Seminar: Overview of the faculty job application process

Launching your academic job search and application material preparation overview


Whether you are considering applying to academic positions this Fall or at some point in the next few years, you may want to attend this Office of Career and Professional Development seminar, which will present an overview of how to organize your academic job search, including the various components of an application package. First, we will review the academic job search timelines, along with principles for presenting yourself well on paper. Then, after reviewing the basic anatomy of a strong academic CV and cover letter, join a mock faculty search committee to critique two real application packages. Finally, learn the fundamentals of writing a successful research and teaching statement. Throughout the workshop, we will cover basics then jump quickly into how to refine and tailor your materials for a particular department or type of institution. This workshop will be useful for scientists on the academic job market now, as well as for those who want to prepare for future years. The workshop draws on examples from the basic biomedical sciences, but principles can be applied to faculty searches across scientific disciplines.


  • Overview of the academic job market
  • Academic job search process/calendar
  • Application Components
  • CV and Cover Letter Basics (sections, formats, layout)
  • Tips for Research Statements, Teaching Statements, Letters of Recommendation


Dates and times:



Slides from July 11, 2017 seminar

Slides from August 23, 2017 seminar

Sample applications from the seminar

Missed the seminar?  Watch the video from July 11, 2017



Bill Lindstaedt, MS. Executive Director of UCSF's Career Advancement, International and Postdoctoral Services

Bill Lindstaedt has been helping scientists and engineers make career decisions for over twenty years. He was the Director of the Office of Career and Professional Development at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for 13 years. Since October 2014, he has served as the Executive Director of the umbrella unit known as Career Advancement, International & Postdoctoral Services (CAIPS). Lindstaedt is also co-author of "myIDP", a popular career development tool hosted by Science magazine's careers site.


To prepare for your academic job search, visit the OCPD website for tips, resources and sample materials: 


Questions? Contact Laurence Clement, Program Director of Academic Career Development at [email protected].