Message from the Secretary
Penny M. Hopkins
My department has just finished national searches to fill two faculty
positions. During that process it occurred to me that our searches would
have been easier if SICB had a Placement Service like some of the other
scientific societies do. Of the eight people that we interviewed, only one
was a member of SICB. It seems likely that there were other candidates in
the society that we may have missed for lack of identification. I would
like to take this opportunity to raise the question as to whether we need or
want to have a more effective Placement Service than what we have now. I
would be happy to spearhead such an effort, but only if there were lots
people who think it would be a good idea.
The way that I envision such a service would be that departments in the
process of searching for new faculty could post an advertisement on a
special "Jobs Available" section of the SICB web page at any time during the
year. These ads would also be available at a special placement table during
the Annual Meeting. Graduates and Post-docs looking for positions would
also be able to post mini-c.v.'s on a special "Candidates" page on the SICB
web page. These, too, would be made available at the annual meeting.
Sign-up sheets would be on hand at the Annual Meeting for potential
employers to interview potential faculty on site.
Other services that this Placement Service might be able to perform
could include posting on the Web Site helpful handbooks of information on
such topics as how to start looking for a job, what a job application should
look like, what to expect on an interview, how to prepare a dynamite
interview seminar, how to negotiate a contract etc etc.
A number of participants will be able to give input into such a service. The Web Master, Burke Inc, the Society Secretary, and representatives from the Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Affairs Committee and the Graduate Student Support
Committee could share responsibility for making certain that such a service is helpful to all involved. At this time, there is a very helpful job listing page on the SICB Web Page. We would like expand our services so that both job announcements and miniC.V.s can be posted in a timely manner. We would also like to provide opportunities for employers and potential employees to get together for interviews at the Annual Meeting. Having a more extensive job placement service on the web page will increase communication between members of our society and increase the efficiency of both department job hunts and candidates hunting for jobs.
Let me know what you think by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penny M. Hopkins, Chair
Search Committee for Cell and Developmental Biologists
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Presidential Professor of Zoology