Applications for Academic Jobs


Each job ad will have information about submitting applications. Many are the same but there are some with special requirements. Before submitting an application, be sure you meet the requirements. I know this seems basic but I also know that many people don’t notice or assume these requirements don’t apply to them. Since you may want to apply some day to that school when they have a job that you are qualified for, I suggest not annoying them with an application that doesn’t meet their specifications now.

Most academic jobs require
3. A research statement
4.A teaching statement


求职信:许多学校AMS standar问d cover letter. Be sure to fill it out completely. In addition to the standard letter, I recommend writing an individual cover letter for each school. Do your research about the school and let them know what it is that attracts you to that school. Yes, this is time consuming, but simply blitzing every job listed on Math Jobs and in the EIMS (Employment Information in the Mathematical Sciences) is not recommended. Most schools get a lot of applications so you need something to make yours stand out immediately as well as make it clear that you want that particular job.


Be sure to order your CV so that the items near the front are the ones of interest to the particular school. I’d put research first for a post-doc or a research school and teaching first for the others as those are the most important. For all schools, service should be last. Remember to list things in order, probably reverse chronological order for publications, and use plenty of white space. Be sure to have someone senior to you look it over and make suggestions.

Research Statement: Probably the hardest part about your research statement is making it comprehensible to mathematical people in other specialties while still showing how good you are. It is not true that being terse and obtuse will make you look better. It is fine for people to understand what you are saying. To make it look important, I recommend using the technique of putting the theorem(s) you proved in context. “My main theorem solved a 30 year old conjecture of …” will be sufficient to impress. If you then explain it comprehensibly, your readers will be even more impressed and think well of you as a possible teacher. So remember to communicate well.

This should be read by at least two people, your advisor or someone in your field and a good mathematician not in your field. That way you’ll get feedback as to how to explain why what you did is important as well as feedback on comprehensibility.



This is not to say that the research letter(s) isn’t (aren’t) important, especially if you are applying for a research position. Even if you are applying for a teaching position, it is good to have someone write about your scholarship. If you are a new Ph.D, your advisor should be a letter writer. If you need more than one, pick someone familiar with your work. A letter from someone who had you in class will not help your application.

I continue to invite questions for me to answer. Good luck getting your materials written.


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School has started

School has started for many people, which means that it is time to get started thinking about applying for jobs for next year. This can be a daunting prospect in the current job market. But there are steps to take that can make the beginning easier.

第1步:你真的想要什么样的工作 - 主要是教学,重点是研究,行业,政府,业务?确定会让你开心的东西,而不是让别人开心的东西,因为你需要做这份工作。

第2步:在步骤1中的工作需要什么准备?如果您想要除NSA以外的主要研究工作,那么您可能希望在某处考虑博士后职位。如果您不想要学术,您的编程技巧是否最新?警告:有更多的人寻求博士后的位置,而不是有职位,因此计划申请其他类型的工作。这实际上是对每个人的良好建议 - 你可能不会得到你的梦想工作,所以适用于各种类型的工作。


Step 4. Look for employers who are offering jobs that interest you. is a good place to start, especially for academic jobs. is also a good resource for more applied jobs.





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Preparing to Teach




3. Contact that person and ask for advice on pacing, homework, tests, grading policy, attendance policy, and what is required to be handed out the first day.

4.使用信息从3学期计划so that the material is covered at a reasonable rate while leaving time for answering questions, reviewing, and giving and going over tests.


6. Find out if there are rules as to the use of blue books that they buy or copying tests onto paper on which the students work.

7. Find out if there are standard paragraphs that have to be on a first day handout.

8. Even if not required, have a first day handout that includes how to reach you, your office number and building, your office hours, the required book(s) for the course, and any policies you want to have.



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Housing for a New Job

the many details and expenses. But relax; it is possible to do without
going off the deep end.

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主持人:Sue Geller,教授
Texas A&M University

Welcome! The Joint Committee on Employment Opportunities has decided to
try to be of more help for mathematical scientists on the job market,
especially for first timers. The blogs topics will come out of our
experience mentoring job seekers, especially at the Joint Mathematics
Meeting in January each year.

Our idea is to take a job seeker through the process, from deciding
to beginning that first job. We will also try to have blogs on topics
that people write in and ask about.

debating offers, and others are waiting to hear. My tip for this first
blog is to be sure to call places in which you are interested after you
and ask them when you are likely to hear from them. This gives them the
opportunity to speed up the process lest they lose you. Be aware that
most places will tell you either you are no longer in the running or
they’ve filled their positions. But that is okay because you will know
whether or not to ask for more time to decide on your offer. I received
my current job by calling to inform them of another offer, which made
them look at me more carefully and more quickly. So I know such a call
can be worthwhile.

Until next time.

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