The Career Services Center offers programs and online resources to assist graduate students with the junior faculty and postdoctoral job search. These resources greatly complement, but do not replace, the specialized knowledge that faculty and alumni in your academic department can share with you in your specific discipline. Because practices vary among academic disciplines, job candidates are encouraged to work closely with their departments, in addition to the Career Services Center.
Most tenure-track positions are advertised nationally through multiple sources. General resources are listed below. Job candidates need to be aware of the opportunities within their discipline, which are shared in scholarly newsletters and journals, by job-email alert services, and with postings at conferences.
Surviving the Job Search
Understanding the academic hiring process prior to sending out application materials will greatly help you effectively and efficiently approach institutions. Review the UC San Diego Academic Job Search Survival Handbook, to understand the hiring process from the institution's perspective, plus information on creating effective application materials, preparing for interviews, campus visits, the job talk, and negotiating an offer with confidence.
The Chronicle of Higher Education is the most well-known resource for comprehensive information concerning the academic market. Subscribers receive the weekly print version and access to all articles and resources online. Most of the Chronicle is accessible online to non-subscribers. Readers can also utilize their job alert service
Scholarly & Professional Societies a searchable database of over 1700 scholarly associations. Below are links to several additional, discipline and area-specific resources compiled by the by the University of Waterloo
Academic 360 & Inside Higher Ed provide resources on an array of scholarly organizations, listservs, and other discipline-specific career-related information, and can aid in identifying where to find academic and nonacademic job postings
PhDs.org provides job and postdoc listings, mostly in science, math, engineering, but not exclusively, as well as valuable articles and advice
Adjunct Nation offers news and opinion articles, job postings, and analysis for the adjunct educators
Research & Policy
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Jobs and resources in higher education research and policy
Dual Career Couples
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) is a web-based search engine that includes faculty and staff job listings at all member institutions in the US and provides resources focused on helping dual-career couples
Comprehensive resources to help you create an effective letter, research statement and teaching philosophy, plus relevant and impactful CVs and resumes allowing your application to standout amongst the crowded job market:
Karen Kelsky's The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job and her blog, theprofessorisin.com, offer incisive wisdom about academic hiring and preparing effectively for the job market.
CVs - Elements Of and How to Put Them Together Courtesy of UC Berkeley
Application Materials & Samples Courtesy of the University of Virginia
Elements of an Effective Teaching Portfolio Courtesy of UC Berkeley
The Academic Interview from the telephone to the "job talk" - a comprehensive lists of tips and strategies that will help you successfully navigate the faculty interview process, Courtesy of the University of Virginia
Academic Job Interview Advice Courtesy of the University of Maryland
Questions to Ask (and be ready for) During an Academic Interview Courtesy of Dartmouth University
Salaries & Benefits
Top general resources supporting your search and application for postdoctoral and visiting scholar positions worldwide, including teaching and within industry:
Teaching Postdocs courtesy of the National Postdoctoral Association
Institutional Research & Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) NIH funded program in the life and biomedical sciences
Many grad students who decide not to pursue tenure-track faculty positions still want to stay in the world of education. This page offers resources for careers in "teaching institutions," liberal arts colleges, community college, secondary school teaching, and provides access to the valuable Carnegie Classifications of Academic Institions in the US.
Find Jobs & Research Opportunities
The Chronicle of Higher Education is the most well-known resource for comprehensive information concerning the academic market. Subscribers receive the weekly print version and access to all articles and resources online. Most of the Chronicle is accessible online to non-subscribers. Readers can also utilize their job alert service.
Inside Higher Ed search jobs, resources, opinions, and articles regarding higher education
Adjunct Advocate news, opinion, jobs and analysis for the adjunct nation of educators
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) view colleges by state, as well as, their affiliations, programs, enrollment and number of faculty members.
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Is an independent policy and research center. Improving teaching and learning at all educations levels
Teaching K-12 credential, test and application information and resources
National Science Teachers Association NSTA Career Center is the premier electronic recruitment resource for the industry.
Secondary Education in Charter & Private Schools
National Charter Schools Resource Center The National Charter School Resource Center serves as a national center to provide on-demand resources, information, and technical assistance to support successful planning, authorizing, implementation, and sustainability of high-quality charter schools.
National Association of Independent Schools Jobs and information related to opportunities in independent secondary schools
These suggested resources provide some of the largest databases of open positions in higher education, including for tenure-track, contract, adjunct faculty, staff, and administrators.
UCSD's Research Funding Opportunities Database (SURF)
This searchable, user-friendly database contains a comprehensive list of funding opportunities for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. More
Science & Engineering