece of advice. I found an interesting postdoc position one month ago. I applied all required documents (CV and cover letter) and 4-5 days later I was interviewed by the group (including ...
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How to gracefully leave a lab due to poor infrastructure and aiming to move into a new field of research?

I am an early career postdoc in a prestigious high-ranking university in US. I did my PhD in from a good state university in US and published a decent number of papers. My current PI has no expertise ...
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Does doing an Industrial Postdoc after PhD make an academic career more difficult?

I'm doing a PhD in Engineering and want to have a career in academia. I've been learning some people in engineering are able to do so-called industrial PostDocs where you do research in a company. ...
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Postdoctoral references asked to provide recommendation letters - does it indicate the candidate passed a screening? [closed]

I recently applied for a postdoctoral position at a university, and provided a list of three references. Today the university asked them to write a recommendation letter for me. Would this typically ...
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Postdoc in China. Looking on advice about culture shock and pursuing a career in industry [closed]

So I was recently offered a math postdoc position in China for 2 years. A bit of additional background: I am a US citizen and have never left the US; I've hardly left my home state (except for grad ...
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Failed at all meetings

I am a postdoc researcher in mathematics and finished my Ph.D. some month ago. I wrote three papers during my Ph.D., and I am the only author for two of them. The day when I started my postdoc ...
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Who reviews the postdoc file applications? (UK)

I was informally invited to apply for a postdoc position at a university in the UK. The professor will be the PI of that project and said I can use the resume and the covering letter I had once for a ...
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Should I address a “Charge de Recherche” or “Directeur de recherche” in France as “Prof.”?

In France, the following are two of the main ways people get promoted in academic positions: Maître de Conférences (assistant professor whose responsibilities include teaching as well as research) -&...
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Applying for postdoctoral fellowships: priorities? [closed]

I am going to graduate with a PhD in applied math/CS in early fall (I am studying in Europe). Due to various factors, there are not too many places that would fit my previous research well enough for ...
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Mediocre research career so far. Can I salvage my career by continuing as a postdoc with my PhD advisor?

I made a huge mistake of working in a field different than my advisor's expertise. My PhD research was in computational modeling of 3D printing process using finite element analysis. While my advisor'...
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On obtaining references from people who don't know me in person but have cited my work

I'll be applying for a few academic positions (both postdoc and permanent positions in Western Europe.) I've done my PhD in pure math (from the US) and subsequent postdocs mainly in use of machine ...
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Is it reasonable to keep rejecting postdoc offers to honor your part of the agreement with a professor for another postdoc?

I met Professor X, during an interview at a high-ranking university in which I wasn't selected. Weeks later, the professor invited me for an informal video chat. He gave me a lot of feedback and told ...
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Should I offer to give a presentation in a postdoc interview if not requested in the invitation?

I was invited to a 30 minute interview for a postdoc position. The only details given about the interview was to learn about my interests and background as well as learn about the lab I am ...
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A PI gave me 2 days to accept his offer after I mentioned I still have another interview. Is this normal?

Last week, I had a postdoc interview for a "senior" role. They call it senior because they've asked me to lead on a (perhaps the) research problem. For the interview, they asked me to ...
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Two questions regarding submission of reference letters for INRIA postdoctoral application in France

Please let me know if this questions doesn't abide by the rules of the site and I'd be glad to take it off. In this case, I'd also appreciate if you can tell me where I should post this question to ...

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