US Academic Job Applications

US Academic Job Applications

US Academic Job Applications

Lara Wagner and Diana Roman

October 11, 2019

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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. 

Important points:

  • 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