Questions tagged [postdocs]

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

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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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Gap year before post-doc?

I have been in a rush to accomplish academic goals since I remember myself. Started my PhD right after undergrad and did my Masters on the same time. Now I am about to submit my thesis and feel kind ...
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Postdoc recommendation letters: The European-American gap and how to overcome it

I heard from several sources that European recommendation letters for postdoc positions tend to be minimalist and understated, while the American ones are way more enthusiastic. I have two questions ...
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Fired/project given to another postdoc during F32 fellowship

I am in my third year of funding of an F32 NRSA postdoc fellowship (one month into my final year). My project is nearly complete and ready for publication, however, my sponsor/PI wanted another ...
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PhD student and postdoc statistics related to relationships

As a graduate student and postdoc, I remember more of my colleagues becoming single than entering new relationships. In many cases the problem was that their partners could not accept their unusual ...
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Shirtless picture on the academic page of a Ph.D. candidate seeking postdoc

I will finish my Ph.D. soon and am seeking a postdoc position. To this purpose, I am creating my page, hosted by my university. Personally, I don't generally take pictures of myself and don't like to....
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How can I gracefully exit my current post-doc position for a new one?

I'm a post-doctoral research fellow and I've just been offered another post-doc position at another university. I still have a year and a half left on my original contract, but it's not going as well ...
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Post Doc application form in France asks for very personal details, is it normal?

I'm trying to get an engineering post doc which I will conduct at a company's R&D labs, however I need to jump through all of the sponsoring university's hoops. I just received their application ...
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How to write a postdoc research proposal in mathematics?

I have to write a research proposal for some (post doctoral) fellowship (for Mathematics/Mathematical Physics). The authority wants me to submit a short research proposal (preferably in two pages ...
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How to “cultivate” a postdoc position during PhD program?

Imagine you're a PhD student, and you found a research group, in another university, that you'd like to join for a PostDoc period. You want to join that group because you really like their subjects, ...
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How damaging is it to have been a co-author of a retracted paper?

Many years ago, when I was very new to the world of scientific paper publishing, I was a co-author to a paper that was subsequently retracted after an investigation of the findings. This was before I ...
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Shared office is messy to the point that I can't do any work, how to proceed?

Four months in my postdoc and I feel the mess, up to the point that I can't further do any, any work in my office. Nothing. My passion, bioinformatics, is gone. An office with 12 students where just ...
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Letter of recommendation from non-native speaker

I am currently a PhD student in theoretical computer science applying for postdoc positions in Europe and the US that will start next year. Apart from my advisor's, I will also include a letter of ...
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What to do when you are invited to another university?

I am currently a Ph.D. student. I was invited for a week by a professor from another university in a second country. He told that he likes me to meet his research team, and to show me what they are ...
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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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Should one research multiple independent topics while pursuing a PhD?

While pursuing a PhD in an experimental field, one usually researches a given topic and conducts experiments that are rather closely related to this topic and one another. I imagine this ...
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As a postdoc, should I spend time learning new subjects or focus on applying what I know?

I've just started as postdoctoral researcher at a great institute. I imagine that they expect me to achieve good results and teach some classes. But honestly, I feel that I still need to learn a lot ...
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How will the 2013 US government shutdown affect NSF postdoc applications?

Does anyone know if there will still be NSF postdocs offered (the current deadline is the 16th), given that the NSF website is currently down due to the government shutdown in the US? Also, in case ...
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Postdoc position: should I stay for one year or two years?

I am currently a PhD student who will graduate in July. I am currently applying for academic postdocs, with the goal of taking a tenure-track job at the end of my postdoc position. In my field (...
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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 can I do solid, publishable research without having a postdoc position? [closed]

I just earned a Ph.D in Mathematics, but there are no available postdoc opportunities for me. What should I do? After four years, I have finally limped and hobbled to a Mathematics Ph.D while ...
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Ethical nature of multiple post-doctoral applications

I am a student applying in different places for postdoctoral positions and asking various faculties for position. It happened that, due to limited resources, I am not getting much response. However ...
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Quantity vs Quality of Publication during PhD

My question is similar to this one but it applies to PhD who wants to find a postdoc position after graduation. I am a PhD student who publishes a new paper as soon as there is an improvement in my ...
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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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Switch from pure mathematics to machine learning as postdocs?

I'm a first year postdoc in pure mathematics (geometry/topology with strong background in analysis) with undergraduate statistics and probability background (with also measure theoretic probability). ...
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Is it generally acceptable if reference letters for postdoc or faculty jobs are submitted after the application deadline?

