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Kenneth Hanson

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Date registered: September 7, 2009

Latest posts

  1. New Lab Time Lapse — March 20, 2014
  2. Photo Friday (#picpickoftheweek) — January 18, 2014
  3. Recapping Mike Shatruk’s AMA — December 9, 2013
  4. Aspiring Graduate Students: You have questions, Mike Shatruk has answers! — December 1, 2013
  5. Rethinking the Jablonski Diagram — November 9, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. Finding a Postdoc Position is a Difficult Journey but here are 15 Tips to Help You Along the Way. — 19 comments
  2. Build Your Own Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell — 16 comments
  3. Inquiring Minds Need Your Help — 15 comments
  4. Want to get out of jury duty? Become a chemist. — 14 comments
  5. Molecules that Changed History — 13 comments

Author's posts listings

Jul 11

Speaking of To Many Periodic Tables…


Cupcake Pic

My wife and I married 4 years ago overlooking the ocean in Palos Verdes, California. It was a very small wedding (n = 8) without a reception. A month ago, we finally got the chance to bring all our friends together for a better-late-than-never celebration in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My wife insisted we have a periodic …

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Jun 09

“Get a job, Ken!” Part 8: The Offer, Second Visit, and Negotiation


This is the eighth and final post in my “Get a job, Ken!” series. In this post I’ll talk about what follows job interviews:  job offers, second visits, the negotiation process, and signing the contract. The Job Offer After each interview I was given an approximate timeline for the committee’s decision. Once that timeline ran …

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May 23

“Get a job, Ken!” Part 7: Research/Proposal Talks and Meeting with the Chair


Proposal Outline

The research talk and proposal talk are arguably the most important parts of the on-site interview. This post, part seven in the “Get a job, Ken! series” delves into both, as well as the final meeting with the department chair. My first piece of advice for those preparing for an on-site interview is to purchase …

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May 18

“Get a job, Ken!” Part 6: Phone and On-site Interviews


In the “Get a job, Ken!” series, I’ve so far retold my experience coming up with research ideas, writing the ideas down as formal research proposals, assembling the different pieces of the faculty job application, and submitting everything. In this post, I move beyond the waiting, waiting, and waiting that happens after submitting to the …

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May 11

“Get a job, Ken!” Part 5: Submitting and Waiting


Job Opening Spreadsheet

In this blog post—the fifth in my eight-part “Get a job, Ken!” series—I share my experience submitting job application materials. This includes the research proposal (Part 3) and other materials like a cover letter, CV, and letters of recommendation (Part 4). Job opening notifications for chemistry faculty positions began appearing in July and August. C&E …

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May 07

“Get a job, Ken!” Part 4: Other Content


Cover Letter

This blog posts continues my “Get a Job, Ken!” series. My last post focused on writing research proposals. This post describes the other pieces of the application package. There isn’t a standard, one-size-fits-all set of application materials for all faculty job openings, but the majority ask for a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV) and three …

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