Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The 2021 Faculty Jobs List: 238 research/teaching positions and 23 teaching faculty positions

The 2021 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List (curated by Andrew Spaeth and myself) has 238 research/teaching positions and 23 teaching assistant professor 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.

On December 23, 2019, the 2020 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List had 504 research/teaching positions and 44 teaching faculty positions.

To see trending, go to Andrew Spaeth's visualization of previous years' list.

Want to talk anonymously? Have an update on the status of a job search? This will be the third open thread, which will start at 12 PM Eastern on December 22, 2021. Click here for the second thread, which closed on December 22. Don't forget to click on "load more" below the comment box for the full thread. 

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  1. Has anyone heard from Carnegie Mellon after the Zoom interviews? Reposting here since posts got hidden in the old thread.

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    1. it's my understanding that they just started scheduling full interviews.

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  2. If you want to see all the comments on the last thread, click on the "load more" button underneath the comment box.

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  3. Has anyone heard anything about the Dartmouth or Florida State organic openings? Seems like it's been a couple months without any word.

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    1. Florida State scheduled full interviews the week after Thanksgiving.

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    2. Dartmouth has scheduled full interviews in January

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    3. Full interviews meaning - on sites?

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    4. Virtual on-sites have been scheduled for both Florida State and Dartmouth

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  4. Has anyone heard from UT El Paso about the energy position?

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    1. If you do not mind sharing, did they solicit the recommendation letters from your references ?

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    2. They had Zoom interviews at the beginning of November but unsure if they have gone to full interviews yet

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    3. @1:15 Yes, they did. @1.21 One month and a half passed from the Zoom interview, and I haven't heard back from them.

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  5. Has anyone heard from UC Berkeley or University of Southern California?

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    1. USC started scheduling preliminary interviews on Monday, December 21 (this info was given in the end of the previous thread).

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    2. Not @11:26 pm, but are they though? It was asked in the previous thread if it was USC or U of South Carolina, and it was never verified. It just seems strange they would be zooming within 3 weeks of the priority date (and sending invites the week of Xmas).

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    3. It is Southern California.

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    4. x2- it is Southern California. Sorry for confusion on previous thread, it was closed before I could reply!

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    5. Thanks a lot, very helpful!

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    6. Is it for chemistry or QCB position ?

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    7. @8.58. 1) 3 weeks are enough if a number of applications is not very high and they are looking for specific fields. 2) Some schools start reviewing applications before the deadline. The only weird thing here is the time period for interviews, as they are scheduling it for the next week.

      @1.25PM. It is for chemistry (physical in my case)

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    8. @1:32 It really irritates me that places say "review of applications will begin on _," then clearly start reviewing them early anyway. Why not just say "review of applications will begin immediately, with priority given to those received by _?" If there is an actual "beginning of review" date, then I don't worry about submitting the day before. If they say "review will begin immediately," I try to prioritize sending it in ASAP. Why lie when its completely avoidable? Just change the wording.

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    9. Berkeley has started scheduling full interviews.

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  6. Any news from University of North Texas ?

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    1. Requested reco letters 2 weeks ago.

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    2. The same here but no word since then.

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  7. Those who have been on a virtual on-site so far, what's a question(s) that you feel couldn't be answered? Like what's missing?

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  8. Any word from the Texas State University ?

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  9. UCLA is scheduling full interviews (someone asked on thread 2 but it was closed already)
    No word on UC Berkeley yet
    UMinn is scheduling full interviews (and has started sending rejections to the other 12)
    Emory - rejections received
    Dartmouth - rejection received
    Wayne State is scheduling full interviews
    U South Florida is scheduling full interviews
    -polling the lab mates + contacts

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    1. What field for Wayne State?

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    2. Adding to this -- Carnegie Mellon is scheduling full interviews, as well as Emory. Do you know if UCLA is scheduling for the bioinorganic, or other sub-field?

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    3. Wayne State - biochemistry
      UCLA - bioinorganic
      Harvard Blavatnik (cluster hire) - rejection received
      Northwestern - rejection received (this might have been noted previously)
      -12/23 poster

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  10. Any news from Lawrence Technological University?

