Questions tagged [postdocs]

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

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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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How much time of unemployment after PhD in order to still be competitive in postdoc application

So I uploaded my PhD thesis about a month ago. I am trying to switch academic fields at the moment, and I applied to about 20 postdocs. However I am considering the possibility I may not get in for ...
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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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NSF Guidelines on Postdoc Salary for Grants Hosted by an Institution/PI

I'm looking for guidelines the NSF may have on minimum salary paid to a postdoc under grants to an institution/PI. These are grants that, for example, I would write which then get awarded to me/my ...
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How to handle reference requests for a concurrent postdoc application that may seem unnecessary?

I recently applied for several postdoc positions. Two of them ("A" and "B") are closely related to my doctoral dissertation topic, and these applications were quite strongly welcomed. I am already in ...
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Returning to academia from industry: Asking to postpone starting date to wait for H1B visa?

I am currently working in industry and will be in H1B status starting October 1st. I am returning to academia for a postdoc and my advisor wants me to start around July 20th. The process has already ...
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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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Should I submit different research statement in different advertised postdoc positions

I am a Phd student in applied mathematics. Recently I submitted PhD thesis and started applying for postdoc positions. There I have to submit research statement. My question is that should I submit ...
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Unusual presentation for a postdoc interview on topic “How would you manage the lab”

I have done postdoc interview-presentations before and usually you are asked to talk about your past research projects and/or your research/teaching expertise/background. But the requirement from most ...
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Can I deviate from my fellowship proposal?

I got the prestigious Marie Curie individual fellowship (postdoc). The proposal I wrote is good but I'm not sure if I want to stick to it 100%. What is the expectation for such fellowships in this ...
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How to work collaboratively with previous supervisors?

I am a PhD from institute-A, recently completed 1 year postdoc from institute-B and now joined as a postdoc in another institute-C. I have few pending works in my previous institutes A and B. So I ...
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How do visa issues factor into industry vs postdoc decision in United States?

I am planning to graduate this fall with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) from UT Austin and is in the process of making a decision to choose between industry and academia as a career choice....
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Is there more competition for postdoc/faculty positions in the biological sciences, compared to similar positions in the health sciences?

I am seeking advice/input from graduate students and faculty within the fields of health sciences and integrative physiology/biology regarding employment opportunities, competition, and compensation ...
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Finishing with only 2 papers (both co-authorship)

So, I am about to gain my PhD degree in Biochemistry (Cancer biochemistry) in december. But I'll have finished it only with 2 papers (3rd one, which is the one totally about my thesis project is due ...
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Turning down a postdoc offer from a committee member. Can that create problem in the future?

Recently I responded to a postdoc 'advertisement' posted by one of my PhD defense committee members. I still have 2 months to go for my PhD defense. However, I got an offer for a position from the ...
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The importance of finding potential mentor before applying for a postdoc

I am going to apply for a competitive European research grant as a postdoc. How does finding a potential mentor in department help me to get postdoc position. Does it really increase my chance to give ...
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Need advice about a vague question on postdoc position search and post thesis submission dilemma

I am a veteran PhD student who have just submitted my PhD thesis and am waiting for my defense. The defense is to be scheduled for the end of the year (end of November). Due to lack of proper ...
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Is it typical for adjuncts to have a higher salary than postdocs?

I've been noticing that sometimes adjunct lecturer salaries are higher than those of postdocs, in math. I was wondering if that is typical and why that is the case.
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Do postdocs have reasonable chances to acquire non-federal funding in the US?

This article argues that the portion of federal funding is decreasing more and more in the US while funding by corporate and philantropical sources is increasing within the last decade. I'm wondering ...
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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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What are the general merits and demerits of the post-PhD courses meant to groom junior faculty/researcher in finance/economics

What are the general merits and demerits of the post-PhD courses meant to groom junior faculty/researcher in finance/economics, similar to these?: Advanced Studies Program In International Economic ...
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Citations in a Postdoc Research Statement (Humanities)

In a research statement for a postdoc application, is it common or expected to provide formal citations (footnotes) for claims, especially in regards to existing scholarship?
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Contact previous postdocs of a potential postdoc supervisor to receive feedbacks

I have been offered a postdoc position in a very good university. However, I had a quite negative impression from the PI, who looked a bit bossy. Also, I had the sensation that he is looking more for ...
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Temporary job etiquette

My current appointment will be over in about 1.5 months, and I have been approached by a faculty member asking wether I would be interested in working (paid) on a different project for a couple of ...
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Proposing a sub project within a main project (tone)

I am writing a project proposal aiming to fit it in main project that is been developed in the faculty I am applying for a postdoc position. Guidance suggests that I need to propose something that ...
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How to write a proper subject line for a follow up email

I emailed a professor about a postdoc position three weeks ago. He replied me on Friday that week and showed his interest. I answered his question about partial funding in the new email but have not ...
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Is the original PhD certificate required for a post-doctoral position in Germany?

I am online applying for a postdoctoral position in Germany. I have the electrical copy of my PhD certificate, and that is sufficient for my application. But the original copy of the certificate is in ...