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There are many resources available online that list academic and non-academic, domestic and international positions. The major online resources are:

It is a good idea to sign up as a member of the American Statistical Association and/or the Institute of Mathematical Statistics before you graduate. With membership come copies of Amstat News and the IMS Bulletin, respectively, both of which have a lot job advertisements (from both academia and industry).

Your advisor and other committee members will also be able to suggest places which would be good fits for you. Checking the department job page will often reveal positions which you haven't seen advertised.


Academic job interviews are usually 1 or 2 days long. These generally involve half-hour meetings, lunch, and dinners with Faculty members and graduate students. There may also be meetings with a Search Committee and the Dean's Office. At some stage you will also give your job talk.

Interviews are tiring, particularly when you have to travel to the East coast. Try to get plenty of sleep, eat well and exercise beforehand so that you feel your best. Make up a list of items to take with you, in advance. The last thing you want to do is to get to the interview and realize you've forgotten to pack your shirt. It is definitely a bonus to take only carry-on luggage (if the TSA allows you to!). This saves you the worry of lost luggage. Whatever you do, don't put your talk slides in your checked baggage!

Research the Faculty/staff members and the department/corporation before you head there. Find out what they do, perhaps read some papers and think about what questions you could ask them. Think about how you would fit in and add to their department/corporation.

Elizabeth A. Stasny wrote an article titled How to Get a Job in Academics (The American Statistician, Feb 2001, Vol 55(1), pp. 35-40), which contains excellent advice on how to get a job in academics, and a list of questions you might be asked, or could ask.