Questions tagged [working-time]

Questions pertaining to number of hours worked, work schedules, vacation time, sabbaticals, etc. in relation to training and careers in academia

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Postdoc positions - a new trend?

I have observed a new trend in the academic life. I think it is something worthwhile discussing. Many postdocs choose to leave American and European positions and pursue appointments in Asia, and more ...
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How to reduce workload and recover while dealing with aftereffects of a serious concussion?

Around one year ago, I had a ski accident and suffered from concussion. I was on sabbatical at that time ⛷️. At first, I didn't notice full-on effect. Now I am back to full academic life of teaching, ...
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Do Chinese universities operate on a '996' schedule?

Do Chinese-speaking universities operate on a 996 schedule, meaning that under normal (non-pandemic) circumstances they expect their employees to be present from 9am-9pm or longer, six days a week or ...
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Is it normal for a full-time instructor to be required to be present physically on campus 40 hours a week?

I am a new Instructor, started during the pandemic and am only going into my second year. I work for a smaller local college, full-time. The college is a located in the U.S. in the Mid-West (Ohio), it ...
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I am employed full-time with a part-time PhD. Can I take up an internship and get paid in my home country to bypass limits on number of hours worked? [closed]

I am working as an International research assistant in a public organization in Germany. I am also doing a part-time PhD from a different university, and the topic of the PhD is different. So, I am ...
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Is it true that the workload of professors has increased?

In general, a professor teaches basic, intermediate and advanced courses. The content of basic and intermediate courses is generally based on textbooks. Advanced courses may require recent results. ...
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What are certain work ethics and habits I should start developing right from my undergraduate to be an effective researcher?

I am a physics undergrad in India, about to graduate in a month or two. Now, I love my work and the research method, and love to read about things from many different perspectives to give myself a ...
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How do researchers cope with boredom? [closed]

Pre-pandemic, I used to do research in a lab environment. The disadvantage with the lab environment is that I focus only on applied work due to continuous monitoring. Now, during the pandemic, I spend ...
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Are burnouts during Ph.Ds common among students?

My supervisor assigns to me many tasks a week and wants them finished in a short period of time, it's been a while now and i feel a bit exhausted. Is this scenario common amongst CS PhDs in the US ?
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Difference of difficulties between fields of research

Is it true that research (Ph.D...) in some fields requires more work and are harder than others ? For example to publish an article in computer science is it more difficult than to do in ...
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Is my university using TA's excessively?

Currently, at a broad level, the scenario I am observing is as follows: Tasks by Instructor (assistant professor, associate professor, professor) Collecting presentations from either the internet or ...
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Is it impolite to not reply back during the weekend?

When someone writes to me while I am online during the weekend (a student or a colleague), is it impolite to not reply back, especially when they can see that I am online (on Mattermost for example or ...
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Maximizing Output [closed]

What are your methods in maximizing research output? I, a junior researcher without teaching duties at the moment, have been trying to work more and more hours, pushing leisure closer and closer to ...
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How likely are you to be stressed in academia? [closed]

So a little context. I'm a second year masters student in theoretical physics and last year I almost had a burnout. I mean that I had symptoms of burnout but it was not severe enough to be an actual ...
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Does an associate professor work in the laboratory on a daily basis? [closed]

I got a position as an associate professor at new university. I observe my colleagues that they do not work in the lab normally which is quite strange for me. In my previous job as assistant professor ...
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PhD in Biology: how time consuming?

I am currently pursuing my master's in bio-medicine. I am taking classes, doing research, and working as a graduate assistant at the same time. So far it has turned out to be very time consuming. I ...
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Finding time for the associate editor job – should one ask institute's management?

An early career researcher (ECR) is asked to become an associate editor for a reputable classical journal. Of course, no renumeration is offered. Based on the experience of other ECRs in a similar ...
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Managing council work while working full-time as a PhD student

I want to know what are the few planning and management ways that one can use while being a full-time doctoral student (research, collaboration meetings, some coursework and teaching) and also holding ...
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Is it typical to work 60 hours per week as a PhD student?

I was wondering whether this was just a local phenomenon or it's the generally accepted status-quo around the globe. Preface: In my part of the world (German-speaking Europe), we have a terribly ...
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Is doing a research internship during MSc. studies worth exceeding the standard period of study?

Is doing a 3-6 months research internship during MSc. studies worth exceeding the standard period of study? I am in my 3rd semester for my (course and thesis based) CS MSc. degree. The standard ...
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Convert coursera courses to ECTs

TL:DR version: I took some Coursera courses, I want to know how many credits they are worth by the institution backing it up (as well as how many credits a semester they offer, preferably, in the ...
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What's a realistic workload per blackboard hour for teachers during the semester?

There is this excellent thread about teaching workloads across the world on Academia SE: Is 100 hours per year of teaching a heavy load for a lecturer? I would now like to continue this discussion ...
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Does academia have a lazy work culture?

I'm a rising sophomore at a top US university, and I've become really fascinated with the world of academia over the past year -- so much so that I'm considering doing a PhD after I graduate and ...
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Chinese Mathematics Education [closed]

I often wonder about Mathematics Education in China, particularly at the late high school and undergraduate level. In the US, a typical undergraduate math degree will include lower division: 1-2 ...
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Is it acceptable to use working hours to read general interest books?

