Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Becoming a faculty: How faculty search is done? Faculty job openings? The other candidates?

In the world of academia (sounded like narnia) it is the most daunting task: landing a faculty job at the best environment that you can flourish.

Doug wrote about how a faculty search is done here describing the process at Rice University. He also has tips for a faculty candidate. A must read.

I came across with this incredible page at the freewebs. Titled as CM/AMO Physics Jobs Rumor Mill, it gives basic w's for the faculty job openings and the candidates. You can find out who's hot and who's not. Learn about the opponents. I wish there was such page on chemistry jobs.

The resources for becoming a faculty are a handful but not enough (as far as I know) and varies greatly between disciplines and universities. The common sense, as I understand it, is that faculty candidate is expected to:
  1. Fit to the position (if specific to a certain field)
  2. Have an outstanding resume (that has entries from ivy league universities)
  3. Show perfect communication skills (required esp. for teaching)
  4. Be able to mix well with the current faculty
  5. Work hard to bring external funding
Here are some of the useful links for a potential faculty:

Both Jobs and Useful Information
Chronicle Careers: Excellent information and job search for higher education jobs Very extensive and perfectly designed career central. They also offer career coaches with ample information.
Science Careers: Both finding a job and information central on especially bio related jobs
ACS Careers: Chemistry jobs for higher education as well as survival guides for junior faculty
ASM Career Center: As they advertise, "everything material" here. May worth to look at if you're at an all inclusive job hunt. Very few listings and non-academic mostly.

Just Useful information "Getting a job after grad school" Excellent articles and case studies.
The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center: Nicely designed, loaded with information

Just Jobs More useful than popular searches since focusing on MS/PhD level jobs
Nature Jobs: Surprisingly it's only for finding a job and dominated by bio & medical openings
MRS Career Central: Excellent listings for material scientists. My favorite.
Academic 360: Specifically for academia, a useful central for faculty and other highered jobs
Academic Careers Online: Rather loosely designed but an ambitious website.

And of course check these popular sites too: Monster, CareerBuilder, Hotjobs, Jobing.
There are tens of other job sites but all of those use the database of these 4 websites.

This is pretty much all that I found.
Let me know if you know some places better.


  1. I thought there would be a ton of those websites. huh.

  2. It's tempting to think like that but when you are actually in the hunt yourself you learn the truth. There's enough of those though.

  3. another great job searchengine:
    Definitely worth looking at!

  4. It takes much the same preparation to make you the best entrepreneur, or the best job candidate. Of course experience is the best teacher, but you need to get the job to get the experience. jobsearch

  5. This post is very useful for us. Because we have a lot of
    tips and tricks from this post. Thank you for this amazing post share. I many
    tips about bd career as well. If you want to know more about a career sites, please visit our website.

  6. This site is the one which I majorly rely on to know about government jobs. Its very nice in sharing information for preparing all competitive exams.

  7. Strangely enough, when entering their first tenure track position, often the only research faculty has pursued is their one dissertation. Yes, that is one project over the course of years, with one massive "publication".guarantor

  8. Do nothing, or mostly nothing. Assume that there are no jobs out there, or there are too many qualified candidates to conduct a successful search.This Article

  9. I must state, the blog compositions are ethereal.