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I am a Ph.D student, and I’ve been considering for some time starting my own blog as a hobby, to write mostly on philosophical/political topics that interest me; these are definitely not related to my field of research (at least, not most of them). As it happens, some of the topics I want to address are controversial, and much of what I would write could be interpreted as being offensive to one group or another.

Let’s assume I want to look for a tenure-track position, and later on get tenure. Ideally, I hope everyone would agree that such a personal blog should not alter in any way my case for obtaining the position. In practice, I am concerned that the existence of such a blog could be used to attack my case for the position (and later on, my case for tenure) on the grounds that the opinions therein found are “offensive” or even “hate speech” (as might be interpreted by some very sensitive people in these modern times). More subtly, one imagines it could cause some decision-making persons to develop an effective bias against me, which would probably have a negative effect.

Thus my question in the title. I am looking both for personal experiences that people have had, and for some statistical data that may answer the question or a closely-related one (such as, does non-trivial political participation affect academic career? etc.)

I need to generate elemental image for real time 3D integral imaging system!
There my images’ size will be around 4-5MB ; for generating the elemental image and pixel mapping i need faster computation using GPU.

My first priority is speed

I am struggling to decide whether to use OpenCl, OpenCv ,CUDA or anything better is out there for faster calculation.

I’ve been an research assistant in a lab of my department for a while. I’ve gained some research experience and skills but I’ve developed some new research interests during my internship and I found them more interesting to pursue in my graduate study. However, I have no related research experience. How do I address that in my SOP for the Ph.D application?

I got my Ph.D. in Chemistry in an eastern European country in 2008. The same year I got a lecturer assistant position in a university in the same country.

Working there, I got promoted, first to lecturer (2010), then to assistant professor (2012).

From 2012 I started thinking about moving to another country: academic salaries are quite low and the political situation became very unstable. I even started to send my CV to several positions, and there was one offer. But due to some management changes, I became a department head at the end of 2012, so I refused the proposal and stayed in the university. A year ago I became an institute head inside the university.

Every year from 2012, I thought that it’s not the best year to leave my position because my resignation would put my department/institute into a difficult position. There is no open job market for academic positions in our country (due to the ridiculous salaries) and it would be difficult to find a replacement for a head of an institute in our city.

I can’t say that the management position is very unpleasant for me, but I feel that I’m not a good fit, and I would prefer to stay in an assistant professor / professor position. Today I feel that the bureaucracy takes over and I can’t get time to do research or to teach. When I raise these concerns with the management of our university, I get a response, like “When did life ever run smooth? You need to concentrate, and you would be OK. Now, take this new project.

Moreover, I can’t openly submit my requests to positions in other universities I like, because it will require me to provide a set of recommendation letters. All colleagues who know me well and who can give me such a letter would be VERY surprised when they will find out, that I want to change my occupation. The sphere of chemistry academia in our country is very small, everyone knows everyone.

So, what should I do next?

  1. Should I try to make an open statement to the university head
    that I think the position is not for me and I want to leave? It
    would be a very tough conversation, I would become a “lame duck” in
    the university without any guarantee of finding a “job of my life”.
    Also, this conversation would be very unspecific, because I have no
    other proposals. From the other side, then I would be able openly to ask my colleagues to provide a recommendation letter for me.
  2. Should I try to find another academic position without informing the management? But I don’t know how to provide a good set of recommendation letters then: people would start talking about my activity, and it would become public.
  3. If I send a CV to an assistant professor/professor position, should I mention, that I am a head of an Institute? I’m afraid that it can raise a lot of questions like “why do you want to downshift from such a good position to become a teacher/researcher”.
  4. Maybe there is something that I am missing?

To elaborate, “international” means you have to work at institute A for a minimum of X certain years, and work at institute B for a minimum of Y certain years. They are supposed to be far away from each other geographically (like Europe and U.S.)

And “challenges” are the ones during such kind of PhD life.

NOTE: I also posted this question on Quora.

EDIT: To narrow down the question, I particularly want to learn about the challenges in frequent travelling and working with multiple advisors in different locations.

Recently, I got two times rejection for my paper from two different reputed journals of Mathematics fields. The first time, I received two review reports in which both reviewers gave detailed comments with decision of major revision. But the paper got rejected by the handling editor of the journal.

Before going for a second submission (new journal), I tried my best to implement the comments of the reviewers of my first submission. This time again I got two review reports in which the first one suggested me to go for minor revision, while I received negative comments from the second reviewer. The second review says that my methods do not offer very much of an advantage over some of the existing classical methods. Also, it argues that no comparison is done with them.

Now, I am worried whether to submit this paper in a reputed journal or an average ranking journal. I am totally appalled by addressing their comments. What am I supposed to do in such circumstances?

I started as a research assistant in a new lab 10 weeks ago. I have a six-month fixed-term contract, which was supposed to be extended to a PhD project in 2017. However, my supervisors have been mean to me (I don’t quite understand why) and therefore I do not plan to stay in the group.

I have one unfinished paper (from the previous lab) which I plan to submit as soon as possible. The situation is quite clear: it was work that was started elsewhere, which I complete on my own time, and hence my new supervisors will not be co-authors.

I have been advocating against a certain practice in my field for about one year. I have received good comments about it. I would like to try to publish a short commentary in a leading science journal about it. However, I am not sure how to go about doing it. I would like to be the sole author, and not even discuss the work with my new supervisors. If I do it on my own time, is there potential for problems regarding authorship? It appears this particular lab has a policy that the supervisors co-author everything. Anyway, the usual protocols (e.g. Vancouver) suggest that without contributing they should be not. From a legal perspective I guess there are no problems, since the work (1) concerns a very general topic, (2) constitutes only of the idea, and does not need any resources from the university, and (3) I did it on my own time.

One thing I am also wondering is what to put as an affiliation. Should I put my present lab? Since it is the place where I work… Actually, doing that will have a positive effect to the lab’s funding prospects if it is mentioned as an affiliation. On the other hand, I guess it could be used somehow against me in the worse case.

What should I do?

Please note that this is about a commentary, not original research. I think that makes this question different from many others.