I am 28+.completed mtech in civil engineering (structure) & joined for PhD in an iit in july 2017. I am from a poor family. Now I am thinking for quiting my PhD for my family. After completing phd, my age will be 33, considering 4.5-5 years of research. Then, it will be difficult for landing job as assistant professor in nit. After that I can think of caring my family, as I am only earning person. During phd, I have to marry also as she is 1 year elder than me. With 25000pm scholarship, it is not possible for me, to take care of my family & marriage life, as I can save only 13000 after all expenses ( fees, fooding etc). That why I am thinking of quiting PhD, just joining 1 month before.
Is it be good decision, to join a private design farm quiting PhD, keeping in mind the family & marriage expense issue?
What to do at same situation?

At present I am studying MS in a low ranked US university. I will complete my MS in next summer. I am in confusion choosing between PhD and job. The field I am working on has a better job chance and my professor will help me getting that. Despite being a lower rank University, our lab has a very strong reputation throughout US in our field. So I am afraid as an international student to take the challenge of job.

Another confusion is whether I should go for PhD under my current professor or not.If I say something about my professor, he is awesome and I will never get a friendly, helpful professor like him for sure. But I wanted to complete my PhD in a well ranked University. Recently he has indirectly asked about my intention after graduation and I was given hint to continue my PhD with him. He is even happy to help me getting a job.

So my confusion is whether I should go for job or not?
If I go for PhD, should I move to somewhere else?

NB. I am not willing to change my field and my professor is one of the best in this field. The problem is the low ranking of university and scarcity of job in this state.

In many fields of research, there are some tasks that are self-contained and could be done effectively by someone who is not a full time member of a research group, but has the required skill and background. The task may be time-sensitive but often everyone is already fully tasked.

One might call them part-time or contract or temporary post-docs.

There are plenty of situations I can think of where this might not work, or would be a bad idea, but perhaps there are cases where the benefits outweigh any potential academic risks. They might involve a side-project, or an early foray into a potentially interesting area where there is no current expertise or time for someone to start from zero even though things might not pan out.

Because this would not be an employee situation, work would have to be done off-site. It might involve reading, writing, searching, programming, thinking, checking for errors (grammatical, logical, arithmetic…), or other tasks that could be exchanged electronically, and where the results could be checked and confirmed afterward. (You wouldn’t want you primary data analysis done for example by “someone on the internet”!)

However I’ve never really heard of such a thing except in special circumstances where the individual has a previous relationship with the research group, and even then it can be difficult to work out the proper monetary mechanisms with the university administration, or funding agencies. “Consultant fees” are not a common line-item in research proposals.

Are there situations where this is changing? Are there any examples of micro-grants to get small jobs done in non-standard ways such as this? Is there even some better vocabulary to use to describe this kind of arrangement than “gig-egonomy” jobs?


edit: Seeing some the comments below it struck me that this might not be a very popular concept among regular post-docs. I don’t think this type of resource will ever put normal post-doc positions at significant risk. But here I’m just asking if it happens, how might it be funded, and what it might be called, not if it’s a good idea.

I completed my PhD (immunology) in US six years ago. The thesis got lot of awards, but I did not get any first author publications.

I joined a postdoc and got a publication (fourth first co-author) at the end of my first year. I stayed in this lab for two more years and worked on a project, but did not publish it because I wanted to gain experience in a new field so I moved to another place. Unfortunately, there were some ongoing issues in that lab which resulted in the lab being shut down.

Now I am doing a third postdoc and after a few months I have some novel findings, but I would like to come out of this training phase. I have sent my application (research positions, onco-immunologists) to a lot of companies, but haven’t received any replies. I presume that my publication record is not strong and therefore I am not invited for an interview, and secondly I am on a non-immigrant visa.

What should I do so that I get interview calls? I have been going for networking events, but still no luck.

It is last minute in academia. I have a job offer that would start almost immediately and hinder me from going to an interview at another school.

School (offered) #1
1. dream location
2. less money (7,500 less)
3. teaching college classes to a high school (new experience)
4. Definite job

School (interview scheduled) #2
1. unfamiliar location
2. more money (7,500 more)
3. teaching community college (what I usually do and like)
4. Not even interviewed yet

I am horrible at making decisions. Should I accept job #1 and be happy to have a job and probably like it? Or should I chance it and wait for the interview for school #2? I might have no job at all that way. I know I will love living in job #1’s area. But I know I will love doing job #2. In this economy, do I take the job that comes and be grateful or do I take a risk? I eventually want to move to location #1, just with more money and maybe a community college or university. I also very much want a job right now and not to be a poor adjunct crashing with others for another year.

Thank you for your advice!!!

It is last minute in academia. I have a job offer that would start almost immediately and hinder me from going to an interview at another school.

School (offered) #1
1. dream location
2. less money (7,500 less)
3. teaching college classes to a high school (new experience)
4. Definite job

School (interview scheduled) #2
1. unfamiliar location
2. more money (7,500 more)
3. teaching community college (what I usually do and like)
4. Not even interviewed yet

I am horrible at making decisions. Should I accept job #1 and be happy to have a job and probably like it? Or should I chance it and wait for the interview for school #2? I might have no job at all that way. I know I will love living in job #1’s area. But I know I will love doing job #2. In this economy, do I take the job that comes and be grateful or do I take a risk? I eventually want to move to location #1, just with more money and maybe a community college or university. I also very much want a job right now and not to be a poor adjunct crashing with others for another year.

Thank you for your advice!!!

So, the postdoc is going ok and there might be one or two publications after a few months. However, I’ve realized that I’d like to move forward and start applying to industry jobs.

Now, my concern is whether having a few-month postdoc in the resume/CV might hurt, and I wonder what would be the minimal “ok” length for a postdoc. I have the feeling that an ultra-short postdoc might seem suspicious to a recruiter (it may look like I was ultra-bad and was kicked out, which is not the case).

While some people would claim “leave the postdoc ASAP, especially if you want to go to industry”, I was wondering whether something around 6-8 months is fine…, or maybe I should wait >= 1 year.

Recently, I applied for two positions at one university. I received a quick reply for a video interview and immediately thereafter the campus visit. Right after my campus visit, I got a call back on the second application. After much deliberation, I recinded the application for the second position interview. Is this appropriate? Is there etiquette for applying to one or two positions at the same institution?