The academic job search process
This page contains links to a variety of sources of information about
getting an academic job in the U.S., and most are specific to computer
scientists. Students should check with their advisors, other
faculty, and other students for advice, help in deciding where to
apply, and support.
There is an SWS group for last-year students who are going on the job
market. For 2008-2009, the coordinator for this group is Alan
General job search information
Job search writing: CVs, cover letters, research and teaching statements
Academic Careers in Europe and Beyond put together by the Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme.
General information about CS academic jobs in Germany & Switzerland, Portugal, the UK, Spain, and other European countries.
General sources of information:
These provide an overview of the academic job search process as well as links to a lot of resources.
University of Washington Computer Science Careers Page is for undergraduates, but has some relevant links.
on getting an academic job from CRA
Michael Ernst's page
about getting an academic job
Where to find academic jobs in computer science:
In the US:
The Chronicle of Higher
IEEE computer society's Jobs Page
Computing Research Association page for students has job announcements and program ranking information
In Europe, Eurosys has a job offers
in Systems page. The goal of the page is to be a central resource like
the CRA page in the U.S., but not everyone is in the habit of posting
Resources for Networking:
See some of the general pages listed above.
Phil Agre's Networking on the Network
has a well-detailed plan for meeting and building relationships with
people in your field. This could also be a helpful read for
early-stage grad students as you think about building your
The ACM is the general professional
association for computer scientists. The back of "Communications
of the ACM" has job announcements.
Job search writing:
Purdue writing center section about Academic,
Professional, and Job Search Writing
has information about CVs,
good action verbs to use in the CV, and academic cover letters .
Here are some sample on-line CVs.
Michael Ernst's CV.
Derek Dryer's CV.
Sample Research and Teaching Statements:
information on preparing a research and teaching
Sample Computer Science
Sample Computer Science teaching
Michael Ernst's combined research and teaching statement
Derek Dryer's research and teaching statements
Jeanette Wing's slides
on Interviewing from CMU Emigration course
Elevator speech skills:
General interest web site on elevator
Resources for schools, advisors and staff on
helping students find academic jobs:
Graduate School and CMU's Department of Computer Science both
regular classes or seminars to prepare Ph.D. students for life as
academics or in research.
Preparing Future Faculty in the Sciences and Mathematics (pdf
of the book)