University of Southern California


How to Prepare for an Academic Position

Who Should Attend

This workshop will serve as a mentoring opportunity for academically-bound postdoctoral students/researchers/fellows in the sciences.

Course Description

The workshop panel will cover topics including: how to best spend one’s postdoc time, assemble a research statement, teaching statement, acquire and prepare reference letter writers, apply for academic jobs, prepare for an academic job interview, follow up the interview, and select a position. The workshop will be presented by a panel of faculty members, and moderated by Prof. Mataric’, who coordinates a similar event each semester in the Viterbi School of Engineering. The faculty panel will briefly present their insights and advice, followed by ample time for questions, answers, and examples.


Maja Mataric’, Professor of Computer Science and Senior Associate Dean for Research, Viterbi School of Engineering


One 2 hour session.

Next Course

October 22, 2014 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | Location: UPC, Doheny Memorial Library (DML), Room #240

Course Registration

To register, please RSVP at least one week prior to the first class via email, indicating the course(s) you are attending, to

For information about workshops, contact the office at 213-740-6709.