Trajectories - Careers in Academia

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What is a postdoc?

A postdoctoral researcher or postdoc is a person professionally conducting research after the completion of their PhD. The ultimate goal of a postdoc is to pursue additional research, training, or teaching in order to have better skills to pursue a career in academia, research, or any other fields.

How many postdocs should I do?

This varies from field to field. The average number of postdocs in Condensed Matter is “??”, the average number of postdocs in Quantum Gravity is “??”.

What does a professor do?

A professor does more than just run a research group….

Non-traditional academic jobs

  • Faculty at a research institute
  • Group leader at government lab
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Where to find academic jobs?

  • There are a number of websites that post jobs.
  • https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo
  • https://www.universityaffairs.ca/search-job/
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Often, your best resource will be your network/community. Make them aware that you are looking for jobs. Many jobs are advertised to colleagues/internal mailing lists. Physics communities tend to be very tight-knit and word-of-mouth is very powerful.