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  11. The Davidson College position has been filled.

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  12. Any news from South Carolina Aiken ?

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  13. How common is it to be ghosted after a Zoom interview? Do most search committees send official rejections after that stage?

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    1. Extremely common, and (imo) extremely unprofessional. Does not aid the generally negative perception that many have towards the academy.

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    2. More common than not. Might receive a boilerplate rejection a few months later, might never hear from them again

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  14. Minnesota rejection received just now.

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  15. Weill Cornell Medicine (Pharmacology) is scheduling zoom interviews.

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  16. Any news from Yale?

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    1. Yale won't have Zoom interviews, they are going with their old-school selection process. I know from my advisor that they will contact chosen candidates after New Year. I know that I am not among selected candidates (though I was warned that internal applications are not very welcome, I am a postdoc at Yale).

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    2. Thanks for the insider's info. This is quite a surprise, given the circumstances. Does Yale expect people to fly in from all corners of the Earth (or the US) during Winter and lockdowns?

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    3. What do you mean by old school? Are they going straight into virtual "on-site" interviews?

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    4. Not OP but I think they used Zoom interview when they meant screening/first round interview. I bet the "on site" interviews will be remote and probably by zoom.

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    5. On-site in-person interviews would be an excellent means of creating new openings in the long-term.

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    6. I am pretty confused by the current discussion.

      Anonymous at 1.19 PM (postdoc at Yale) stated that Yale is going with an old-school selection process. What I understand from this is that there will be Zoom interviews of candidates that have been selected for the FINAL interview (with no pre-interviews). Other big R1 schools are using this strategy for this 2020/2021 season: a virtual "on-site" final interview with no pre-screening.

      However, Anonymous at 1.39 PM seems to indicate that Yale has already done first round interviews.

      Can you please clarify?

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    7. I'm 139pm and my comment is being misinterpreted. I have no knowledge that any pre interviews happened.

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    8. I am 1.19. I meant that Yale won't have preliminary interviews, they will invite selected candidates for virtual on-sites/full interviews.

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    9. CJ's comment is my favorite

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  17. Any news from University of Southern California for anything other than the Physical Chemistry search?

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    1. pre-interviews are being scheduled for all of the fields, afaik.

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    2. Even QCB field ?

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    3. Oh, sorry, I meant the chemistry search. All the sub-fields in chem (organic, chem bio, and physical).

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    4. Great, Thanks for your clarification.

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    5. Anyone heard anything from USC after the first round?

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  18. Has anyone received updates from U Utah Chemistry and Utah Biochemistry (school of medicine)?

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    1. Nothing yet from Utah Chemical Biology.

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    2. I got a rejection after the screening interview from Utah for the materials chem position.

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    3. The search committee chair has called the candidates a few weeks ago. Seems they skip the phone interview and will invite the candidates for virtual 'on-site' interview.

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  19. For anybody that has received an invitation for a virtual "on-site" interview (w/ or w/out an initial screening interview). How much notice have departments been giving?

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    1. I was given a set of days (2-day interview) to choose from roughly two weeks in advance

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    2. I was given 3 weeks, 1 month, and 2-3 months notice (n=3).

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    3. I was given 2 weeks or more, usually 3-4 weeks in advance (n=8).
      Format of "on-site" interviews varies from two full days, one full day, or two half days (afternoon then morning the next day) with one or two candidates scheduled per week.

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    4. Usually I've been given 3-4 weeks, as well (n=5). All except one are 2 day events, over Zoom.

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  20. Has anybody heard from TAMU yet?

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    1. In the last thread it said they were scheduling pre interviews

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    2. Seems they have posted candidate seminars

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  21. Has anyone heard back from University of Georgia (Molecular Medicine), Virginia Commonwealth (Medicinal Chemistry), or University of Missouri (Biochemistry)?

    Also, has Case Western scheduled full interviews for their Biochemistry position?

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    1. I have been told Case Western will review the applications in early November, but I haven't received any update.

