How to apply for faculty positions


Some notes

An incredibly valuable resource is twitter. If you don't already have a twitter account, get one! Once on twitter, follow @FuturePI_slack and ask for an invite to the slack group. It's a community of friendly folks who are all aspiring PIs. People share lots of information, their own application documents, and provide support to each other through the academic job market. I cannot emphasize enough how great of a resource @FuturePI_slack is.

Do you eventually want a faculty position but aren't sure you're ready now? Apply anyway! Not only might you get lucky and find the position of your dreams, but more importantly, you will gain valuable experience that will help you get the job you want when you are ready.

If you have resources that you think should be added to this page, please let me, Lily know, and I'll add them. And if you'd like to know who compiled all of this and created the workshop series, you can visit my personal website at

General resources

  • Many institutions (including CSUN) have access to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). They have many videos for faculty training but they also have a three-part series from "The Professor Is In" on the faculty job application market. To join visit
  • A great post by one of our instructors, Prof. Jeremy Yoder on Chronicle Vitae. It tracks his process through applying for, interviewing for and eventually landing a great tenure track job.
  • A huge repository of other people's grant and job application documents.
  • A twitter thread with opinions and experiences of one applicant on the academic job market.
  • From the Dynamic Ecology blog - useful links related to tenure track job searches in ecology
  • UC Berkeley's rubric for scoring candidates
  • Cornell University has an Academic Job Search page with guidelines for every part of your application. I link to each individual section that Cornell provides below because it's a particularly good resource. I assure you, I am not obsessed with Cornell.
  • A compilation of resources for various aspects of the application process
  • An insightful resource from UCSF folks: The Academic Career Readiness Assessment

Where are the faculty jobs?

  • If you're looking for a job in ecology or evolution, check out this community job board, There is a tab of this google sheets workbook that has a list of links to other job sites as well.
  • Another good spot is the ESA Physiological Ecology Jobs Page which is much more inclusive than the name suggests.
  • I've said it before, but I'm saying it again, Twitter is a great place to find fresh job announcements.

Funding resources

John Hopkin's University maintains a comprehensive list of funding opportunities for postdocs and early career faculty here.

Help with specific parts of your application

Curriculum vitae

Research statements

Teaching statements

Cover letters

Diversity statements

Not all institutions require a diversity statement, but if they don't, it might be a good idea to include a paragraph or two on diversity somewhere else in your application packet. Those that do require them appear to be very specific about what they want.

    • University of Nebraska summarizes what is needed for a diversity statement and they link to an article from Inside Higher Ed.
    • Here is one from Vanderbilt's Center for Teaching
    • Cornell's requirements
    • Berkeley's rubric for diversity statements and in another format
    • Check out the slides above from our session on cover letter and diversity statement. Lecture video will be shared soon (after captioning is complete).
    • A diversity statement from the heart: Writing a Diversity Statement as a Woman of Color

Interviews, in general

    • Cornell has a very comprehensive guideline for all aspects of the academic interview

Phone interview

Job talk

Chalk talks

Negotiating your position

    • Here are some slides from Prof. Dianne Hull at Penn State on how to negotiate your faculty and postdoc positions.
    • Input about salary negotiation from The Professor is In.
    • A twitter thread on how to use publicly available data to help you in salary negotiations