The number of postdocs is increasing worldwide. Because of their technical expertise and dedication, postdocs are rapidly becoming the backbone of most large science laboratories.

I am aware of institutional associations for postdocs, which are venues for networking, exchange of ideas, solving problems. At the local scale.
Examples:

http://www.nationalpostdoc.org

http://jhpda2.jhu.edu

https://uwpa.wisc.edu

However many postdocs move from their original departments, and became international. And it is my impression that similar challenges are faced by postdocs around the world, and it is quite hard finding out how things are going with colleagues abroad. Especially on delicate matters, via cold emails.

Please, would anyone be aware of some international association where postdoctoral fellows worldwide could meet, and discuss their difficulties and experience?

I am about to make an important decision for my career. I have a good PhD position (fully funded with a good stipend) in East Asia. The university is one of the top 50 in my subject, which is electrical engineering and computer science (based on QS, THE) and Top 100 generally (QS, THE). The professor is somehow well-known and has an established international connection: He graduated from a top US university and is the author of a well-known book on the subject, associate editor of prestigious journal, etc.

I want to say everything is good. However, I ultimately seek a position in the West and not the East. At the moment I’ve missed the opportunity for Western schools for Fall 2018, and such an opportunity might not be offered to me in Western universities.

Here is my question: Assuming that I manage to produce good research and a good CV with a good international collaboration, does having a PhD from abroad (esp. East Asia) dramatically lower my chance of a research career in the target country (let’s assume the US, but I am asking more generally)?

I want to compare the importance of individual merit for career and the region you get your PhD. What’s its impact?

This isn’t about myself, so kindly bare with me. I’ll try to make this question as generic as possible.

I already read U.S. humanities professors: Can you get back into academia if you leave? and Does taking an academic job in Asia or Africa make it difficult to get a job in the US or Europe later? but they aren’t a good match for my question.

One of family friends got a PhD in mechanical engineering at 2000 from a tier 1 university in US. Then he moved back to his home country and started teaching there. Now he is back in the US. His computer skills or knowledge of industry related softwares are limited. He just taught core mechanical engineering courses with 2-3 national papers published.

What are his best options of teaching? I initially thought that he would be able to teach in (community) colleges, but then most colleges are teaching CS, social sciences, economy, healthcare, math or at best chemistry. Most of them have anything related to engineering, let alone mechanical engineering
i.e. thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, etc.

Currently what I’m thinking is that his best option is to just teach math in colleges. Are there any better solutions?

I am 49 years old, Psychologist with MA in Psych, PhD i Public Health and postdoc at University of Toronto. However,all my academic background here stated in from Brazil and I have been facing some stumbling blocks to enter Academia in Canada. Therefore, I decided to apply for a Masters in Counselling. Would my age and an already extensive academic past with a long research history [non North American] hurt my application? lastly, would I face institutionalized racism due to my non-anglo surname and academic history? My GPA’s are: BA= 8.1 ; MA= 9,1 ; PhD= B.
Thank you!

Is there a good resource comparing the academic research environment across different countries?

Factors to consider might include

  • Research Culture
  • Teaching/Student Culture
  • Career Structure
  • International Competitiveness
  • Degree of International Collaboration
  • Pay
  • Job Security
  • Funding Regime

If no such resource exists, I’m not sure whether you can make a community wiki post on this site, but we could start one here?

There are many international rankings for universities (e.g. QS ranking). However, I am interested in an science institute ranking or list that does not involve universities.

Let me give you an idea of what I am searching for: I am from Germany and I know that a major part of scientific progress is happening in universities. Nevertheless there are institutions such as Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics (Germany), or German Aerospace Center (DLR), or Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), or CERN (Switzerland), or Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (Canada), with great significance in science. These institutions do not appear in any ranking, any list of science institutes, or my Google search for “science institutes“.

So where can I find a list of such institutions, e.g. by subject?

Question background: (1) I am curious in general to find a list/ranking that includes such non-teaching institutions too. (2) I went for several internships to science institutes, e.g. DLR/CERN. I am in my bachelor studies and currently searching for new internship opportunities during the summer vacation period. There are a lot of great opportunities in Germany, but I would like to spend this summer in some foreign institute (that is not an university) – to gain international experiences and because German scholarships (ironically) only financially support internships that are in foreign countries. However, in this context I am struggling to find such institutes… For example: I was looking for science institutes in Japan, but I only found the main universities.

There are many international rankings for universities (e.g. QS ranking). However, I am interested in an science institute ranking or list that does not involve universities.

Let me give you an idea of what I am searching for: I am from Germany and I know that a major part of scientific progress is happening in universities. Nevertheless there are institutions such as Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics (Germany), or German Aerospace Center (DLR), or Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), or CERN (Switzerland), or Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (Canada), with great significance in science. These institutions do not appear in any ranking, any list of science institutes, or my Google search for “science institutes“.

So where can I find a list of such institutions, e.g. by subject?

Question background: (1) I am curious in general to find a list/ranking that includes such non-teaching institutions too. (2) I went for several internships to science institutes, e.g. DLR/CERN. I am in my bachelor studies and currently searching for new internship opportunities during the summer vacation period. There are a lot of great opportunities in Germany, but I would like to spend this summer in some foreign institute (that is not an university) – to gain international experiences and because German scholarships (ironically) only financially support internships that are in foreign countries. However, in this context I am struggling to find such institutes… For example: I was looking for science institutes in Japan, but I only found the main universities.

I am an international student from Egypt applying this cycle to PhD programs in the US. I have majored in Physics and minored in math at the American University in Cairo, the best school in the country. My major GPA is 3.82 and I have a cumulative of 3.72. I had a summer opportunity at Harvard, and I have done research at my school. No publications! I haven’t done as expected in the Physics GRE; I scored 630.

There are schools where GRE is optional like Harvard Astronomy. In such a case, is it better to send a lower score than no score at all?