# Questions tagged [career]

For questions about careers and jobs in mathematics (inside and outside academia)

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### Is it possible to start a PhD in mathematics at the age of 29? [duplicate]

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. I was initially focused on branches in analysis like operator algebra. At the third year of my undergraduate study, I experienced a financial ...

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### How does one build and refine strong technical skills relevant to research?

I am an early career researcher working in an area of "hard" analysis but this is a fairly broad question. My technical skills are likely below par and my greatest hindrance to my research ...

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### What are the "hot" topics in mathematical QFT at the time?

I am currently finishing my Master's studies in mathematical physics. One topic which always interested me a lot were modern mathematical approaches to Quantum Field Theory (QFT) as well as the ...

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### Is computer algebra or symbolic computation an active area of research?

I'm interested in doing PhD in computer algebra or symbolic computation, and was wondering if this is an active area of research? Would this area of research also help me in the transition to ...

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### What kind of jobs are available for a quantum logician?

What kind of jobs are there for someone with a strong, research-level theoretical background in the topic? I'm especially interested in the industry rather than academic jobs.

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### Is pure mathematics useful outside of mathematics itself? [closed]

From time to time Mathoverflow allows soft questions because they are arguably best answered by active mathematicians and they can benefit other mathematicians/PhD students/math undergraduates. I ...

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### I want to enter graduate school in pure math. Is doing REU in “mathematical modeling” a good idea? Is it essential skill to learn?

(please let me know if this question is not suitable here)
Hello! I'm an undergraduate rising senior majoring in mathematics and it seems that I got rejected by REU that is held in my university over ...

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### Applying Phd directly after undergraduate [closed]

I'm a math undergraduate and I'm about to finish my second year at UCL. It's time to consider my graduate school, and I have some questions about it. In the UK, many universities provide math PhD ...

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### Is an interpretation mathematics (fit for publication)?

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I am a mathematician with two published papers. The first is based on my PhD thesis and generalised a tool to a more general setting. The thesis was cited a number of times by the time the ...

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### What qualities and achievements can outweigh bad grades? [closed]

I will try to formulate my question so that the answer is not opinion-based.
My question: Considering a undergraduate math student planning to pursue a PhD program, what qualities and achievements can ...

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### How difficult will it be to start doing research in pure mathematics in the near future? [closed]

I am a first year PhD student in mathematics (complex differential and Kahler Geometry) and the other day I had a thought about the difficulty of starting to do research. This is my first post here ...

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### how mathematicians do research? [closed]

I am a first-year physics graduate student with a deep interest in mathematics. I am specifically interested in algebraic geometry and algebraic topology, and I would like to employ advanced ...

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### Advice for PhD in Algebra

I hope that this question is okay to post here.
I'm in my final year of my master's degree in Sweden, and I'm starting to feel that some doors are closing in regards to applying for a postgraduate ...

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### Recommendations on PhD programs in Europe on number theory

I am a Master student of math in the UK, and I would like to do a PhD in number theory, preferably the algebraic side of it. Given that I am in the UK, I would probably prefer staying here or going to ...

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### Math graduate school applications and personal hardships

This question is on mathematics, career, and personal life.
I.) Assumptions.
i.) Suppose that I am a Junior in college majoring in mathematics at a top research institution in the U.S. I have "...

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### Is it all right to invite a professor to cowrite a paper

I managed to improve the techniques of a year-old paper to get a significantly stronger result. I used original ideas, but a large part relies upon results of the original paper. (to the point that ...

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### Which fields of mathematics are most straightforward for a statistician to do research in, other than probability theory?

I have a Ph.D. in Statistics and have always been interested in pure mathematics, but never had a chance to really pursue it. My mathematics background includes real analysis, linear algebra, ...

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### Can learning Riemann surfaces be more beneficial than numerical analysis for an analyst?

I am in master program of mathematics, specialized in PDE and numerical analysis. Now I am trying to decide which classes to take for next semester. Of course I want to become an expert in my field, ...

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### Pros and cons of specializing in an esoteric research area

If a mathematician specializes in a popular research area, then there are many job positions available, but at the same time, many competitors who are willing to get such job positions. For an ...

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### What kind of work experience should be included in a math CV?

I am applying to numerous PhD programs in number theory for admission next Fall and I want to have a CV prepared, in part because I want to attach a CV to emails I send out to professors at some of my ...

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### How many graduate students in mathematics are there worldwide?

There is already a question about the number of research mathematicians here, but I was wondering :
is it possible to estimate the number of graduate students in mathematics worldwide in 2019 ? (...

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### A paper seems to have completely disappeared from editor's hands

I have submitted a paper to a journal on June 2017. The corresponding author is my coauthor. The first response of the editor was after a year, June 2018:
Your paper has been sent, consecutively, ...

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### Can NSF Broader Impact be an unrelated volunteer activity? [closed]

I’m a graduate student preparing to apply for an NSF fellowship and I volunteer a few hours a week working on what I think is a pretty important cause. It has nothing to do with my research or science ...

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### Ways to help a math PhD out of depression [closed]

I have a friend who is having trouble in his math PhD career and is recently down with depression. He has decided to take a break from research and receive some medication. To help him recover faster ...

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### Doubts related Shifting from Pure to Applied math [closed]

I am a second year (Pure) Math and (Theoretical) Physics undergraduate in India. I want to do a masters in Applied/Computational Science or Math, for which I have apply after next 7 months.
I have ...

