• September 21, 2014

The C.V. Doctor: C.V. For the Sciences

This vita is excellent and does a good job of presenting a candidate with a strong research background who is interested in positions, as stated in an accompanying note, "at a liberal-arts college where undergraduate research is an integral part of the curriculum."

One of its fine qualities is the way material is divided according to how relevant it is to an academic audience. For example, the "Awards and Fellowships" are all based on academic accomplishment, while impressive but not scholarly activities are grouped under "Other activities and honors." Similarly, formal teaching responsibilities are separated from informal teaching activities. It's clear that the candidate understands what hiring committees want to see.

We notice that the candidate, whose prior formal teaching experience was light, has taken the initiative to be an adjunct instructor at the same time as she does her postdoc. This extra experience will serve her well.

-- Mary Heiberger and Julia Miller Vick
Career Talk: The C.V. Doctor

Examples:


Job Candidate

Research Institute Street City, State   Zip Code telephone: (999) 999-9999 E-mail:

Educational Background:
1992-1997 Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
Ph.D. December 1997
Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry1
Integrated Graduate Program in the Life Sciences
1988-1992 Northwestern College of Iowa (Orange City, IA)
Bachelor of Arts, Biology/Health Sciences summa cum laude
1987-1988 Dordt College (Sioux Center, IA)
Professional memberships:2
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
Research Experience:3
1999-present4 Research Associate. Genetic analysis of mutations causing hormone-independent signaling of the human luteinizing hormone receptor, Adviser's name. Children's Memorial Hospital (Department of Endocrinology) and Northwestern University Medical School (Department of Pediatrics), Chicago, IL.
1997-1999 Postdoctoral Fellow. Functional analysis of the proteasome, the central protease of cell cycle and growth control, Adviser's name. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
1993-1997 Doctoral student. Regulation of m2 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor desensitization by phosphorylation. Adviser's name. Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL.
1992 Identification of angiogenic factors and Rb-induced anti-angiogenic factors in retinoblastoma cells. Adviser's name. Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL.
1991 Development of an ELISA assay for measurement of maternal anti-Hemophilus antibody in newborn swine. Supervisor's name. NOBL Laboratories, Sioux Center, IA.
Teaching experiences:
1999 Adjunct instructor, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL
--Introductory Biology with laboratory (cell biology, genetics, evolution) Fall 1999
--Genetics with laboratory Spring 2000
1993 Teaching assistant, Northwestern University Integrated Graduate Program in the Life Sciences, Graduate Molecular Biology I. Attended lectures, conducted twice-weekly review and discussion sessions, wrote test questions and graded exams.
Informal teaching activities:
1998 Private tutor, University of Chicago laboratory secondary school.
--Freshman biology (student with learning disability)
--AP chemistry (private lessons in college-level chemistry)
1997 Guest lecturer, Northwestern College, IA, Biochemistry class.
1995 Substitute lecturer, National Louis University, General biology
1995 Supervised first-year graduate student in 12-week research project
1994 Private tutor, Northwestern University Graduate Molecular Biology I.
1991 Lab assistant, Northwestern College, IA, Microbiology. Prepared lab reagents, answered questions during lab sessions, graded papers and quizzes.
Awards and Fellowships:
1998-2001 American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship
1997-1998 Postdoctoral traineeship, Cancer Biology Training Grant, University of Chicago
1992-1997 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship
1996, 1994 Student Travel Fellowships, International Symposia on Subtypes of Muscarinic Receptors
1996 Best student poster award, Chicago Signal Transduction Symposium
1995, 1997 Best student poster award, Great Lakes Chapter of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
1995 Finalist, Northwestern University Sigma Xi research presentation competition
1992 Faculty honors, Northwestern College, IA (awarded to two graduates each year)
Other activities and honors:
1998-1999 Freezer manager, University of Chicago-MBI Fermentas enzyme freezer program.
--procured a lab discount on restriction enzymes in exchange for stocking and monitoring inventory in an on-site supply freezer
1998 "The Epic of Creation" lecture series, Chicago Center for Religion and Science/Lutheran School of Theology Chicago
1997 Homecoming alumni speaker, Northwestern College, IA
1992 NAIA All-America, Volleyball and Track/Field
1991 GTE-CoSIDA Academic All-American and player of the year, volleyball
