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Panel discussion presented by Qilin Li and Fred Oswald at the 2011 NSF ADVANCE Workshop: Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position, A Workshop for Underrepresented PhDs and Postdocs in Science, Engineering and Psychology September 18-20, 2010

Interviews are a grueling process

  • Hard for both interviewee and interviewers
    • Time, energy, interaction, evaluation on both sides
  • Department wants to know if you are right for them
  • You want to know if department is right for you

Short time frame

  • Will interact with a number of people
    • Short, intense period
  • Want to stand out — in a really positive way
  • ALWAYS BE “ON”!!!
    • Even in casual meal sessions, you are being evaluated and judged
    • Do not “let down” at any time during the process

How do you present yourself?

  • Handshake is important first impression
    • Firm, but real (really shake the hand!)
    • Not too firm — may hurt!
  • Your level of interest and information is important
    • Gather information about the department (more later)
    • Gather information about the institution (more later)

The campus visit

  • Most important step in determining whether interview becomes an offer
    • Remember that not everyone you meet will have “studied” your application
  • Allows you to interact with those who will make the offer decision
    • Varies between institutions (full professors, entire department, role of dean/provost)

Before the visit

  • Learn about the institution/department/faculty
    • Web pages are a wonderful resource, including family leave and P&T information
    • Ask colleagues who may know someone there
    • Ask for a copy of the department’s strategic plan (not having one tells you something!), the school or college’s plan, the institution’s plan
  • Agenda for your visit
    • Ask for the agenda a little before your visit
    • Prepare for those people on the agenda, but realize that agendas change, so know something about the entire department
    • If you don’t get the agenda before you arrive, that tells you something!
    • Ask for 30 minutes of preparation before your seminar
    • Ask to meet with graduate students
  • Think about what you will wear
    • Clothes should be comfortable for you (but not too informal) and make you feel like you look good
    • You will be wearing them for the entire day
    • Do not wear clothes that make you look like you are a graduate student or on a date
  • Think about what you will carry with you
    • You’ll be lugging it with you for the entire visit

Talking points

You will want to meet with graduate students to assess the quality of the program.

What happens on the visit?

  • Formal presentations: Exude confidence!
    • Departmental seminar
    • Presentation on your research plans
    • May vary among fields
  • Visits one-on-one with faculty, chair, sometimes dean or provost
    • For these shorter visits, an “elevator” speech that summarizes your work is important
      • Practice this with friends before interviewing
    • Have questions prepared to fill the time

The visit

  • Interview visits are a marathon event
    • Do your homework
      • Research area, role in the department
      • Ask Chair and others about research areas prioritized for the future
    • Ask individuals you see about their teaching, what the courses are and how the students are
      • Ask Chair about anticipated future teaching needs of the Department
  • Ask the same questions, as appropriate, of everyone on your schedule
    • Consistency or lack thereof is information
  • Ask about the promotion and tenure process and criteria
  • Ask about expectations for generating extramural research support and supporting graduate students
  • Ask about the teaching load

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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