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### Thematic programs for collaborative research (similar to the one in Bonn) [closed]

The Hausdorff Institute in Bonn periodically organizes thematic junior trimester programs, which "give young mathematicians (postdocs, junior faculty) the opportunity to carry out collaborative ...

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### "Matchmaking website" for project-specific mathematical collaborations [closed]

It seems that even in the age of Internet, most mathematical collaborations are born (and pursued) off-line.
However, I wonder if there exists a "matchmaking website" for mathematical ...

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### How to organize collaborations? Managing shared library and LaTeX document

What is an effective way to organize collaborations with several people on the same paper? How do you arrange the $\LaTeX$ document, the shared (digital) papers library, and other aspects?
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### Transitioning From Pure Mathematics to Applied Mathematics/Machine Learning

I recently completed a doctorate in pure mathematics. While in the program, I decided that research was not my ultimate goal/calling. Applied mathematics and machine learning seemed to grab my ...

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### Publishing a Simple Paper as an Undergraduate

First off I apologize if this question does not belong here, I would be happy to hear about any better locations to post this on.
I am a (first year) undergraduate mathematics student, and I recently ...

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### How practical is it to change research areas within math after a PhD? [closed]

The title says most of it really. How constrained are you in an academic career based on the topic of your PhD thesis? Is it plausible for someome to be researching in an area of math vastly different ...

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### A second Ph.D. in mathematics?

I have now some problems about my research Career, I would like to tell my stories. I am a Chinese guy, but now a Ph.D. candidate in Germany, in the field of so called 'Geometric Analysis', but I do ...

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### "Significant results" vs "Key outcomes or Other achievements" [closed]

The NSF annual report asks for "Significant results" and "Key outcomes or Other achievements." What is the difference between these two categories?

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### The "derived drift" is pretty unsatisfying and dangerous to category theory (or at least, to me) [closed]

I'm currently a young, not-so-young mathematician, finishing its second postdoc. I developed an interest for rather different topics in the last few years but constantly, slowly converged towards ...

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### Coming out as transgender in the mathematical community

I don't know if MO is the right place to ask such a question, but anyway it's my only hope to get an answer, and it's very important for me (not to say 'vital'); so let's try.
I'm at this time a Ph.D....

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### Can the Math 2.0 Forum's Closure be prevented? [closed]

Apologies if this is not regarded as suitable for MO, but I have noticed other "soft" questions and feel this deserves some attention by the community, and did not know where else this could be asked.
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### Dealing with unwanted co-authorship requests

This post is a sequel to: Collaboration or acknowledgment?
The following has come to my attention. A senior mathematician (let us call him or her Alice) suggested a problem to a young mathematician (...

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### Research-only permanent positions worldwide

Most academic jobs involve some amount of teaching. Post-docs generally do not, but they are only short-term positions.
Question: in which countries can one obtain a research-only permanent ...

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### Etiquette of publishing folklore results

I am wondering what is the etiquette of publishing a "folklore" result?
Though special cases of the result are well-known, the proof is not readily available in any reference text or paper I've seen....

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### Are there any informal rules to follow before submitting a paper? [closed]

EDIT Possibly my question might sound strange, sorry about that. I got a PhD in another country years ago. Recently I moved to the US and have a tenured position. Assume I wrote a paper and want to ...

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### How hard is it for a teaching-oriented lecturer to get tenure in mathematics in the United States? [closed]

My questions is different from this post.
Suppose a math's PhD is
1) not very successful in his PhD program research and fails to find an ideal postdoc.(But he is still eligible to gain a PhD ...

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### Does one need an external, peer-reviewed grant to become tenured faculty in this field? [closed]

As a secondary question, how important is it to be awarded grants to remain employed as a PhD mathematician at an academic research institution? Is it common or uncommon for PhD mathematicians to have ...

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### Partial differential equations outside of academia [closed]

I've seen a number of career/jobs questions on mathoverflow before, so I thought I would ask. Please excuse me if this isn't the best place for this specific question. Lately I've been really ...

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### Is it possible to have a research career while checking the proof of every theorem that you cite?

A colleague raised the above question with me; more precisely he said:
Suppose that a mathematician were resolved not to publish any theorems
unless they had checked the proof of every theorem ...

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### Adapting arguments and plagiarism

I'm currently working on my PhD thesis. I have several suggested problems to work on, some of them are very similar to some problems that my advisor have worked before and published already, either in ...

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### When a journal doesn't give your work a fair chance [closed]

There is no way around the fact that determinations about the relative contributions of papers and journal acceptances will always be highly subjective. In addition, editors and referees are busy ...

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### Is it possible to pursue a career in mathematics only working within a small subset of the subject? [closed]

This is a bit of a meta question I guess but I was wondering to what extent does a career mathematician need to use multiple areas of math in their profession?
Example, is it possible to exclusively ...

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### Computational Algebra and Symbolic Computation - Where? [closed]

Following the line of this question, I'm in my last year of M.Sc., and I'm looking for a place where I can start my PHD. Since that question has been asked 4 years ago, I thought it may be wise to ask ...

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### Will this be a case of self plagiarism or will it annoy the referee? [closed]

About 2 months ago, I uploaded a fairly long paper (P1) to arXiv and it is currently under review.
Now, I am writing a second paper (P2) on a somewhat different topic. But quite unexpectedly, it ...

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### Publication in proceedings

Why and how publishing a paper in proceedings?
What are the difference with a "classical" journal?
What's the list of the main proceedings in which one can publish?
Do proceedings papers (never, ...