How to get a Tenure Track Job
Principal organiser: Dr. Robert Smith?
This workshop is intended to provide a forum to explain the
process of acquiring a tenure-track academic position. The
process is complex and often mysterious to students and postdocs,
often seeming to involve luck or random factors. However,
many of the steps involved in searching for jobs, applying,
getting letters of reference, interviewing and negotiating
are less mysterious than they might seem. This workshop will
provide a safe space for students, postdocs and junior faculty
to have the process deconstructed and questions answered.
Particular emphasis will be placed on the requirements for
positions in mathematical biology, which differ significantly
from positions in more traditional departments, such as mathematics.
Students will discover resources for where to search for jobs,
where to find jobs outside mathematics departments, how to
streamline the application process, how to deal with referees
who may be problematic, interview tips and negotiation for
the best deal once an offer has been made.
issues arise for students in the relatively new field of mathematical
biology: there are a great many opportunities outside mathematics
departments, but these are not widely known. Many scientists
in the health and epidemiology fields have stated that if
they could have any resource whatsoever, they'd have more
biomathematicians; however, they don't know how to attract
them. Part of the aim of this workshop is to expand students'
horizons, in order to meet this demand.
The audience will be restricted to students, postdocs and
junior faculty. This workshop is intended to be a "safe
space", where students should feel free to ask questions
without fear of having their supervisors, or potential employers,
in the room.
interested in advertising a position may leave printed material
in the room before the sessions, or may speak to the organizer.
Department of Mathematics and Faculty of Medicine
The University of Ottawa
585 King Edward Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5