Applying for Academic Jobs
Applying for Academic Jobs
Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship competition
which has a due date of the third Wedensday in October signals the start of the job application season.
Details can be found in NSF 14-582 (a link is on the web page).
In short, you need to be a US citizen , and find someone at another institution who will be your postdoctoral
mentor. (Your advisor can help you with this.) You write a short research proposal, and arrange for
your host, your advisor and one other person to upload letters to Fastlane. What is in for you is full
support for two years, or spread out over three years with one year of teaching (usually the better option.)
MathJobs is the main site that you will use to find jobs and to apply
to them. Some tenure track job listings have deadlines as early as November 1, but that it is not hard cutoff.
Schools can only begin to review applications after the deadline has passed. If you have your materials uploaded
before the Thanksgiving Break you will be fine.
Some jobs are on Academic Jobs Online but that is rare in math.
AMS Employment Services
has a number of resources for applicants. They have their own listings called Employment Information in the
The Employment Center at the AMS Annual Meeting allows applicants to schedule interviews with registered schools.
Schools that emphasize teaching often use this mechanism. This is less frequently used by schools that
emphasize research, but the annual meeting is still a great way to make contact with people from those schools.
Your application consists of several parts:
Some helpful advice:
- Your CV is a brief summary of your academic and professional achievements and experiences.
Lengthy advice can be found at
U. Washington Career Services page .
- Research Statement. This summarizes the work you did during graduate school and gives some indication
of your future research directions. Very few people who read your file will be experts in what you do
so you should do your best to make the early parts of the discussion accessible to a broad audience.
A more articulate description
- Teaching Statement. This describes the teaching duties you had in graduate school and includes
information from your evaluations to document your performance.
Jan 2015 Notices Article by James Oxley.
- Three of four letters of recommendation, including a letter that addresses your teaching.
- Cover Letter. Even when you submit through MathJobs, it remains customary to write a letter to
the employer from whom you seek a job. It is not clear that if it is worth the effort to write a custom
letter for each school, but many people do this.
2006 Notices Article
Written when mathjobs was a new thing.
The LSU Math Department has
lengthy advice on the process.
Sample application materials