puzzled1123 Posted February 27, 2017 Share Posted February 27, 2017 (edited) I graduated a while ago with a PhD and have since completed postdoc 1 and I'm currently doing postdoc 2. Last year, my PhD supervisor recommended I apply to a position, which I got a phone interview for but didn't get an on-site interview for. I've updated my PhD supervisor and asked him to write a recommendation letter for another position. In his email response, he agreed and wished me happy new year, but since then he hasn't written any recommendation letters and hasn't responded to emails: I've since applied to more positions, notifying him and giving him friendly reminders to write letters for the other positions. I was puzzled by this, so I looked up his current status and saw that he is doing a sabbatical abroad. If he weren't my PhD supervisor, I would just ask others to write recommendation letters for me, but leaving out your PhD advisor looks very bad. As far as I can tell, we're on good terms, so I'm not sure why he stopped responding. Is it a no-no to call him in this case (I am >1000 miles away from him and he's not attending the same conferences I am this year)? I vaguely remember trying this before and it wasn't received well. However, it is not uncommon for employers to call your references anyway, so why is this such a big deal? I wasn't just a student in one of his classes anyway, I spent several years in his lab working for him and interacted with him one-on-one. Thanks for any advice. Edited February 27, 2017 by puzzled1123 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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