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    I can publish! Is it possible to find a remote job?

    User: af0001996 - 30 August 2021 13:45

    Hi there, I am new here.

    Recently I have just got my PhD. I have a very good research track record, including over 10 SSCI-indexed journal articles, which I think is good enough as a new PhD graduate in many countries. However, my background is quite complicated. I have family problems and chronic health problems, along with some other concerns. I want to continue doing research on my interested topics. I can't find a relevant job in my city, but I can't leave my city.

    Anyway, my major question is:

    Is it possible to find a remote job (e.g., research fellow)? I have a lot of research ideas and I can publish many papers (as demonstrated in my track record). I think this would interest some scholars/departments as publications are important in some universities. But is it possible to find a job like this? I live in country A and work for scholars in country B. I will be perfectly happy with this if it is possible!

    Please feel free to let me know if your department is willing to remotely hire me to publish papers in SSCI-indexed journals. I surely know that I have many limitations though.

    Thank you!

    User: Nead - 31 August 2021 09:55

    Congrats on finishing the PhD.
    it is possible but will be hard. I don't know what field you are in, but from my experiences, they want you on the ground, even with covid.
    How are you planning to fund the papers and research? Are you looking for your own grants- if so it might be possible to remote work? If you are looking to use someone else funding to hire you I doubt they will be very happy- but again depends on the field.

    In my experience, I worked remotely as I was finishing up in my last role (4 weeks)-but mainly due to it all being computer work and refusing to renew an accomdation contract when I knew Id be leaving.
    In my current role, I am allowed to work remote- but an also onsite 75% of the time, but I work in the science.

    User: rewt - 31 August 2021 14:28

    I agree with Nead it depends on your field and funding. If you win your own grants, departments will welcome you with ease. I also have a friend who is half way through a two year post-doc working remotely but her work is in computer modelling. Her university is a 5 hour drive away and was only expected on site twice a year for various things. Other than that all of her work can be done from home and the university is happy with that. It was an advertised role but I don't see why not if you can justify working remotely.

    User: Malina_Mendas - 21 September 2021 06:44

    Yes, Anything is possible if you try hard. I am an academic writer and works for an [url=]online assignment writing service[/url] and I can work remotely. I don't need to go to my office early in the morning. My bedroom is my office and I can work provide all my responsibilities from my home. It is a blessing and a huge advantage for me to try different things and fulfil my other time in my spare time.
    Best Of Luck!

    User: Blimp - 15 December 2022 10:41

    I am in a similar situation (not for the same reasons, but I am limited in location) and it comes down to assessing your boundaries and priorities.

    Looking for a remote job in a different country may be difficult as it may come with tax implications for the host institution and yourself, so they are more likely to want someone with at least a right to work in that country whether remote or not. Of course, that doesn't mean these jobs don't exist, but you may have better luck finding one in your own country.

    Remote work is more common than it used to be and, providing that your field is suited to remote work, you may be able to find something. From my experience they don't always advertise whether remote work is possible, so you can send a polite informal e-mail to the contact in the advert in advance, check the institution's guidelines on remote work, or apply and request it at a later stage. There are also tell-tale signs of positions that are unlikely to be allowed remotely e.g. requiring teaching or being heavily involved in faculty activities. Many institutions also off hybrid work where you are only required into the office on so many days a week/month/year (as someone above described). Given your situation, a few hours or so commute once or twice a week may be worth being able to stay in your desired area.

    If you are unable to find anything that allows you to work remotely, or there is nothing in a commutable vicinity, then assess your priorities and perhaps consider moving into research outside of academia (or away from research altogether) - it is a difficult choice, but I know many people for whom it was the right one for them to be happy or to meet their commitments. This move may only need to be temporary, as positions that do fit your criteria might turn up in the next year or so, so make sure you keep your skills and CV up to date.

    User: Thross - 16 December 2022 06:06

    1. Yes!
    Remote jobs are becoming increasingly popular among companies looking for employees who work remotely. There are many reasons why they are becoming more popular. One of them is that they allow people to have flexible working hours, which is something that many people want these days. Another reason is that they are cheaper than having someone physically located at a company’s office. Remote jobs also give workers flexibility in terms of where they live, since they don’t need to commute long distances.
    2. No!
    There are some things that make remote jobs difficult. First of all, not everyone is good at communicating online. If you are going to apply for a remote job, then you should expect that you will have to communicate with your potential employer via email, chat, or phone calls. You may also have to do research about the company before applying. You should know what their business model is, how much money they make, and whether they are profitable or not.
    3. Yes!
    If you are interested in finding a remote job, then there are several ways to go about doing it. You could search for companies that offer remote positions, or you could look for freelance websites that specialize in hiring freelancers. You could also try searching for companies that hire virtual assistants, or VAs. These are people who help businesses run smoothly by answering emails, scheduling meetings, and organizing documents.
    4. No!
    You might think that you can get a remote job if you already have experience in a certain field. However, this isn’t always true. Many employers prefer candidates who have relevant degrees or certifications. Also, you should consider the type of position that you are applying for. If you are applying for a sales position, then you should probably have previous sales experience. On the other hand, if you are applying for a customer service position, then you should have previous customer service experience.
    5. Yes!
    If your goal is to find a remote job, then it is best to start early. This way, you will have time to prepare yourself for the interview process. You should practice talking about yourself over email, chat, or even over the phone. You should also practice writing cover letters and resumes. Finally, you should learn how to use social media platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook.

    User: abababa - 18 December 2022 22:29

    Quite a few of the answers are based on you not staying in academia - and are true.

    If you want to stay in academia, I'd also say it's hard but not impossible, but leaning in bit towards harder, because;

    1) Universities are keen to get back on site, because on-site = students paying for accommodation, preventing them going bankrupt. If there's teaching workload attached to the post, this may well be a consideration. It's unlikely if there's a teaching workload they'd let you stay remote.

    2) If it's research-only, groups in major cities (esp. London) are often a lot more forgiving because the cost/hassle of the commute is someone everyone in the group faces and something that makes everyone far more amenable to working online.

    3) If it's a small, niche, group, it may be particularly problematic; not necessarily insofar as getting the offer, but if you're introduced as the new colleague that, unlike everyone else, will work from home 24/7, that may not help you network and could even build resentment.

    4) If it's international it's particularly problematic because of tax reasons. It's a general rule at a lot of universities that staff may not work overseas, not because of the work monitoring aspect, but because unless it's carefully managed it's actually illegal. It's probably worth researching how tax applies in your specific case before you interview for such a role so you can explain it to the (likely far more naieve) HR person. Otherwise you risk being swept away by the blanket rule at many institutions.

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