Finding jobs for Ph.D graduate in mathematics is the main concern. Available options are namely in general industry and academia. I see, for instance, some Ph.D in math (algebraic geometry) working in Bank sector! This incompatibility
between field of study and job might back to the rank of math department of graduated person.
There maybe exists some other reasons. But I want to know about the upper bound of ranks of departments might be considered as top ranks? Additionally, which university ranking is most reliable in industry sector and in academia?

This is a follow-up question to What does it take for a lower-ranked university to compete with a top-ranked one?.

Wolfgang Bangerth’s answer says that “Faculty will generally only go to places where there are also good students, and the best students go where they can historically expect to get an excellent education.” Does this mean that if I want to endow a professorial chair, and I want the endowed professor to produce world-class research, I should do so at a top-ranked university instead of a lower-ranked one? The argument being that, to produce world-class research, one presumably needs top faculty, top students, and money. The endowment covers the money aspect, but there’s still faculty & students, and if those gravitate towards top universities then it would presumably also make more sense to endow a chair at a top university.

If the answer is “yes”, top universities such as Harvard and Oxford already have billions of dollars in endowment. Is there any way out of this rich-get-richer situation? (I’ll ask this as a separate question if it is unrelated to the present one).

This is a follow-up question to What does it take for a lower-ranked university to compete with a top-ranked one?.

Wolfgang Bangerth’s answer says that “Faculty will generally only go to places where there are also good students, and the best students go where they can historically expect to get an excellent education.” Does this mean that if I want to endow a professorial chair, and I want the endowed professor to produce world-class research, I should do so at a top-ranked university?

If the answer is “yes”, top universities such as Harvard and Oxford already have billions of dollars in endowment. Is there any way out of this rich-get-richer situation? (I’ll ask this as a separate question if it is unrelated to the present one).

Let’s take the Times Higher Education world rankings. Oxford is first, and the University of Bonn is 100th. (Nothing special about the THE – I just used it to pick examples of a top-ranked university and a lower-ranked one.)

Suppose I’m the rector of the University of Bonn and I want to make my university as prestigious as Oxford. What will I need?

If we assume that world university rankings are at least somewhat of a proxy for “prestige”, then it seems that research output is a key determining factor for how prestigious a university is. To produce good research, presumably the most important ingredients are 1) research funding and 2) good faculty. Since good faculty can presumably be bought, does that mean that the most important factor is money? In other words, Oxford is much more prestigious than the University of Bonn because it is much richer, and if I can find $10+ billion and several years of time, I will be able to make my university one of the world’s best?

I have almost completed my Ph.D. in applied mathematics at a highly ranked private U.S. college. I am an older student with almost a decade of industrial work experience between undergrad and grad school, and so I would prefer not to go through a postdoc before I can get my teaching career into motion. As for publications, I have two (maybe three by the time I graduate) first-author papers. I have some teaching experience as a TA in the first couple of years, and I also taught my own course here last semester. My career interests mostly lie in the form of teaching, but I would also like to conduct some good research.

I have observed hiring trends and it appears as though it is impossible nowadays (without a postdoc) to get a tenure-track position at any college of higher rank than the place you got your Ph.D. (The rank doesn’t matter that much to me, but I understand the correlation between such rankings and the quality of research (and research funding) that will be available to the assistant professor). The alumni from my program, who are in tenure-track positions, are all in lower-ranked colleges – except for one holding a postdoc position in a college of similar rank.

Would you say I probably have to choose between doing a postdoc at a higher-ranked school (then apply for TT jobs at such higher-ranked schools) or simply return to industry?

I have been promoted to Research Scientist at the (highly ranked in engineering) Ivy League at which I was a engineering postdoc. I have also been offered an Assistant Professorship at the state school from which I received my Masters and PhD, in the (low/not ranked) engineering dept in which I did that Masters. Both sides have provided good offers. The Ivy League has additionally suggested that if I take the professorship I could stay on in a 20% role and continue my present research. The state school seems amenable to this arrangement, and has added that it would allow both my previous time in this postdoc toward tenure, and treat the ongoing 20% as a tenure-admissible external collaboration.

Within my network, I cannot find a single person with this kind of arrangement. Is join appointment where both the ranking of the institutions and the appointment type mismatch an uncommon thing? Pointed questions:

  • Is going to a different school within my PhD university a poor career decision, in terms of future positions? I know staying in your program is bad, but this seems a grey area.
    • Why not both? What might be the unanticipated issues of joint appointment at different ranks? Travel here seems not an issue: I plan to spent the majority of my time at the state institution while directing my other team remotely and visiting bimontly.
    • What advantages might I poorly understand? For example, is it generally permissible to write for money from two institutions, in effect to be your own subcontractor?
    • If I attempt to leave after tenure for a higher ranked school, how will the time at each institution likely be viewed? Will the Research Scientist role even be considered? Worse, will it be fairly necessary for such a move, such that I dare not let it end?
    • How can I frame my ivy league project as an external collaboration, such that it not be seen as a complication for my tenure? Any other political considerations?

this is my question and it would be appreciated if you could provide your opinions.

I am now a first-year direct-PhD student (i.e., without an MS degree) at a public flagship university in the south, engineering subject. I obtained my bachelor degree from a top university in Asia, ranking top 20 in my field over the world. I have published/co-authored 7 journal papers (IF > 4) and 3 peer-reviewed conference papers, so I guess I am “distinguished” (pardon me if it makes me seem arrogant) among peers considering that it’s the first year of my graduate study.Bearing any unforeseen circumstances, I will publish/co-author 20 journal papers (IF > 4) by the time I graduate.

I always want to pursue a faculty position in the top 30 universities in the US, e.g., UT Austin, U Maryland or UIUC, or some better ones like HYPSM. But somebody told me that it’s nearly impossible for the Ph.D. from low-ranking universities (my uni ranks 80-100 nationally) to apply for the positions in top 30 universities. They only hire people from the universities which are equivalent in ranking however excellent you are. So, is that true? Is it possible if I apply for a second PhD program after graduation (MIT, Stanford, Berkeley,etc.)? And if possible, does it help?

Thanks so much!

I recently read this article analyzing the top five journals in economics using bibliometrics. I was very interested, and as I’m a PhD student who wants to start publishing, I thought a good project might be to repeat this type of analysis myself but for statistics journals, as part of getting a sense of what is going on now in statistics. The authors of the linked study managed to cite papers of surveys of economists asking them what the top journals in their field are, but I have found as much a resource for statistics.

First, I’d like to know what people here perceive the top five statistics journals to be (or even if five is a bad number and I should expand it). Right now my list is the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series B (JRSB), Journal of the American Statistical Association (JASA), *Annals of Statistic (AoS), Journal of Statistical Software (JSS), and Biostatistics (Bios).

My next question would be whether it’s even acceptable to make a “top 5” list for statistics. While the authors of the linked paper did so for economics, it seems like statistics is more subdivided, so I should purposefully expand my list to include more domain focused journals even if they are not ranking highly on general surveys.

I had a hard time deciphering conference and journal rankings in order to find good places to publish. [Disclaimer – I am a computing PhD and this post is intended to have a strong focus in CS]

I think it would be beneficial to have a list of websites which rank conferences and journals (deffo. for my self and maybe others too). My question is, could you all help me build this list?

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