At an event last week, a recent post-doc
who had taken a teaching position at a mid-
level research university shared some insights.
The following were taken from the comments
of Professor Brenton deBoef — URI
1. Objective: generate many publications
in highly desired journals
We generally suggest developing your top
5-7 people list. He offered–
consider working with a new professor at
a prestigious university or an established
professor at a mid-level research university.
2. Objective: send coordinated documents
to get the attention of PI
Public relations documents: Really tailor
the cover letter and CV to the individual
professor and her(his) location
he provided examples of how he reorganized
his CV to re-order his research interests
3. Objective: Display academic research
management and leadership
Plan to state in your interview that
you desire to write proposals or sections
of proposals and review manuscripts.
This could be a continuation of what you
would be doing in grad school.
These are elements of gaining expertise
in needed areas and developing academic
leadership skills needed to be demonstrated
to move to your academic position.
There were several other strong points
about post-docs, that were covered in
the overall PfLAGS program.