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    2. @11.51 Case Western did do Zoom pre-interviews in early December.

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  22. Rejection email received from MSKCC Chemical Biology

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  23. Any news from University of North Texas after requesting recommendation letters ?

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    1. No news yet from UNT after reco request.

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  24. Any news from Dalhousie University?

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    1. They have scheduled pre-Zoom interviews for this week for the Biological Chemistry position.

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  25. I hope I'm not the only one already looking forward to next year's application cycle... Happy New Year everyone!

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  26. I asked about a month ago on thread 2, but has anyone heard anything from Western Carolina?

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    1. I received an email from Western Carolina back in November saying that I have met the minimum qualifications and my application will be forwarded for further review. But no news since then.

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    2. Me too, that's why I was confused by the silence since then.

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    3. They had first round interviews in November and recently scheduled full interviews.

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  27. Just got an interview round rejection for West Chester [Pennsylvania]

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    1. Sorry to hear that, was this after receiving an initial email informing you that you had passed the preliminary screening?

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  28. Any news from Rice university ?

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  29. Minnesota has posted the faculty candidate seminars

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    1. It is helpful to see what areas they are interested in this year

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    2. It would have been more helpful to know beforehand (which area they were looking for). As usual most "open" searches are not "open". In fact, they are a big waste of time for 70% of the applicants.

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    3. I agree, but it's possible they didn't know what they were looking for when they posted the ad so they hedged their bets and made an open search.

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    4. @9:39 I wish there was a way to give you a bunch of upvotes for this. I don't understand how it's not a waste of a committee's time too. They have to go through hundreds more applications and throw out all the ones from subfields they didn't want in the first place.

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    5. @9:44 Thanks! Agreed in general about the waste of time on the committee side. But I doubt pre-screening took them more that a few hours maximum (to be generous). Even with 350+ applications (those seems to be the numbers for R1 this year, the inorganic member of the committee would need little effort to shave down the list to people coming from inorganic groups in R1 universities. Same for the physical area.

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    6. @9:51 Out of curiosity, where did you get your 350+ applications number for R1 openings?

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    7. Not 9:51, but Minnesota had about 300 applicants. I was rejected after the screening interview and this was stated in the rejection email.

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    8. @10:04 It's an extrapolation based on a few places I've applied to or didn't apply to but heard from people I know. NCSU had more than 200 applicants and it was an analytical opening. UT Austin had more than 350 for an open position. It's not a very good sample, but it gives you an idea: It's a very large, very mean, very uncertain meat grinder.

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    9. @9:39 Let's not forget that, from PUIs to R1s, "sham searches" are still very commonplace. That is, they already know who (or have a very very short list of people) they wish to hire, but simply have to go through the bureaucratic stages of a full search because: 1. they have to; and 2. they need to appear to be fair and impartial.

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    10. and 3. they want to read more proposals

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    11. Harvard rejection email mentioned 650+ applications!

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  30. I understand this blog is meant for Chemistry applicants. I was just wondering if I can find similar blogs/ info for Chemical Engineering? I am not sure what the status is with other applicants in terms of their pre-interview/ full interview scheduling. Thanks

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    1. There is a ChemE (as broad engineering) one but not as much chatter there :( http://chemjobber.blogspot.com/2020/08/the-chemical-engineering-faculty-jobs.html -

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  31. I have a question for folks who have been on virtual full interviews this cycle. Which of these options worked the best for the virtual chalk talk regarding effective presentation and engaging the audience: (1) connecting a tablet and using it for illustration (2) an actual white board and adjusting your camera (3) a document camera?

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    1. The two full interviews I have scheduled both say they are fine with slides and one department encouraged their use saying that their experience with virtual white boards hasn't been great, for what it's worth.

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  32. For one chalk talk, I tried to use both slides and tablet (as a white board), the idea is to use white board to explain and address questions, but after ~10min, the faculty ended up letting me just use the slides since it worked so much better than virtual white board

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  33. I used Google slides, which I annotated on my iPad screen that was shared to Zoom.

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    1. this sounds like a great idea

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  34. Has anyone heard back from Yale, Scripps, or Penn State?

