Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The 2020 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List: 484 research/teaching positions and 34 teaching faculty positions

The 2020 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List (curated by Andrew Spaeth and myself) has 484 research/teaching positions and 34 teaching assistant professor positions.

Want to add a position? Here's a Google Form to enter positions. In 2019-2020, we will be adding teaching professor positions, targeting positions that demonstrate an intention to renew permanently, 3 year terms and a promotion ladder and/or are titled "assistant teaching professor" or "associate teaching professor." As of 9/20/19, we are adding community college positions if they explicitly offer tenure.

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On December 4, 2018, the 2018 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List had 486 positions.

Open threads: firstsecondthirdfourthfifth. This will be the sixth open thread on December 4, 2019. This thread closed at 12:25 PM Eastern on December 17. The next thread is the seventh.

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  1. University of Minnesota has or will soon begin scheduling on-site interviews

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  2. Rejection email from montana state.

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  3. has anyone heard from UCR on-site interviews?

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    1. Nothing, beginning of December was the vague timeline I thought.

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    2. They have already scheduled interviews

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    3. I wonder how they made the selection. I don't know about everyone else, but it wasn't much of an interview. Just a conversation so I don't know how they narrowed the list down.

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  4. Northwestern has scheduled on-site visits

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  5. Any news from University of Arkansas (Anal Chem) ?

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    1. University of Arkansas will conduct Skype interviews the next two weeks

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    2. 11:10PM Have you been contacted from them?

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    3. Interview is scheduled on next Friday

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  6. Has anyone heard from Yale chem or uconn?

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  7. Any news from Bradley University?

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    1. I believe they've already done interviews

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    2. Phone interview or on-site interview?

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  8. Are chemical engineering updates fair game here? Princeton CBE is scheduling onsite interviews.

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    1. Yes - they are welcome

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    2. Do you know who got an onsite? Like, which area?

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    3. The Princeton onsite I've heard about is in soft materials.

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  9. Anyone heard anything from Rutgers? They have two positions.

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    1. They are scheduling remote interviews now for the biophysical posting

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  10. Anyone heard about the onsite of U Pittsburgh?

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    1. Onsites are starting next week

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    2. Is the schedule available online? Their seminar calendar for December seems empty.

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    3. Nope. Via a friend in the department, they are announcing as they go.

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  12. Anyone heard anything from University of Florida?

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    1. Polymer position? I am also waiting on this one

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    2. Just got an invitation for an onsite this morning.

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    3. Congrats on your invitation

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    4. Thanks. I'm sorry you didn't get one and best of luck with your other applications!

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  13. McGill polymer is scheduling Skype interview.

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  14. Anyone heard anything about the onsite of Clemson University Pchem?

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    1. They have scheduled onsites.

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    2. Is the schedule available online? Thanks

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    3. I doubt it. They just got dates set at the end of last week.

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  15. Any news from the George Washington U PChem position? The bioorganic position was scheduling either remote or on site interviews a while ago...

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    1. Pchem interviews scheduled

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    2. @7:53PM Was it remote or on-site?

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    3. Remote a few weeks back, on-site in January.

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  16. Has anyone heard from GATech on-site interviews? Someone here said the invites be sent by the end of Nov.

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    1. They said we would hear back sometime in December, onsites in January.... Still nothing from my end though.

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    2. Nothing here either

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  17. Has anyone heard from the UCI soft materials position?

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    1. Haven't heard anything yet. Seem to be taking their time...

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  18. Any news about U. Delaware - Biomolecular Engineering?

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  19. Has anyone heard from CSUEB? I had a phone interview but that was more than 3 weeks ago.

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  20. Maybe I've missed it on here, but has anyone heard anything on the Dartmouth computational materials position?

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    1. Nothing for me so far.

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    2. They've listed the dates for seminars, but no names

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  21. Has any one heard back from Chico state after the phone interview?

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  22. Any news from UTK, West Virginia University and Denver ?

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    1. I had a phone call with Denver last week. They told me visits will be scheduled for early January, so I expect to hear back soon.

      Nothing from WVU.

