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Postby John X.L. » Sat Oct 16, 2004 3:02 am

How many publications do you need to land a faculty position at a decent research institution (not the top-of the heap ones)? I currently have 4 papers (one in an above average journal), and another coming out in a few months, hopefully in another above-average journal? Most of my colleagues have 8-9 papers, but mostly co-authorships, with 1-2 above-average papers like mine. Will the lack of co-authorship papers hurt me, despite having two good papers? Thanks
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Postby Bill L. & Naledi S. » Mon Oct 18, 2004 2:37 pm

Hi Herbert --

The number and quality of papers that makes you "ready" for the academic job market is very field-specific so I wouldn't even want to guess and exact answer to your question without knowing more. But as you know, the committees will be looking at your first-author publications as perhaps the biggest indicator of your ability to be productive in a junior faculty role. And the number of co-authored papers serve as an indicator of your ability to develop collaborations and also your attractiveness as a collaborator.

If YOU feel ready for the market and if your advisor (or other trusted senior scientist?) think that you are ready, then perhaps it's time to give it a shot. And don't take it too hard if you don't get a job from your first round. Many postdocs try one year, learn a lot but come up empty handed, and then are more successful in subsequent years.

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