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Questions tagged [postdocs]

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

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University rank/stature - How much does it affect one's career post-Ph.D?

What I'm trying to understand is, to what degree does the status/rank of the University (where one completes his/her Ph.D) matter while shaping his/her career after graduation? I would like to know ...
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Persistent issues with salary pay as a postdoc in China: What can I do?

I am a third-time postdoc, and had never before had problems with getting paid. For almost two years now I have been a postdoctoral fellow at a university in southern China. This is my first ...
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How long before PhD graduation should I start applying for post-doc positions?

My earliest PhD graduation date is 10 months away. Funding permits me to stay 1–3 months longer, so the final date is still uncertain. It is never too early to make contacts for possible post-docs. ...
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What does it mean if a professor does not answer your email in time?

I recently joined a research group as a postdoc. I wrote the professor an email to ask quick but important questions including asking him when when he wanted me to start. It's been over a week and I ...
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How do you earn opportunites to review journals or conference papers?

Critical reading is a very useful skill for most PhD students (and postdocs and researchers in general). Instead of assuming that everything you read in a scientific paper is right, it's useful to ...
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What is expected of a postdoc?

What do different people in the department expect from a postdoc? By different people I mean the advisor, graduate students and PhD students. I know it mainly depends on the job description but there ...
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Who actually is a Post-Doctoral fellow?

Many of us often talk about Bachelor's and Master's students, PhD students, researchers, professors, and postdocs. But, do we know what we actually intend when we say "Post-Doc"? We all know that a ...
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Is it reasonable to collaborate with a professor when you are employed by a different professor?

How wise is it to collaborate with another professor while working as a staff under one professor? Is there a ethical conflict in doing so even if the other professor is from a slightly different area?...
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Postdoc opportunities in mathematics

I am expected to finish my Ph.D in mathematics (if relevant, more specifically - in commutative/homological algebra) by the end of this academic year. I am studying in a somewhat minor university, ...
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How do I deal with postdoc acceptances that come in before my preferred institution makes its decision known?

I will graduate soon from the doctoral program. I will apply for multiple postdoc positions. The results of the one that I really think is great for my career will be probably announced later than the ...
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Should postdocs work only on the projects they are hired for, or can they work with other people in the same research group on other projects?

Would the latter be an issue with the funding body, when the project proposal and budget only covers the expenses for hiring one postdoc? Note: it is the supervisors who got the grants, not the ...
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How to write a research statement for a math postdoc position?

I am a graduate student in mathematics working on functional analysis of quantum information (basically using matrix techniques in some well-known problems). I am presently applying for postdoctoral ...
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How do you “grow your own” post doc opportunity?

I am a finishing doctoral student (graduation in ~7-9 months) and I would love to get an year or so of postdoctoral experience. I've come to understand that a postdoc is generally paid by funds ...
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Methods for finding graduate programs for specific areas of research

What types of methods are available to students today who want to find a University for a Master, PhD, or postdoc program that supports the student's obscure/specific area of research? For example, I ...
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Should I agree to review papers as a postdoc?

I am a post doc in mathematics, and was just sent a request to review a paper. This is the first time it happened to me. I never heard of this journal before, but it is a Springer journal, and upon ...
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What is the best way to turn down a Postdoc offer?

I've been recently offered a couple of Postdoc positions, and I was wondering how you as professors would prefer to be informed if a candidate would rather work with another institution. I know we ...
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Is relocation assistance offered to postdocs?

Do universities offer relocation assistance to a newly employed postdoc who comes from another country? Is it appropriate for the postdoc to ask for relocation assistance if it is not already offered?
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Should I put my supervisor as coauthor of a paper?

I was working on a problem in the field engineering. I have used one approach and it turned out that it does not work well. After that I got into conflict with my supervisor, and realized that it will ...
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Can I ask a postdoc who has closely supervised my research to write me a letter of recommendation?

When I apply to a PhD program, may I ask a postdoc who closely supervised me to write a recommendation letter? My supervisor also has written one for me, but I believe the postdoc can comment on my ...
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How to contact a potential PostDoc advisor?

Reading this very interesting question ("How long before PhD graduation should I start applying for post-doc positions?") about "when", suddenly I started to reason on the "how" issue. Imagine you ...
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How much is the normal salary of a postdoctoral fellow in North America and Western Europe?

I understand that the salary of a postdoctoral fellow depends on the field, project, contract, and so forth, but I am curious how much is the normal range for a fellow. Someone told me that he prefer ...
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Accepted post-doc and have subsequently received offers for full time faculty position - quandary

After my PhD (Mechanical engineering) in 2013, I have been employed as a "visiting assistant professor-TERM" for 2013-2014 at the same university (in the USA). In this time I have been applying for ...
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How secure is a post doc job offer in an email from the department chair prior to receiving the official written letter?

I'm in/from the US. I'm finishing my PhD this semester. I've been offered a research postdoc, via email, by the dept. chair at one of my top choices, but outside the US (would rather not give too many ...
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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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Are unpaid postdoc positions common?

