Questions tagged [postdocs]

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

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Citation and bibliography style for EMBO long term fellowship (2019)

I am writing an application for EMBO long term fellowship. As of 2019, they have the following criteria: FORMATTING GUIDELINES FOR REFERENCES: (i) Include the complete list of authors followed ...
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Question about listing postdoc on NSF biosketch

Yesterday, I submitted a postdoc research fellowship proposal to NSF. I am currently a postdoc. I realized that I didn't list the postdoc in the Professional Preparation section, but it is listed at ...
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How much do grades matter for a future academia position?

I am completing my PhD and I was wondering how much does the PhD coursework grades affect future academia applications? My undergraduate and master's was somewhat decent grade wise (3.8/4) in both. ...
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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 Her PhD thesis is unpublished.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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PhD and postdoc with no first author publications- realistically what are my career prospects?

I am a UK based researcher in life sciences. My research is in neuroscience, mainly involving in vivo electrophysiology. My PhD project was a disaster for a number of reasons (technical difficulties, ...
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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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What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing a postdoc in Singapore and UK?

I am end of my PhD. I would like to do a postdoc. In UK the average postdoc salary is around 30K (per year). But in UK the tax is very high, after taxes I may get around 1800 pounds (per month). I ...
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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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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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Are the Newton fellowships (UK) prestigious enough to warrant low post-doc pay?

I'm nearing the end of my graduate studies (1-1.5yrs remain) and have been looking out for post-doc opportunities. I came across the Newton Fellowships, which provide funding for up to 2 years of ...
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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 ...
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Can a postdoc conduct collaborative research with people that are not their PI?

I am a junior faculty member at a research university. I am working with postdoc A on a project. Postdoc A's PI, Dr. B, works in the same university, but is affiliated with another department. Prior ...
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How do I reply to a potential postdoc supervisor who has no funds at this time for me?

I am in the process of contacting potential supervisors for a postdoc position, and I need a bit of advice on how to reply to one of them. I have a PhD in urban planning, and I am applying to some ...
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How to tactfully “decommit” from projects?

As a young academic recently flown from the nest, I am starting to figure out my own research interests. I now feel like I have too many, though. During a postdoc where I struggled to fit in and ...
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The Professor-Postdoc Relationship in Research Supervision

I am in the second year of my Postdoc working with a successful professor. I joined his team just after I obtained my PhD. During my PhD, my advisor (as all advisors) used to proofread my manuscripts ...
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What is the proper protocol for applying to a postdoc sponsored by an one's undergraduate adviser?

I am finishing up a PhD in Statistics in the United States and am currently applying to postdocs. My undergraduate studies were done in a top 5 institution in Statistics; my grad school is top ~25. I ...
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Is it common and acceptable for a postdoc to leave before contract ends?

Is it common and acceptable for a postdoc to leave before his/her contract ends, for whatever reason? How early should a prior notice be submitted in this case?
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Chances of landing a post doc (Banach Space Theory) and tenure track position? [closed]

Currently I am a 2nd year PhD student in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. My research interest lies in functional analysis, particularly Banach Space Theory. I would like to know what are ...
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Where should I host a (simple) personal academic webpage?

I've finally decided to stop putting off creating an academic webpage for myself... both for the purposes of a job search and more generally to communicate what I'm about research-wise. But - where ...
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Didn't attend field-specific conferences during my PhD; how much of a disadvantage is it?

During my mechanical engineering PhD, I was not able to go to my field specific conferences and had to go to diverse conferences. Thus, I couldn't interact with researchers directly in my field of ...
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Publishing a single-author paper

This is the situation. I am a postdoc at a German university. Unfortunately, my boss is not interested in publishing the research results. He prefers to publish just when it is strictly necessary for ...
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Does it look bad as a candidate if I apply to two post-doctoral positions at the same national research laboratory?

I am generally applying to lecturer/post-doc/assistant professor positions right now and the laboratory I am interested in has two positions opened and they are closely related in terms of research ...
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Towards the end of PhD with just one publication. What are my options?

I am a PhD student in Computational Materials Science in the US with just one publication in a Q1(according to Scimago Journal Rank) or Q2(according to Journal Citation reports) journal. Another as co-...
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Shall I quit academia or continue doing research without too much luck? [closed]

My first three year postdoc was almost over and no good publications came out. The thing is that my carefully crafted papers are getting rejected again and again by decent journals (not that good ones)...
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Going into academia if the research is interdisciplinary

If one is doing a PhD in an area that is on the borderline of a few areas (see the specifics below), would it be harder for them to find a job in academia after graduating? To be more specific, the ...
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Finding mathematics postdoc opportunities in India

I am Ph.D. advisor to X, a rising 5th-year Ph.D. student in pure mathematics at a mid-tier US research university. X and I are trying to prepare for his upcoming job search. In my opinion X is ...
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What should be my prime focus for the next 2 years to improve my chances in securing an academic position?

I am a 5th year PhD student in Materials Engineering in the US. My research involved simulating a 3D printing process. I was able to publish 1 paper in my field related journals (IF around 2) and 3 ...
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When to apply for postdoc positions if papers will be submitted to journals after submitting the PhD thesis?

My field of study is Computational mechanics and branch is mechanical engineering. I will be submitting my thesis in September. Subsequently, I will be submitting my 3 manuscripts to journals for ...
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Can I take recommendation from someone I met at a conference?

I met a faculty (from a university in the UK) at a conference. She liked and praised my work and we are in touch after conference. She has an impressive profile and her research work is similar to ...
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Publication dilemma

X gave some nanoparticles to Y lab 2 years ago. I worked on biological characterization of these particles in Y lab as a postdoc (second postdoc) and wrote a manuscript at the end of my 2 year ...
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Which are the funding options for a Postdoc in Denmark?

I am willing to apply for a position in Denmark at Copenhagen university. However, the putative PI told me that has no money to fund a postdoc position and recommended some fellowship options to apply....
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Not sure if a postdoc is for me. Terrible at quantitative methods [closed]

I am a finishing PhD student in the field of cognitive neuroscience. During my PhD program I was underperforming than anyone else in my department (in my belief at least). Although I liked research, ...
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Funding for applied mathematics postdoc - how does it work?

I am an applied mathematics Ph.D. student at the end of my Ph.D., looking for postdoc opportunities. My strategy has been to apply for different positions that are already funded. Now I am thinking ...
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What are advantages/disadvantages of Habilitation over PostDoc in case of academic career?

As far as I know a PostDoc in USA is 2 years of research program. Habilitation is 4-8 years program. So, why is this difference in time frame? What are advantages/disadvantages of Habilitation over ...
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junior professor's strategy of postdoc recruitment [closed]

If the professor has 15 publications and a postdoc applicant has 10 papers, will the professor think the applicant is too strong to colloborate well as to not obey the professor's ideas all the time?