Friday, September 9, 2016

The 2017 Faculty Jobs List Preliminary Open Thread




26 comments:

  1. A new opening at George Washington University, Washington DC, "open to all areas of biophysical
    chemistry, especially those with application to cancer research, nanoscale biomaterials, or
    bioimaging (https://nic.gwu.edu), and that complements the existing strengths of the Department."
    Job posting is at https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/36853.

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  2. Are you only focused on USA/Canada because you can't get accurate positions data for other countries? I think that foreign universities that advertise in Science/Nature are interested in hires from North America. Not sure if that's the case if they advertise in the local paper only though. Some countries there are no advertisements, so you just have to write to the chair of the chemistry department and ask if they have a position and whether it's okay to interview there.

    A position in the States is so unattractive these days, with NIH funding being so hard to get, and the NSF budget actually shrinking this year. If I had to do this again this year, I don't think I would even bother to apply in America (not that you even can get an interview if you're a junior person based outside the continent; that's a cruel joke that nobody tells you except some famous prof at the only interview in NA you do get), or would only bother with industry jobs.

    I really hate writing lots of grants... And even after you publish your first paper in a high IF journal and do your first conference talk, it's still so soul crushing. Maybe you need to publish lots and give lots of talks? I guess I'll feel better about all of it in five years when I'm working as a manager in the family restaurant. Well, good luck to all the candidates!

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    1. The NSF budget is not shrinking this year. They "only" got a 46 million dollar increase.

      http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/04/senate-spending-panel-leaves-nsf-flat-cuts-nasa-science

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    2. Anon 7:11 - that $46 million extra for NSF is a 0.6% increase over current levels. That's slightly less than the current US inflation rate. So, yes, the new NSF budget is smaller than last year.

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    3. But how can there be inflation if no one is making any more money? Sounds like the NSF is doing better than the rest of us!

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CsbBDz3XgAAL8y9.jpg:large

      http://i3.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/018/489/nick-young-confused-face-300x256_nqlyaa.png

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    4. That $46 million proposed increase (from the Senate, not the House) was specifically to build 3 new research ships. The rest of the NSF budget had no increase.

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  3. Rutgers-New Brunswick has an Inorganic TT position open:

    http://chem.rutgers.edu/tenure-track-faculty-position-inorganic-chemistry-rutgers-university-department-chemistry-and

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  4. The University of Oregon announces a cluster hire in the area of Energy and Sustainable Materials, broadly defined. Target research areas include: electronic and energy devices, advanced/in-situ characterization, computational materials chemistry/physics, inorganic cluster chemistry, solid-state and materials physics/chemistry, surface science and catalysis.

    Appointments may be made in or across any academic department(s), at any rank, and are the first step in a long-term initiative to grow the basic and applied sciences. The hires will join an innovative and highly collaborative team in the Materials Science Institute. Exceptional candidates with backgrounds in chemistry, physics, chemical/electrical/mechanical engineering, and materials science, as well as those with industrial research and development experience, are encouraged to apply. Salaries and start-up packages will be highly competitive.

    https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/7250

    Prof. Shannon Boettcher, University of Oregon

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  5. A few updates/corrections:
    - Hope College priority date is 9/23
    - Tusculum College is a post for a NON-tenure track teaching job starting THIS Fall, 2016, NOT 2017
    - Rockefeller University is a very specialized school and only hires biomedical-related scientists, so their "open call" is actually a bio/medicinal chem call.
    - The Susquehanna University listing is for Biochemistry, not open field
    - Texas A&M priority date is 10/14

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  6. I'm sitting on a faculty search committee this season, and I'd like to put in a plug for those of you considering R3 and R2 level schools. While it's true that good grad students are harder to find and that equipment and resources are likely to be more limited, it's also true that you have the opportunity to be the proverbial big fish in a small pond. Startups at major R1's can be well in excess of $1MM, while a startup at a state R3 or R2 might be in the $100-$200K range. At first glance, the best career choice seems like a no-brainer. But consider this: Many departments and colleges require that the PI bring in enough extramural funding to match their startups before the candidate applies for tenure. I will concede that grant money is easier to get when you have more students and papers, but there's a huge difference between bringing in $200k and $1MM. The former can be done with a handful of seed grants or a single major federal grant. The latter often requires multiple successful federal grants. I would argue that the combination of absurdly large startups coupled with an expectation of 100% return on investment (sometimes in indirect costs, no less!) is setting up many faculty for failure and disappointment.

    BTW, if you are applying to an R3 or R2, make sure you tailor your cover letter and research program to the department. Committees really can tell when you genuinely want to join a specific department and when you've just changed names on your cover letters and proposals.

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    1. Thank you for the advice. Outside of tailoring it towards what is in the announcement, what else can be added/changed and what would the committee like to see?

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    2. Same poster here: We know that most folks are applying to 30+ positions this season, and that a lot of them view our program as a "backup" if they don't get a job at a top 20 department. We don't want to waste our time bringing out somebody who views our department as a backup plan, so cover letters or teaching statements that clearly convey your ACTUAL motivations for applying will get your application to the top of the pile (along with the diversity applicant pool, if you are not a protected class). For example, if you're returning to your home town or moving closer to family, you should definitely state as much in your cover letter. It shows that you might actually accept the position and that you are committed to being here for a long time, not just long enough to move up and out. Anecdotally, I heard a story about a person who got invited to an interview in the Pacific Northwest because he expressed his passion for hunting the local wildlife.

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  7. Stony Brook University position AJO posting expires on 2/3/2017. Priority date should really be 10/1/2016

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  8. University of Wisconsin - Madison
    http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/Weblisting/External/PVLSummary.aspx?pvl_num=87974

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  9. NC State University is seeking candidates for a tenure track faculty position in chemistry or color science for an appointment in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science with a preference given to physical or physical organic chemists or color scientists. The successful candidate will be expected to teach thermodynamics or color science at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to develop an active research program in a color, polymer or fiber chemistry related field.
    Academic rank of initial appointment is open to all levels.

    All applications must be made through http://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/73827 where full details about this position can be found. Resources and benefits for prospective faculty can be found at: https://www.ncsu.edu/human_resources/employment/resources/

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  10. St. John’s University in Queens, NY has a Tenure Track Assistant Professorship in Physical/Computational chemistry. If you know anyone who aspires to a *genuine* teaching/research mix at a PUI (they should know what being at a PUI is, and what it entails!), and are not merely applying as "backups" to R1/R2/R3 applications, please send them this job ad!

    https://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=176338669

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  11. University of Iowa physical/computational has posted a review date of 10/17

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  12. A few job posts don't have deadlines, some just state the "start date of reviewing applications". Any thoughts on what this actually means?

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    1. Get your stuff in by that date.

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    2. Ditto the ditto. We begin the triage process the day after the "start date".

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  13. Lock Haven University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in the department of Chemistry at the Assistant Professor rank to begin August 19, 2017.

    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by November 4, 2016 will receive full consideration.

    Specific duties: Teaching lecture courses and laboratories as assigned in the Department of Chemistry, primarily in Biochemistry and Organic chemistry.

    Preference will be given to candidates with experience in Molecular Biochemistry.

    https://jobs.lhup.edu/postings/3299

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  14. The Ohio State University is looking to expand drastically, with up to five new, tenure-track faculty positions in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry (in all areas):

    https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/OSU/Chem-Biochem

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