Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The 2020 Faculty Jobs List: 4 positions and first open thread

The 2019 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List (curated by Andrew Spaeth and myself) has 4 positions.

Want to help out? Here's a Google Form to enter positions.

In 2019-2020, we will be adding teaching professor positions, targeting positions that demonstrate a promotion ladder and/or are titled "assistant teaching professor" or "associate teaching professor."

The 2019 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List finished with 587 positions.

Want to talk anonymously? Have an update on the status of a job search? This will serve as the open thread.

54 comments:

  1. Here we go again. I feel like interviews just ended and now I have to start over.

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    1. I believe in you internet stranger.

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  2. Seems like the UT Austin positions are already closed...

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  3. Anybody know what is up with the UT Austin positions?

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  4. The interfolio link for the UT Austin position doesn't work. Could not apply.

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  5. Troy University just reposted their Materials position, starting date Fall 2019. What happened there? Either the posting is a mistake or someone bailed at the last minute.

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  6. Does anyone know how does people value the submitted paper? I have two papers which will be submitted to top journals, however, it will not get out in time for job application

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    1. i think submitted journals are ok to have, but i will certainly look at it with a grain of salt, because there is no guarantee it will get into the journal you said you submitted. On the same note, i do not like "in prep" manuscript, it just looks desperate.

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    2. How far along in the publication process are they? If it's a top journal, I write "in review" instead "submitted" if it progressed to the review stage (because not all of them do) and "in press" if accepted, but not out yet.

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    3. Thanks! It's really helpful! That is what I am afraid too. I think I will only keep published and the submitted papers then, no in prep manuscripts for sure!

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    4. I think both of them will go to review process when I start to send out my applications, in review sounds much better, thanks a lot!

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    5. Just list "Submitted for Publication" but not the journal name. Regarding 10:50's comment, that way it shows that it is in review, but doesn't bias the reader to where it is, or have to make you revise it later.

      In prep can definitely look desperate, but if you have a good publication record, a few "submitted" manuscripts, an "in prep" or two just shows you're continuing on a good trajectory and might be appropriate.

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  7. How closely do you have to fit the discipline that the position is seeking for PUI/MS institutions? I would consider myself a materials chemist, which encompasses organic synthesis, spectroscopy, computations, a bit of inorganic. If I apply for an analytical or inorganic position, does my proposal have to be exactly in that field or is the committee mostly concerned with me being able to teach that subject?

    Thanks.

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    1. Yes, most likely "the committee will be mostly concerned with you being able to teach that subject". Make it clear how you are the best fitted for that, and how your diverse background is an added value for the students and the faculty. The search committee may have to convince the higher ranking administrators (sometimes including the HR) to invite you for an on-site interview, thus, help them to do so.

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    2. That's helpful. Thanks!

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    3. I second what All For Science said! I'd also encourage you to think about the labs that would be taught as part of the course (or independently, depending on the university) and make sure you are clear about your ability to teach and develop upper level labs. For instance, if you are applying to an analytical position, at my university we would be interested in whether you could develop the advanced instrumentation labs that go along with the upper level analytical course.

      In terms of research, when I was writing applications, I tried to speak specifically to how the breadth of my research program would appeal to a wide range of students, and how I could tailor projects for undergraduates based on their specific interests, while still fitting into my overall research program.

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  8. Is anyone else having problems with the University of Utah School of Medicine posting?

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  9. This is my first time to apply jobs, I have a question about papers, I have several papers which is highly cited but not landed on high impact factor journals, so should I highlight that? Or people do not care about cited number only care where you published?

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    1. For many members of the committee, the scientific content of the papers is the most important aspect of the publication list, along with evidence from your publications that you have the expertise required by your research plan. For those who count but don't read, though, definitely include the citation count if notable. You can write it below the relevant publication, where you would also include statements like: "Profiled in Faculty of 1000", "Highlighted in Nat. Chem.", "Selected as Very Important Paper", or "Cover Article". It is also not unusual to include an aggregate citation count for all of your publications.

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    2. Thanks a lot!

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  10. The entry for New Mexico Highlands University is listed as organic, but the posting seems to be for analytical: https://nmhu.peopleadmin.com/postings/4558

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  11. This is my first time applying so I am sorry if this is a dumb question. In the University of Louisville posting, they are saying to submit letters to:

    Analytical Search Committee Chair,
    Department of Chemistry,
    University of Louisville,
    2320 South Brook Street,
    Louisville, KY 40292

    Just like this, without any email address. Do they want them by actual mail? That's wild, right?

