Questions tagged [postdocs]

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

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Is it worth doing a postdoc from China in the field of Materials Chemistry?

I will be doing a postdoc from Beijing Institute of Technology, China where the lab is working on electrocatalytic water splitting and Li-ion batteries. The PI does good research in terms of ...
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Switching between postdoc fellowships

I am non-EU citizen working as postdoc at a university in Denmark. Not so long ago I won two postdoc fellowships, of which I accepted one, and that's where I am currently getting my salary from. I can ...
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Can I delay a while signing an official postdoc offer letter

I have got an official postdoc offer letter. The HR now is requesting my signature and then return the letter back asap. But I haven't made a final decision to sign it or not, because there may be ...
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Can I turn down a postdoc offer after I have received the official offer letter but haven't sign it

I have got two postdoc offers, one with the official offer letter in hand and the other still pending for the letter. I am considering to turn down the first one. Since during previous emails with ...
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Funding as a newly graduated PhD

So at last I have graduated. I experienced my ex advisor 'dropping me' more or less, and focusing on his own tasks. He no longer communicates with me about anything relevant, and it seems my ...
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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 ...
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Choosing between two post-docs where one is with my PhD advisor

I am currently a post-doc researcher for two-months at a department (say A). I also graduated with my PhD from the same dept. The post-doc is not funded with any project but with department money and ...
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In mathematics, is it a problem if all research is joint with senior co-authors?

If a mathematics postdoc's publications are all co-authored with established senior co-authors (e.g. advisors), could it be a problem when applying for tenure-track jobs? I wonder in particular if ...
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Is it a lack of passion or competency if I don't want to leave my current position for 6 months?

I am about to defend my thesis. It has been a tough journey full of self doubt, self motivation and sheer perseverance. I am hoping that I can justify the time spent on my PhD to my defense committee. ...
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Potential Postdoc advisor giving exams (assignment) as part of hiring process

I will be graduating with a PhD from a US institution in computational sciences. I have already published 10+ papers in peer reviewed journals in the field I am applying for jobs. I was interviewed by ...
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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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Who should I ask to write a letter or recommendation

I am applying for tenure track faculty jobs and postdocs. I am setting up my letters of recommendation and I am struggling on who I should ask. I have one strong letter from my advisor, one decent ...
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Is it permissible to ask the advisor if she has funding to support me as a postdoc for a year?

I am about to defend my thesis and I have not yet secured a postdoc position elsewhere. I want to ask my PhD advisor if she can support me as a postdoc till I secure a position elsewhere. Usually in ...
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When the letter of recommendation will be asked for by the hiring committee?

I have already applied for a postdoc announcement in Europe. During the online process of uploading my documents, I was asked for the name of two references as well. According to the time table of ...
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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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How long outside academia without publishing is too long?

I finished a PhD in Earth Science 10 months ago and now work as a software engineer. I haven’t done any research or published in these 10 months. Is it too late for me to go for a postdoc and have a ...
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Asking my PhD advisor for a postdoc position. Is it bad to appear desperate?

I am soon to defend my PhD thesis in computational materials science. I have just two publications, which I believe is the most important reason for getting no response from postdoc applications. The ...
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Is it disadvantageous to have recommendation letters from postdoctoral fellows rather than professors? [duplicate]

I am a math PhD student in a US university and also a teaching assistant. This fall I’m expecting to apply for jobs. I’m looking for math lecturer/instructor jobs. However, when I worked as a ...
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Should I stop applying faculty positions after I take on a postdoc job

I may have a postdoc job offer. The professor for the postdoc still hesitates to make a final decision and asked me if I can confirm my commitment (working for at least one year). I have finished one-...
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Can a postdoc write a letter for someone applying for a postdoc?

I'm a PhD student currently applying for postdocs and while I have secured my first and second letters of recommendation from faculty, the professor that had agreed to write me my third has ...
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Medically undiagnosed condition: how to inform?

I am currently a final year grad student. Sometime last year, I developed severe pain in one of my hands which led to a lot of time lost. I have seen some of the best doctors in the country for my ...
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What is an informed evaluation of resource availability?

I am applying for a postdoctoral fellowship at an American University and I have to submit the research proposal. Besides the usual description of my own research, it is written that I must describe ...
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What is expected in a 5 minute postdoc interview presentation?

I have been invited to interview for a postdoc position at a good university. They asked me a different question to most of my other interviews. For the presentation they want me make a 5 minute (...
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Approaching a professor for a postdoc, after not taking his previous postdoc offer in favor of an industry job

I had a postdoc offer from a great research group at a US university towards the end of my PhD in April 2018. Around that time, a family member became severely ill. The nature of the illness was such ...
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About career break in CV

I am going to apply for a postdoc position and there is an item about career break. Having finished my Master degree, I got a position titles Director of Research in a College for about 6 years. In ...
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With regards to replying to emails, are my expectations too high from Group leaders?

