Wondering what to expect when looking for a faculty position? Landing an Academic Job: The Process and the Pitfalls, written by Jonathan Dantzi at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, provides a thorough discussion of the topic – from the application process through the negotiation phase. Although it’s written for mechanical engineers, it’s sage advice for individuals across the sciences.
Produced by the National Science Board, this is an outstanding resource on the current state of research in the U.S. and abroad. The main chapters are
- Elementary and Secondary Mathematics and Science Education
- Higher Education in Science and Engineering
- Science and Engineering Labor Force
- Research and Development: National Trends and International Comparisons
- Academic Research and Development
- Industry, Technology, and the Global Marketplace
- Science and Technology: Public Attitudes and Understanding
- State Indicators
Want to expand your network? Read this! The post as well as a number of the comments offer excellent advice on networking.
The companion website to What Color is Your Parachute? (see below). It contains numerous resources and links. You don’t need to have bought the book to access the site.
Understanding yourself is the first step in finding a satisfying career. This free on-line personality sorter may help you to examine your personality style and corresponding strengths and weaknesses.
A web-based networking tool.
Here you can search for positions (for jobs and postdoc training) as well as well as read articles of a variety of career issues.
A searchable database of faculty salaries — an excellent resource for job hunters! A subscription to the The Chronicle of Higher Education is required. Pitt and UPMC users can click here, other users should check with their institution’s library.
What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career Changers, updated annually. Bolles RM. Ten Speed Press.
Contains a wealth of information about job seeking in general. See the companion websiteJobHuntersBible.com.
Tooling Up: Making the Cut Jensen, D. Science Careers Magazine, 3/18/11.
In this and his many other “Tooling Up” posts, Dave has a great deal of sage advice for for individuals seeking a job in biotech or industry.