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Panel discussion presented by Qilin Li and Fred Oswald at the 2011 NSF ADVANCE Workshop: Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position, A Workshop for Underrepresented PhDs and Postdocs in Science, Engineering and Psychology September 18-20, 2010

Interviews are a grueling process

  • Hard for both interviewee and interviewers
    • Time, energy, interaction, evaluation on both sides
  • Department wants to know if you are right for them
  • You want to know if department is right for you

Short time frame

  • Will interact with a number of people
    • Short, intense period
  • Want to stand out — in a really positive way
  • ALWAYS BE “ON”!!!
    • Even in casual meal sessions, you are being evaluated and judged
    • Do not “let down” at any time during the process

How do you present yourself?

  • Handshake is important first impression
    • Firm, but real (really shake the hand!)
    • Not too firm — may hurt!
  • Your level of interest and information is important
    • Gather information about the department (more later)
    • Gather information about the institution (more later)

The campus visit

  • Most important step in determining whether interview becomes an offer
    • Remember that not everyone you meet will have “studied” your application
  • Allows you to interact with those who will make the offer decision
    • Varies between institutions (full professors, entire department, role of dean/provost)

Before the visit

  • Learn about the institution/department/faculty
    • Web pages are a wonderful resource, including family leave and P&T information
    • Ask colleagues who may know someone there
    • Ask for a copy of the department’s strategic plan (not having one tells you something!), the school or college’s plan, the institution’s plan
  • Agenda for your visit
    • Ask for the agenda a little before your visit
    • Prepare for those people on the agenda, but realize that agendas change, so know something about the entire department
    • If you don’t get the agenda before you arrive, that tells you something!
    • Ask for 30 minutes of preparation before your seminar
    • Ask to meet with graduate students
  • Think about what you will wear
    • Clothes should be comfortable for you (but not too informal) and make you feel like you look good
    • You will be wearing them for the entire day
    • Do not wear clothes that make you look like you are a graduate student or on a date
  • Think about what you will carry with you
    • You’ll be lugging it with you for the entire visit

Talking points

You will want to meet with graduate students to assess the quality of the program.

What happens on the visit?

  • Formal presentations: Exude confidence!
    • Departmental seminar
    • Presentation on your research plans
    • May vary among fields
  • Visits one-on-one with faculty, chair, sometimes dean or provost
    • For these shorter visits, an “elevator” speech that summarizes your work is important
      • Practice this with friends before interviewing
    • Have questions prepared to fill the time

The visit

  • Interview visits are a marathon event
    • Do your homework
      • Research area, role in the department
      • Ask Chair and others about research areas prioritized for the future
    • Ask individuals you see about their teaching, what the courses are and how the students are
      • Ask Chair about anticipated future teaching needs of the Department
  • Ask the same questions, as appropriate, of everyone on your schedule
    • Consistency or lack thereof is information
  • Ask about the promotion and tenure process and criteria
  • Ask about expectations for generating extramural research support and supporting graduate students
  • Ask about the teaching load

Questions & Answers

Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
Prasenjit Reply
At high concentrations (>0.01 M), the relation between absorptivity coefficient and absorbance is no longer linear. This is due to the electrostatic interactions between the quantum dots in close proximity. If the concentration of the solution is high, another effect that is seen is the scattering of light from the large number of quantum dots. This assumption only works at low concentrations of the analyte. Presence of stray light.
Ali Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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