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Advice for applying to (and succeeding in) PhD programs and Faculty positions

Disclaimer: Everything on this page is my (Prof. Armani’s) opinion.  This information in no way guarantees admission to graduate school, success finding a faculty position, or success as a faculty member.  However, I am asked for advice often enough that I have compiled the documents below.  Even before my posting, some of these files have been circulated to others and re-posted on other websites.  Therefore, I felt that I should take official ownership and post them on my own website.  Additionally, not all of the advice below can be applied to other disciplines outside of engineering, such as Biology (or History).

I have tried to organize them into four categories: Undergraduate, Graduate, Faculty Search, and Asst Professor.  However, there are overlaps between the categories.  Specifically, if you are a graduate student looking for a faculty position, all information relating to faculty searches is listed under faculty search.  Therefore, check the items in the other sections to make sure there isn’t anything helpful there as well.

Best of luck in whatever type of position you are pursuing and feel free to contact me for additional advice at any point.

Information (click on the folder to see a list of documents):

In addition, there are numerous videos on our YouTube channel (the workshops may be particularly helpful) discussing these points that you may find helpful. This channel includes videos from a Virtual PhD Workshop held in April 2020. The workshop included multiple panels of faculty and recent PhD graduates from across the US. There is also a Facebook Live video hosted by OSA (presentation starts around minute 23).

Armani Lab Protocols: The majority of Armani Lab protocols (taper pulling, resonant cavity fabrication) are posted on our YouTube Channel. If you have follow-up questions, please email.

Armani Lab “Operating” Manual (available via email).  This is a guidebook which is given to all students (undergrads and grads)/post-docs when they enter my lab.  It contains all relevant information pertaining to research, purchasing/reimbursement procedures, manuscript preparation and authorship, graduation requirements, vacation/sick days, etc.  Basically, everything a new student needs to know in one place, and it sets the policies in my lab, so everyone is treated the same.  It is updated as things (issues) arise.