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    1. x2 here wanting to know about those as well...

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  35. Any news from Texas Tech after the first interviews?

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    1. For the pchem position, they are scheduling virtual on-sites.

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    2. Doesn't really add much, but I haven't heard anything after the organic preliminary interviews.

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    3. I was interviewed for the organic position too. Recently, I asked for an update and I got to know that I haven't selected the for the next round.

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    4. Texas Tech is scheduling virtual on-sites for their organic position

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    5. Oof. This has been a tough year. Congrats though!

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  36. What do you think if I did not hear anything from the school, while there is a rejection email reported in the thread? Was mine missing or in a back-up pool?

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    1. I'm experiencing a similar situation. If anyone knows the answer, please help.

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    2. I'm in a similar situation. My best guess is that they sent rejection emails to candidates who had a screening interview but did not make it to the "on-site" round, and ignored everyone who didn't get to the screening stage.

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    3. But in my case, I was interviewed a long time ago and no updates yet.

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  37. I have not seen any updates regarding the theory position at UC Davis. Does anyone know what was happening there?

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  38. Is there a website similar to Chemjobber for Materials Science positions? Has Chemjobber considered to integrate also Materials Science? I know that many chemists like me are applying for these positions as there is often strong overlap between these fields. Thank you!

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    1. "Has Chemjobber considered to integrate also Materials Science?"

      Material Science/Materials Science Engineering positions are reserved for the Chemical Engineering list. In general, I resist requests to expand, so that we can optimize speed and quality.

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    2. There is some information in the Future PI Slack. From what I can tell, only Carnegie Mellon and Minnesota have started pre-interviews/interviews. No idea if it's accurate. For what it's worth, I have not been contacted by a single MSE department (I applied to ~12 MSE and related positions), and neither has a friend.

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  39. Has anyone heard anything from Dartmouth, Penn State, Yale, Huston?

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    1. Assuming you're referencing the Dartmouth organic position, someone at the top of this thread said that it is down to on-sites.

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    2. Nothing from Yale on my side. In this thread, there were some postdocs from Yale who had more precise information about the interview process. Perhaps they can comment on this?

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    3. Yale is scheduling full interview (no pre-interview).

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    4. Are you saying they have already contacted people for full interviews?

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    5. not 3.05pm, but yes, they have contacted people for full interviews this week.

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    6. 3.13 pm: If you are willing to share, what field of chemistry?

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    7. @8.11 Theoretical chemistry.

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  40. University of Washington is now doing final round interviews.

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  41. any news from University of Richmond?

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    1. Richmond has scheduled virtual on-site interviews.

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  42. does anyone have updates regarding NYU?

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    1. They asked for pre-recorded videos to answer some questions. Assume that is a pre-interview.

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    2. @5.30pm. Thanks for letting us know. It seems that luck is not on my side this year.

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    3. @5.30pm, this is for NYU theoretical/computational chemistry position?

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  43. Anyone have updates on Caltech?

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    1. They have posted the seminars in their website. I assume that is the virtual on-site visit.

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    2. @ 8:08 pm -- I only see one seminar listed on their website. Am I missing something, or are they only interviewing one candidate this year?

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  44. Did U Nevada-Reno cancelled their search? Or closed it before deadline (01/11)? I've tried to search for it, but there is no job listed in the department of chemistry.

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    1. I wasn't aware this was a hard deadline. Did you try contacting the search committee?

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    2. Not 12:52, but I wanted to apply in the past week (it was Thursday or Friday) and it said "The page you are looking for does not exist", I assumed it was a technical problem; tried again over the weekend until I gave up.

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    3. I contacted the search committee and the search is active. They will reactivate the application link until next Monday (Jan 18th). Please spread the word. Good luck.

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    4. @2:08 Thank you!

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  45. Anybody else notice Penn St tweeted about their search a week ago? Just a generic link to apply, but deadline was 12/15 so curious if they extended the deadline? No response on twitter - anybody aware of an extension?