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    2. I did not ever get a confirmation for my application from UTK...

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    3. For the Organic position?

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    4. I guess the interview comment was deleted. Can anyone else speak to whether they were contacted for an onsite?

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    5. I got a request for letters from UTK on Nov 15, never heard back since then.

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  23. CSU-Long Beach just sent an email stating they are still reviewing applications but plan on being in contact soon.

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    1. I have not gotten that e-mail, so maybe they only sent that to the top candidates.

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    2. Probably you should wait, you may get the email..

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    3. @8:30. Lol, yup, you're right. Just got the email.

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  24. Any word from CUNY?

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    1. they are doing skype interviews now

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  25. UConn is scheduling Skype interviews for the organic position

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  26. Any news from UMBC?

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  27. Montana State has scheduled their onsite interviews. Virginia Commonwealth University is scheduling Zoom interviews.

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    1. What area for VCU?

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    2. Physical chemistry for VCU. @10:33AM

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  28. Anyone heard anything about the onsite of Purdue University analytical chemistry?

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    1. I know someone in the department and they don't know anything about it. No seminars have been posted, for sure

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    2. Received a rejection letter after the skype interview this morning

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  29. Indiana U is scheduling on-sites

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  30. Anybody heard back from Princeton's CBE for on-sites?

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  31. Is this for Org Chem at IU or Chem Bio position at IUPUI?

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    1. IUPUI was hosting on-sites last week and in the weeks leading up to the holidays.

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    2. https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/8313

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    3. So, neither, it was for IU Bloomington Chem Bio

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  32. Has anyone heard anything from the chem bio position at UBC?

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    1. Someone in the previous thread said they already did remote interviews: http://chemjobber.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-2020-chemistry-faculty-jobs-list_19.html?showComment=1575399781030#c9191055622833935743

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  33. Has anyone heard from Rowan University? Their priority dare was 11/1.

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    1. I had a phone interview with them before Thanksgiving. They said they would be scheduling onsites around now, but I've heard no word on that front.

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  34. Any news for Yale ChE?

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    1. Have you received the request to submit reference letters before Thanksgiving?

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    2. right. but nothing afterwards.

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    3. same...got the reference request, but no update since then. i will make sure to report back if i hear anything. :]

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    4. Same here. So I think they're still reviewing.

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  35. Did anyone ever hear from LSU for interviews?

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  36. Did anyone hear anything back from New Mexico Tech or UBC (inorganic)?

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    1. UBC Inorganic did Skype interviews last week

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    2. wondering if they have called for on-site?

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    3. I just had mine on Thursday last week so I would think it will take more time. They mentioned ~2 weeks or so

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    4. New Mexico Tech did Skype interviews last week

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  37. People who have gone on interviews already, what are your top choices so far?

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    1. I'm not sure how helpful this would be since it would be so specific to each applicant's wants/needs and where they got interviews.

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  38. UC Merced is scheduling remote interviews (again? I thought I saw that they had remote interviews a while ago, so this may be a second round)

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    1. .....ah, yes. Just saw that there are multiple openings. This is for the Asst. Prof. position in "biochemistry or biophysical chemistry".

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  39. Perhaps they didn't like any of us on the first go around. They have multiple positions listed so they might be spacing it out for the different positions. Anyone heard from them for an onsite from the first round? That was like almost 3 weeks ago.

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    1. I know of someone that has an onsite there.

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    2. Just saw that there are multiple openings at UC Merced. This is for the Asst. Prof. position in "biochemistry or biophysical chemistry".

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    3. The onsite comment is referring to the organic or bio?

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    4. I'm not sure if it was organic or bio. Based on what I know about their research, I'm guessing biophysical.

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  40. Cal Poly Pomona is sending out rejections for the organic position.

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  41. Any news from ChemE departments?

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  42. There was an opening for Chemical Engineering at GaTech with Sept 1 priority date (I can't find it in the ChemE spreadsheet). I applied late, but they still requested letters like a week before Thanksgiving, which I thought was a good sign. (1) Did anyone else apply? (2) Have you heard anything back?

