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One definition of academia defines it as:

The environment or community concerned with the pursuit of research, education, and scholarship.

Whereas others would relate it more strictly to universities. Which brings me to my question:

Are questions relating to the environment in government research laboratories on-topic? For example, would a question like What to expect during an interview for a research position at a government research lab in [country]? be on-topic? (Notwithstanding that the question is perhaps a little bit broad).

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Yes. Per the help center:

This site is for academics of all levels—from aspiring graduate and professional students to senior researchers — as well as anyone in or interested in research-related or research-adjacent fields.

That includes research in government and industry settings.

  • Speaking as a researcher in industry, I completely agree. :-) – jakebeal Jan 15 '15 at 19:57

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