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Academic view of graduates who go to US national labs?

Most of my Ph.D. graduates go on to the national Labs. The research is top notch, and who doesn't like going from a graduate student stipend to ~100K for a postdoc? I don't think I have ever ...
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Vicious academic circle

It sounds like you were turned down for a job. This happens. It may happen many times before you find a job. That is normal. The next step is not to discover some convoluted multi-stage process to get ...
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Academic view of graduates who go to US national labs?

The national labs are not looked down upon in academia (beyond a few snobs, but those kinds of snobs will look down on anyone who isn't them, anyway). National labs are doing world class research and ...
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Is there an hope for a stuck post-doctoral career to recover

Yes, there is still a chance. I have friends who were in your position and succeeded in getting an academic job. It is also true that your chances are diminishing, but you already know that. Having ...
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Academic view of graduates who go to US national labs?

Your underlying questions seems to be: How do I increase my chances of working at a U.S. DOE national lab? My PhD coadivsor and their partner went from a national lab to their current position. They ...
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Seeking Mentorship Late in PhD: Strategies and Criteria for Finding the Right Mentor

Yes, you should seek out mentors other than your advisor. It's critical to build a network of mentors who can help you with the various aspects of academia as well as life. Here are some relevant ...
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Vicious academic circle

I'm not sure exactly what you expected. You applied for a job for which you have an interest but no experience to show for, and they said "no". The fact that you're willing to learn the ...
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How to best exploit a (very) diverse research background in a Research Statement

Coming from industry back to academia, the main research-related concern of the hiring committee will be whether or not you have remained engaged enough with research that you can amass a strong ...
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How to best exploit a (very) diverse research background in a Research Statement

There is no single best strategy because there's no guessing what's in the mind of the search committee. You should read the job posting carefully and spin your cover letter and CV to fit that job. We'...
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Interview Dilemma: Other Offers

For what it's worth, I'm in a very similar position to you and I've simply been honest when the issue came up. They know that competitive candidates will be applying to multiple institutions. So far, ...
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Interview Dilemma: Other Offers

Everybody wants the best students. Saying that you have other offers will only make you look better in the eyes of admissions committees. The only possible exception would be a low-ranked school that ...
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Interview Dilemma: Other Offers

I suggest honesty. Not only does that let your conscience alone, but,also, you never know. University people may well talk to each other. Also, I don't think that "he has offers, so we'll offer ...
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Becoming a professor at a liberal arts college with H1B visa

The main current answer is spot on regarding visa types, but explicitly says that the author doesn't know the small liberal arts college (SLAC) environment. I am a math professor at a SLAC. We have ...
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Is a career in academia still viable after mediocre phd and break?

First: you do not have anything in hand, so start looking for any part-time job. Second: re-entry in academia is a state of mind, almost all of the PhD are out of academia as soon as their PhD is ...
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Vicious academic circle

There are two types of postdocs I hire: (A) great scientists/engineers that could themselves be group leaders. As long as they have an interest in my group's work, I am not concerned about their ...
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Interview Dilemma: Other Offers

Both of your worries do not really capture how hiring committees (or individual PIs, since you are apparently applying for a postdoc) think. Since I already have a few offers, they can give the ...
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Academic view of graduates who go to US national labs?

Professor at a top-3 engineering dept here, so probably among the snobs. In my field, with a few exceptions, the PhD students who have gone to National Labs have not been the top ones. So if I saw ...
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How to ask a professor from 29 years ago to write you a recommendation?

I have found that professors do remember me 20 years later if I did research with them, but don't necessarily remember me otherwise. Sometimes, if they have previously written a letter of ...
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