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

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When should one start looking for a postdoc? [duplicate]

I'm doing my PhD in physics (experimental physics/materials science with a lot of programming) with more than one year to go. I'm not 100% sure if I want to stay in academia, but if so I would like to ...
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Career choice: another postdoc in a strong University, or Faculty in a weaker one? [duplicate]

It is probably a very "soft" question, but let me try. It is customary to believe, that after a certain period of postdoctoral research a person should either establish him/her-self as a (permanent ...
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What are my prospects to get a Postdoc position with just 1 publication from PhD? [closed]

I am a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. I have already completed my 5 years, am writing my thesis and will be submitting my thesis in 4 months. I have published 1 paper till now. That was 2 years ago. ...
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One year teaching in India [closed]

After a short-term period working as a postdoc (same institution where I got my PhD), and I felt the need for a change and spent the last few months teaching in Italy, where I'm from. I really ...
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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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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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What to do if your phd went well?

I will soon be in my final PhD year and am about to start my job search. Suppose that for some reason I suspect that I did quite well, research-wise. My main question is: What is the optimal job ...
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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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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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about starting date of postdoc [closed]

I have been accepted for postdoc position. According the detail of postdoc the successful candidate will begin in January 2019 What does it mean? Can I start my work at any time of January? Am I ...
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When applying for a postdoc, the contact person is not the professor I want to work with, what shall I do?

My situation is that I want to work with Prof. A, but in the advertisement another professor (B) is the contact person. Now, I need write an email to send my CV and research statement to the contact ...
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What can be done about the problem of bullying in post-PhD academia? [closed]

I recently wrote a piece of advice to a bullied postdoc that made me sad. Abbreviated, original here, "It is unlikely you can fight this culture, and academic settings have practically no ...
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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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How should I proceed if I am late in applying for postdoc positions?

I am submitting my Aerospace engineering PhD thesis in August. However, my colleagues have pointed out that I am very late with postdoc applications for this year. I should started searching much ...
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If I am willing to relocate, is it true that Pure Functional Analyst very hard to land a tenure-track faculty position? [closed]

Background: Currently I am a first year PhD student in Mathematics in Singapore, doing functional analysis (doing theoretical stuff, not on PDE). My hope is to get a tenure-track assistant ...
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Express interest to join mentor's group with whom a fellowship application got rejected

I applied for a prestigious US national laboratory post-doctoral fellowship with a potential mentor. Unfortunately, I got rejected. However, I am very much interested in working in this mentor's group....
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How many choices of postdoc jobs a PhD student normally get? [closed]

At the end of the PhD experience, how many choices of postdoc jobs a student can normally get? It depends totally from the PhD supervisors or there can be other factors influencing the matter, 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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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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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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How to apply for Post-doc

I am a last year Ph.D student and intend to apply for a postdoc call starting in September. As I have not submitted my thesis yet, is it possible to apply earlier? And how can I ask my adviser to ...
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Should I do a post doc? Good thesis but no papers (yet) [closed]

I am finishing writing my thesis in physics, where I present a new kind of microscope. I think it's a good work but I have no papers out yet, also because of a perfectionist supervisor. I have been ...
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4th year phd in BiomedEngineering - How do I maximize my chances of getting an assistant professorship in my hometown?

Preface: I know how how difficult is to get any professorship that i should write really good research papers etc... that its not smart to plan on this and only this My hometown is middle of the ...
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How hard is to get a post-doc in the area of HEP-Theory?

At the moment I'm a high school student, who is passionate about the High Energy Physics areas, especially Phenomenology, String Theory, QFT and so on. I would like to pursue a B.Sc. degree in ...
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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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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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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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Lack of mathematical work during PhD and coping up with the requirements of postdoc positions

I am a recently graduated 31 years old PhD in a STEM field. I have been applying for postdoc positions for the past few months, and have received rejections from almost all of them, with few yet to ...
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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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Are there good ways to approach a professor for a postdoc? [closed]

How do I approach an unknown professor before a PhD interview? My defense (viva) will be held next March and I will be seeking a postdoctoral fellowship after that. I want to contact a Professor ...
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How badly will my future job prospects be affected after having my PhD graduation date extended by more than 3 years (due to health)?

