I am applying for a Statistical Programmer position at a CRO, and I am wondering if it is unethical to omit my PhD in Statistics from my resume? All of my degrees (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD) are in Statistics, and I am just wondering if it would be ethical to just list my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree on my resume, and indicate my experience as a RA while I was a PhD student as my “work experience”? (Since this Statistical Programmer position only requires Master’s degree plus some years of experience)

I am asking this question because I do not want to do anything unethical/cause me troubles later on.

Thank you,

I am in my first year of a theoretical physics PhD in the UK and I’m coming to the end of a week abroad at another institution where some collaborators of mine work. The purpose of the visit is to make some quick progress on a specific project, and I applied for (and was awarded) a small grant from an EU funding body to pay for the visit.

My question is this: should I include a short visit such as this on my CV?

I see my CV as essentially a record of my professional activities, and this visit therefore falls within that scope, but I wonder if, due to the short nature of the visit, it would be seen as padding. I already have a modest section of my CV devoted to grants, awards and prizes, where I also list the specific monetary amounts I recieved, so is it wiser simply to list the funding and not mention the visit it was used for?

Further to this, I intend to apply for more funding soon which will allow me to visit the same institution plus another in another country for much longer (possibly up to six months). If I am successful in this regard, should I include the visit, the funding or both on my CV? What are the possible benefits or drawbacks of doing so?

I am just over two years into a CS PhD, and have decided to drop out. I was in a competitive field, and found it difficult and frustrating trying to make a worthwhile contribution. I didn’t complete many of my experiments as it became apparent they were not sufficient, though I’ve done an extensive survey of the literature. Talking to my supervisor, he offered me a transfer to an MPhil course instead.

I have no interest in pursuing academia further, and intend to move into industry. I already have a reasonable STEM BSc and good CS MSc from top UK universities, and I’m confident in my tech skills (although some are a bit rusty after two years of research). I feel like I can explain my choice of leaving positively at interview. On the other hand, I have limited work experience, and there are skills I’ve learned in my PhD which I have no evidence for.

Given this, how does an MPhil compare to simply dropping out, purely in terms of my CV and employability?

Edit: in my mind, the difference is between listing “PhD in [topic] (not completed)” vs “MPhil, dissertation: [topic]” and I’m wondering if the latter is significantly better due to the qualification and documentary evidence.

I’m taking a (non-student) job as a full time research assistant in a university engineering department, and am wondering what alternate title I could use for this on my resume that isn’t misleading.

Research assistant has a connotation of being a lower level student job, and I have a MS degree and ten years of work experience, so I’m hesitant to put that title on my resume. If this was in industry I could use research engineer, but in academia, that has a connotation of someone who is a principle investigator and has a PhD.

My job description is a hybrid between these: I’ll be doing research and publishing, but in support of someone else’s project. Also some departmental work setting up labs, learning and maintaining the equipment and helping teach students to use it. Most of my time will be spent on research activities. Suggestions for an alternate job title?

I am a second-year PhD student.

Through a grant I was able to organize a scientific visit for myself to another university. The aim of this visit was just to talk and discuss with some of the staff there about their research.

Prior to my arrival, my host notified me that they frequently hold internal seminars/colloquia etc. and would I like to give a talk. I obviously accepted this offer.

My question is, when listing this talk on my CV, should I list it as contributed, invited, or just a ‘Talk’?

I only ask as typically I think of the term ‘invited talks’ for more senior, established academics and it was I who petitioned my host in the first instance for a visit.

Any input welcome. Thanks

During my PhD I was invited three times by two researchers to stay and do research in their lab, one week at a time. I’m now a postdoc and applying to tenured jobs in Europe (yay). Should I include these stays in my CV for these job applications?

To be fair most of the deadlines have already gone for these applications. Someone just mentioned to me that they did that so I’d like more opinions on this. To be even more fair I’m pretty sure I will still need the advice next year. (Some more research stays are coming up, also.)

I am applying to several Master’s Program. In my CV, I state that I did an internship in mathematics research during the summer. The only proof I’ve got of this is in the letter of recommendation written by my supervisor( which in total is only 6 lines, 3 stating what we did during the internship and the other 3 stating that he highly recommends me).

So I wonder, is putting the letter of recommendation along with my CV (not separately) ill-advised?

I am in the process of updating my CV. Since I often get labeled as “the bioinformatician” I get to play with many different languages and technologies, and similarly what people expect from a bioinformatician varies from person to person. So I figured it would be a good idea to indicate how much I feel I know in respective fields/languages.

Inspired by this question, I came to wonder whether or not its acceptable to have self-assessed ratings of your technical skills, such as: proficiency programming languages, familiarity with relevant software etc.

My own feeling is that such ratings are useful to indicate what you feel most confident or comfortable with. It would also be useful to show any potential future employer the level of competence you have in different fields. If you think about it a bit, it is common to have some type of rating for the languages one speaks, so I think an analogue to programming language proficiency should not be that alienating.

On the other hand there is the risk of rendering your CV like, as a friend of mine put it, a role-playing game character sheet.

Is it common to have such ratings on skills? Are there any potential problems with it?

Edit: What I was thinking is a small listing something like:

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In the country I did my PhD in, at a lot of courses there are lectures by a professor covering theory, and then lectures by a PhD student which cover exercises, examples, clarifications, etc. Those are lectures which require preparation, standing in front of a full class, just like the “main” lectures. My question is, how should I refer to it in my CV. Maybe if I write “Teaching Assistant”, in the US it might be understood as something with less weight than what I described?


What does the crowd think about how to list an article update on a cv?

For example, I have a peer-reviewed encyclopedia article that the publishers have asked me to update after 2 years. This updated article still has the same title (after all, it’s the encyclopedia entry name) but content is approx. 25% different, and will be peer-reviewed.

What is the best way to indicate this new contribution on my cv?

BTW: I am, perhaps obviously by the question, early career.