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Postdoc to Assistant professor

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:49 pm
by Emil Chuck
Shoot... I accidentally deleted this thread:

The thread was responding to an engineer who had 2 years of postdoc experience who was asking about what it takes to be an assistant professor. My bad.
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Postdoc to Assistant Professor
username: SNM Wed, 13 Jun 2007 10:27 PM
Assuming that your field is similar to biomedicine, there are several factors that make you competitive. Up to 5 Yr postdoc, you do not need a fellowship for an assistant professor position, though it will help you if you have one. For publication, quality is more important than quantity. A long list of publications counts if you are developing and using very desirable (or novel) techniques. Another important factor is whether your work will fit to the departmental needs. It appears that these conditions are rapidly changing, due to the current federal funding situation.

Postdoc to Assistant Professor
username: M. Peabody Wed, 13 Jun 2007 10:44 PM
Unlike the biological sciences, fellowships and/or grants for post-docs in engineering are few and far between. I spoke to my program officer at NSF recently and they do not even have a mechanism for putting post-docs on grants as a PI or co-PI. Getting a grant or a fellowship as a post-doc is a non-factor in the engineering assistant professor hiring process.

Postdoc to Assistant Professor
username: MP Thu, 14 Jun 2007 05:15 PM
Thank you for your replies. So I guess I should try to find out what research a particular department does in the univeristy I am intersted in joining. Then create my research profile which fits there requirements. I am in my early stages of postdoc, so I am still deciding what my individual project will be.