I was asked to provide two recent examples of research work by one hiring committee for a "research scholar" position at a research institute in the field of environmental sciences. I think the employees sometimes supervise for PhD students from a university nearby, so...

...I have several very good first-author papers dating back three years; one first-author from last year (but I think not so strong as the older papers) and a recent paper were a post-doc is the first author and I am second (corresponding author). In between I have papers were I am the fourth or seventh author but these do not count here.

Should I list:

  • the "better" ones, although both older,
  • or one older one and the recent one were I am the correspondence author?

What do you think to count for recent research? And what role in the author list should one play when want to show it as an example of my work?

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    What type of position are you applying for? If postdoc, your first author work is important. If permanent, it could be better to show works where you had a supervisory role. Dec 15, 2020 at 12:45
  • it is not advertised as a post-doc, it is a "scholar" position. not sure what it means exactly. Dec 15, 2020 at 12:50
  • Did the documentation actually say they had to be examples of your own research work? To me, the job title "scholar" suggests that undertaking original research may not be a major component of the job. Dec 15, 2020 at 14:30
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    it is a research scholar job, they do research and publish often, so I am sure it has to be my work . Otherwise it does not make sense, who's work should I show instead? Dec 15, 2020 at 14:46
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    I think "recency" would also be affected by how old the data are. I have worked on projects where the data were collected 10 years ago and then languished. I'm not sure how we can answer, but your best two papers in the past three years sounds fine, as long as the work itself was similarly recent Dec 15, 2020 at 15:10


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