Few days ago I appeared in a postdoc interview. The PI was very much impressed with my resume and the interview went very well. The PI asked me when do you want to join. The next day he asked recommendation letters from two of my references (I am sure that they will give me a very good recommendation). After 2 weeks I got the rejection letter. How to interpret this rejection (he told me that the position is filled by some other candidate). This will be useful for my future postdoc endeavors.

I politely asked him the reason. He did not reply.

Thanks in advance. Sorry if this question is inappropriate.

I am giving in the next days a presentation to a UK university, as a part of an interview for a post-doc position.

The PI of the lab asked me to put one slide at the beginning with my academic CV.

However, academic CV is in general long and I have no clue on what I should put in this slide and what not, beside the obvious things.

What should this slide contain?
Which is the common practice for this?

I am sure I will need to add:

  • Previous degrees (Bsc, Msc).
  • Phd

What I do not know:

  • Professional experiences?
  • Teaching experiences?
  • List of papers?
  • List of conferences?
  • List of journals for which I served as a reviewer?

I am going through my first postdoc interview (applied mathematics) within one week. I do not know how it works.
I am particularly worried about the fact that the proposed postdoc research project different from my previous Phd work (although they are both in applied probability)

Should I expect the interview to be technical or more like a general conversation?

Any suggestions would be useful, please.

I was invited for a postdoc interview. It was 1h 30min long with 2 professors (via Skype). After the interview, they asked me to present at their lab meeting in the next 2 weeks (optional, about my PhD studies, also via Skype). In addition, they also asked me to send my PhD thesis (optional, before the meeting). So is it normal for PI to request so many things like this for non-advertised postdoc position? Should I agree to do all of the inquiries? They ask for my thesis before the meeting – it looks like a second PhD defense.

So is it a good place to work? Do you guys think this PI is too hard?

I am working as a research fellow at a University in UK. Its a two year contract with no chance of extension or renewal. Although I have 1 year left, I have considered not staying for the second year, and I have started applying for jobs elsewhere. I have been called for an interview at another much higher ranking university.

They will most probably ask why I am leaving my current position. And I don’t know how best to answer this, as I don’t want to say too much at this stage.

The University I am currently employed at is not purely research targeted, so along with our research targets we are given modules to teach along with assignment/exam checking. This takes a lot of time from my research.

Also I am personally not satisfied with the quality of my work here as I have been told quantity over quality and I am producing subpar papers at least once a month and even after discussing with my PI to target better journals he still expects me to continue working and printing out papers, some of the papers that I have produced are so bad in such low ranking conferences/journals that I am ashamed to add them to my CV.

Also as mentioned above, this project has no chance of extension, but is this a valid reason? Would this not alarm my new employers that this guy might leave us as well as the project comes to an end?

The place I have applied for is known for its research excellence. And I really want to move there. So, based on the above reasons how should I answer this question.

Also I am not ashamed in admitting that I am very nervous as I am really hoping to get this job. I don’t know what to expect at the interview and how to prepare for it. I have found out the name of the PI and have read his previous published work. Is there anything else I can do that would improve my chances of succeeding at the interview?

I have also read this answer, and was wondering if anything else can be added to this.

Thank you.

I am working as a research fellow at a University in UK. Its a two year contract with no chance of extension or renewal. Although I have 1 year left, I have considered not staying for the second year, and I have started applying for jobs elsewhere. I have been called for an interview at another much higher ranking university.

They will most probably ask why I am leaving my current position. And I dont know how best to answer this, as I dont want to say too much at this stage.

The University I am currently employed at is not purely research targeted, so along with our research targets we are given modules to teach along with assignment/exam checking. This takes a lot of time from my research.

Also I am personally not satisfied with the quality of my work here as I have been told quantity over quality and I am producing sub par papers at least once a month and even after discussing with my PI to target better journals he still expects me to continue working and printing out papers, some of the papers that I have produced are so bad in such low ranking conferences/journals that I am ashamed to add them to my CV.

Also as mentioned above, this project has no chance of extension, but is this a valid reason? Would this not alarm my new employers that this guy might leave us as well as the project comes to an end?

The place I have applied for is known for its research excellence. And I really want to move there. So, based on the above reasons how should I answer this question.

Also I am not ashamed in admitting that I am very nervous as I am really hoping to get this job.. I dont know what to expect at the interview and how to prepare for it. I have found out the name of the PI and have read his previous published work. Is there anything else I can do that would improve my chances of succeeding at the interview?
I have also read this answer Early Career Research Fellow Application and was wondering if anything else can be added to this.

Thank you

It has passed one week since my postdoc interview. I was asked to send by e-mail two reference name and I was told I would ‘probably’ be contacted by some other members of the research team. Till today I haven’t received any contact. Should I send an e-mail to follow up? Is it too soon? When is the appropriate time if any?

I have been lucky enough to have been offered different professor positions in different universities. Both departments have made a lot of efforts to try and convince me to choose theirs (who gets offered what job is public here).

It was not easy, but I have finally chosen one. Should I try to explain why to the people from the other department, the one I am not going to? This is not obvious, because while there are arguments I could make, my decision relies in large part on extra-academic concerns, and some gut feeling. However, such an explanation may be expected, and I do not want to burn any bridges.

I applied to a TT faculty job and got interviewed for a joint position between Computer Science and Education departments. The on campus interview started off well, with the CS people being very welcoming. However, when I went to meet with the Education department, everyone was too busy to meet and I waited in an empty room. Afterwards, I went to talk to the Dean, who was very nice but wanted to ask if I’d teach introductory CS classes and talk about course load. I said I’d teach that, but I’d prefer to teach CS design classes. In any case, that seemed to go okay.

When I got home, I got an email that said I was out of the running from the search committee head. However, when I sent an email saying thank you for the consideration, I got an email back from him that said I was still in the running and that the consolation email was sent in error. It just sounded like the Education department didn’t want me, and they had some rogue person who was sabotaging my candidacy. I bowed out of the running– it seemed hostile.

Should I have tried to stay in the running, despite feeling like half of the hiring department did not want me?

According to the “The Professor Is In.” Facebook live podcast it is illegal to ask a candidate in a job interview about what would friends or/and family think about your job appointment with the institution.

I am constantly asked, both during the interview and outside of the interview, what would my husband think of my appointment here, due to reasons not related to this question, or how family react on constant moving of place where we live?

How should I respond to these questions as an early stage career academic?
As moderators of the webinar state, you should know it is illegal but don’t complain in any case.