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Post-doc job search, sh*tshow edition

The last two years of my doctoral education have involved some extraordinary circumstances that might raise eyebrows for someone looking at my CV. In a hyper-competitive job market where I was already kind of outlier, I think any kind of academic position is a long shot right now. How do I 1) explain my history to potential employers with minimal drama/"woe is me" details and 2) prepare for a likely transition to non-academic employment that still doesn't entirely shut the door on future university employment. Details inside.... [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 on Nov 22, 2015 - 12 answers

Help Little Fluffy Grads + Postdocs Fly The Nest

What can a Professor do to help Grad Students (post-Masters) and Postdocs when they go to another country? What problems did you, as a grad/postdoc, have abroad? What helped? What resources exist to help such people? [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Jul 28, 2015 - 5 answers

So I'm moving to Copenhagen...

I'm starting a one-year position at the University of Copenhagen shortly. I'm a Canadian currently living in Germany, and I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Jul 16, 2015 - 9 answers

What else can I do with my Ph.D. besides postdoc?

I just defended my Ph.D. in a weird niche part of the natural sciences. The obvious path is to go on to do a postdoc and then a research or teaching career, and I'm taking some steps in that direction. On the other hand, if I was into doing the obvious thing I wouldn't have gotten a Ph.D. in a weird niche part of the natural sciences. What other jobs/careers/vocations should I look into? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Feb 26, 2015 - 11 answers

[post-dissertation filter] Finding work while still tethered? Procedure?

I just submitted my dissertation (yay...)! But during the struggle I've decided that academia is not my cup of tea--what next? Details after dropping out of warp. [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Jan 28, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I stop asking for help?

I have my first post doc job and am feeling out of my depth most of the time. I also don't have much supervision and can easily panic with problems that I don't know how to solve. I keep reaching out to my former PhD advisor that has given clear signs that he doesn't want to help anymore. Help me stop. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2014 - 21 answers

Where to live for Yeshiva/Albert Einstein College of Medicine?

My cousin's boyfriend has accepted a postdoc at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. He'll be moving here in August. He is a research scientist and will be keeping very odd hours and making frequent trips to campus to access the lab. Where should he live? Details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by kimdog on Jun 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Etiquette for contacting possible post-doc opportunity

I'm about to finish my PhD this coming Spring in the U.S., and although the funding I received was specifically for creating "practitioners" I'd actually like to sharpen my research and publication skills via a post-doc. The thing is, most researchers in my area are in the U.K. How do I introduce myself to them? [more inside]
posted by absquatulate on Dec 19, 2013 - 5 answers

My PhD lab is still paying me post-graduation-Should my CV say postdoc?

I graduated with a biochem PhD a month or so ago. As is common practice at my institution - my thesis advisor offered me a few months of additional funding to finish up some papers while I hunt for industry jobs. Formally, I now have a post-doc appointment and salary, but I'm not actually taking on any new projects or doing any new science, nor do I have funding to stay her for more than another month or two. How should this look on my resume? I'm only applying to industry positions, not to academic positions or proper post-docs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I go from one kind of nerd to another?

What steps should I take to switch to the aerospace industry from the academic world? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on May 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Please tell me about the home residence requirements for J-1 visas.

I will move to the US for a post-doc in the fall, and my host university told me they will issue a J-1 visa for me. By default, this kind of visa comes with a "home residence" requirement, which says I have to spend two years in my home country after the visa has expired, before I can apply for another stay in the US. I'm excited to go, but as a scientist in a niche field I'm a bit concerned about locking myself out of the US in the future. Many of the best places for me to seek further employment are in the US and very few are in my home country. Are exceptions ever made and, if so, what does it take? [more inside]
posted by springload on May 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Finished PhD; informally meeting with a prof in a different field?

Just got a PhD, don't have a new position lined up, meeting a prof, no obvious goal for conversation, have questions. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Apr 22, 2013 - 8 answers

[AcademicFilter] How can I ask better questions in seminars?

[AcademicFilter] How can I ask better questions at seminars? [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Feb 15, 2012 - 35 answers

Any advice or comments on jobhunting at science conferences?

Do any of you have experience with postdoc recruitment at academic conferences (Specifically, BSGT/ESGCT)? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Oct 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Watch out, Carl Sagan, I'm coming for your job

How do I, as a scientist, get a career popularizing and communicating science? Should I specialize and become an expert within my field, or should I keep my focus general? [more inside]
posted by wondercow on Aug 15, 2011 - 22 answers

Just because you're paranoid don't mean your advisor ain't out to get you

I suspect that my PhD thesis advisor may be writing me poor letters of reference for postdoctoral positions. What can I do to get some sort, any sort, of job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2011 - 18 answers

Women's interview attire..

Tell me about your favourite interview attire...and brand...and bags.. [more inside]
posted by xm on May 4, 2011 - 24 answers

How to get a postdoc position in the social sciences

I'm interested in potentially pursuing a postdoc and have no idea how the process works! I'm completing my PhD in the social sciences in Canada and wondering how one goes about getting these positions and if I can secure my own funding, can I go anywhere? [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith on Apr 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Biotech postdoc simultaneously exploring academic and industry jobs?

How does a biotech postdoc simultaneously explore academic and industry job opportunities? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2011 - 4 answers

Questions about a Canadian taking a Post-Doc in Orlando

I was offered a post-doc position in Orlando, Florida today (yay!). As the fantasy of employment after a PhD becomes a (potential) reality, I'm overwhelmed with figuring out what I would need to do and the associated expenses will be required for me take this position. Those who have tread before me, please help steer me in the right directions. [more inside]
posted by gavia on May 6, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I write a one-page research plan for a postdoc application in the humanities?

What should be included in a "one-page research plan" for a postdoc application (in the humanities)? What should the format be? I can find a lot of advice and samples for the sciences, but not for a humanities position. Advice and links would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
posted by Original 1928 Flavor on Oct 28, 2009 - 1 answer

Apparently you CAN level up beyond the PhD bonus round

How does one apply for a postdoctoral position/fellowship/job? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Oct 18, 2009 - 12 answers

selling out while staying academic

How can math postdocs switch into more applied fields? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2009 - 8 answers

What do you do in an advanced degree?

Those of you doing [post]graduate degrees...what exactly are you doing? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 22, 2008 - 14 answers

What should I discuss before agreeing to a postdoc?

I've been interviewing for bioinformatics postdoctoral positions in the U.S. and will soon be discussing the details of taking a position. Do you have suggestions over things I should discuss with my prospective mentor or research on my own before agreeing to the job? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Apr 9, 2008 - 10 answers

Academia: Should I stay or should I go?

I will finish my PhD in a few months, and now is the season for postdoc applications. Thing is, I am not sure if I want to stay and academia. Should I apply for postdocs anyways and keep my options open? If not, any Ph.D.s out there (especially physicists) who have any advice on making the transition away academia? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Nov 18, 2007 - 16 answers

Job Interview for my First Postdoc - help!

I have just finished my PhD (Biochemistry) and will shortly be having a job interview for my first postdoctoral position. What can I expect in the interview? Any advice? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy on Jun 24, 2007 - 6 answers

Pros and cons for an American taking a postdoc in Europe?

What are the pros and cons, professionally and personally, for an American taking an academic postdoc in Europe? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2007 - 10 answers

What advice do you have for a new PhD candidate?

PhD advice! I am starting a PhD program in Communications this fall. I'd like some general advice from those who have survived. I'm looking for ideas on wise steps to take as far as department politics, TAing, getting published, attending conferences, funding, trying to survive on no money, being in a relationship with a non-student, etc. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Jul 31, 2006 - 16 answers

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