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If you were living in the same circumstances, what would you do? If I were you, I would do a part-time Master's degree in Computer Science while working on a not-so-high salary job. You will waste your money and time by doing another Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. You won't gain too much. The courses are about the same except a few theory courses (...


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I have several Australian colleagues, and the challenges are, in fact, real. The key challenges I have heard them speak of are: Time zones isolate Australia/New Zealand from the United States and Europe, though not from India and Asia. Travel is very long and costly. Most particularly, it is often difficult to get people from elsewhere to attend ...


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The basic idea is simple: reviewers have no incentive to write good reviews apart from their desire to see the conference succeed. Seeing an abundance of short, superficial reviews with a high acceptance rate indicates a low quality conference. An alternative explanation might be that this is a non-archival conference, often referred to as a workshop. In ...


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Would preaching at a church help you to become a better lecturer? Almost certainly, as would any similar experience. During the later stages of my PhD I worked in a very popular small museum giving tours and answering questions from the public. I always tell my students that it was the best way for me to hone my speaking abilities: I really learned how to ...


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In your CV consider listing these qualifications more like this: 2013 - Bachelor of Science in Computing Information Systems, from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering Department of King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. Equivalent in Australia is a Bachelor of Computer Science. 2016 - Master of Science in Information Technology, ...


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An Australian academic here. Keeping up is no problem. What I find difficult is the ability to establish new and productive collaboration. In the US, you can attend many conferences, see probably the same people every time, and from there, you find new collaborators. In Australia, due to cost and distance, it's a lot harder! In Australia, there is simply not ...


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My question is whether the paper should be "corrected" to Australian English as it is an Australian conference, or if "correct" UK English should be allowed from a UK writer? British English is acceptable in US-based or other places conferences that do not use British English. Each conference writes their requireements in the Call for Papers. Mostly, ...


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I am not a lawyer. This is a general caveat, and it is also why I don't know which copyright law applies: Australia's (where the book was published) or Germany's (where you reside). I would think Australia's, but I don't know for sure. Under the laws of both countries it is illegal to make a full copy of a copyrighted book, but different exceptions apply. ...


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I am not trying to pick a fight, and the acceptance of the paper is not at stake - this is merely a suggestion from the reviewer I think you (and some of the other answers) are overthinking this. Suggestions from reviewers are precisely that - suggestions. Some are good, some are less good, and you are free to adopt or ignore them at your pleasure. There is ...


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I did some looking around here, but it's difficult to find a specific solid answer because this is going to vary between the universities, to an extent. But what I've found points to this: Even though you are a British citizen, you have not been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK, which means you would be considered an international student. It would appear ...


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The proportion of "homegrown" to "...imported?" PhDs varies depending on your discipline, but at the science end of things (I'm in computer science, but know plenty of mathematicians and also majored in chemistry as an undergraduate) it's quite international. Apart from pathological cases (known "bad" universities, or otherwise extremely dubious universities)...


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I know many academics in Australia who obtained their PhD in the United States. In general, I think that overseas experience is seen as a positive, whether it be an Australian going overseas to do a PhD or a PostDoc or a non-Australian obtaining their PhD or PostDoc overseas. Some ranking systems even rate departments based on the number of international ...


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I am an Australian academic who moved to UK for my postdoc(s) specifically to overcome the isolation problem. However, I do believe your research field is very relevant. While there are other researchers in Australia in the same field as me, there are no research groups. This makes it very hard to get funding, ongoing employment or supervision, making it ...


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This seems to be explained in a FAQ from a previous year for this scholarship. I do not have numerically weighted academic transcripts, can I still apply? We require academic transcripts/official documentation showing specific subjects and how your overall grades were obtained. We require evidence of the progress of your studies in individual ...


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Universities in Australia take a slightly different approach from those in the US. Rather than recruiting serious academic positions almost exclusively at the assistant professor/level B level and recruiting in cohorts, they tend to advertise positions when they get new funding or when someone leaves, rather than on any particular timeline, and may hire (or ...


