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Launching Your Academic Job Search: Understanding the Job Search Process and Creating Your Application Package Bill Lindstaedt, Director UCSF Career Center. Seminar Agenda. Overview of Academic Job Search Academic job search process/calendar The view from the search committee side
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Understanding the Job Search Process and Creating Your Application Package
Bill Lindstaedt, Director
UCSF Career Center
Before Sept. -Previous February – all pubs submitted -Make choices on types of positions and institutions to pursue -Assemble application materials
Sept. – Nov. -Update CV, reference list -Have CV reviewed -Seek advice, support of advisor(s) -Request letters of recommendation -Look for postings weekly; begin to apply
Nov. – Jan. -Continue applying -Prepare for screening interviews -Prepare for job talks -Ask advisors to call on your behalf
Feb. – May -Campus interview visits -Negotiate offers
What do search committees do with these materials, and when?
Curriculum Vitae – (approx.) “the course of one’s life, or career” Document used to apply for teaching or academic research positions Complete professional history
Other uses for your CV
Supporting document for grant proposal
Required document for departmental reviews
Audits or accreditation reviews
Guide for introductions at conferences
KEEP IT UPDATED!
-1-3 Pages, plus pubs
-Selected history; changes to target position
-Organized to manipulate reader
-Cover letter and references: Important role
-Complete history; changes little
-Just the facts
-Cover letter and references: Critical role
University of California, San Francisco 1999-Present Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. R. U. Ready
-Developed novel…resulted in 17 publications in Cell…
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1995-1999 PhD Candidate, Laboratory of Dr. I. Rule
-Initiated discovery of…Formatting and Tips
Assistant professor As seen in the 9 November issue of Science:
QUANTITATIVE BIOLOGY Bard College's Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is seeking a colleague who will complement our existing strengths in molecular biology, biochemistry, genomics, and ecology. The successful candidate will be involved in developing an innovative curriculum in which Bard undergraduates develop a strong foundation in the traditional fields and become proficient with the computational methods employed in those fields. Preference will be given to candidates interested in involving undergraduates in an ongoing research program and in developing collaborative connections with members of the Bard faculty. In addition, opportunities exist for developing collaborations and undergraduate courses and programs with the faculty at Rockefeller University. The appointment will be made at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level starting July 1, 2004. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, and three letters of recommendation to: Robert Cutler, Biology Search Committee Chair, c/o Human Resources, Bard College, P.O. Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000. Start-up funding is available. Candidates must have a Ph.D. Applications will be reviewed as received and interviews will begin in November 2003. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
November 22, 2003
Dr. Robert Cutler
Biology Search Committee Chair
c/o Human Resources
P.O. Box 5000
Annendale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
Dear Dr. Cutler:
I am glad to have the opportunity to apply for a faculty position in the Biology Department of Bard College. I am writing in response to your advertisement in the November 9 issue of Science Magazine, which announced a position vacancy for a Quantitative Biologist. I am Molecular Biologist currently finishing a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Ima Goddess, at the University of California at San Francisco.
My approach to teaching undergraduates and conducting research with undergraduates has developed over several years, through my experience developing and delivering course materials to undergraduates in both laboratory and classroom settings. In my experience, the best teaching is done through hands-on experience, so I will try to engage students in my courses by encouraging the maximum possible laboratory participation…
The research project I would like to pursue at Bard College involves the development of… This is a project which I feel will interest and inspire undergraduates while allowing me to continue to produce the highest quality work in my field.
Included in this packet, please find my curriculm vitae, statements regarding my research and teaching in…
I appreciate being considered for your faculty position. Please let me know if I can provide additional information in support of my application…
Generally 3: PhD advisor, Research Advisor, Collaborator or Research Mentor
How do I ask for a letter?
The initial ask, to ensure a positive letter
The follow-up meeting:
Key items to address
What do I do if they ask for “Evidence of excellence in teaching”? Recommender #3 becomes person who best knows your teaching
Follow up meeting: Include teaching evaluations, teaching philosophy statement
Timeline: Several weeks minimum, plus reminders
What do I do about negative recommendation letter?
Know the school
Know the department
Know the position
READ THIS ARTICLE by Jim Austin:
“Toolkit: Writing a Research Plan” at www.nextwave.org
“…a readable, compelling agenda that fits well with the needs, facilities and goals of the department and answers the question, ‘Why must this work be done?’”
“The best plans build on the promising experience of the applicant but are not a direct extension of their postdoctoral work.”
Lacks clear direction
Lacks a big picture focus
Doesn’t address how the proposal fits with needs of department
Requires facilities/equipment not possible to provide
Poor writing, structure, spelling, grammar
CONTENT TIPS from “Toolkit” and others:
Specific, well-considered, realistic
Include an abstract or executive summary
Include preliminary data
Customize each time
LAYOUT TIPS from “Toolkit” and others:
Short sections focused on major themes
Use proper paragraph format
Create readable layout
Proofread each time