July 30-August 2, 2008
Society for Mathematical Biology Conference

hosted by the Centre for Mathematical Medicine, Fields Institute
held at University of Toronto, Medical Sciences Bldg


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17) 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.

Particular 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.

Anyone interested in advertising a position may leave printed material in the room before the sessions, or may speak to the organizer.

Robert Smith?
Department of Mathematics and Faculty of Medicine
The University of Ottawa
585 King Edward Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

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