This handbook was originally written and copyrighted by Dr. Susan Goldhor in 1976, incorporating materials from the Women in Cell Biology Newsletter and from discussions at a series of workshops on the academic job market held at Yale University in 1974 and 1976. Drs. Mary Clutter and Virginia Walbot contributed significantly to the original handbook. With Dr. Goldhor’s permission, the Steering Committee of the Women in Cell Biology revised the handbook for the 1990s job market in 1989 and again in 1993. The Publication Committee of the ASCB revised it again in 1996. It is primarily intended for those at the postdoctoral level seeking a position with a large research component. However, information for students at earlier stages of their careers is also included to help prepare them for their first “real job” hunt.