I have applied to a postdoc position in aerospace at a US school. The advertisement was posted in May’17 and review of applications began in October’17 and will continue until the position is filled. Until November end, I hadn’t heard from anybody and my online application status was “in applicant pool.” So I sent an email to an administration person to check if my application is still under consideration or a final selection has already been made. I got a reply saying that applications are still being considered (not specifically confirming or ruling out MY particular application).

This is a very good project. I find it hard to believe that the PI hasn’t still found the perfect fit. I am also wondering where do I stand? Am I still in the running?

If any body has any ideas as to what to make of this situation, please do share.

I’ll start by disclaiming that I work for a large company (2k+ employees) and came from a large university (40k+ students) and that my performance in no way affected the situation (if anything it should improve it, as I am the only intern [of many] from my alma mater to be offered a full-time position).

A few details: I am a software engineer and the internship positions are for software engineers. I did both my undergraduate and Master’s level work with this university.

I overheard a few managers discussing the hiring process during the intern hiring season, and they commented that applications from my school were being largely filtered out. They additionally said that they were primarily hunting for students from other schools A and B.

I intend to go back into an academic career soon and as an academic (hopefully future professor) I am a bit bothered that my school is being filtered out by recruiters at one of the biggest tech companies in the area. This is clearly a major negative statement towards the quality of the program from which I graduated. That being said, I don’t disagree with my company’s decision here. We have been burned by the quality of the interns coming out of this school a lot recently.

Having gone through the program myself, I see a few of the flaws here. Students are marketing themselves as programmers, but the school trains them as computer scientists (those within the field should be able to identify the difference). Students are coming out with only school experience, not personal experience. Students have no opportunity to become good programmers in an educational environment (no clubs or weekend programming groups, etc.).

I don’t want this major vote of incompetence marked on my school as it devalues my degree and more importantly, it devalues the degrees of all students from my university in arguably one of the most up and coming fields.

The question: what should/can I do about this? I want to email the university department and relay my thoughts and experiences, but I feel this is a breach of my employer’s confidence (this hiring preference is not public knowledge or “official”). Even if I were to email the department, I haven’t a clue what I would say, perhaps a better fleshed out version of the above?

I would love to offer advice to the university, but I am no administrator or curriculum designer, and I am sure that unprompted advice from a student who has only graduated 6 months ago would not be well accepted unless it was extremely well worded and thought out. And even then, do I have the credentials to make it past the school’s secretary?

I’m new to this site, but I think this is where I ask my question.

I’m from Sydney Australia and trying to become an urban designer but I’m not sure if the path I’m taking is the best. In Sydney, there is no urban design course you can study until you reach a postgraduate level in University. All the courses are Urban Planning courses and none of them focus on design.

To be fair, I don’t know the full extent of what an Urban designer or Planner does in actual work. What I want to be doing is using computer aided design (CAD) rather than being just a consultant. For example, a project could be to figure out the best use of a train station in a particular city/suburb, inclusive of designing it and planning it’s location etc.

I know what I’m trying to achieve overlaps a lot with Architecture but why I didn’t choose it is because I don’t want to draw (physically) and I am not specifically interested in a buildings design but rather it’s purpose in the it’s location.

Nota: This question specifically scopes the issue in an academic context.

Context
I am currently on the job market for a tenure track. I assert I should get a position in a bottom-of-the-first-tier institution.
Consider I accepted such a position, and that I then get an offer for a top-3 institution. (Obviously, I won’t be their first choice, so I should receive their offer after I had to answer to previous lower-range offers.)

Issue
As far as I am aware of the job etiquette in the US, you are not liable to your future company as long as you’ve signed no contract. So you can eventually change your mind, even if you already shook hands. Of course, you discredit yourself with the given company… but there are plenty of fishes in the sea in the case of industry. This is not the case in the academia, where you will rub shoulders with the colleagues you dumped for a few decades.

Questions

  • How bad would it be for my reputation/career to turn down a medium-position I accepted for an all-star one, in the case I verbally (phone call or email only, no contract signed) accepted the former ?
  • Idem, yet with a contract signed (as long as it is permitted in the contract to resign)?

I’m about to start the last year of my PhD and apart from filling the gaps in my work i started to check the postdoc opportunities here and there.

The thing is that i found a few Labs (university groups) which are working in a more or less same area as i’m doing my PhD. Well, their not doing exactly same thing i do but still same category (Motion Analysis), and they are good at it!

So i like to work with them as a post-doc after finishing my PhD. But i couldn’t find any post-doc in their website. So how does it work? should i just sit down and pray to hear a post-doc call from them in the exact moment (ex. a couple of months before my PhD is done) 🙂 or is there another way to approach/contact them regarding this purpose?

If is it the latter case, then how? should send them emails now directing asking about post-doc opportunities regarding 1 year from now?

I’m about to start the last year of my PhD and apart from filling the gaps in my work i started to check the postdoc opportunities here and there.

The thing is that i found a few Labs (university groups) which are working in a more or less same area as i’m doing my PhD. Well, their not doing exactly same thing i do but still same category (Motion Analysis), and they are good at it!

So i like to work with them as a post-doc after finishing my PhD. But i couldn’t find any post-doc in their website. So how does it work? should i just sit down and pray to hear a post-doc call from them in the exact moment (ex. a couple of months before my PhD is done) 🙂 or is there another way to approach/contact them regarding this purpose?

If is it the latter case, then how? should send them emails now directing asking about post-doc opportunities regarding 1 year from now?

I am interested in pursuing a particular program and I find the name of some of the past students from professor’s website. I want to write emails to the past students and ask them about their jobs and careers after graduation. I am particularly worried about the jobs after graduating in this program.
I really do not know what should I write and how should I ask?
Could you please complete my template or send me a template of this kind of inquiries? how should I complete it to get a reply?
thanks in advance.

Dear XXX,
I’ve just graduated from the University with a major in XX. I am applying to the University of XX for Ph.D. in XXX. I have read few of your research publications on Optimizing control and Optimization.

I recently accepted academic offer from a UK university. I comminicated wtih the head of school via phone and email, and I have not yet received the official offer letter. I am wondering how secure this situation is? In particular if this is a good time to decline other offers (I feel bad to let them wait too long and decline their offer eventually)? Or should I wait until receiving the official offer? Thank you for your input in advance.

I saw a similar question, but that is for postdoc positions and I suppose it is not exactly the same.