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    1. That is just for the recommendation letters. The application is online at https://louisville.edu/hr/employment/jobs/currentopenings (reference job ID 37745)

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  12. In the new table entry for Oregon State University, it's marked as "physical(?)", but I'm not seeing anything about concentration are in the announcement. How do we know it's possibly just physical chemistry?

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    1. 1. "Relevant teaching experience in physical chemistry"
      2. Checking into it to confirm

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  13. How much does quantity and quality of publications matter for PUI/MS schools?

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    1. see reply below (August 5, 2019 at 1:30 PM)

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  14. Can't give you a number but the majority of those applying to the PhD schools will also be applying to the highly-ranked PUI/MS schools (Williams, Haverford, Barnard, etc.) so PUI schools now expect a greater # of publications than they probably did 10-20 years ago. Any top-ranked PUI will want a considerable amount of research in addition to high caliber teaching. For example, Williams once quoted 45% research, 45% teaching, 10% service.

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  15. The posting for Taylor University says it's for Fall 2019.

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  16. The University of Notre Dame position in analytical sciences is listed at rank of associate/full, but the position description describes an open rank search. "Our primary focus is on making a junior faculty appointment, however, outstanding candidates at all levels are encouraged to apply."

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  17. Brown university has an opening this year for modern experimental physical chemistry and chemical physics
    https://main.hercjobs.org/jobs/12648717/assistant-professor-of-chemistry-experimental-physical-chemistry

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  18. Is there a resource for finding biochemistry searches that originate in biology/biochemistry departments, rather than chemistry departments which would be listed here?

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    1. Most other fields have something like a "job wiki"; searches for "bio job wiki" aren't super-fruitful, but that's not something I spend a lot of time thinking about.

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  19. @Chemjobber

    Shouldn't the Colorado College lab lecturer position go on the academic/teaching jobs list? It's not really the same as all these other positions

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    1. IMO it's clearly labeled. Your objection is noted, and other list users are invited to comment.

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    2. The Colorado College lab lecturer position mentions that it's a renewable 9-month position with opportunity for advancement, which is why you're probably listing it here under TEACH, but what's the link for the academic/teaching jobs list mentioned above? Is there a separate list that I'm not aware of? Thanks!

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    3. What's the difference between this position and a lab coordinator position then? Both are essentially in charge of teaching laboratories

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    4. A4:32PM: Probably a reference to the staff jobs list? https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LVMb0Av6o2OVBUEkw78t_JTT_PWlRoPjle1yNVJpjvc/edit#gid=0

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  20. If you're giving a talk at ACS, do you mention it in your cover letter for the departments you apply to before ACS? Since Chemistry doesn't do a "Meet the Faculty Candidates" symposium at their big conference like most other fields, not sure if it's even worth mentioning?

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  21. Does anybody have any thoughts on applying to ads such as the recent Texas A&M one, where they say that it's both "open", but also that special consideration will be given to areas x and y (assuming you don't do x and y). I would both hate to miss an opportunity on one hand, and waste time applying on the other.

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    1. They need people who can teach classes in X and Y. But they wouldn't be adverse to general awesomeness.

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    2. Thanks, hope my general awesomeness will help me out here :)

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  22. What is the main difference in what departments are looking for when searching for candidates in biological chemistry vs chemical biology?

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    1. I generally think of biological chemistry as being more close to biochemistry (i.e. studying the structure/function of natural biomolecules), whereas chemical biology is the design of chemical probes to study biology. If it were me, I'd apply to both if I was somewhat related to either.

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    2. What 10:08 said. Someday I'll ask that on a test: What is the difference between biochemistry, chemical biology, and biological chemistry? I'm curious to see the different takes and what their Venn diagrams would look like.

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    3. My feeling:
      Biochemistry- more focused on biomacromolecules like proteins and nucleic acids.
      Chemical Biology- more focused on bio-related small molecules (ligands)
      Biological Chemistry- more focused on biochemical interactions than materials.

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  23. Scripps is asking for both a Research Statement and Research Plan... any idea what the difference is?

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  24. One is more of a philosophy (like a teaching statement). The other is your research proposals.

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  25. Does anyone have tips for applying to a position in a department where you also applied the previous year?

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    1. I'm just applying again with a new application/research plan. It might be a different search, so it could be that they're more interested in your research area this year. I think the only time this might be a bad idea is if you also interviewed there last year and didn't get the position.

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    2. There is a good chance the search committee will be different (at a larger school). I know of people passed over one year and hired the next. Your package and letters mean more than anything else (and the package is what you can control!).

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  26. I think the WashU job was listed for a 2nd time today. They both link to the same Interfolio posting.

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