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    1. I also applied late. I didn't know the opening until I went to a conference in November. I just applied a few days ago and just got notified today that the application was received.

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    2. Seems like it was just badly advertised. Here's hoping that we hear something!

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  43. UMNR lecturer position is sending out rejection letters.

    In other news, after much effort and listening to numerous nay-sayers, I've been offered at PUI tenure track faculty position without having completed a post doc. Many thanks to this community and the admins for your valuable advice and information! While certainly not easy, it is possible to get these jobs folks, don't let the nay-sayers get you down too much!

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    1. Wow, well done!

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    2. Congratulations! You must be a great teacher and scholar!

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  44. Is anything going on with Chicago?

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  45. University of Arizona DH position filled.

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  46. Clemson is sending out rejection letters.

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  47. Did Rutgers schedule the on site for the biophysical opening? Anyone know?

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    1. They have scheduled remote-interviews.

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  48. Chicago is scheduling some remote interviews for theory.

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    1. Ditto for experimental pchem

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    2. These are for the UChicago open search?

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  49. Anybody hear from Chicago PME?

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    1. I am aware that PME has already had faculty meetings. So there will be something possibly soon.

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    2. Also a few quantum folks were invited for on-sites.

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  50. PUI positions must be starting to fill - anyone have updates on which positions are closed?

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    1. I've heard that Hope College (open) and Haverford (computational) have both been filled.

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    2. Villanova and MSSU are filled

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    3. Oberlin and Whittier are filled

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    4. PLU and Lafayette have completed their searches

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    5. The position at Wofford has been filled

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    6. Skidmore is filled

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    7. CSB/SJU has an accepted offer

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    8. Susquehanna has finished their search

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  51. Sorry to drag this on, but does anyone know if on sites were scheduled for U Denver or Merced organic positions? Thanks.

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    1. I know UC Merced "Synthetic Chemistry" position has scheduled on-sites

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    2. Thanks and congrats!

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    3. University of Denver has scheduled on-sites.

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  52. Any word from the United States Naval Academy? Their priority data was all the way back in September so I'm guessing that they have completed their search but I haven't heard anything.

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    1. Last I heard was beginning of October when I got an email that I was missing a letter. Haven't heard since.

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    2. I had a skype interview on October 3rd without any follow up.

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  53. Bridgewater College is scheduling phone interviews

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  54. Has anyone heard from New Jersey Institute of Technology? There is no priority data for the application.

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  55. has anyone heard from Wayne State on-sites?

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    1. On sites were scheduled a couple weeks ago

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  56. Any word from High Point University, Wofford College, or Mills College?

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    1. HPU already held on-site interviews

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    2. Position at Wofford has been filled.

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    3. Mills had onsite interviews last month. Not sure if they've made an offer to anyone.

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  57. How long on average after the priority deadline has it taken for people to receive a phone/skype interview request or rejection letter? I'm sure this varies some from school to school.

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    1. This varies a lot depending on the size of the school, the time of the year, etc. In general, rejection letters take months, so don't wait for those (you'll hear the position has been filled before you get a rejection in many cases).
      If you can narrow your question, maybe we can provide a better answer. In my experience: 1) PUIs take 2-3 weeks before remote interviews; 2) PhD programs take closer to 1-1.5 months. But this is a handful of data points, not an exhaustive survey. I had one or two places call me for a remote interview a week after their priority date, too.

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    2. Just this year I have found that this varies quite a lot. The most common timeline as far as I can tell is 2-3 weeks after the priority date, though I also had a phone interview scheduled last week for a priority date of 10/1. I've been applying to R1/R2 schools.

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  58. Your answer of it varies pretty much sums it up. There are a lot of automated rejection letters sent in February/March. Phone/skype/straight to on-site interviews could happen anytime until a candidate has accepted the position which might not be until March or even later. There doesn't seem to be much correlation between the priority date and when things start happening.

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  59. Has anyone heard from University of Vermont for the analytical position? Priority date was October 1.

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  60. Has anyone heard from University of Colorado Boulder for the onsite interviews?

