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Considering a second PhD, this time in statistics. Will any professors be interested in working with me?

As most of the comments already say, doing a second PhD is probably not a good use of your time and not very helpful. From an industry perspective you have a math PhD, that means you are very smart ...
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Can my former PhD adviser force me to complete tasks after quitting his research group?

Do not sign any document you are not sure about. Do not sign a document that assigns property to someone else unless you are getting fairly paid for it. Your PhD advisor cannot force you to do ...
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Professors refusing to write recommendation letter due to change of field

Your professors are in essence, trying to help. They think that their letters would not carry enough weight to help you. They may be thinking about if they'd admit a student from a different field ...
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Tenured position to be started very soon...what to do with the old affiliation

I would not tell anyone anything until you have accepted the position (ideally with a signed contract). Leaving a position on short notice leaves your colleagues in a bind to cover your teaching and ...
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Graduate school admission with a degree in a different field

Graduate programs care far more about your background and preparation than about which field is listed on your degree. Even if the application requirements list a degree in X as a prerequisite, the ...
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How realistic it is to change to a different field of mathematics after PhD?

I think it's quite misleading to hold up examples of very talented mathematicians or mathematicians from the distant past. The answer depends heavily on the field you want to switch into, hold ...
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Could number of years in Phd affect your chances to get employed in academia?

If you want to do the doctorate, then just do it. Never mind about the rest. While a few people might question the time, I think most realize that there are a lot of reasons that it can take longer ...
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How to overcome changing undergrad course/university due to failure

Difficult times occur. This is normal. Unless you did something foolish that caused your failure (and nothing indicates you did), there is no reason to feel regret. You cannot control everything in ...
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Can my former PhD adviser force me to complete tasks after quitting his research group?

If you sign a document in which you promise to complete unfinished projects, it will become much harder for you to refuse a request to do that, since you will be refusing to do something that you ...
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Changing PhD area of math?

There is one piece of advice that seems particularly important to give: do whatever is needed to enjoy working on your PhD. You won't go very far if stress and pressure is all that gets you going, and ...
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Is an engineering PhD enough to publish math stats research?

No formal credential is required for scientific publication in any discipline. What is required is good work, presented well in a context in which the reviewers can understand your results and their ...
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Can my former PhD adviser force me to complete tasks after quitting his research group?

First off: You can't be forced to do anything in any situation where you are walking away (*). This implies that when you are asked to sign a document, you can decline. You can also decide to sign it, ...
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What field of study allows a hobbyist to make a potential contribution

With programming you can make a contribution to virtually any industry. There's always a need for better, faster, smarter software that allows industry workers to get ahead of competitors and make ...
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Should I mention in statement of purpose that my undergrad degree is in a different field because my parents wanted me to do it?

Do not say: "I did engineering undergraduate because my parents made me." Why? Because you are applying for graduate school. The admissions committee wants to see adults. Referring to your ...
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Would I be disqualified from academic positions in mathematics if my PhD is in cognitive science?

In mathematics in particular, the question that search committees will have about you is your willingness and ability to teach a variety of undergraduate mathematics courses. If you have significant ...
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Does one need a master's in math before taking a PhD in pure math?

It depends on the country. In the US, it is frequent that students go from undergrad right into their PhD. While there, some do get a Master's, but as a side effect of coursework for the Ph.D. ...
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Graduate school admission with a degree in a different field

I would like to add to the other answers the fact that the ease with which you can jump to a different field in graduate school depends on the nature of your new field. One factor to consider is how ...
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Switching to philosophy after a PhD in mathematics

Maybe you do not know what an undergraduate degree at an American university means. You do not study, say, philosophy, you "major" in it. Depending on the university and your own choices, you may ...
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(How) Can I switch from field X to field Y after getting my PhD?

First, you should consider: what is your motivation for making this switch, and why do you think you will be successful? Is there some compelling need to make this change (such as limited job ...
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How to change to Mathematics PhD program following M.S. in Computer Science?

Take a look at Is it easy to change your major after starting your PhD or masters, if it is necessary?, which is somewhat similar. In particular, unfortunately, it sounds like your current ...
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What to expect when pursuing a second doctorate in an unrelated field

In my experience, nonstandard paths like what you propose are initially viewed with surprise, and with varying degrees of suspicion. That includes admission committees, potential supervisors, fellow ...
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Tenured professor wanting to go back to school for a PhD in a different field

The two fields are very close together. (Both are essentially different types of applied psychology.) There isn't really even a point in going back to school for this. Just learn the stuff and ...
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Switching fields within biomedical sciences between PhD and postdoc?

My background for context: BSc Mathematics, MSc Applied Mathematics, PhD Mathematical Modelling in Electrophysiology, Postdoc Biomedical statistician in gastroenterology but I avoided statistics like ...
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Considering a second PhD, this time in statistics. Will any professors be interested in working with me?

From your question and comments it seems that there are two distinct issues: Finding a good industry job with your profile: since you mention statistics I assume that you are looking at jobs in the ...
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After PhD in Aerospace Engineering, could I be admitted into a top university for a second PhD in Computer Science?

I received my PhD in Mathematics 40+ years ago and considered getting a second PhD in Computer Science. Spoke to a professor at a University about my plans and the advice he gave me "You have a PhD ...
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Should I mention in statement of purpose that my undergrad degree is in a different field because my parents wanted me to do it?

You are right that some people will see a first degree in engineering and wonder something like "if this applicant likes (and is good at) math enough to do grad work in it, why not do the undergrad in ...
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Is it possible to do a PhD in pure mathematics after studying aerospace engineering?

The kind of math you'd get exposed to with your proposed BSc would be very much of the applied variety (calc, differential equations, that sort of thing) but it's not going to drive you to any of the ...
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