Questions tagged [soft-money]

An academic position largely (or entirely) supported with external grant funding.

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Is a hybrid career possible in academia

I m rounding the corner of my PhD and wanted to have the semblance of a plan for next steps as I close out my degree. I came from industry so I have a grasp of the pros and cons on that front. I also ...
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What are ways for graduate students to make additional money? [closed]

A friend of mine started a PhD program after finishing his diploma with the best possible grade. Unfortunately the institute does not have a lot of resources so he is being paid from a project fund ...
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Is it realistic to prefer a non-tenure-track research position?

I am a PhD student in a biomedical field in the United States. After seeing professors' Google calendars and figures like this (link) about how limited the time tenure-track faculty get to spend on ...
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My mentor is advising me to "not worry about the cost"?

In my school, we have a program that allows students to do research as an undergrad with a mentor. Not uncommon. Naturally, as a participant, this is my first dive into the world of research. I am ...
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How to ask for a research project fee to an external investigator?

I'm currently a postdoc, and someone from another institution (a colleague of a colleague; I didn't know them before) contacted me to invite me to collaborate on their project. While the project ...
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For Applied Maths / Engineering masters and PhDs transitioning into industry, do they still get to use MATLAB?

MATLAB seems to be the software of choice in applied math and engineering departments that I know of. It is a very well-documented software, and so learning how to utilize it, whether it'd be for ...
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Soft money tenured profs in schools of medicine

I am a PhD student focusing in psychiatric genetics, hoping to become a professor someday. It is my understanding that a lot of the PhDs in my field end up working in schools of medicine in positions ...
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A private, third party wants to fully fund one's PhD studies. How would one mention this in an admissions essay?

If a private, third party wants to fully fund one's PhD studies, how would one mention this in an admissions essay?
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How does job security in academic untenured soft money positions compare with job security in industry?

With tenured hard-money positions being increasingly competitive, some researchers spend their entire career on soft money untenured positions. To me, it would seem quite bad to never know more than ...
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Continue applications after accepting a position

There are various questions (and excellent answers) here about what to do when one accepts a job regarding existing applications. The general consensus is "withdraw existing applications". I write ...
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Is there a stigma in computer science toward too many postdoc positions?

I am wondering if there is a stigma attached to holding too many soft-money positions when looking for a tenure-track position in the area of computer science. In computer science, postdoc positions ...