I have been recently offered an interview call for my dream job - Asst. Professor (above lecturer grade, but below Assoc Prof/Reader grade in the UK) in a newly founded research group at a mid-tier UK university.
I have just finished my PhD last month (Mar 2019) from a top-tier (Oxbridge) university in the UK and had applied for this position without really expecting an interview call. At the start of the interview, I am asked to deliver a 10 minute presentation titled "Your 3-year plan to become an independent academic"
My current problem is that this interview is scheduled immediately (within 2 days), and this doesn't give me sufficient time to contact my former PhD supervisor(s) for their valuable advice.
I have zero post-doc experience as an independent researcher. My questions are:
- How deeply technical should I go in the presentation slides for such an opportunity? (i.e. are details at the equation-level required and journal citations expected?)
- Should I have identified specific research methodologies, potentially leading to the PhD title for the students I shall be supervising?
- Is it appropriate to be more modest and aim to only co-supervise (rather than be primary supervisor for) my first PhD student?
- Is an individual year-wise breakdown/Gantt chart expected at such faculty interviews?
- Should I identify the grants that I shall be applying to (in particular, the specific EPSRC schemes that exist for early career researchers)?
- Are there any other aspects that I may have completely missed here?
I am really sorry to be naive in asking a lot of questions here. This faculty position is in the exact same area as my PhD (in energy engineering/alternative fuels) and I'd like to give it my best.