I'm applying for a postdoc position at a university that asks to write a research statement taking into account possible interactions with research groups/faculty within the different departments (e.g. math, physics) of that university. I'm trying to understand whether this means:
a) I should write how my research connects to the different departments, i.e. I should point out how my research has some connection to the research of faculty X in department Y of that university, or
b) It's enough to mention my own research or their connection to different areas, without the mention of the faculty X in department Y.
So to be specific, say my research in math corresponds to quantum physics and say a faculty named John Doe in the Physics department wrote a paper in quantum Physics. So is it better to mention in the research statement "my research has connections to this area of quantum physics" or "my research has connection to this area of quantum physics, carried out by faculty John Doe in department of Physics"?
I tend to think it's b), because in a research statement, people don't normally mention how it can be connected to some faculty's research, which can be done in a cover letter. Advice appreciated!
P.S. After contacting the job poster, I was told that there'd be no requirement to contact a faculty member separately and hence submit a joint proposal together. The applicants won't be required to submit proposals anyway. Just thought of mentioning that in case it helps!