I am an 18 years old student who is just about to graduate from high school after official exams. For that, I am really confused about my choice for a major to study.
I have passion in studying math and physics and look deeply into the concepts and beyond my lessons. It was always easy for me, relatively, to understand and succeed in these classes. For me, it is really joyful to observe and analyze physical phenomena and concepts using my mathematical knowledge.
After being forced to choose a major now and to apply for universities, taking into consideration our financial status, my only choice for a university is one which has an entrance exam for engineering, but none for Physics. This university is the only one that belongs to the government and in my country it is hard to find a job if you are graduating from this university, unless you complete your studies in another country. The problem is that what I love is majoring in Physics because it is convenient with my ways of thinking and what I want, but I am not sure if engineering is a better major for me because I am still at a young age and I know nothing except what I am good at at this time. But for a major, I am finding it hard to choose between Engineering and Physics.
If anyone could help guiding me on a way to choose wisely my major he/she would really save me from taking a choice that I would regret later on. Thanks!

I am an engineering graduate who tries to change the field of study into Physics because of my interest towards the high energy physics (HEP) – Theory. I applied for about 15 universities for Fall 2018 (all USA universities) which have very good researches in HEP but got rejections from all these universities. According to the feedback from two of the 15 universities I applied, being my first and second degree in engineering has been the minus point of my application ( I am B.Sc. Engineering graduate and I have completed an M.Phil degree in Electronics Engineering). Due to my rejections, I applied for some middle-ranked universities later and got admitted to a PhD program in physics in one of those universities in the USA(800-1000 world rank) with a full financial support package. I am going to go there because I do not need to miss the oppertunity to start my career as a physist as early as possible. However, I am going to go to that university with the intention to change the university soon. I need to change that university due to two reasons. The primary reason is that HEP is not an area of research in that university. The second reason is that I need to go to a top-ranked physics graduate programme. So I am going to apply for Fall 2019 admission cycle again. When I apply for Fall 2019 I am applying as a physics graduate student. I believe that will strengthen my application as well.

What I need to know is that is it possible to change PhD programme within the first year as I intended and what should I consider when reapplying. I have second upper-class in my previous undergraduate and graduate studies and 850 physics GRE score. I hope to retake GRE and increase my score before applying again. If that matters I am from a South Asian country.

If someone can provide me with answers or share their experiences I am very grateful.

Thank you.

So I want to go about and compare different research groups for their standing, their potential for an exciting and fruitful environment etc. My field is Software Engineering with a heavy tendency towards AI in Reinforcement Learning. I’d prefer to stay in mainland Europe, more specifically the EU until the dust has settled on Brexit.

I googled a few times and found some answers. But as one person correctly noted, that is highly biased. I read “the best” several times and there obviously cannot be 5 number 1. While I don’t need “1” everyone is obviously aiming to optimize their future and so am I.

In the past I have been looking at Barcelona, Brussels, Berlin, Zurich, Amsterdam, Vienna, Munich, Karlsruhe, …

Finally, I decided to go about it a little different and download a few papers to base my decision on the publication / research level of various institutions. So I got myself scrapy and downloaded 2600 papers from ECAI, IJCAI and AAAI. I got them all stemmed and indexed with recoll and thought about doing some kind of structured analysis on them to get an overview of citations, referencing, publication count, names, institutions etc.

Now before I spend a day on this: Has anyone else done this before? Is there some tool that helps doing such analysis already? And is it an appropriate way to get the quantitative side of the research quality of various groups?

I got mostly A’s during 9th grade. However, I mostly got B’s during 10th grade. I went to one AP class during 9th grade and one AP class in 10th grade, both of which I got B’s in all semesters. I mostly go to Honors classes. I attended the chess and robotics clubs during 9th grade and the chess and speech/debate clubs during 10th grade. I currently have a 3.7 GPA. I have still two more years of high school. Will I be able to get into a highly selective university?

I am bit puzzled, regarding the payment made to postdocs in Canada. I am a PhD and in my first postdoc (Europe). For my next assignment, I am in my final stages of negotiating a position of postdoc at University of Toronto. I looked over some advertisements for the position that said the salary will range from 60k to 80k.

My first question is:

  1. In general the postdocs associated with UHN are awarded salary or stipend?

  2. How much salary can I expect as this is my second postdoc (I need to run a family of 4, in Toronto)?

I know from my past experience that salaries can be negotiated, depending upon the need of hiring PI and your eagerness to join the team.

Could anyone provide me with inputs.

Many thank’s in advance.

I am bit puzzled, regarding the payment made to postdocs in Canada. I am a PhD and in my first postdoc (Europe) but I am in my final stages of negotiating a position of postdoc at University of Toronto. I looked over some advertisements for the position that said the salary will range from 60k to 80k.

My first question is:

  1. In general the postdocs associated with UHN are awarded salary or stipend?

  2. How much salary can I expect as this is my second postdoc (I need to run a family of 4, in Toronto)?

I know from my past experience that salaries can be negotiated, depending upon the need of hiring PI and your eagerness to join the team.

Could anyone provide me with inputs.

Many thank’s in advance.

I have several years of research experience, including a three-year PhD internship and some postdoctoral research.

I am now applying for a postdoctoral position at a UK university.

Being concerned that the job application asks the salary amounts for each previous job and that all of my research experience happens to be unpaid, I am considering adding my military service (which paid quite well) to the application.

On the other hand, I am afraid that 4 years of military service on an application for a postdoc might look unserious, even though it was years ago, before the research jobs.

I would appreciate advice on this issue.

I’m teacher in a French university (I don’t know if the right english term is ‘tenured’, I mean I’m hired permanently in this university, not temporarily), but I don’t have any research role and I’m not connected to any research lab.

Still, I continue to do research during my free time (mostly continuing what I did during my PhD, not connected to the local labs research fields), and I would like to submit a paper to a journal.

Question: as I’m not hired by my university to do research, but only teaching, can I submit a paper like this:

On the cohomology of finite infinite categories
John Doe

University of Cityname
283, rue de Paris – 12345 CITY
john.doe@univ-city.fr

or should I submit it this way, without any university name:

On the cohomology of finite infinite categories
John Doe
john.doe@gmail.com

What could be the potential problems if I use my university name / edu-email address, whereas I’m not hired as researcher?