Faculty-hiring season commences

10/6/2017 3:44:01 PM

Universities advertise faculty positions in the fall, with the number of postings peaking in October (according to an analysis by HigherEdJobs). But if you’re not ready to apply for a position just yet, don’t fret. Hiring can occur any time of the year due to faculty turnover or budgetary changes. Additionally, academic appointments without teaching obligations (e.g., research assistant professor) can start (and thus be hired) at any point in the year.

It’s common knowledge that there are not enough tenure-track faculty positions to match the number of Ph.D.s and postdocs entering the academic job market each year. I say this only as a reminder that an academic job search requires much patience and careful planning, along with a career exit strategy in case you need to sit on the sidelines for a bit. 

Your first reaction when hearing about the limited number of faculty jobs may be to cast a wide net and apply for any and all positions out there. But, while it may seem counterintuitive, it can be more beneficial to focus your time and energy on a job search with a defined set of criteria. These factors include deciding on what type of institution you want to work for (e.g., research-intensive vs. primarily undergraduate institution) and other factors related to overall life and career satisfaction.

When starting a search, it’s a good idea to start a file with a list of websites to check on a weekly basis and information on what positions you will be applying for, including details such as a link to the posting (save a file of the posting itself, too), application materials to prep and any deadlines. (Pro tip: Check out Angela Hopp’s previous post “Grain of salt” with further advice on narrowing your list.)

For this week, I have gathered a short list of job-search engines and Twitter hashtags to help you organize your search, along with a few postings I found. More jobs will be posted next week but focused on tenure-track positions outside of academia.

Do you have any other sources to share? Please comment below or on social media with that info to help out your fellow job seekers.


Job boards 

There are a number of science- and academic-specific job boards to check on a regular basis for new postings. You can create an account and/or professional profile on many of these sites to sign up for job alerts, share your résumé with potential recruiters and network with other job seekers. I also noticed that some of the postings on ResearchGate provide additional contact information to direct inquiries, which is very helpful. Here’s a list of free sites that I know about. (And of course, don’t forget to regularly check the ASBMB jobs board.)



Twitter is a great way to stay updated on the most recent job postings. You can follow the accounts of job boards, academic institutions and scientists in your field who may post openings. Also, you can search for popular hashtags tagged in tweets that may contain job announcements.

If you are social-media adverse, you can still access the Twitter website and search for jobs, view feeds, etc. without creating an account.

I also have started a custom Twitter list “Science Careers” that you can check out for ideas on whom to follow.

Here’s a few sample hashtags to use for searches, too. (Pro tip: You don’t have to use hashtags to search for content on Twitter. The search function lets you find keywords just like any other search engine.)  

  • #academia
  • #chemjobs
  • #facultychemjobs
  • #higheredjobs
  • #phdjobs
  • #sciencejobs
  • #TTjobs*
*H/t to Lucy Forrest (@LucyRForrest), who alerted me to this hashtag she uses to share jobs.

Weekly jobs roundup.

Here are just a few of the many tenure-track positions open at academic institutions around the country.

Note: I purposely haven’t posted any chemistry-related positions in this listing. That’s because this work already is being done by the industrious efforts of science Twitter-ers Andrew Spaeth (@not_org_chem) and @chemjobber. They maintain an impressive spreadsheet of tenure-track faculty openings in chemistry/biochemistry, which has more than 300 entries right now. (H/t to Angela again for this discovery in a previous careers blog post.)

  • In honor of ASBMB member Michael W. Young, co-recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythm,” I ran across this tenure-track assistant professor position at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences is seeking an early-career investigator in the area of neuroendocrinology and/or circadian rhythms to work within the newly established Translational Research Center. In addition to research, there are opportunities to teach graduate or medical and dental students. Applicants should submit the required materials to the department head (see link for details), with review of applications beginning Nov. 15.
  • The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Indiana University School of Medicine is hiring for a tenure-track faculty position at any rank to advance research in the areas of cancer biology, neurobiology, drug abuse and/or infectious disease and pathogenesis. In addition to establishing an independent research program, the position includes teaching pharmacology-based courses for graduate and medical students. Applicants should submit required materials at the link provided in the posting. No application deadline is provided, but a department contact is listed for inquiries. Also, h/t to ASBMB member Bill Sullivan, who shared this posting on LinkedIn. 
  • The Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University is accepting applications for two tenure-track assistant professor positions in the research areas of virology and microbiome interactions. Candidates will establish research programs in the areas of virus pathogenesis including virus-host interactions or microbiome research with a strong emphasis on computational techniques. The positions also require teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses in virology, microbiology, immunology and/or cell biology. Requested application materials should be submitted on the provided application page (see link for details), and review of applications begins Nov. 1.

Donna Kridelbaugh is the ASBMB careers blogger. Connect with her on Twitter (@science_mentor) or at her website (