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  61. Yale chem is scheduling on site interviews

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  62. How are them negotiations going?

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  63. U Cincinnati has just emailed that they have "started reviewing applicants" for the Assistant Professor, Bioanalytical Chemistry position.

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    1. I received same email and I am puzzled. Somebody reported they were reaching out for remote interviews a few weeks ago, no?

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    2. [OP] Yeah, I was under the same impression and was a bit confused to get the email, too. There was also a "sustainability" position and two satellite campus listings... maybe it was one of those? Or it's completely possible that they're doing a second round.

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    3. @1:27PM If latter is true, they should have sent the email for the first round... I am quite sure yet. I did not submit to any other positions than bioanalytical chemistry position.

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    4. I applied to the sustainability position and there was a similar email back on 11/12 for that one.

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  64. Anyone invited for the analytical chemistry position at University of Colorado, Denver after the remote interview 2-3 weeks ago?

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    1. Remote interviews continued into this week.

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    2. @2:37PM Maybe they didn't like the first round candidates? :-(

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    3. Or maybe they're interviewing candidates on the phone over a few weeks time? It's totally possible. Don't lose hope!

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    4. Had an interview with them this week. I think they are just casually doing interviews. On-sites won't be till late January/early February so plenty of time till we hear. All is not lost.

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    5. @8:01 PM Faculty members are very busy this time of this year and that seems unrealistic I assume.

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  65. Colorado College is doing Webex interviews this week.

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    1. Hmm that's interesting. They already had a round of on-sites correct? I guess they didn't like those of us who already had Webex interviews but didn't get the on-campus invite? Can anyone comment on how this usually works in a PUI context?

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  66. Question for applicants: To whom do you expect your application materials to be accessible during the application process? Our department makes everything accessible to every departmental employee. For the record, I don't think that lecturers, stockroom personnel, I/T staff, adjuncts, and lab instructors should be able to view a candidate's academic transcripts or research proposals. I'm curious what other people think, whether they've ever even thought about it, and if anyone includes restrictive markings on their proposals (e.g. "not for distribution outside of the T/TT faculty pool").

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    1. I don't care too much about it personally, but I've been to onsites where I've met with all the staff in the department, and they definitely had my application printed out.

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    2. I have not included a disclaimer like you mentioned. Some job postings specify that the applications will be made available to all faculty (including teaching faculty like lab instructors, etc.). And that has been my assumption for every department that I've applied to. Some of my one-on-one meetings during on-sites have been with lower ranking instructors, so it makes sense that they should see my materials. I don't believe it is customary for other staff to get access to the materials, but I wouldn't care if they did.

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    3. Why is this a concern? Afraid someone in the stockroom is going to scoop you? These people are also going to be your co-workers so there is no reason they should have access to this information if they want.

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    4. OP here: I certainly don't think the stockroom worker is going to scoop our candidates, I guess I just perceive proposals as intellectual property that should be protected as a courtesy. This is especially true for candidates who are leaving other institutions where they have already established independent research programs. For these people, their research plans are no longer hypothetical, but are usually fairly well-developed, which makes them all the more sensitive. FWIW, I don't allow my own research plans and proposals to be distributed freely among my department colleagues, and no can request access unless it's part of an annual evaluation.

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    5. 1:08 PM I can't agree more with you.

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    6. Ideally, I think the application materials should be restricted to a "need to know" basis. If only senior faculty can participate in the hiring decision making then only they should have access. If all the T/TT faculty are involved, then they should all get it. Some variation in what people can access is probably reasonable, for example more people have "need to know" for a CV than the research proposals or transcripts.

      Postdocs and grad students have input at a lot of places, but they should never have access to proposals. I see a lot less risk in letting lecturers have access compared to PD/GS, but its hard to see how they have a need to know for proposals, basing their input on the public part of an interview would be more appropriate.

      I did notice that Wisconsin and maybe a few other places said the application materials could be considered public information, this is scary. I would hope any information about requests for applications is also public since this is an avenue for abuse. It might have only applied to short list candidates, but obviously the successful ones are who could come under attack if someone else feels jilted.