Every year are published around a dozen of books directly related to my research. By directly I mean on the same topics of my research, normally by authors I am familiar with, and potential reference ...
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Organization tips for a newcomer to academic learning

I missed my chance to attend university when everyone else did and I'm out of school for seven years. Now I'd like to get a degree (BA History & English) through the Open University. I've never ...
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Workload of PhD in US/Europe/Canada [closed]

I am a Masters student applying for PhD in computer science to various universities in the US/Europe/Canada. I wanted to know about the workload in general which we will have while pursuing it in ...
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Professor requiring volunteer work

I am in a US graduate program and our professor has made a requirement that we have to participate in a program called VITA. It is a volunteer tax aid program for low-income individuals. As a ...
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Is it normal for PhD students to do much "non research" work?

Background: At my current institution I haven't even officially started my PhD yet, meaning I am not even enlisted as a PhD student. I have my bachelor’s and master’s already, and this is in Germany ...
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Is it moral to propose work that's already partly done?

Academia involves a lot of proposals and approvals and it can save effort to combine them. A grant including work that's already been started is easier to satisfy. The applications I receive for ...
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What are some strategies to deal with perfectionism?

In my writing, teaching and research, I always do much more than I should. I produce excellent work, but it's always late because I seem to be incapable of scaling back my (unrealistically high) ...
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Would being a teaching assistant influence your research?

I see that a TA position requires 20h every week which almost equals 2.5 days workload. Wouldn't that be too heavy for a Ph.D. student? If I don't do the TA, I could save the time to do high-quality ...
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Are there statistics for the share of work which is put into planning, performing, analyzing and documenting of an experiment? [closed]

I was wondering if there are statistics of the ratio of effort (or time) for the different steps in experimental research? Given that all the work which needs to be done to start (literature review, ...
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Stay in academia or become professor without overworking, is it possible?

I am referring more to young scientists after the PhD than professors, although I am also wondering about people with a stable position. I see many people overworking themselves, burning-out, being ...
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Can I work on old manuscripts using personal time?

I submitted few manuscripts to some journals during my PhD and moved to other institute for postdoc (full-time) in few months before. Now one manuscript has come for revision and other manuscripts may ...
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Vacation Days of Assistant Professor in Canada [closed]

I may apply for an Assistant Professor (AP) position at York University in Toronto, Canada. Since I live in Europe, I would like to know how many vacation days are available in this position. For ...
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How to deal with leftover work after changing employer?

In the academic world, how is work generally handled that has not been finished when an official contract ends? This is, I imagine, more the rule than the exception, for example when papers were ...
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Relearning how to work (becoming much more efficient). Is it even possible?

I’ve been considering a career in academia ever since I was an undergrad. I’m turning 30 this year. I think I should either get to it (PhD and beyond) or give it up once and for all. The key source ...
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Informing bosses that I finish my job in 10 hours / week [closed]

This question made me think about my situation. After different academic jobs, I took a tenure-track position that I can typically do in 10 hours/week. With the extra time I do hobbies or am with my ...
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Is it possible to pursue a PhD while working full time and living in another country?

I work full time as a Chief Operating Officer for a company and would like to pursue a PhD and study the population I am working with (women workers in fisheries). I have been researching different ...
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How should I ask my PhD advisor to let me work remotely...permanently?

My wife plans to graduate in a few months. I have 1-2 years left before I defend and graduate. I'd like to move away with my wife so we can stay together. My work is entirely on a computer, so ...
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What are the working hours for full time PhD students in Germany?

What are the working hours per week for full time PhD students in Germany? Also, how many holidays are granted in a year? How is the work-life balance for full time PhD students? Thanks!
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In U.S. universities, do male professors get paternity leave?

Do American universities typically help male professors transition into fatherhood by offering (paid) paternity leave? If so, what is the standard amount of paid time off that is offered? Feel ...
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How to calculate person months for postdoc proposal when planning to work full time on multiple work packages? [closed]

I am currently in the process of preparing my proposal for a postdoc position. In specific parts of the proposal I need to refer to person months for each work package. I will be the project ...
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How do I ask / inform my supervisor that I need to take a day off?

I just recently got a job as a research assistant over the holiday (which will later turn into an unpaid independent study project). Before hiring me for the job, my supervisor asked me if I would be ...
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Countries where lecture duration does not exceed one hour

Most (probably all) universities attribute to each subject a fixed number of credits, which in turn are [most of the time] related to the time spent in classes. In Brazil, the majority of courses ...
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How much does rigor and time commitment of a math PhD correlate to prestige of the program? [closed]

My question is the extent to which the prestige and rank of a PhD in mathematics correspond to the rigor of the program. I'm absolutely not worried about working hard, but I'm recently married and I ...
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Is 8:00 AM an unreasonable time to meet with my graduate students and post-doc?

I am a recently graduated PhD, but for the past few years I have been on an 8:00-16:30 schedule with a lunch break at noon. I arrive between 7:45-8:00 and get started immediately. Now I am on as a ...
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Is it common for higher education institutions to offer sabbatical periods for administrative / support staff?

Occurred to me that some office-based private for-profit companies offer the opportunity of sabbatical periods to their staff. Do most higher education institutions offer sabbatical periods for ...
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How to work on a joint math paper effectively? [closed]

Now, I am working on a joint paper with some collaborators. The research is about mathematics. This is my first experience of working in collaboration. Another author has sent a manuscript about our ...