Refereed Publications:
1. Author, co-authors. "Desensitization and Internalization of the m2 Muscarinic Acetylcholine Receptor are Directed by Independent Mechanisms." Journal of Biological Chemistry 270: 29004-2901, 1995.
2. Author, co-authors. "Two Homologous Phosphorylation Domains Differentially Contribute to Desensitization and Internalization of the m2 Muscarinic Acetylcholine Receptor." Journal of Biological Chemistry 272: 14152-14158, 1997.
3. Author, co-authors. "Internalization of the m2 Muscarinic Acetylcholine Receptor: Arrestin-independent and -dependent pathways." Journal of Biological Chemistry 272: 23682-23689, 1997.
4. Author, co-authors. "Agonist-receptor-arrestin: An alternative ternary complex with high agonist affinity." Journal of Biological Chemistry 272: 28849-28852, 1997.
5. Author, co-authors. "Arrestin-independent Internalization of the m1, m3, and m4 subtypes of Muscarinic Cholinergic Receptors. Journal of Biological Chemistry 271: 12967-12972, 1998.
Invited Reviews:
1. Author, co-authors. Molecular events associated with the regulation of signaling by M2 muscarinic receptors. Life Sciences, 64: 363-8, 1999
2. Author. Quick Guide: The Proteasome. Current Biology 8: R902, 1998.
3. Author, co-authors. Desensitization of G-protein coupled receptors in the cardiovascular system. Annual Review of Physiology, 61: 169-92, 1999.
4. Author, co-authors. "Tbe Role of G-protein Coupled Receptor Kinases in the Regulation of Muscarinic Acetylcholine Receptors" in Cholinergic Mechanisms: From Molecular Biology to Clinical Significance (Proceedings of the Ninth International Symposium on Cholinergic Mechanisms), Progress in Brain Research (1996), K. Loffelholz and J. Klein, eds., Elsevier.
Selected abstracts (national and international meetings):
1. Author, co-author. (1996) Agonist-dependent phosphorylation of the m2 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor: Two phosphorylation domains possess distinct regulatory roles. Seventh International Symposium on Subtypes of Muscarinic Receptors. Vienna, VA.
2. Author, co-author. (1996) Agonist-dependent phosphorylation of the m2 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor: Two phosphorylation domains possess distinct regulatory roles. ASBMB Fall Symposium, Molecular Recognition in G Protein Signaling. Keystone, CO.
3. Author, co-author. (1995) G-protein coupled receptor kinase activity is required for rapid desensitization of the m2 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor but not for receptor sequestration. Ninth International Conference on Second Messengers and Phosphoproteins. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
4. Author, co-author. (1994) Muscarinic acetylcholine receptor desensitization: effects of dominant-negative bARK1. International Symposium on Subtypes of Muscarinic Receptors, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Selected seminars:
1. "Suppressors of mutation in sen3, an essential proteasome regulatory subunit." University of Chicago yeast group seminar series, June 1998.
2. "Allosterism and protein-protein interactions in regulation of G-protein coupled receptors." Northwestern College (IA) invited lecture, October 1997.
3. "Agonist-dependent phosphorylation of the m2 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor: Two phosphorylation domains possess distinct regulatory roles." Seventh International Symposium on Subtypes of Muscarinic Receptors, November, 1996.
4. "Functional and structural basis for m2 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor desensitization." Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral and Physician Postdoctoral Fellows meeting, June 1996.
5. "Receptor desensitization in cardiac regulation", Northwestern College (IA) biology department seminar series, March 1995.
6. "Role of G-protein coupled receptor kinases in m2 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor desensitization." Northwestern University Sigma Xi competition, April 1995.
7. Annually presented a formal department seminar at Northwestern University Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry.
References:
Post doctoral adviser, University, Address, City, State, Zip Code. (999) 999-9999.
Doctoral Adviser, Medical School, Address, City, State, Zip Code. (999) 999-9999.

1.) It might be easier to find the dissertation supervisor, if that person's name appeared with the doctoral work as well as in "Research Experience."

2.) Professional memberships are not as important as other information, and should go nearer the end.

3.) Given the candidate's goal, she might add information about how she's supervised others in the lab. If, during her postdoc, she's supervised graduate students, undergraduate assistants, or even lab technicians, she might give additional detail about that as part of her discussion of research.

4.) We tend to prefer dates on the right, so that important content gets more visual interest.

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