I am currently looking for Post-doctoral positions after finishing my PhD. I have recently visited a potential lab for a lab visit. It has already been two weeks since I came back from there. Since ...
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Research promotions in the middle of post-doc contract

I noticed that a few people in my field (Computer Science / Community Informatics) have taken up post-doc positions immediately after their PhD but within a year of starting those post-docs have been ...
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What should one consider when pondering a career as a scientific editor? [closed]

I'm in my 2nd year postdoc, considering getting a science-related job. I looked for jobs at PhD level, and found that one of my options is becoming an editor for a scientific journal. How many years'...
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Who reads the NSF postdoc fellowship applications? (mathematics)

I am applying for the NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, and I noticed the guidelines say the following: The Project Description should be written with both specialists ...
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About approval of grant of potential mentor

About three months ago I sent an email to ask a professor about postdoc position under her supervision. Her feedback on my cv was positive and she told me that she intend to apply for grant this year ...
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Did mistake of doing PhD in a dead field. How to approach postdoc applications with hope of changing fields?

I am a final year PhD in a STEM field. My PhD research field is fairly stagnant with less scope of future growth. I had chosen this topic because I was interested in the field during my masters and ...
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Postdoc exploring tenure track faculty jobs against the wish of mentor

I have been a postdoc for a year and half with a good number of publications. I feel it is the time for seriously exploring the TT faculty positions. However, my mentor wants me to work for a few more ...
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Interview for a faculty position after accepting a postdoc offer

I recently talked with a professor about his offer to me a postdoc position. Later on I was notified about an interview for a tenure-track faculty position. So, I am wondering, if I have accepted the ...
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individual research grants [closed]

I am going to apply for some postdoc positions in Canada. I have some feedback from professor. They are saying about availability of individual research grants in their department. I do not know how ...
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Low quality postdoc application and deadline extension

I was interested in a postdoc offer and forgot about the deadline. I remembered the deadline to apply was today. I rushed to make a CV and motivation letter and sent it at 23h59. The day after, the ...
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Is one year enough for a postdoc position to be a fruitful experience regarding my CV?

I have to decide about a postdoc position for which the contract would be only one year long. The position is in computer science and as a collaboration with an industrial sector. In fact, I want to ...
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Getting a Postdoc, Dropping out of PhD for Greener Pastures (I hope), or else Staying Competitive in Current Position

I've seen similar questions on here before so I'm sorry if it's a duplicate or anything. Frequently, I find myself in despair at my postdoc prospects as a result of the reputation of the university ...
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Asking for recommendation letters for postdoc positions in mathematics

I'm starting my fifth year in math PhD. For two years I've been thinking on a well known problem (well known enough to have a Wikipedia page) in my field with no success and all of a sudden I think I ...
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How to write a statement of research interest for postdoc positions that already have a defineed research direction

I'm currently applying for a postdoc position in a particular lab. The lab has several postdoc positions available at this time, those postdocs will work on different aspects of a larger research ...
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Necessity of tenure for lifetime academic research

For context, I've been a postdoc in computer science for about 3 years. I recently wrote a grant and was awarded a fellowship for 2 years. I've heard from multiple sources that if I don't get a ...
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Effective procedures to e-mail a prospective post doc PI for the first time? [duplicate]

I have submitted my PhD thesis in Electronics from the University of Calcutta, India, and am expecting to get my degree within six months. I have published three journal articles, two in Journal of ...
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Pursued PhD under an advisor who did not know what to do. Now am stuck with future prospects

I made a mistake 5 years ago. I changed my field from materials science to civil engineering. I did a PhD under a professor whose research expertise was not in my research topic. I had to ...
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Post doctoral fellowship in France and Switzerland [closed]

There is Humboldt experienced Research Fellowship in Germany. Is there any such type fellowship in France & Switzerland?
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professor interfering in postdoc offer from another professor

I am an Indian student in the United States and I am a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card). After my PhD in STEM (computer science), I had a postdoc offer from a professor in a new university (I'll ...
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Almost all of the Postdoctoral positions requires to attach publications while contacting. Can a manuscript under review be sent to address this?

I have submitted my PhD thesis and am searching for postdoc positions. However, every position has something on the lines of "Postdoctoral applicants should also attach your most important ...
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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 possible to hire a phd student or postdoc by hours? [closed]

I am working on small projects in machine learning field at my spare time. I love to research on the main ideas and concepts. However, I won't have much time on implementing it. Since the field ...
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Can I present myself as a postdoc at a given institution if I have a supervisor, but no official appointment there?

I have already finished my PhD at X university. I am now a postdoc at Y university and in collaboration with X university (by "in collaboration with X" I mean that I actually have two supervisors: one ...
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Have made several mistakes during the course of my PhD. Can't help but feel resentment. Can I get some advice about how to move forward?

I am about to defend my thesis. My PhD journey was not a pleasant experience. I worked in an area not within the field of expertise of my advisor. Though she was present to discuss; the conception, ...