I applied to a junior faculty position in a certain university. They asked me to provide a list of recommenders with the following requirements:
- Each recommender should be a professor.
- No recommender can be someone with whom I wrote a paper.
The second requirement rules out not only my Ph.D. advisors, but also most professors who know me as a researcher. I thought of several ideas for recommenders that meet both these requirements:
- Professors who meet me regularly at department seminars. They can (hopefully) testify that I can ask good questions. But this is only a small part of being a good researcher.
- Professors whose courses I took as a graduate student. They can testify that I can learn well. But again, this is only a small part of being a good researcher.
- Professors for whom I did some technical work, e.g. computer programming (for research purposes); same comment as above.
- Editors of journals for whom I reviewed a paper. They can (hopefully) testify that I can write good reviews; same comment as above.
- Editors of journals in which I published papers. They can (hopefully) testify that my papers are good. But, the fact that they published my papers already shows that they think it is good.
- Professors for whom I worked as a TA. They can (hopefully) testify that I know to teach. But for this, it may be much more relevant to bring recommendations from students (which I have).
What other options do I have?