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  1. #1 Postdoc and time spent on research 
    Lee
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    How tough is competition to become a perma faculty member at a third tier uni or better? Are there tons of brilliant postdocs to compete with? How many, 2, 5, 10, 50? How brilliant, just good or very good?

    Also, how much time in % do you estimate is spent on doing non-research as a postdoc? Such as lecturing, teaching grad studs, administration, grant writing? I imagine you get like 80% of the time to research, the rest goes to other stuff? Is math particularly different in this regard compared to other fields such as CS, theoretical physics, etc?

    Furthermore, it the academic landscape likely to change for the drastically worse in 5-10 years time? You know, increased competition from China and India, national budget deficits, faculty retiring...

    Reason for asking is I'm considering going into research.


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    As an unemployed postdoc I would have to say it matters more whose ass you suck.


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    And also, when researching in theoretical mathematics, since you don't have a lab, do you still have duties such as administration, grant writing, etc? Do you end up spending more time on teaching due to the absence of lab? I really would like to know this.

    Also, anyone got an opinion on working as semi-perma postdoc and staff scientists? I wonder if they're worth it or not. Again I would like to know if such positions exist in theoretical mathematics. Any information on how it is to be working as a theoretical, or heck, even applied mathematician would be great. I really need to find facts on it to decide for myself if I really want to commit to it or not. I also appreciate if you can estimate how much time (In %, if possible) is spent on miscellaneous and boring things like doing paperwork and other forms of busywork. I would love to avoid that to the greatest possible degree. Does theoretical computer science really differ alot from theoretical mathematics in these regards? What about theoretical physics?

    Finally, where can I find information on becoming a logician? Is it even a field to do research in? I'm also curious as to how much time is spent on busywork and the like.
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    The problem here when education becomes so much this becomes unemployable. A lot of information i have revised and even the qualifications I have seem useless so i'm unemployable to all employers because the knowledge I have means that i can run pretty much all businesses if i wanted to. If I did, for example give me a lead I will complete a business plan in an hour but in the normal terms of life If i were to forget what i have learnt in the real world, that information would never work for other because that in GODS name is mine even though I have forgotten most of it. The best thing here is that if I still had abrain which I have, it would take more time for me to be realistic to build a better more improved business that worked for many years. Like a faulse file kind of business that came from the realms of an information or business think tank ... many I have built, the think tank should be used with honesty and the money that entitles that business to materialise should be mine right?
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