Navigating the Faculty Job Search at an R1 Institute

Jim Wilhelm, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego

Kassandra Ori-McKenney, Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis

Naiara Akizu, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania


Many trainees do not receive the proper training required for navigating the faculty job search. This panel will discuss the process behind the faculty job search, specifically at an R1 institution. We will discuss what can be expected during this type of job search and what strategies have proved effective in obtaining the optimal faculty position for one’s research program. This session took place at the 2019 ASCB|EMBO Meeting in San Diego, CA.


  1. Learn about application components and strategies of successful trainees who have obtained interviews for faculty positions.
  2. Learn what is expected for an interview for a faculty position, including a presentation, chalk talk, or skype interview.
  3. Learn what faculty search committees primarily look for when evaluating job candidates.

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This post was collaboratively written by several ASCB staff members.