Academic CVs

Academic CVs are used to apply for lecturing/research posts. They are different from 'standard' CVs because:
  • They can be longer than 2 pages
  • They contain additional sections 
What sections should I include?
Some of these ideas below may not be appropriate for you and don't feel that you have to stick to this order. Consider your reader and what you think is more important for them to see first:
  • Basic contact details (Name, address, contact number, email, LinkedIn/website)
  • Synopsis of your PhD at the beginning or as an appendix
  • Research interests
  • Education
  • Relevant training / other qualifications 
  • Conferences (including presentations or poster displays)
  • Publications (most recent to oldest), but if the most recent is not the most relevant then you could use a subheading such as "Relevant publications". Other subheadings could include "Peer reviewed", "In Progress", and "Conference Proceedings". A long list of publications could be included as part of an appendix. Your references should be in a standard and consistent style. 
  • CVs for research funding proposals should focus on your publications and also any other funding you have attracted in the past
  • Research experience 
  • Research methods and scientific techniques 
  • Teaching/presenting experience such as leading seminars or practical sessions.
  • Administration experience such as sitting on committees plus any record in attracting funding
  • For research posts in industry, you could mention contact/experience with industry such as placements
  • Evidence of relevant transferable skills (check person specification for the role you are applying for) such as IT, time management, project management, report writing, teaching etc.
  • Relevant technical/specialist skills
  • Other work experience 
  • Awards and membership of professional bodies
  • Interests - add some context and detail - try not to just list them!
  • References 
Top tips:
  • Even though you don't have a page limit, it's still really important to be concise and only include relevant information - consider your reader at all times
  • Tailor your CV towards the particular position that you are applying for
  • Try and ensure your CV is still understandable to a non-specialist in your field and minimise jargon
  • Be clear and consistent in your formatting 
  • Make it easy to scan and extract key information
Examples of academic CVs: 
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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 10:02