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In the US you might consider exploring nonprofits, the financial accountability and dynamics will be quite different. One might imagine, over time, it becoming more convenient for a large organization to outsource these kinds of activities to a nonprofit organization, perhaps spinning-up and endowing the new organization. My crystal ball is fuzzy, ...


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They are unlikely to be driven by short term economic concerns (next quarter profit statement), but are certainly related to long term, possibly very long term, economic effects. Many do such things to enhance the corporate reputation, which certainly has monetary value, even if difficult to measure. In recent decades, almost all corporations put value to ...


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I don't have much idea about abroad but I am putting a short answer here. M.Sc is considered in India or UGC as a post-graduate degree and in that sense, you must enroll and complete the registration in Ph.D. before applying to any teaching positions. Within India teachers' salary is indirectly protected by the UGC and Indian Govt irrespective of the fact if ...


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I've seen the following four approaches to the problem of unproductive (in research) tenured faculty. Give them lousy (or non-existent) raises every year. Two such professors were excellent teachers, and the department chair (presumably with the dean's approval) made a deal with them, that if they teach 50% more courses than usual, then no research would be ...


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Responding a bit tangentially: in terms of the risks one takes in playing the academic game, in trying to do "research" (whether in science or humanities or...), the idea of "tenure" (in my opinion) is that people should get a large reward for their person risk. In particular, if people will not at all be rewarded for speculative ...


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While I agree with the other responses, let me give you the perspective of someone who was part of a group where second PhDs were common. I think many of this will not apply in all countries (including the US), though. Reasons to do a second PhD: Funding. Sometimes it is just about how someone can be hired. Also, in some countries PhD researchers are rather ...


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You are dramatically overestimating how much people will look into the details of your PhD. Nobody will read your thesis and, after you land your first job, nobody will care what it was about. If you decide to switch fields, you'd be surprised how quickly people stop caring what your major was. You will are a STEM PhD first and foremost, and people will only ...


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Short answer: no Longer answer: Finishing your PhD does not mean that you are done learning and improving. Everybody needs to continue doing that, and they do so without doing an additional PhD. Most (gradually) migrate to new topics, and learn about those through self-study or the occasional course/workshop. Most need to learn new skills; Many are shocked ...


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Statistics are available here: https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/3433488/5288557/KS-SF-07-131-EN.PDF.pdf/7d909a0e-c079-41c8-b967-3bf34f40c588?t=1414687663000 (somehow old, but they match the authors statistics) As well as here: https://www.oecd.org/innovation/inno/careers-of-doctorate-holders.htm


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This would generally be understood. I am not sure why the declined offer would be a major plot point in a recommendation letter (but then academics write all sorts of irrelevant stuff in such letters).


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I am very grateful for the offer but I have decided to proceed with a different one. I wish you the very best for the future, Yours, See- short and sweet. They are busy people and at this point they only need one bit of information from you. They have invested a lot of time already, as you say, they do not wish to spend anymore time beyond the point where ...


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You wrote in a comment: I was worried about being negatively judged. Let them judge you! If something is important to you, if you base life changing decisions on it and if it bothers some people, then you can use it as a very reliable indicator that you would not want to work with them.


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Would researchers understand that researcher's decision? You seem to be imagining the other researchers as being much more interested in the personal life and preferences of someone they don’t know than they actually are. In truth, the researchers would not “understand”, simply because they have no particular interest in why someone chooses to go or not to ...


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I’m not sure I understand your question. People turn down offers all the time (even if they don’t have a competing offer) for all kinds of perfectly valid personal reasons. The city is not to their liking in this or that way, the university does not offer sufficient spousal or child support, the cost of housing or living is too high, the commute is too long ...


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Breakthroughs from outside academia are nothing new. The light bulb was not invented by a professor, nor was the telephone. In fact, you might be interested in stories about the Bell Labs and the Xerox Labs as examples of research institutions run by companies. As such, most professors will probably neither be surprised nor bothered or concerned in the least ...


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Professors in subjects like CIS and physics receive many such emails every year. So far, some large percentage (99%? more?) have turned out to be from cranks.* So, even if your contribution is the exception, many of them will disregard it. Perhaps the thing to do is write it up carefully, and submit to a reputable journal. They are more likely to give ...


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Many "breakthroughs" outside academia are secret and professors never hear about them. This includes trade secrets and military secrets. Achievements from industrial research labs which do become public are treated in the same way that achievements from academic labs are treated. Most science, including the really good stuff, is incremental ...


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For the record, I am no longer working in Chinese universities, and I'm not from the fields of math or CS. A few years ago, I was doing a tenure-track position in a university in one of the top 5 largest Chinese cities. I am merely writing this answer since no one else has come to the fore, but I am hoping that someone who has direct experience of doing a ...


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You point out the difference in your question: You are comparing top universities in the US with new and/or regional universities in China. I don't actually have anything to offer regarding the specifics of Chinese universities (though I'd be excited to work at one sometime!) but small/new/regional universities in the US also hire faculty without requiring ...


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You are asking about having a professor contacting someone on your behalf, which is generally good and positive. There are other similar notions you may have preferred to ask that have formal terms: "Should I ask my supervisor to write a letter of recommendation for me, even though they are not from my field?" to which, the answer is absolutely. ...


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There are at least one or two dozen professors at research universities who are interested in semi-invariant rings of quiver representations. That's as many as you will find for almost any specific research topic in mathematics. I wonder if you went to the right conference. Representation theory is a big area, and of course most representation theorists won'...


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The more tightly you focus the search for a post-doc tied to any specific research thread, the harder it will be to land a post-doc, just because there are fewer opportunities in narrow areas. You need to be flexible in the short term. You can use mathematical skills and insight to do many things. To get autonomy you need to first have a secure position. ...


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