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    7. Chemist, BioChemistDecember 13, 2019 at 9:10 PM

      On the one hand, these are your private ideas. On the other hand, who cares?

      It feels like these are novel, precious ideas. And they are. To YOU. In some fields, a great idea can be quickly picked up by a massive group and you can be scooped, sure. But anyone in the T/TT arena have several dozen of their own novel, precious ideas. Why would they want yours? They'd love to discuss it and give you oodles of feedback on how to make your great idea, that YOU are doing, even better! The support personnel don't care and don't have the resources to go after it. If you have put your applications out to 50 schools, each with 20 T/TT faculty, the support personnel are immaterial to the other THOUSAND people. And as 7:09 observed, your packets can become PUBLIC, especially with the California schools.

      I have found that chemists have a particular paranoia about this worry. The sandbox is so small, and the tools so universal, that every one has heard a horror story about a big group stealing a smaller group's idea, or a PI pitting two graduate students against each other on the same project. I urge you to reject this approach. You know who the heels and the blackhats of your field are. Don't talk to them! Everyone else has their own irons in the fire and DOES NOT WANT YOURS. But they are happy discuss science and MAKE YOUR IDEAS BETTER. Chemical biology and biochem have it easier because the field is so broad that there is still a lot of elbow room.

      I know shedding this mindset can be hard, and I still fall victim to it too, especially with my purely synthetic organic projects. But you have MANY great ideas! Some of them have been independently conceived of by others and are being pursing independently. That's ok and normal. Any great idea will have been thought of by others and the competition is supposed to drive us forward faster, right? You WILL find a supportive department where your ideas are valued and you can thrive! Who knows, maybe one of the undergraduates in that department will be enamored and inspired by seeing your ideas and stay on to be your best grad student. Communicate, and welcome the dissemination. Don't let a misguided expectation about privacy paralyze you.

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  67. The job market for synthetic chemistry is bad! What do you think folks?

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    1. It's a dead field.

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    2. There are nearly 2x the number of openings for organic compared to biochem or anal which are the other largest hiring areas this year. It isn't a dead field, it is a competitive field.

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    3. Nowadays, there seems to be a tacit expectation that synthesis is only the first (and not even the most important) step in research programs. Even overtly synthetic grant programs like NSF SYN crack down on proposals that don't go the extra mile beyond synthesis. A recent review from the PM of that program said "the proposed synthetic methodology is quite clever and was enthusiastically received by the panel, but the panel's enthusiasm for the work was partially dampened because the proposal lacked plans to test the materials". For reference, the solicitation for that program explicitly says "The Chemical Synthesis Program does not support projects where the main objectives are to study the properties of target systems, even though they may contain a large synthetic component". There's a lot of subtlety built in there compared to other programs I've applied to.

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    4. @ 10.16. You have no reason to complain. Sincerely, theoretical chemist.

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    5. It cyclical. Those pills that make you healthier and live longer? Thanks synthetic chemistry! People eventually re-realize that and hiring goes back up (this is more directed toward industry, maybe some of those folks can weigh in?). I'd agree with 10:49. 9:07, I feel your pain, but man, you should hear my chair gripe about the cost of synthetic start up packages versus theoretical ones. We have a strong theoretical group and the joke is that if administration had their way the whole department would be theoretical; a better safety record and smaller startups.

      Applications are tough in all areas, you're both valued, and your research needs and mutually supports each others work. Hang in there.

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  68. People who have had offers from PUIs - how long did they give you to respond and what's the longest you've gotten this extended to?

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    1. I have had some variability. One provided 10 days to respond/decide while another provided 4 business days. I was fortunate that I did not have to try and negotiate any extensions.

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    2. My experience has been 2 weeks as an absolute maximum so they don't lose other candidates. I just received an offer with a hard 1 week deadline due to the end of the semester.

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    3. Was given 2 weeks, was extended to a month

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  69. Has anyone heard from Augustana College?

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  70. Anyone hear from UCSD or UCLA yet?

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  71. Has UCSD (nano tech) started remote interviews already?

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  72. Has anyone heard from Providence College?

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