I contacted a group leader, and he strongly liked my CV. He encouraged me to join his group as a postdoc fellow, but he mentioned that the position he may offer is unpaid (so, I must cover my living ...
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What is the perception of foreign Universities (Non UK) in the US for prospective academic positions (Postdoc/Tenure)?

First of all, I know that your work speaks for you, and if you have really good papers, you have better chances, but just bear with me, and for the sake of argument lets assume that your research is ...
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Will taking a post-doc position harm my future chances in industry?

I am 29 years old and am about to finish my PhD thesis in the field of remote sensing (i.e. somewhere between computer sciences and geosciences in a broad sense or applied signal and image processing ...
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What is the average postdoctoral salary in China?

I got one postdoctoral offer just after completion of my PhD study. I am not sure about the amount of fellowship. I do not have any experience in postdoctoral work. What is the average salary given to ...
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What can I do when my e-mails to professors go unanswered? [duplicate]

I have accepted as postdoc researcher in a Swedish university. Three professors in the university are correspondent for this position. I have to travel to Sweden within 2 weeks and start my new job. ...
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How much knowledge is expected of a PhD applicant as compared to a postdoc or a research assistant?

My understanding is that postdocs, research assistants (which I understand are master's level analogues of postdocs) and PhD students are all paid positions except for self-funded PhD which I hear is ...
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Personal web page vs Academia.edu vs ResearchGate

I will soon finish my PhD and start searching for a post-doc position and I was wondering which web-based solution is the best suited to present myself and my work (I work in plant biology). I see ...
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Some questions about math postdoc offers

I am a math PhD student and on the postdoc job market for the first time. I would like to know how job offer (hopefully) comes and what I should keep in mind in accepting the offers. I am interested ...
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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 invite yourself to present at another university?

I am a PhD student right now, and I'm looking towards doing a post-doc in the future. There is a research laboratory where I want to do my post doc, primarily because there are scientists engaged in ...
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Advice/guidance when interviewing for a faculty or postdoc job via Skype or phone?

Plenty of advice is available for standard interviews, should phone/Skype interviews be approached any differently? (This was asked on twitter by @emilyandthelime, I have my own, partial answer that ...
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Returning to academia after a year in industry

I need an advice about returning to academia as a visitor/post-doc after working for a year in finance. I finished my PhD in summer 2013 with a good record of publications (3 papers in high impact ...
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Doing a habilitation in Mathematics in Europe for a non EU citizen?

I'm a non-EU citizen, currently doing a postdoc in mathematics in Europe, and I'm thinking of doing a habilitation. Since my google search didn't yield much, I'd appreciate if you could please answer ...
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Postdoc that refuses to follow the terms of her contract

I am supervising a research group. Each year, our institution offers several four years postdoc positions, and one year ago I told a friend of mine to apply to it because we work in very similar ...
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Acknowledged for nonexistent contribution?

I completed a postdoctoral period in China, where I had a number of issues with the administration and supervisor. In short, I felt exploited in many ways, from payment & funding restrictions to ...
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Tips for making online presentation over Skype

I am about to complete my PhD. My area is functional analytic/ operator theoretic aspects of quantum information. I am applying for post-doctoral positions in various places. Recently, one group ...
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Is there a stigma in computer science toward too many postdoc positions?

I am wondering if there is a stigma attached to holding too many soft-money positions when looking for a tenure-track position in the area of computer science. In computer science, postdoc positions ...
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How to prepare for a (PhD or PostDoc) admission procedure?

"Luck favors the prepared mind" ( Louis Pasteur ) During the MS degree program or PhD program, it's advisable for a good student to get used to take a look on scientific activities of research ...
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Meeting dishonest ex-supervisors at large international conference — Should one speak out?

I have returned to my country after one negative experience as a postdoc in China. In short, I was hired based on false salary & funding expectations supported by shady vague contracts written in ...
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Education or employment: What is a post-doc? What is a PhD student?

I’m afraid this question is mostly opinion-based, but I was wondering if there is any piece of material out there that covers the spectrum of opinions. What exactly is a post-doc? Is it an education, ...
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How to handle salary negotiations while negotiating a postdoc position?

I am a couple of months off my defence and started thinking about postdoc possibilities. I seem to have an opportunity at a very prestigious lab in the U.S. (I'm currently located in Europe). After ...
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How successful would one be in switching fields from PhD in computational biology/neuroscience to postdoc in computer science?

How successful would someone be who completed his PhD in something such as computational biology or neuroscience but wanted to pursue post-doctoral training and beyond in computer science? I say ...
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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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Because of past conflicts, I don't believe my advisor will write me a good LOR for postdoc positions. What should I do?

How essential is having my advisor's letter for post doc application? I had a pretty bad relationship with my advisor for more than 4 years since I joined his lab and sometimes the relationship ...
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What do potential postdoc advisers seek in research statement letters?

I am putting together my application for a postdoctoral position in theoretical condensed matter physics. The position is not a fellowship and is a regular postdoc position. If you have gone through ...
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Who to cite as referees for a post doc position?

I am currently finishing my PhD thesis (in Mathematics) and trying to find a post doc position. My PhD supervisor is a very nice person and is, of course, one of my referees. However, most places ...