Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The 2021 Faculty Jobs List: 5 positions and first open thread

The 2021 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List (curated by Andrew Spaeth and myself) has 5 research/teaching positions.

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

In 2020-2021, 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." We are adding community college positions if they explicitly offer tenure.

The 2020 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List finished with 557 positions and 80 teaching professor positions.

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

33 comments:

  1. Did Long Beach cancel their search for last cycle? I feel like they waited too long to start interviewing people last year.

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  2. Good point, I plan on applying this year. Thanks for setting this up so earl!

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  3. Anyone know what's happened to UMN Duluth the materials/polymer hire? I can't tell if they completed their search 'last' year

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  4. Good luck to everyone applying this year...

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  5. First time going through the process and looking to land at an R2/MS level institution. Any advice? Like don't make your cover letters/other materials so specific to the university that it seems like blatant pandering, push for explicit information on the tenure expectations, red flags to look for, etc.

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    1. I disagree-- you should make your materials as specific as possible. Show the university that you did your research on them and you're actually interested in the position. What research equipment do they have? What courses will you teach? Who will you collaborate with? Is there a teaching center, Diversity & Inclusion center, etc. you can use as a resource? If you're sincere about why you're applying to that job, it won't sound like pandering. Something too generic will make it seem like your uninterested and are just applying to as many positions as possible to increase your chances of finding a job.

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  6. so anyone think there's actually going to be hiring this year (decade) bc covid budget wrecking/hiring freezes? maybe its time for us all to to call it and learn to be HVAC repair people?

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    1. I'm optimistic that the jobs being posted are going to be quite secure. It seems like a lot of places are choosing to fill some gaps with adjuncts if they aren't sure about the long-term status, so hopefully places hiring for tenure-track are committing for the long haul.

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  7. Chemist/BiochemistJuly 21, 2020 at 8:11 PM

    Dude. (Addressing the 7/21 comparison that was just published.) I think (hope) all the jobs that are posted will be secure (though wtf is up with the McMaster postings? They take to a null link now), but tracking the Spaeth overlay of 18 vs. 52 last year makes me fearful for this year's crop. I mean, maybe the timing is just off, but it looks like it'll be some sort of horrific inverse of the unemployment graph. If you have capital with your advisor, now is the time to secure (or do the work toward securing around Spring 2021) a year's extension as a postdoc or research investigator to position yourself well for 2022.

    There will certainly be *some* jobs this year, but I know we have a hiring freeze because of funding at my university and will not be posting a listing. I hope I'm wrong, but the current track suggests the number of open positions will be (optimistically) half of last years.

    My best wishes and hope that you persevere. 2008 was a SometHIng (T) year too. Chins up.

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  8. Don't see the Wesleyan position yet. Posted here https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/7385

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  9. I wonder if we can set up a list for chemical engineering/materials science/bio engineering positions as well (openings related to chemistry in general!)

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  10. https://jobs.sciencecareers.org/job/517940/department-of-chemistry-assistant-professor/?LinkSource=PremiumListing

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  11. Hey CJ, how does this covid-depressed academic market compare to the Great Recession markets of 2008/2009?

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  12. For those of you putting together your research budget estimates, I got one phrase for you: SALES TAX. That sht will eat up your hopes and dreams for nice lab supplies. Especially if you're in California. kthxbai

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    1. Must be a state-dependent thing. I've never paid sales tax on purchases made at private universities in several states.

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    2. Weird. Yeah, must be a California thing. It's about 10%.

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    3. I'm a PI in California. Statewide, there is a partial sales tax exemption on research equipment. Talk to your financial analyst.

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  13. https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/505302/assistant-professor

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  14. 2nd time applying this year, feeling pretty miserable about the situation. I am tempted to throw in the towel and call it quits on a scientific career. Constantly wrestling with the inner monologue of "if I really wanted this then I could stick it out longer" vs "the system is toxic, you have endured enough pain and suffering, you deserve to seek happiness on your own terms" is exhausting.

    To be honest all this recent talk about amplifying URM voices is especially disillusioning (as a member of multiple URM groups, my feeling is that all the recent "movements" are really just more of the same: lip-service and virtue signaling, with little reflection on how we each have and continue to cannibalize our trainees). This seems to manifest in what I can only call "extremely confused hiring practices," and ultimately leads to the unhealthy situation we have found ourselves in w.r.t advancing trainees to professorships. (but please do not confuse my criticism as an attempt to undermine the need for amplifying URM voices. my view is that this is the one of the most important problems in our field rn)

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    1. I'm sorry you have to go through the process again, but your comment got me wondering... It would be interesting to see the breakdown of the demographics of people hired last round. My hunch is that the majority is probably still white male. Anyone have that data compiled?

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    2. Can't give you perfect stats, but in one branch of chemistry for research asst prof positions last year, there were approximately (by sex: 9 male, 9 female) and (by ethnicity: 0 black, 1 asian, 13 white, 4 I'm not sure). Unfortunately, its hard for me to determine some ethnicity except by last name, so that last part is definitely skewed to make it look more white than it probably is. Sorry if this isn't what you were looking for. I'm being very vague because people are weird about these things.

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  15. Not sure if it's just me but in filter view the "2020 vs 2021 comparison chart" completely blocks out the comments columns in the spreadsheet.

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  16. https://jobs.sciencecareers.org/job/518552/open-rank-assistant-associate-or-full-professor/

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  17. Anybody got any advice for applying for open rank jobs? I made a huge mistake and took a post a low ranked institution for family reasons. I'd love to make a jump back to e.g. an assoc. Prof job at a decent place. Are these posts really open, or designed to attract specific people?

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  18. Two questions about cover letters:

    1) Is it OK to repeat (verbatim) some parts of your teaching statement or diversity statement in your cover letter? I have some things like I really like the way they read and I worry that if they aren't in the cover letter, the committee could overlook them or not even get to them in the other documents, but they are more "guaranteed" to see them in a cover letter.

    2) How long should a cover letter be? I read "more than 1 page, not a line over 2," but I've also seen 1 page as sufficient. I don't know if the rules are loose, but I was reading that sometimes a committee may eliminate a lot of applicants based solely on your cover letter and CV, so I feel an obligation to expound on things quite a bit in the cover letter.

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  19. In my experience (8 TT faculty searches over 10 years at 2 different institutions), minor repetition (1-2 sentences) is acceptable; however, I would encourage you to think about the purpose of each document in your package, and ask yourself whether one phrasing of a particular thought is truly the ONLY way it can be presented for each context. Liking the way your writing sounds is not grounds for repeating it in multiple instances.

    I place much weight on the cover letter, since it is the first part of the package I read and I view it as your way to present a first impression. I don't need to know everything about you, just enough to be convinced that I should spend more time on your package. You should be able to do that in one page.

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  20. I agree with BoB. Assume the cover letter and first page of the CV are the only things that will be read before deciding whether to move on to the next application in the virtual pile. It's also an opportunity to highlight your ability to write professionally yet personally in a job where your primary function is communicating with people. The answer to one of the most common interview questions ("why are you applying HERE, specifically") should be evident in a cover letter.

    Given the size of academic letterheads, overflow to the TOP HALF of a second page is inevitable.

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  21. If a posting asks for a CV and a separate publications list, is it a good idea to leave the publications in the CV and also submit a separate publication list?

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  22. did UT austin change their deadline?

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    1. Looks like it's been moved to 9/28. Good thing too since the Interfolio website is crashing.

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    2. They did that last year too, although they also invited a bunch of people for interviews before they extended the deadline last year. Must be something they do every year.

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