I am applying to faculty positions (Assistant Professor/Lecturer level) in several European Universities. Sorry for lumping all European universities into one; I understand that each university and country is unique, but I am only looking for some general guidelines, that I can use to modify my faculty application packet (which currently is tailored for US R1 applications). To be a little more specific:
US R1 faculty search committees give a lot of emphasis on the candidate's ability to conduct independent research; ideally, as distant as possible from their Phd/Postdoc advisors, so that they don't end up competing for the same grants. So a general advice for writing research statements for US R1 universities is to focus a bit more on planned future research than past research as a PhD/Postdoc, and to make sure that the search committee don't get the impression that the candidate is going to compete with their advisors for the same grants. On the other hand in Europe, faculties hired at the assistant professor level often don't run their individual research group; most likely they work in a team with other senior faculties (if my understanding is correct). Therefore, in this context is it better to focus more on past research experience, and perhaps highlight one's ability conduct research as part of a team rather than an individual? In fact, is a planned future research section even relevant for junior faculty positions in many European universities that have a hierarchical system?
In case of the teaching statements, US universities, in general, give a lot of emphasis on candidate's ability to promote diversity and inclusion in classroom and to the program, in addition to teaching philosophy and methods. Is the promotion of diversity and inclusion as equally important to European search committees? (I am sure it is; I just want to know if they generally like/dislike to see it mentioned in teaching statements, as there might be some cultural difference from US academia when it comes to talking about such things in Europe).
In addition to these two specific questions, I would appreciate any other advice or general guidelines from the community. Thank you :)