Preparing for an academic interview – a survey (Part I)

EMBL recently organised the conference ‘The Next Generation in Infection Biology’ to provide a platform for late-stage postdoctoral scientists to showcase their work and connect with leading European faculty hiring institutions in infection biology.

To complement the cutting-edge science presented and networking sessions, the EMBL Fellows’ Career Service organised a session focused on the academic job market. We aimed to bring some clarity about the hiring process and what is needed to secure a faculty position. We invited 4 principal investigators (PIs) from France, Spain, Malta and the Netherlands to participate in a panel discussion and share their expectations when interviewing candidates. To animate the discussion, we also presented the results of a short anonymous survey we had completed with other PIs. The survey included questions related to the most common uncertainties postdocs share with us when they are preparing to apply for PI roles. Twenty faculty members responded, 6 of whom have been involved in search committees for more than 10 years. Further survey responses are welcome!

This blog post focuses on the conclusions we drew from the survey responses and related data, and also provides a set of key resources for navigating the early stages of the job application process. A summary of the panel discussion will be provided in an upcoming second post.

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How do group leaders recruit postdocs?

To inform a new workshop on applying to postdoc positions, we recently ran a survey on how group leaders recruit. So far we have 35 responses, which nicely complement our previous larger international survey on what to include in your CV.

Below you can read our preliminary results. Further survey responses from academic group leaders who hire postdocs are welcome!

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What to include in your CV – an international perspective

Scientists are internationally mobile & they do not always find guidance on tailoring their CVs for specific sectors and countries. Following a recent twitter debate on whether photos should be included in CVs, the EMBL Fellows’ Career Service started a survey to provide evidence-based guidance for life scientists.

A PDF summary of the main conclusions, with a graphical visualisation of the results by sector and country can be downloaded here. This article aims to provide a more detailed discussion.

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Choosing the best layout for your CV

The layout of your CV makes an immediate and lasting impression – ideally that, like your CV, you are organized, logical, focused and easy to interact with. One of the most important aspects of your CV is therefore the structure and formatting. This article focuses on four questions to ask yourself when selecting or creating a layout for your CV. Continue reading “Choosing the best layout for your CV”

Crafting impactful statements for your CV and cover letter

When you are writing a job application, it is essential to describe your experience in a way that highlights the skills relevant for the position you are applying for. We’ve previously posted on some general tips on  preparing job applications for industry. In this post, we provide details of some techniques that can help you demonstrate your skills in your CV & cover letter. Continue reading “Crafting impactful statements for your CV and cover letter”

Preparing a job application for industry

In the last 18 months, we’ve invited a number of recruiters and hiring managers to EMBL to share their advice on applying to jobs outside academic research*. We’ve distilled the tips and advice from these sessions into 3 tips for your job application and 3 tips for your interview. At the end of the article, we also include some useful resources that can help you implement these tips. Continue reading “Preparing a job application for industry”