US Academic Job Applications
Lara Wagner and Diana Roman
October 11, 2019
(3.05 MB application/pdf)
Staff Scientists Diana Roman and Lara Wagner, both former professors, led a workshop for 22 postdocs on how to best prepare a job application. In attendance were former professor and current staff scientist Peter van Keken and staff scientist Steve Shirey, who also offered advice. US application packages include a cover letter, CV, publication list, and teaching and research statements.
- Convey excitement in your cover letter and in your research statement; what do you do, why is it important?
- Let the committee reviewing your application know what you have done, what your contributions or ideas have been
- What is your research plan? Self site as much as you can
- Do your homework/research the institution to which you are applying
- CV should start with education (reverse chronological order), research and teaching service/statements, publications (again in reverse chronological order)
- Do not list "in review" papers; papers listed must be pubslished, in press, or accepted
- Have an "orcid" ID number, which gets people to your publications
- Google yourself to see what comes up; have a website
- Highlight your awards, even if within your own department
- US applications do not include date of birth/age/photo/gender/marital status/children...
- Add Index number if it is a source of pride
- If you require a certain piece of equipment to do your research, mention it in the interview, not in your research statement when applying for a position
- Show that you are willing to teach; that you care; that you can cover a specific need; how you will take the load off the faculty
- If a diversity statement is required, visit this link for help
- Set up practice job talks for upcoming interviews
- Roman, Wagner, and other scientific staff members are available to offer you guidance and to review your applications prior to submission