Practicing the Faculty Job Talk

Dates and times:

This program occurs in the fall quarter.
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This workshop, which was developed by our office for a program with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will be offered to UCSF scholars for the second time this Fall. Participants will have a chance to practice their faculty job talk, which is a requirement for all faculty candidates applying to positions involving a research component, from liberal arts colleges to Research 1 (R1) institutions. Participants will first learn about the essential components of a successful research talk and learn how to use OCPD's Scientific Presentation Rubric to evaluate the quality of a scientific presentation. Then, participants who chose to do so will get a chance to present a 15-minute research seminar to a peer team of three other trainees and receive structured and specific suggestions for improvement, based on the rubric being used. Participants who do not have a presentation ready but would like learn by watching and reviewing other participants' talks are welcome to attend.

Part 1: Workshop: Evaluating Research Seminars
Bill Lindstaedt, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Career Advancement, International and Postdoctoral Services at UCSF. 

This 45-minute workshop is mandatory for anyone who would like to present a practice talk later in the day or attend the practice presentations. During this interactive workshop, Bill Lindstaedt will describe the essential elements of a successful research seminar using OCPD's Scientific Presentation Rubric, which was developed based on recommendations by biomedical faculty. He will then provide participants with a chance to evaluate a talk using OCPD's Scientific Presentation Rubric, and provide constructive feedback and suggestions for improvements.

Part 2: Small Group Breakouts: Practicing your Faculty Job Talk

UCSF students and trainees can register to this session as a Presenter or Attendee. Presenters will give a 15-minute Faculty Job Talk, developed using OCPD's Scientific Presentation Rubric for a specific type of faculty position, to a group of two to three other trainees. Attendees will provide feedback to the presenter using the rubric for 30 minutes.

Registration required, Space is limited to 12 presenters. It is essential that participants who register to this workshop make every effort to attend, as the groups will be created based on the type of institution at which they plan to apply, and space is limited. Participants can register either as a Presenter or Attendee.

  • Presenters will be asked to email their final presentation before the workshop, along with a sample job description to serve as an example of the position for which this talk was tailored.
  • Presenters are highly encouraged to use OCPD's Scientific Presentation Rubric to develop their talk, as this document will be used to provide feedback. 
  • Presentations cannot exceed 15 minutes in duration. Recommended outline:
    • 5 min introduction tailored to the type of audience you would expect to attend a job talk at your target institution 
      • R1 institutions: colleagues from the same subfield;
      • non-R1s: colleagues from the same field, but different subfields, and possibly graduate and undergraduate students
    • 5 min summary of your results
    • 5 min future directions, tailored to the type of institution 
      • R1s: focus on impact of proposed work and fundability
      • non-R1s: focus on feasibility with limited resources and undergraduate and Master's students

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the different elements of a successful faculty job talk
  2. Evaluate a faculty job talk and provide constructive suggestions for improvement
  3. Identify areas of improvement for their own job talk 

Additional resources for interviewing for faculty positions on our website.

Cancellation Policy

You must cancel at least 72 hours before the workshop to allow time for another person to register. To cancel, please follow these instructions.


UCSF is committed to making its facilities, activities and events accessible. To request accommodations for this event, please contact Trish McGrath ([email protected]) at the Office of Career and Professional Development at least one week before the event.