Questions tagged [postdocs]

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

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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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Is the postdoc salary negotiable in Canada?

I'm a statistician being offered 45k CAD for a postdoctoral position in Canada. I have a few questions: Is this number negotiable at all? Is it rude to ask for extra money to cover relocation ...
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Why do Swedish postdoc ads typically have a requirement that PhD date must not be more than 5 years ago?

Ads for postdocs in Sweden appear to always have a rule like PhD degree obtained preferable not longer than three-five years ago: Example 1, 2. I've seen it many times in the past but job opening ...
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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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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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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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Post-doc Salary in Germany

I noticed that there are some significant variation in the salary of post-docs in Germany. The post-doc salary could be given in TVL13, TVL14, TVL15, and even TVL15U scales. This means that the net ...
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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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When to apply for permanent positions while having a lengthy postdoc

I am less than half way through a five year postdoc/fellowship in mathematics. Some places have talked to me about possible tenure-track positions over the past year. As the years go by, I am getting ...
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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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Post-doc and family considerations

I’m doing my PhD in Europe but I’m researching my opportunities for doing a postdoc in the US. There is a reasonable amount of job postings in my field, so I hope I’d have a decent chance of obtaining ...
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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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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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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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To ask for a PostDoc position in the university X, is better to do it by myself or to ask to my supervisor?

I am a PhD student in artificial intelligence from an European university. This year I am going to finish my PhD program, so I am looking around to search for a suitable Postdoc position. I would ...
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Considerations when negotiating a promotion from postdoc to researcher?

I am currently a postdoc at an American university, and have been offered a promotion to something between postdoc and faculty (there is not a specific title, yet, but something like "soft-money ...
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Does it make sense to get a PhD if I have a Candidate of Sciences degree from a post-soviet country

Candidate of Sciences degree is awarded in some post-soviet countries for completing a 3-5 year research program, which has similar scientific requirements as a PhD. Here is a wikipedia article about ...
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How do I reply to a potential postdoc supervisor who has no funds at this time for me?

I am in the process of contacting potential supervisors for a postdoc position, and I need a bit of advice on how to reply to one of them. I have a PhD in urban planning, and I am applying to some ...
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Will lack of teaching experience be a major hindrance for a faculty position?

I'm currently a post doc (in theoretical computer science) and the only teaching experience I had so far was to teach some tutorial classes for undergraduate courses and giving some "guest lectures" ...
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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 published 10+ papers in peer reviewed journals in the field I am applying for jobs. I have been interviewed by ...
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How much salary can I expect as a physics post doc in the Netherlands?

I am considering a post doc in the Netherlands. I am a bit spoiled -- currently doing a post doc in the US with a salary of about $75000. I found a PI in the Netherlands whose project sounds very ...
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Do universities in the USA help postdoc researchers with the visa process?

I am currently at the end of my PhD and will be defending my thesis in the next two weeks. I have been offered a postdoc position at a university in the USA that is set to begin in October 2018. I ...
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Do hiring committees strategize?

This question is for those of you who have been on the hiring committee. I am wondering if the following scenario could happen. Applicant X applies to University Y; University Y looks at applicant X'...
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What should I do if I have an idea but can't work on it immediately?

I am a postdoc working on a research project, which is funded by a grant that runs for 3 years. After my first year working on the project, I identified a problem which could potentially lead to a ...
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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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What do principal investigators (PIs) look for in prospective post docs?

I've always wondered if PIs look for a perfect fit for their projects. For instance, a post doc vacancy is advertised as follows: Must have completed PhD with 3 peer reviewed journal articles. Must ...
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Are postdoc salaries in the USA adjusted for cost of living?

I'm a life sciences Ph.D. student preparing over the next few months to begin applying for a postdoctoral fellowship. Several of my potential advisors are on the coasts--California, Boston, Seattle--...
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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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Choice between A13 Z and E13 for a post-doc position in Germany

I received a post-doc offer in physics from a German University. The position has a fixed three-year term, which might be extended up to three more years. The original position description says that ...
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How to not fall in love with my co-author? [closed]

I am a post-doc (male) and I am working on a research project with another post-doc (female) from the same university. During our work, I got to know her and started developing emotions towards her. ...
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When should you move on from a postdoc position?

Suppose that in your sub-field there are half a dozen research groups on your continent that are acknowledged to be "world class". You have had the good fortune to do your MSc research in one, and ...
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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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How do academic position job search committees evaluate potential for intellectual leadership?

From what JeffE says over at Priority of application materials for admission decision The list is not that different for postdoc hiring (not "admission"), at least in my field (computer science). ...
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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 ...
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Is the status of postdocs perceived differently in western Europe vs. North-America?

In a footnote at this answer by on leaving a postdoc early, user Luke Mathieson writes: A postdoc in the US has lower status that it does in Europe/Australia/New Zealand/..., I'm aware that ...
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Sources of information about postdoctoral/PhD grants and funding

We are a research group in Spain. For first year postdocs and PhDs from other european countries that want to come to our lab, there is no support for spanish ministry of science. Therefore we wonder ...
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As a postdoc, how to deal with supervisor who keeps trying to involve my student in other projects?

I would appreciate very much an advice on the case which I will describe after a short intro about myself. Such introduction is not really necessary for the matter of question, but I hope it can ...
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What is work-life balance like in academia in Japan?

I am a current PhD student, still a couple years off from graduation. I'm still keeping my options open, but I've started to idly consider interesting places to do a postdoc. Fit with a mentor and ...
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How to get the most out of a period in another university during PhD?

Many PhD programs envisage for every candidate a period (3, 6 months or more) in another university, in order to carry on research in another institution, acquire new skills and (maybe) lay the ...
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Should I work an the advisor I “click with” or an advisor at a higher-ranked institution?

I am currently deciding where to do my next Postdoc. I have had many Interviews, and have two solid offers on the table. The first offer is in a highly ranked private University (not Ivy League nor ...
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As a postdoc, how to make sure I get credit for helping undergrad and grad students?

I am a postdoc, and I understand that my work involves assisting undergrads and grad students with their projects. But sometimes things go beyond mere helping into more like supervising and explaining ...
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How should a postdoc address senior research staff and faculty members in the USA?

What is the etiquette for addressing senior research staff and faculty members in an academic setting in the USA? A postdoc is no longer a student but at the same time he or she is (in general) not at ...
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Will I be allowed to reapply for a mathematics NSF postdoc next year after declining one this year?

I am a mathematics PhD student in the US graduating this year. I recently received a very good 3 year postdoc offer in Europe, which I have to accept or decline in early December. Not being a big risk ...
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If I'm key personnel on an NIH grant . . . can I put that on my CV?

I'm a postdoc in the sciences. My supervisor submitted a grant renewal to the NIH recently and listed me as "key personnel" on it. The renewal received very high marks and is likely to be approved. ...
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Disclosing hidden disability to employer

I'm doing a project-based postdoc in an European university. I have serious ongoing eye conditions that significantly affect my reading speed and as a result it took me 5 years to complete my PhD in ...
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How can women improve their chances to get postdoc positions in computer science?

I am planning to apply for postdoc positions in computer science (CS) departments, preferably in the US or Europe. I have searched several computer science departments/research groups at different ...
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Is it a good idea to write one's own recommendation letter for a postdoc application?

If a professor asks to write your own recommendation letter, is it really a good opportunity to grab? There may be multiple reasons for him to ask this, but I want to know what if you write your own ...

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