I'm applying to assistant professor positions and my research plan is based on three main projects. My initial idea is having 2 PhD students and one postdoc working on each project. However, there is an opening in a new school that doesn't have a graduate program yet. I'm planning to apply to this school but don't know how to explain the need of grad students to my research plan. I'm almost sure I won't have sufficient start-up to hire 3 postdocs. I really want to have undergraduates researchers, as I'm a product of undergraduate research, but I believe the research output of my 5 initial years is way too important to have only undergrads and, say, 1-2 postdocs as my researcher assistants.


The importance of my productivity is related mainly to my research ambitions. At the same, this school attracted very much because it's new. I think my voice will be much more heard in a new school. Do you think it's a good idea to search for potential collaborators in other departments of this school that have a graduate program and stated this desire in my cover letter?

  • Oh, sorry, you are quite unrealistic, if you go to school without PhD programs, you should consider hiring more undergrad students. or colaborate on joint program if your uni have one. – SSimon Oct 30 '17 at 15:48
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    I believe the research output of my 5 initial years is way too important to have only undergrads — Presumably you mean "important for your tenure case". But schools without graduate programs generally have different research expectations for tenure than schools with graduate programs. Or perhaps you mean "important for my own research ambitions", in which case you might want to reconsider applying to schools that don't have the resources you need. – JeffE Oct 30 '17 at 15:50
  • he needs to ajust expectation. – SSimon Oct 30 '17 at 15:53
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    One of the key things that this school will be looking for in your research plan, is how you will embrace your role as a faculty member at a school with no graduate program. Trying to "work around" this, rather than developing a research plan that takes advantage of this, will not work in your favor. – ff524 Oct 30 '17 at 16:13
  • @ziulfer, nobody would like to collaborate in a way that you expect. Basically, in that case, you would need to give up of the first mentor, advisor, and corresponding author, in order to have someone from another program. you need to start understanding what PhD advisor role mean – SSimon Oct 30 '17 at 16:27

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