Do I still have the possibility of a career in Academia? Can publishing merit (Qualitative and Quantitative) save me?
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How many places one should apply for postdoctoral position

I need a suggestion in applying for postdoc position in mathjobs. In general how many places one should apply ? I mean, can my recommendation letter writers get disturbed if I apply for too many ...
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Incompatibility between job and field of study [closed]

Finding jobs for Ph.D graduate in mathematics is the main concern. Available options are namely in general industry and academia. I see, for instance, some Ph.D in math (algebraic geometry) working ...
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Ideal Teaching Mix as a Postdoc?

I'm a math postdoc at a research university, and I have 1-1 teaching for the next two years. What would be the ideal mix of courses to (1) prepare me for a higher teaching load in the future (...
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Leave postdoc in the middle of contract to start work with another professor while being in one postdoctoral research

I am little bit of confused. I have completed my PhD, I do not have any prior postdoc experience. Let me explain my current situation. I got a draft contract letter from lab in China (say, Prof. A) a ...
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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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Does a gap of 10 months after Master's degree affect my chances for a future academic career? [duplicate]

I am soon to submit my PhD thesis and I am currently looking for postdoc positions. I would eventually like to stay in academia and was concerned if my past gap year would harm my chances in getting a ...
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How do I prepare for a postdoc position with requirements in working with the theoretical basis of the software, which I have never worked with?

I am 5th year PhD, about to submit my thesis in few months and defend in around September this year. My computational materials science PhD thesis involved using a commercial software (ABAQUS) to ...
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How much knowledge is expected of an MPhil applicant as compared to a PhD student, a postdoc or a research assistant? [closed]

A related question asks about differences in required background knowledge between PhD students, postdocs and RAs. This question asks about differences in the required background knowledge between ...
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postdoc with professor that I had email exchanging for PhD

3 years before I exchanged email with a professor for Ph.D program. He sent me several links including the process of his university for PhD and some useful links, in the meanwhile I also contacted to ...
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post doc research and problem with its progress

In order to get postdoc in math I need to write a research statement. But I am thinking about some questions and appreciate your answers. Is it possible to express several topics in research ...
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What is the difference (if any) between a postdoctoral fellow and a postdoctoral intern?

Are "fellowship" and "internship" synonyms? Is there a different meaning in this language, between North America and English-speaking Europe?
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In CV, mentioning of a report that summarizes the postdoc research without publications?

During a one year of postdoc of mine in pure mathematics, I didn't publish anything. I definitely did a research report and wrote down the main questions (in the form of conjectures) we were after and ...
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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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External collaboration without doctoral supervisor - is it a fair request to pursue this?

I am about two-thirds of the way through my doctoral programme, and am intending to start applying for post-doctoral fellowships within the next few months. I am fortunate to have already published a ...
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Working from distance as a postdoc for a Company

Almost 5 months ago I got an offer for a postdoc in USA. As we knew due to my nationality it will take some time to get the visa, I started working on the project from distance. Even though, my ...
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How is the career path of a full-time Research Associate different from that of a tenure-track / full-time professor?

Recently, I saw that a post-doc, "assistant professor", converted to become a full-time Research Associate at their school, moving all of their online content out of the department faculty page and ...
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Postdoctoral and Research associate

Is there any difference between Postdoctoral fellow and research associate?
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Academic career start: Postdoctoral or AP

I am a fresh PhD and I have job offer of Postdoctoral researcher in world leading university (QS rank 6) and assistant professorship in an average university (QS rank 339). What is good for long term ...
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Applying for (externally-funded) postdoc position: how to follow-up after 1st email?

I would like to get a postdoc fellowship grant that is addressed to a specific department (in a particular top-tier university). Now I just need to get a professor there to accept to host me. While ...