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Talking points

Instructions from the department may include other items. Information on research experience/goals and teaching experience are key, and including invited talks conveys demonstrated interest by colleagues in the area of your work.

The application (3)

  • Letters of recommendation
    • Number ranges from approximately 3-5
    • Remember that these individuals will have to write for every application you submit.
  • Some departments will ask you to provide the names, others will ask that you solicit the references to send the letters.
    • Timing of the letters varies — some ask for the letters from the beginning, others later in the process

The application (4)

Writers of letters of recommendation

  • Critical that letters come from someone who knows you well.
  • Status of the person matters, but if they cannot speak knowledgeably about you the letter will be discounted.
  • May be particularly helpful where publication record is low — and the reference can provide perspective (e.g., started a new area and work is just emerging).

Talking points

Apocryphal story: Nobel Laureate wrote: “This is the best student I’ve ever had; if you don’t hire this person, I will have no respect for you or your department.” Most letters with no information hold little sway, but this individual was highly influential in the field and was known not to make such statements lightly. Most letters are more detailed, providing thoughtful commentary on your body of work and your professional style.

Research statement

  • Remember that the search committee members may be in areas peripheral to your research
  • Describe two or three research proposals
    • Usually one that is related to your prior work that is clearly feasible
    • One or two projects that demonstrate your ability to think beyond your current work

Talking points

Audience, particularly in interdisciplinary areas, can be quite varied in terms of background. Craft a message that is understood by readers from distinct backgrounds. In fields where research is a team effort, you have to acknowledge your collaborators while differentiating your key and important contributions to your work. Talk with your mentor(s) about strategies for presenting your work in the context of a team effort. Women are often less clear about their accomplishments and less willing to take credit for what they have done. Play to your strengths within your cultural context.

What to include?

  • Statement of the problem
    • Key unanswered questions in field
    • How will your work contribute?
  • Description of research plans
    • Break into specific aims
    • Include figures
    • Be both creative and realistic- mix of high-likelihood and high-reward projects
  • Show how it will be possible to get grants in this research area

Talking points

Readers have many demands on their time, and they may stop reading or read only part of the document. Have the important, exciting elements in a summary at the beginning. You need to provide the story of where you have been (~25%), where you are (~30%), and where you are going (~45%). The percentages are illustrations just to remind not to dwell too much about where you were multiple years ago, to be clear about your current accomplishments, and to be very, very clera about where the past/present lead you for the future. Generally “stay out of the weeds” unless the design/details are critical to understanding.

What to avoid?

  • If you proposed work is too close to an advisor’s area, you may be too much in their “shade.”
    • Talk with your advisor so that you understand one another’s plans/directions.
  • Proposing work in which you have no experience is risky.

Teaching statement

  • Describe your philosophy towards teaching and experiences that led to this perspective.
  • Discuss courses within the core curriculum that you could teach.
  • Propose new courses that might be developed in the future that you could teach.

What to emphasize in your application?

  • Find out about the department/school
    • Importance of teaching vs. research
    • Areas of interest/growth
  • May want to customize your application materials for different positions
  • Brag about your successes (within reason)!

What is makes an application stand out?

  • Varies between departments/institutions
  • Strong publication record
    • Most important factor!
  • Exciting research plan
    • Creative and innovative while also feasible
  • Great reference letters
    • Evidence of innovation, creativity, hard work, etc.
  • Interesting and innovative teaching plans
    • Highlight your experiences and capabilities
  • Other experiences
    • Experience writing a grant, etc.

What happens next?

  • Generally administrative staff do not review applications
    • Primarily a faculty effort in which a subset of search committee will read an application
  • Faculty committee (sometimes full faculty) will select candidates for interview (often 3-6 out of 100-200 applicants)

What are search committees seeking?

  • Educational institutions, degrees, honors
  • Publication record (suggests potential trajectory)
  • Teaching potential that matches need
  • Positive perceptions of references
  • Research area that “fits” with departmental goals
    • May match already existing, may open new areas

What makes application stand out?

  • Perception of excellence by wide spectrum of reviewing faculty
  • Effective organization that clearly conveys:
    • Strong research accomplishments
    • Well-written and exciting research plan
  • Exciting vision of teaching
  • Research that integrates into the department
  • Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • At the Helm: A Laboratory Navigator
    • Kathy Barker, Cold Spring Harbor Press

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
nanocopper obvius
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
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.
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