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  1. I read this earlier today and this bit stood out:

  2. Why don't they make an effort with pay, benefits, retirement, work hours etc.. you know tangible and quantifiable things.

  3. because everything related to human resources in academia is half-assed. the salaries are crap, the benefits are crap, and the policies are crap. this isn't specific to post-docs--it pretty much applies to everyone who isn't the equivalent of a C-level executive.

  4. Was being facetious in my post. Not part of "they" - happily situated in industry getting paid what I am worth + benefits.

  5. Low pay, no 401k or other benefits, no PTO, systemic toxicity and abuse, no career prospects.

  6. Yes. I genuinely found my PhD fun and easy (something I feel is not socially acceptable to say, hence me only saying it in anonymous spaces). I didn’t have a straightforward academic career, I spent a few years in relevant, well-paid industry jobs before and after my PhD as well as doing contract based industry work alongside my two postdocs. I have now accepted my first permanent academic job at a good university.

  7. Yes, you can open one with yourself as the beneficiary. Do you have student loans? You can now (in most states) pay up to $10,000 towards student loans using a 529. You could also save if you want to go back to school at some point. Or you could change the beneficiary to a niece or nephew if you don't end up having kids.

  8. Yes. You get taxed short term capital gains because you held the stocks for less than 1 year. So that's 22% for a single filer.

  9. He'd almost assuredly be above 22% after accounting for other income/wages.

  10. Pay in full ASAP, they make money on loan interest, that is why they asked for financing and to not pay all at once. Fuck them and pay the car off.

  11. Moving abroad comes with so much stress and adjustments and loneliness that having a bad job will make everything 100x worse.

  12. There’s a lot of biotech startups in Belgium/Leuven area. Not sure about Germany startups though but I do know there’s a lot of bigger companies with offices there. Biogen; QAIGEN, Evotech, etc.

  13. German clusters for pharmacy (and a bit biotech): Bavaria, Hamburg, Berlin and a little little bot NRW.

  14. I hesitate because, people know how much I hated the guy. So when he gets his PhD revoked will all eyes turn on me? Even if an anonymous letter is sent.

  15. Did they work for a lab in a different institution than the one granting their PhD? If so, then yeah, I'd let them know. But, if it was in the same institution, I'm not sure an anonymous tip is going to do anything. People in this institution discovered the plagiarism in the dissertation, and are probably already questioning earlier results.

  16. They did their PhD at Institution A and worked at Institution B were we crossed paths.

  17. Not EU, but I find the UK to be a lot less hostile compared to what you’re describing. I think it’s so cosmopolitan in London that as an American you just blend into the mix of international people here (plus maybe an advantage as well as a native English speaker and with connections to a country they’re keen to do more business with)

  18. There was an Black FIRE expat in Portugal who created an app for the black expat experience.

  19. I am just concerned about entrance with a severe low goa

  20. If you can afford the app fees apply to grad school. In parallel apply to industry jobs.

  21. They don’t require gre at most schools I am still in my last year of undergrad

  22. I am surprised they do not require GRE for grad school (its the grad school equivalent of an MCAT for med school).

  23. Assuming you are single, since you didn't say otherwise, you seem to be solidly at the 22% marginal rate - in which case I would use all pre-tax contributions.

  24. Roth 401k has the same combined limit as a traditional 401k of $20.5k (2022). The Roth IRA has the $6k annual limit.

  25. Sure, but what about the tax implications? As I mentioned I will have out-of-pocket health care expense + Patents fees + I have 1099 income (separate form my employment).

  26. The contribution limit to a Roth 401(k) is $20,500, coordinated with your contributions to a traditional 401(k).

  27. To be clear, you're talking about a Roth IRA? I have a 401k, and my 401k allows Roth... and since I'm old, I'm putting 27,000 into my Roth 401k this year.

  28. Depending on the country you moved to for work, it can be completely tax deductible (e.g., Germany).

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