For the past six weeks Kenneth Hanson of ChemistryBlog has been detailing his (successful) attempt to gain a job as an assistant professor . Over eight posts everything from looking for openings to startup funds negotiation is covered in depth, making a great resource for anyone interested in getting an academic job of their own some day.
Part 1: The Timeline
Part 2: Proposal Preparation
Part 3: Proposal Format
Part 4: Other Content
Part 5: Submitting and Writing
Part 6: Phone and On-Site Interviews
Part 7: Research/Proposal Talks and Meeting with the Chair
Part 8: The Offer, Second Visit, and Negotiation
One neat strategy was forming a writing/support group with several other people looking for academic jobs. There’s obviously a lot of trust involved, but having a forum to discuss potential research ideas and fine tune pitches must have been extremely helpful.