I am currently applying for post-doctoral and asst. professorship positions. One of my letter writer is most likely to submit the letter a week late. Some of the positions I am applying to clearly ...
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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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Going back to do a Postdoc at 35?

I have been offered a postdoc position at Cambridge University. That's great, because two years ago I wanted to go back to academia and went to see my PhD supervisor (I finished my PhD in engineering ...
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How much info should I put in my CV under education

In an academic CV, how much information do you put in the education field for each degree (assume the person is a post-grad/early career)? Option 1: Degree, Specialization, Department, University, ...
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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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How to interpret a postdoc rejection letter?

Few days ago I appeared in a postdoc interview. The PI was very much impressed with my resume and the interview went very well. The PI asked me when do you want to join. The next day he asked ...
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What's the benefit of delaying a tenure-track position for doing a postdoc (when you already have a tenure-track offer)?

I've seen candidates for tenure-track positions in computer science that managed to negotiate a starting date that is a year later than originally planned. During that additional year, they all seem ...
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Maximum allowed time for PhD (Doktor) in Germany [closed]

I am a physics PhD student in Germany. During my PhD I got two children, and as a mother, I had to give major part of my time to my children. I started in April 2012, and I will finish in spring 2018. ...
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Is it normal that research institutes do not hire their own PhDs for postdoc positions?

The institute where I'm doing my PhD has a formal policy not to hire local PhD graduates as postdocs. Is this normal? I live in Europe.
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Potential Post-Doc supervisor visit: should I give a talk or just have a meeting?

I am a PhD candidate in computer engineering. I saw an announcement for a post-doctoral position on the internet. I wrote to the professor having that open position asking him if I could come to ...
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Lack of team support in post-PhD Mathematics career

I received my PhD in mathematics about ten years ago. Despite my preference, desire, and attempts, I was not offered any postdoctoral positions. Part of the reason was (I think) that my dissertation ...
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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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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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Feasibility of moving from US to France for a postdoc opportunity

Recently I ran across an international postdoctoral opportunity, which seems quite interesting to me. While I would prefer to stay in academia in United States, there are various factors that enable ...
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Are technical questions common in post-doc interviews? [closed]

I have in the next few days an interview for a post doc with a top UK university. The interview is on Skype, directly with the PI, in applied computer science. I am preparing for that interview and I ...
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How can I justify having only two publications when applying for postdoc jobs in physics/chemistry?

I have only 2 publications from my PhD, and I am applying for a post-doc position. My fields are: Theoretical physical chemistry; condensed matter physics; computational chemistry; cluster science. ...
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Are papers entirely unrelated to my field going to hurt my chances in the future?

For the past year I have been doing a postdoc in a Neuroscience lab, the position advertised was for computer science. For the first year, the work was mostly related to my discipline, but my PI's ...
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How related should be the postdoc subject to my PhD topic?

I've started to look for postdoc possibilities as my PhD is getting closer to its end (in 6-7 months). My PhD was in the area of Machine Learning and more specifically motion data analysis (and even ...
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Can you still do a postdoc if you definitely don't want to become a professor? Will your advisor think less of you for doing so?

I'm a senior grad student struggling with existential angst. I'm fed up with my advisor, to the point of fantasizing about quitting my PhD. I likely don't want to become a professor. But at the same ...
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Is it a red flag for a PhD program if their graduating students cannot find postdoc?

I got accepted to one of my top choice schools for a math Ph.D. However the graduate students there said in the past few years, the Ph.D.s before them (both pure and applied math) had quite a bit of ...
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How should I start my own private post-doc research project?

I am interested in pursuing my own part-time postdoctoral research in computer science, with a view to getting one or two publications over the next two to three years. My motivations are personal ...
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Trailing spouse postdoc

My husband has accepted a postdoc position in a city in Australia with two great institutions where I think I'll have a good shot at securing a postdoc for myself. I have some great connections to ...
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How hard is it to re-enter academia as a postdoc in mathematics?

I'm currently in my first postdoctoral research position at a European university, in pure maths. I'm considering changing to software development. In case I would rather like to return to academia, ...
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What are the main reasons postdoc applicants get rejected?

I'm applying for postdoc jobs right now (math). I was put on the short-list for one position and had an interview but the PI for that postdoc made the offer to someone else. I'm starting to get ...
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Applying for postdoc in a mathematics department where no one has similar research interests

I'm a PhD student in mathematics, working in a quite unpopular field (recursion theory). As I'm now applying for postdoctoral positions in the US, I've encountered the following problem: The number of ...