How to apply for professorship in another field?

I am an associate professor of chemistry and all my education was in chemistry programs too. But my works were always in computational science. I developed various programs for analyzing chemical data. All I work with are programming language and algorithms.I prefer to work in a computer department where I can use my skills for other applications (than chemistry) and work with colleagues who have knowledge about programming.Can I apply for an assistant professorship in a department of computer science? How can I convince them that my experience...Read more

Making a Lateral Jump in Fields for a PhD

Currently I am an MSc student in Resource and Environmental Economics. In the pursuit of further graduate studies, I think that I would be a lot more interested in pursuing something along the lines of quantitative sociology or applied mathematics. But what I am not sure about is how often people are able to make lateral jumps to different fields. I finished my MSc course work with a 3.8/4.0 gpa and I did my undergraduate degree (after having floated to different faculties in my earlier years) in economics with a minor in math while finishing m...Read more

changing fields - "Catching up" after two years in the wrong school

I'm a student in a "second-rate" engineering school in France (by that I mean that it offers a decent formation but has basically no appeal for employers in the kind of jobs I want). This is deeply unsatisfying to me for several reasons:I recently discovered (during an international exchange) that I strongly prefer the mathematical aspects of computer science to the programming side of it, and I would like to continue my career working on Machine Learning/statistics, which is not an option in my current school. I've done pure mathematics and ph...Read more

changing fields - How to transition: leaving an EdD before completing to pursue a masters in another area

I finished half of my comps for an EdD program that I really have no interest in finishing. I would actually like to pursue a second masters in a different area, but I have no idea how to do so, and it's a sticky situation to ask these questions of the university advisor. Basically, I want to move in a different direction with my career, and a second masters will bolster that rather than completing the EdD track I'm currently on. I basically have 12 more comps before I can even write dissertation anyway. Rather than pay tuition another semester...Read more

changing fields - Wrong PhD project choice for PhD - stick it out, change, leave?

I have just passed my transfer for a PhD project I don't enjoy, and am trying to decide what to do next. Some background first: I graduated originally as an MEng, but have been out of engineering practise for approximately 10 years. I started my PhD at a UK Doctoral Training Centre with a view to re-entering engineering with some more up to date knowledge/discovering academia was where I wanted to be and staying. With 20-20 hindsight, I should have probably done a Masters to find this out, but anyway. I had a fairly free project choice, and cho...Read more

How do people changing fields after PhD overcome competition with "locals"?

There are a number of questions here about changing-fields. Those are mostly about how common it is, how it affects future career, or whether a move from X to Y is feasible (example 1, 2, 3). At any rate, it does happen — I have come across people with background in particle physics, astrophysics, or space science, who were all in postdocs in atmospheric science. A frequent motivation may be to resolve the two body problem. And some fields have a higher ratio of jobs to PhD graduates than others.But if someone with a PhD in particle physics...Read more

changing fields - If I start in an area I don't feel too excited about, is it possible for me to eventually return to what I truly like?

I am a second year PhD student, and I still don't have an advisor. I chose this school because it has a ton of people working in the sub-field I am interested in (Mathematical Optimization). I tried lab rotations with three of the 'stars' here, but they didn't work out - two were busy during the quarter and didn't give me a problem to work on, the third one, though so far sufficiently satisfied by my work, has almost a year-long 'testing period' before taking on students, which is too long for me (I only got to know this mid-way through the las...Read more

changing fields - To stick or to switch topics

I'm currently starting my PhD and I'm contemplating whether I should stay with my current advisor and topic or switch before its too late.Current subfieldThe recent work in this subfield has been very cool and my advisor's strong track record in this area was what attracted me to his lab.I don't have much of a background in this field. I feel like I'm struggling when I do research in this field, and I'm not sure how effective I would be if I went into this long term. (I don't think I'm playing to my strengths if I entered this subfield).I have ...Read more

What is the most common way to change fields in academia?

If you are a young scientist, how can you change fields? Is it better to make one big leap and apply directly to a new job or postdoc or trying to make small consecutive steps during your current job? What should be those small steps?Just for explanation - in this case it is not like a change from literature to rocket science. The change would be in one broader field and some theoretical and statistical background would remain the same. What would be the best strategy, if you have some good papers in top journals in your field, but you do not h...Read more

Changing fields between Msc and Phd

I got my Bachelors of science degree in Computers and Systems Engineering from a top university in my country 2 years ago. I am now having a fully funded opportunity (as a research assistant) for a Masters in computing science (Thesis option) at one of the top 50 worldwide computing schools, located in Canada. My work will mainly be in the area of industrial automation as a cloud service. This topic is related to my capabilities and interests. However, I am more passionate with the field of robotics in general and specially the autonomous vehic...Read more

Recent PhD graduate, can I change fields and get back into it?

I'm a recent PhD student who specialized in field X and have a couple options open in this field for my work. I like the field and it is field with opportunities in academia and industry.That said, field Y is a passion of mine, it's very different and wouldn't have many skill crossovers. There is a job that has opened up for it that seems perfect for me. I'd love to contribute in the field and I could live off of it, but it wouldn't fit my field. I don't think I could easily find a another job in that field or move up really down the line.My qu...Read more

changing fields - Masters in math, bland PhD in CS, want to go back to math

All of the following is in Italy.I have a master's degree in mathematics and at the moment I'm in the final months of funding in a PhD in Computer Science (not sure if I'll be able to finish my thesis in these months).I'm in this PhD due to a series of unfortunate circumstances and mistakes on my part, fact is that I am totally unhappy with where I am and I'd like to plan on the best way to go back to doing mathematics.The reasons that I'm unhappy with my PhD are:lack of interest in the subject (basically a very out-of-trend subfield of Natural...Read more

changing fields - Post physics PhD, how could I go about working in ecology, environmental science or earth sciences?

I am approaching the end of a PhD in experimental physics. My work involves building and operating experimental equipment, primarily optics, with some electronics. I also have a significant data analysis and theoretical component. I majored in physics at the same school (a pretty well known one) and graduated near the top of my class. However, despite what might look like a solid set of credentials proving that I really want to build a quantum computer and the obvious next step being a post doc or industry position researching the same field, I...Read more

changing fields - How did someone receive an arts degree and then become a scientist?

Take de Broglie De Broglie had intended a career in humanities, and received his first degree in history. Afterwards, though, he turned his attention toward mathematics and physics and received a degree in physicsAnd Edward Witten,a very famous theoretical physicist Witten attended the Park School of Baltimore (class of '68), and received his Bachelor of Arts with a major in history and minor in linguistics from Brandeis University in 1971. He published articles in The New Republic and The Nation. In 1968 Witten published an article in The N...Read more

programming - Finding a place in interdisciplinary sciences as someone who develops computational methods and algorithms for other fields?

I have a strong background in programming and I'm interested in solving computational problems in other areas like physics or economics. During my bachelor studies I have been involved in several research projects. However, my contribution was mostly limited to solving computational problems. The theoretical side of our research was done by others and I'm far away from really understanding it.Is there a possibility for someone like me to find a suitable job in academics? Someone, who likes to apply computer science, but not just as a tool for s...Read more