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I suggest not putting too much emphasis on this one factor. The reason is that there are just about as many reasons for this as there are associate professors. You've named a couple of them. Let me add a few more. Some recently tenured faculty need a break, especially if their path to tenure was especially arduous. Some recently tenured faculty want to ...


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The authorship standard in my field (neuroscience/biomedical) is that the first author is the person who primarily did the work, often a graduate student or post doc; the last author is the person who supervised the work, often a professor. Middle authors are seen as having more modest contributions, but their actual impact varies quite a bit and it's ...


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The salary range for the Amsterdam position is almost certainly a mistake and should read €2395 to €3061. It would average out (over the 4 years and your progression through the salary range) to ~€2200 after taxes per month but there are holiday and end-of-year bonuses which push it up to ~€2400. Additionally, €500/month is going towards a pension fund. This ...


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No. The role of supervisor is understood in a number of ways by a number of people, but supervisors are not bound to clarify technical questions. They should provide reasonable guidance (for instance by suggesting possible solutions paths, references to similar material, appropriate training on equipment, course selection). Now reasonable guidance means ...


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Quite certainly the number of hours listed will be irrelevant. It would be extremely unusual for a PhD student to be on the clock. The salary range listed for Amsterdam is gigantic. Your net salary in Germany will depend on various personal factors, e.g. whether you are married, if so how much your spouse makes; whether you have children and what religion ...


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I suggest you have a look at this page : https://www.campusfrance.org/en/how-to-enrol-Doctorate-France and then specific universities pages. I recommend you act swiftly as the process tends to start much earlier in the year, several offers have now been filled, but there are probably still some good opportunities if your search is wide enough. Edit : here ...


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A full time TV-L 13 position in Germany will give you roughly 2200€ oft net income in the first year, and it increases after 1 year, and again after 2 years. So I would guess the amount of money you will have in both Amsterdam and Stuttgart will not differ by much more than a few 100€. From a pure money perspective, you should thus consider: how much would ...


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Maybe there are sufficiently confident in themselves and their work not to need the recognition that comes from being 1st author. I will certainly give authorship priority to my students whenever it’s reasonable: my contributions tend to be more at the conceptual than the calculational level, and a 1st-author paper will have more i pact on their CV than ...


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No, you should not accept this offer without consulting university x. You are likely limited in the outside work that you can undertake. This is assuming that you are receiving financial support from University X. If you are not, then they have little grounds to say no, although university regulations should always be consulted, particularly if you are on a ...


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I think it is also a matter of attitude and personal choice. To give you and example, both my PhD and postdoc advisors are well-established with about the same number of publications per year but have a very different publication profile: My postdoc advisor has no first-author papers from the last 5 years or so: they have lots of students and prefer to ...


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It is not in the best interests of students at any level to have all of their questions answered directly. Part of being a good teacher is the ability to help students learn to answer their own questions. This is especially true of research students as when they gain their doctorate they should expect to be working at a level where there is nobody to answer ...


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There is a bit of a balance here. Yes, I'd suggest that you spend a few words on some topic that interests you a lot, though perhaps not so much as a "proposal". I'd also recommend that you don't commit yourself too deeply to following that precise line of interest for dissertation studies. Why... On the one hand, saying something indicates ...


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It is fairly common that a PhD student change advisors in the middle of a thesis. There are lots of reasons why advisors change jobs, or even interests, and the reasons can sometimes be sudden. The smart choice for the student, though, depends a lot on their situation and their goals. A student who is in the later stages of writing their dissertation may ...


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