U.S. Academic Job Applications
Lara Wagner and Alycia Weinberger (with input from R. Carlson, D. Roman, A. Shahar, S. Shirey, M. Walter)
September 25, 2018
(3.06 MB application/pdf)
Additional takeaway highlights:
- Proof read every part of your application!
- Do not use "Hey" as a form of salutation, i.e., Hey Dr. xxxx, nor the generic "Dear Sir."
- Small departments need everyone to chip in.
- Be aware where the funding opportunities are for your research.
- If you are tagged to be on a proposal review panel, do so. If not, volunteer, i.e., with NASA.
- You must have a website.
- In your CV, do not mention positions you have declined.
- Try to have a Google Scholar profile of your papers.
- Block your personal social media page.
- If a diversity statement is required, list your outreach experience, what can you do for the department to help re diversity. Check out this Vanderbilt U. link.
- Carnegie scientific staff encourage you to consult with them on all aspects of your application process.
Research Statement: It is all about YOU and YOUR work
- Make sure you include in your research statement why your science is important to society; what are the big questions that drive you?
- Research statements are forward looking: how will you move the ball forward in your field?
- Be clear what your contributions are, and will be, in science.
- Be clear that you are not your PhD advisor or mentor; you have your own ideas and are an independent thinker.
- Hone in on 1, 2, or 3 interests that you will bring to the table. Don’t be too specific, frame your interests to the big picture.
- First few paragraphs [Executive Summary] at the beginning of your 3-5 page research statement should give the reader the interest to continue reading and know what you are interested in doing.
- Reference your own papers in your research statement; if using other references, stick to major works.
- Arrogance, NO; Excitement, YES
- Be clear up front why what you do is exciting.
- Including figures in your research statement depends on your field: Astronomers, yes; geosciences, not really. If a figure makes sense, use it.
- Tailor your research statement to the place you are applying. Try not to overlap extensively with someone else’s work. If you do, say it will be complementary.
- Show that you care, that teaching is important
- Describe the teacher you want to be
- Be available to teach the large intro classes; you draw in the masses
- Offer to help teach, not take over someone else’s class
- Bring something new to the table