Global Health Workshop: Academic Career Half-Day for Postdoctoral Fellows


Thomson House Ballroom (2nd floor), 3650 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 1Y2, CA

Registration now open!

Presented by McGill Global Health Programs, the Desjardins Centre for Advanced Training, Graphos and Career Planning Service

This half-day will help postdoctoral fellows and trainees in the health sciences navigate the complicated steps of applying, interviewing, and negotiating for academic faculty positions.

*This academic career half-day precedes the Career Half-Day for Trainees, scheduled for November 24, 2017 (which focuses on non-academic careers where the agenda includes a morning workshop on hiring practices and a networking lunch with professionals). PDFs will be encouraged to attend both sessions.





  • Structuring an academic CV and cover letter
  • Writing and revising the research statement
  • Nailing the job interview and campus visit
  • Negotiating your first contract  

Learning goals:

By the end of this half-day, postdoctoral fellows will be able to:

  • Prepare an academic CV and cover letter that is organized and formatted for a specific job posting to a department or university
  • Apply writing strategies to draft and revise a research statement
  • Describe potential job interview scenarios and plan for the job talk
  • Recognize factors important in the negotiation of an academic faculty position and identify ways to prepare for the negotiation process

What should postdoctoral fellows bring with them:

  • A research summary from a fellowship or grant application (that could be used or referenced in the session offered by Graphos), printed copy
  • A pen and paper or computer


Schedule Title Speaker / Format

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Welcome (Lunch provided)


11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Academic CV and Cover Letter

Susan Molnar, CaPS

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Writing and Revising Your Research Statement

Dr. Yvonne Hung, Graduate Program Coordinator, Graphos and
Dr. Theresa Gyorkos, Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Taking the Mystery Out of the Academic Job Talk

The structure(s) of the academic interview and job talk

Top 5 tips for the job talk

Dr. Madhukar Pai, Director, McGill Global Health Programs

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Exercise: Job talk outline

Discussion of different job talk outlines that PDFs have come up with in small groups and as a large group.

Dr. Emily Bell, Manager, Desjardins Centre for Advanced Training of the RI-MUHC

Dr. Jill Baumgartner, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Negotiation for the Academic Job Interview

What is being negotiated

Factors to keep in mind as the candidate

Ways to prepare, get informed for the negotiation process

How to overcome typical fears in negotiating

Dr. Jill Baumgartner, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health


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