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    1. They also tweeted the same message on December 16th and December 31st. Well, the original ad stated "Review of completed applications will begin on December 15, 2020". It was not a strict deadline, and it seems that they have not finished their review or maybe they simply were not satisfied with their pool of applicants.

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  46. Any news from University of North Florida ?

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  47. Has anyone here applied overseas? Has the process been any different? I am exploring the possibility given the recent events and trajectory of the country.

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    1. I have applied to Europe, but there are even less openings than in US/Can. It is very country-dependent. A handful of them would advertise tenure-track positions (e.g., Scandinavian countries, Switzerland, UK, Ireland...), but most will rely on national funding agencies or EU grants (ERC, extremely competitive). Often you will need an intermediate senior postdoc appointment before jumping to a faculty position.

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  48. Received an email from Mount St. Mary's University that my application is still being considered and applications should be moved to next step within two weeks, just a heads up.

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  49. Rejection from the US Naval Academy saying the position has been filled.

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  50. At an R1 institution, what is reasonable startup equipment funding request for a physical chemist? Is something in the $1m range typical?

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    1. It depends on the institution, some R1 schools can go up to 3, others way less than 1.

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    2. 3m excluding personnel? Wow! Any suggestions on a tactful way to approach this at an interview if I have no idea what a school can do (not a top 20 department)? I assume they wouldn't give me an interview if I were so out of budget for them, but who knows.

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    3. Just figure out what specific equipment you need/want and ask for that (price it out/get quotes of course). Some research areas are more expensive than others and the department will generally have some idea about what would be needed in your area, especially at an R1. Don't settle for less than you need, and don't try to ring up the total beyond what is reasonable. Being wildly off in terms of not understanding what you need for your research looks bad in either direction. You usually send the chair a list of equipment with pricing info and negotiate from there. You usually don't start by negotiating a total dollar amount.
      Personnel will usually be in line with other recent hires. Equipment varies based on need.

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  51. If an application at a reputable school doesn't require a cover letter, but has options to upload "other documents," has anyone written a cover letter anyway and uploaded it there? I wasn't going to add a cover letter since it wasn't asked for, but I don't want to have missed some unwritten expectation.

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    1. I would recommend you upload a cover letter. It is better than the alternative (submitting without a cover letter when it was somewhat expected)

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    2. Agree with 4:20pm. There's no harm in doing extra, but if they are expecting one and you didn't upload one, it would work against you.

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    3. Yes, send a one page cover letter and put it on letterhead. With tons of applications, the cover letter is probably the most important document to get a reader's interest. Ideally one page and focused on what you want to do. The two page cover letters droning on about the past are really boring especially since your CV is part of the package.

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  52. It seems to me that this year many R1 schools are not posting seminar announcements with the selected candidates (Yale, Caltech, MIT, Princeton, Berkeley, etc.). Am I wrong?

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    1. At one of your listed schools, the candidate seminars are not on the public calendar and are only advertised by departmental emails.

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    2. You are not wrong. My advisor who serves at the local search committee told me that they decided not to post faculty candidates dates on their public calendar --all announcements about seminars will be sent internally via emails. I don't understand the reason for such secrecy though.

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    3. For another data point, if you look back to December on the U Washington calendar, the candidate seminars are listed by division, but candidate names are not listed.

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    4. Good question... I can't really think of any advantage to posting those details for the department and there could be some pitfalls. It is probably helpful for the most part to candidates because it helps name recognition whether they get the job or not.

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    5. It looks as though Caltech only has one interview listed on it's site.

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  53. Is it another radio-silent period for the remaining offers or is it over for this job hunting 2020-2021 cycle ?

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    1. For R1 positions? Still a few that had priority dates 12/15 and later that we haven't heard anything about. This thread doesn't necessarily get all of the info, but it's pretty good. Chances dwindling, but not necessarily over!

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  54. Has Northeastern (Carbon Neutral) even asked for recommendation letters?

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looks like Blogger doesn't work with anonymous comments from Chrome browsers at the moment - works in Microsoft Edge, or from Chrome with a Blogger account - sorry! CJ 3/21/20