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For questions or accessibility needs to participate in the Academic Job Search Series, please contact the sponsoring Cornell Graduate School offices at: futurefaculty@cornell.edu or postdocs@cornell.edu

Upcoming Events

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Graduate Student and Postdoc Job Search Virtual Monthly Chat

  • Monday, June 29, 2020 from 2:30-3:30 pm ET – Register for June 29
  • Held online via Zoom
  • Accommodations: Individuals who would like to request accessibility accommodations should contact Caleb Yu (ry274)

Designing Your Research Statement Around Undergraduate Research

  • Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm ET – Register for July 8
  • Held online via Zoom
  • Presenter: Jeffrey Werner, Associate Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Cortland
  • Through an interactive online discussion,  presenter Jeffrey Werner (Associate Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Cortland) will help job-seekers interested in faculty positions at four-year colleges and universities (e.g., primarily undergraduate institutions, or PUIs) outline a research statement that highlights plans to mentor undergraduate students in research.
  • Accommodations: Individuals who would have accessibility accommodations to request should contact futurefaculty@cornell.edu

Research Statements for Research Intensive Universities: A Panel Discussion

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm ET
  • Held online via Zoom
  • Panelists: Dr. Ana Maria Porras, Cornell Presidential Postdoc, Dr. Natasha Raheja, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University, and Dr. Terrence Bell, Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes, Penn State University
  • This session features a panel of three early career researchers who recently successfully obtained tenure-track faculty positions, talking about how they approached writing a successful research statement for a research-intensive (or R1) university job application. Through questions and discussion, learn how to craft a focused and compelling research plan that will describe your areas of focus, past contributions, and plans for future work directions up to tenure.
  • Accommodations: Individuals who would have accessibility accommodations to request should contact futurefaculty@cornell.edu

Upcoming events in the 2020-2021 Academic Job Search Series:

Join us to discuss research statements for different institutional types (research-intensive and primarily undergraduate), as well as teaching and diversity statements and more.

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 12:30 pm ET – Teaching Statements

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 12:30 pm ET – Diversity Statements

Additional presenter details and registration forms coming soon!


Archived Presentations


About the Series

In 2020-2021, we are offering two types of events, both co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies and Future Faculty and Academic Careers. Questions? Contact the sponsoring Cornell Graduate School offices at: postdocs@cornell.edu orfuturefaculty@cornell.edu.

Academic Job Search Workshops

Interested in learning more about the Academic Job Search process, and the materials you will need to gather for an application? Come to interactive workshops to learn more through presentations and activities. Remote connection is available via Zoom with advance registration. RSVPs are requested. Please see below for information about accessing recordings and materials from past workshops, or Contact Us.

Job Search Discussion Groups

We are gathering a supportive community of peers where you can discuss your experience on the academic job market. Bring questions, problems, and things you’ve always wondered about to these periodic lunch discussions aimed at doctoral students and postdocs. RSVPs are required.


Past Events

June International Student / Postdoc Job Search Discussion

  • Monday, June 22, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET
  • Held online via Zoom
  • Accommodations: Individuals who would like to request accessibility accommodations should contact Caleb Yu (ry274)

The Application Process for an Academic Job

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm ET
  • Held online via Zoom
  • Presenter: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies
  • Please contact futurefaculty@cornell.edu or postdocs@cornell.edu for recording – will be added to archive soon

May International Student / Postdoc Job Search Discussion

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET
  • Accommodations: Individuals who would like to request accessibility accommodations should contact Caleb Yu (ry274)

Getting a Faculty Position: Lessons Learned During the Academic Job Search

  • Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 4:00-5:30 pm – Register to attend
  • A live online panel discussion and Q&A featuring postdoctoral scholars and graduate students who were offered faculty positions this year.
  • Please contact futurefaculty@cornell.edu or postdocs@cornell.edu for recording – will be added to archive soon

February Academic Job Search Discussion

  • Friday, February 21, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Discussion leaders: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies, and Colleen McLinn, Executive Director of CIRTL at Cornell
  • A supportive and friendly environment for grad students and postdocs to get input on questions and concerns about the job search! Lunch provided. RSVP required.

Interviewing and Negotiation for Academic Positions

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenters: Yael Levitte, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, and Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies
  • This is a brownbag workshop. Bring your own lunch, and we’ll provide drinks and dessert. RSVPs requested.

Careers In and Beyond Academia

  • Friday, January 31, 2020 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm
  • An information session to learn more about the resources available through several Cornell Graduate School offices: Careers Beyond Academia, the Office of Postdoctoral Studies, and CIRTL at Cornell

January Academic Job Search Discussion

  • Friday, January 24, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Discussion leaders: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies, and Colleen McLinn, Executive Director of CIRTL at Cornell
  • A supportive and friendly environment for grad students and postdocs to get input on questions and concerns about the job search! Lunch provided. RSVP required.

Interviewing and Negotiation for an Academic Position

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenters: Yael Levitte, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, and Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies
  • This is a brownbag workshop. Bring your own lunch, and we’ll provide drinks and dessert. RSVPs requested.
  • Please contact futurefaculty@cornell.edu or postdocs@cornell.edu for slides and recording

October Academic Job Search Discussion

  • Friday, October 25, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Discussion leaders: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies, and Denise DiRienzo, Ed.D., Experiential Program Director
  • A supportive and friendly environment for grad students and postdocs to get input on questions and concerns about the job search! Lunch provided. RSVP required.

September Academic Job Search Discussion

  • Friday, September 20, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Discussion leaders: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies, and Colleen McLinn, Executive Director of CIRTL at Cornell
  • To cap off Postdoc Appreciation Week, we will have a fun and confidential opportunity to get your questions about the job search answered. Graduate students and visiting scholars are also welcome. Lunch provided. RSVP required.

How to Submit Grants at Cornell: A Primer

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenter: Kim Holloway, Associate Director of Research Development, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Archived recording available in Cornell Video on Demand

Designing Your Research Statement Around Undergraduate Research

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenter: Jeffrey Werner, Associate Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Cortland
  • Archived recording in Cornell Video on Demand, slides, and handouts available

How to Approach the Research Plan in a Job Application (for a Research-Intensive University)

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Presenter: Marvin Pritts, Professor of Horticulture, Cornell University
  • Please contact futurefaculty@cornell.edu or postdocs@cornell.edu for notes on the session

Writing a Teaching Statement

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 12:00-1:30 pm
  • Presenters: Derina Samuel, Associate Director, Center for Teaching Innovation, and Colleen McLinn, Executive Director, CIRTL at Cornell
  • Slides and handouts available

The Application Process for an Academic Job

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 12:00-1:30 pm
  • Presenter: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies
  • Archived recording available in Cornell Video on Demand, and slides available

Getting a Faculty Position: Lessons Learned During the Academic Job Search

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • A brownbag panel discussion featuring postdoctoral scholars and graduate students who were offered faculty positions this year.
  • Archived recording available in Cornell Video on Demand
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