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THESE DOCUMENTS ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT

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
    • KEY ELEMENT
    • 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

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
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
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
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.
Bharti
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
Daniel
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
Maciej
characteristics of micro business
Abigail
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Anassong
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
NANO
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
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.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
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.
Tarell
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.
Virgil
is Bucky paper clear?
CYNTHIA
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
NANO
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.
Harper
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
s.
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
SUYASH Reply
for screen printed electrodes ?
SUYASH
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
Ebrahim
or in general
Ebrahim
in general
s.
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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