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Panel discussion presented by Seiichi Matsuda and Amina Qutub 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

What are you looking for?

  • What type of institution? Research-1? Teaching?
  • Does it matter to you?
  • What parts of the country appeal to you?

Think carefully about whether you would really go to a place before you apply. Think through your personal priorities and let them guide you.

Talking points

Recruiting is time-consuming and expensive on both ends, so consider whether you really want to apply according to your personal priorities.

Interviewing is hard on both sides, and the investment of time, energy, and resources demands thoughtful preparation. If you accept an interview, do everything possible to ensure that you do your best.

What is the department seeking?

  • The advertisement may be focused in a specific area. Does it overlap your expertise?
    • If there is a question, address that issue in the application.
  • The department may provide information in the advertisement, but peruse their website for deeper, more detailed information.

Talking points

If you know someone at the institution of interest, you can inquire about what the department is seeking. Remember always to follow the instructions in the advertisement for the position. Remember that the goal of the institution is to recruit the BEST POSSIBLE PERSON.

Applying for a position

  • “Cold” applications
    • Usually need to have connections to the department
  • Responding to an advertisement
    • Consider level and areas requested
  • Solicited applications
    • Be sure to present at the most relevant conferences. Hopefully this visibility will lead to contacts with hiring departments.

The department’s timeline

  • Timelines vary significant between disciplines and between schools
  • Be alert to the advertisement pattern in schools in which you are interested
    • Some departments move quickly and make a rapid offer with a short timeline
    • Some departments gather a deeper pool and move deliberately through their candidate list.

Talking points

If you know someone at the institution of interest, you can inquire about the timeline for a particular department.

The application (1)

  • Cover letter
    • Offers an opportunity to create interest in you
    • Summarizes your qualifications and interests
  • Curriculum vitae (Well organized! Error free!)
    • Education, honors/awards, grants, summary of research experience, publications, invited talks, abstracts, oral presentations, teaching experience, service activities, any other pertinent information
    • Some institutions may request copies of reprints of your work

Talking points

The format for a CV varies significantly between fields — ask several people that you trust to review your CV and other materials.

The application (2)

  • Summary of research accomplishments and research goals (length often specified)
  • Summary of your teaching interests and experiences (length often specified)

If the length of these documents is not specified, be sure to include a brief, well-articulated summary at the beginning of each document — some reviewers may not read the entire document, others will want more.

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
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