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I think it's a pretty common situation, during my applications I have noticed one of the two alternatives with regards to salary when looking for postdoc positions: it's clearly specified in the job advert. This typically happens if the salaries are somehow regulated at an institutional level, thus there is little room for negotiation (if any at all). it's ...


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It is next to impossible. I cannot say about Perth, but in Sydney you need at least 15,000 AUD per year to cover your living expenses, assuming you share a room. The minimal salary in Australia is roughly 30,000 AUD per year, and as a low-skilled worker you cannot get a salary much higher than this. This means you will have to work at least a half of your ...


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My field is statistics and I know that in computer science conference publications have a different (higher) standing than in statistics, so what I write may only be marginally relevant. However, I would distinguish between the high level conferences with top-level high impact publications and high rejection rates, and conferences that are in the first place ...


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My experience on this is more anecdotal, but perhaps it will be helpful. In Australia, I've certainly known plenty of couples that work at the same university. I can also think of a few where I imagine a package arrangement was organised (although I don't know details). Equally, I can think of cases where academics have left a department because the ...


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To demonstrate unemployment for an ARC DECRA eligibility exemption you must provide a justification statement. "Justification Statement: In no more than 3000 characters, please provide justification outlining the special circumstances in support of the Eligibility Exemption Request being submitted." - Eligibility Exemption Request: Instructions to ...


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Each university can define summa cum laude and magna cum laude as it choses. Honours/honors/medals cannot be considered directly comparable between American and Australian universities. Keep in mind that American universities do not have to adhere to national regulations or standards. They are much more variable than Australian universities and also far ...


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The typical Latin honors are "cum laude" ("with honor"), "magna cum laude" ("with great honor"), and "summa cum laude" ("with highest honor"). These are essentially a coarse form of ranking within the graduate class, telling you something about GPA or relative rank. They are widely but not universally used in the USA, depending on the philosophy of the ...


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I happen to be a PhD student in Computer Science in one of top 8 universities in Australia. I don't know much about the available grants, but there seems to be an early career research grant. More information about that and the grants in general in here: http://www.arc.gov.au/discovery-early-career-researcher-award The Australian Research Council (ARC), in ...


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In Australia, "PI" means partner investigator. This is someone who is involved in a grant application but is not eligible for funding. For example, they might be an international collaborator. A grant applicant is a "Chief Investigator" or "CI." Reference: http://www.arc.gov.au/eligibility-matters


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What have your jobs been in the last four years? When I'm looking at a CV, what I want is evidence that they can do the job my company needs. The best evidence is if they've already done that job (or something similar) in the past! If not, that's when I look back to the uni degree. And then I'm not looking for what modules you studied, I'm looking for what ...


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I am an Australian PhD student. Most of my fellow students do not have a Masters. My university lists the requirements for a PhD here Of particular note: 1.1.4 To be eligible to apply for entry to a Doctoral program, an applicant must demonstrate the capacity to undertake research at the Doctoral level by the attainment of at least one of the following:...


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I'm a current PhD student at the University of Melbourne. I can just support myself and one other person on my $30,000 of scholarships. I also live with just my partner (no housemates), our rent is just under $400/week + bills. So if you are OK with a more student-like experience you are likely to be fine, and use TA work to save for flights you need to take ...


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The comment above about non-specificity to academia is mostly correct, but there are special considerations for academics. Australian academics (including postdocs) typically receive their superannuation from Unisuper. All Australian academics need to know that the rate of superannuation contributions varies and that there are defined benefit and defined ...


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You will need to disclose your enrollment in this unfinished master's and provide whatever transcripts or other documentation might go with that. It's up to the scholarship committee to decide whether this disqualifies you. If it's later discovered and they decide it was disqualifying and should have been disclosed, you're not going to want to try ...


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