Professor, research emphasis
This section deals with positions at major universities and private
research institutes, the places that rake in the bulk of federal grants.
You probably got your Ph.D. or did your postdoc at one of these institutions,
as just about all rely on graduate students and postdocs to do the lion's
share of the hands-on work. Outside funding is a requirement and may have
to provide all of the professor's salary. Lose your grant, you're out of
a job... But, if doing cutting-edge research, making important discoveries,
doing "big science," or having prestige and maybe someday fame
are what matters most to you, then these positions are the place where all
of that can be found.
Information and Advice:
an Academic Job: the Process and the Pitfalls. Jonathan Dantzig's essay
is packed with useful information for the would-be faculty member: what
should be in your CV and application letter, how to handle the interview,
how to structure your job talk, how to negoitate your start-up package,
Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering.
This book is designed "to help you prepare for, find, and succeed at
an academic career in science and engineering." Includes chapters on
research and teaching preparation for professorships, how to get a faculty
position, and insights on the tenure process. A sample chapter can be found
at the web site.
Problems in Science Jobs. Essay by Art Sowers discussing today's job
market for scientists and the many roadblocks along the path of the traditional
Waning Importance for Career Development of today's Scientists? Graeme
Eisenhofer looks at recent tenure decisions at a major biomedical research
center and relates outcomes to scientific productivity. The bottom line:
high scientific productivity did not correlate with whether individuals
To Ask The Right Questions In Assessing An Academic Job Offer. Article
by Karl Lanks from The Scientist (Oct
Research with NIH Grants: a Losing Battle in a Flawed System. The NIH
granting system is reviewed and its strengths and weaknesses evaluated in
this commentary from Art Sowers in The Scientist
(Oct 95). Good reading for those seeking or already holding NIH funds or
for those contemplating a research career in which NIH funding in essential.
Faculty Salary Database. Enter
the name of a university and get back average professor salaries.
Navigating the Postdoc
to PI transition: Getting funded by NIH. Contains information specific
for new faculty who will be applying for grants from the National
Institutes of Health. This resource is an outline of a talk/workshop
presented by faculty in 1997 to the UCSF
Postdoctoral Scholars Association. Includes some sample sections of
successful grants and some advice on what to avoid in writing that first
Job Listings: (more links coming soon)
Science Professional Network.
The on-line job listings of Science
Cell "Positions Available."
On-line job openings from Cell.
Tends to be list mainly research-oriented positions, but some small colleges
do advertise here. Searchable.
International Science Jobs. Job listings from Nature
Academic Position Network. Database
of academic positions primarily from around the U.S. Not limited to science
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This page was last updated on August 6, 1998.