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This is a conversion of a presentation given at the Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position Workshop given on October 14-16, 2007. The original document was prepared by Marilyn L. Fogel, Carnegie Institution of Washington.

What is a search committee looking for in junior faculty hires?

Marilyn L. Fogel, Carnegie Institution of Washington

In your application:

1) Well crafted cover letter with your background, your vision for the future, names of people you’ve worked with, and why that school needs you.

2) Willingness to teach new classes in a growing field and also within the core curriculum.

3) Correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation in the cover letter and all statements!

4) Strong references from people who really know you and your work. Ask your references if they are able to write an excellent letter for you.

5) Personal connection with someone from that department is important, e.g., professors in common or a conversation at a meeting.

Publications and research:

1) Creative and innovative research plans, while also feasible.

2) Ability to “finish” publications from research to writing to submission to rewriting—for a young faculty member about 3-4 papers from dissertation.

3) Continued productivity post PhD including abstracts and published papers-about 2 new projects with 2-3 additional papers.

3) Someone who will set up a new laboratory and take primary responsibility for it.

4) Ability to win small grants with one submission to a major federal agency.

5) Well-planned list of laboratory requirements. Don’t ask for too much or too little. Request equipment in phases.

Prior to the interview—to do list:

1) Build a good seminar including dissertation and current research with a hint of future research goals that can be understood by non-specialists. Practice in front of your postdoc mentor and colleagues!

3) Show some pizzazz and style. Find clothing that looks good and feels comfortable. Wear it before you go on interviews.

4) Develop a brief 1-2 sentence statement about you and your research for people outside your academic area (e.g., Deans).

5) Do your homework! Know the people in the department and university.

Questions & Answers

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
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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