Careers in Academia
The Career 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 Center.
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 and obtain 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
Teaching Statement and Portfollio
How to Write a Teaching Statement that Sings Free downloadable booklet available through Chronicle Vitae
Elements of an Effective Teaching Portfolio Courtesy of UC Berkeley
Salaries & Benefits
- A Guide to Campus Interviews The Chronicle of Higher Education
- A Strategy Guide for Second-Round Interviews Free downloadable booklet by Chronicle Vitae
- Negotiating the Non-Tenure Track The Chronicle of Higher Education
- How to Negotiate Your Tenure-Track Offer Karen Kelsky, The Professor Is In
- What Search Committees Want The Modern Language Association
Top general resources supporting your search and application for postdoctoral and visiting scholar positions worldwide, including teaching and within industry:
- Postdoctoral Association, UC San Diego
- UC San Diego Graduate Funding Blog
- Nature Jobs
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Teaching Postdocs courtesy of the National Postdoctoral Association
Institutional Research & Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) NIH funded program in the life and biomedical sciences
- Applying for a Postdoctoral Fellowship (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Choosing Your Postdoc Position (AAAS)
- Industrial Postdocs (AAAS)
- Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
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 colleges, and 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 Nation 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 Independent policy and research center dedicated to improving teaching and learning at all education levels
- Classifications by Academic Institution in the US (i.e., "R-1" through Community College)
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 resources provide some of the largest databases of open positions in higher education, including for tenure-track, contract, adjunct faculty, staff, and administrators.
This searchable, user-friendly database contains a comprehensive list of funding opportunities for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.
- View UCSD's index of funding, aid, various fellowship and grants
- View UCSD's graduate funding blog
- Aid for Non-US Citizens A list of organizations helpful to international students and other specific student groups (by religion, underrepresented, etc.) looking for aid other than loans (courtesy of Georgetown University)
Science & Engineering
- AAAS's GrantNet
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- NASA Fellowship Program
- National Defense
- The National Academies
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Graduate Engineering and Science for Minorities (GEM)
- Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Biological Sciences Courtesy of UC Berkeley
- Hertz Foundation Fellowships
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Non-Discipline Specific
- Social Science Research Council
- Ford Foundation Fellowships
- U.S. Department of Education
- National Humanities Center
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- Postdoctoral Fellowships In the Humanities
- Public Policy and International Affairs
- National Academies Policy & Global Affairs
- American Political Science Association
- Research Development & Grant Writing News Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC, August 2012
- How to Win a Graduate Fellowship The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Debunking Some Myths About Grant Writing The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Writing + Critical Expression Hub Schedule an appointment with a writing tutor to help you finess your fellowship and grant applications
- Research Proposal Development Service (RAPIDS), provided by UC San Diego
- Writing Grants and Fellowships NIH's "All About Grants" podcasts
- Tips for New NIH Grant Applicants National Institute of General Medical Sciences
- The Academic Scientists' Toolkit a valuable services of articles and resources which is a must read for scientist Going on the Market. James Austin,Science Careers
- Tomorrow's Professor seeks to foster a diverse, world-wide teaching and learning ecology among its over 30,000 subscribers at over 600 institutions and organizations in over 108 countries around the world.
- Are You Ready to Go on the Market? Mary Morris Heiberger and Julie Miller Vick, The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Getting Psyched Up for the Market Mary Morris Heiberger and Julie Miller Vick, The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Dual Academic Career Resources Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
- Securing an Academic Job in Music Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
- The Academic Job Search Handbook, (Fourth Edition), Julia Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008).
- Academic Couples, Marianne Ferber and Jane Loeb (University of Illinois, 1997).
- The Adjunct Professor's Guide to Success, Richard E. Lyons, Marcella L. Kysilka, and George E. Pawlas (Allyn and Bacon, 1999).
- Advice for New Faculty Members, Robert Boice (Allyn and Bacon, 2000).
- The Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career: A Portable Mentor for Scholars from Graduate School through Tenure, John A. Goldsmith, John Komlos, and Penny Schine Gold. (University of Chicago Press, 2001).
- The Chicago Handbook for Teachers, Alan Brinkley, Betty Dessants, Michael Flamm, Cynthia Fleming, Charles Forcey, and Eric Rothschild (The University of Chicago Press, 1999).
- Faculty in New Jobs, Robert Menges and Associates (Josey-Bass Publishers, 1999).
- Job Search in Academe, Dawn M. Formo and Cheryl Reed (Stylus Publishing, 1999).
- Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering, Richard M. Reis (IEEE Press, 1997).
- A Ph.D. is Not Enough!: A Guide to Survival in Science, Peter J. Feibelman (Addison-Wesley, 1994