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Assistant Professor Job Description

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Assistant Professor Job Description

Assistant Professors are employed at universities or colleges where they teach and conduct research. They assist full Professors, support, guide and supervise graduates spending time conducting investigations and studies.

We are hiring an Assistant Professor to join our excellent faculty. Our Assistant Professor’s job responsibilities will include teaching a requisite number of classes, providing guidance and supervision to graduate students, participating in departmental meetings and providing academic support to Professors and other faculty members.

To succeed as an Assistant Professor, you should thrive in a fast-paced, highly competitive environment and be able to respond to criticism maturely. Outstanding candidates are able to learn from senior staff as well as students and are constantly expanding their subject knowledge.

Assistant Professor Duties and Responsibilities

  • Previous Teaching experience.
  • Published works would be advantageous.
  • Strong analytical, observational, and problem-solving skills.
  • A good record of attending conferences and academic events.
  • Excellent research, writing, and interpersonal skills.
  • A passion for teaching and engaging with students.
  • Patience, understanding, and willingness to help.
  • Ph.D. in the relevant academic discipline.

Assistant Professor Skills and Requirements

  • Assisting with various departmental duties and providing academic support to Professors.
  • Recruit, train and mentor new TAs and other junior staff.
  • Conduct research and publishing papers in academic journals.
  • Represent the university at conferences and delivering presentations when necessary.
  • Teach and supervising undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Provide demonstrations and supervising experiments and investigations.
  • Answer questions in class or via email or telephone.
  • Provide Professors and Department Heads with feedback on student progress.
  • Write proposals to secure funding for research.
  • Attend faculty and departmental meetings and voicing concerns or providing suggestions for improvement.
  • Previous Teaching experience.
  • Published works would be advantageous.
  • Strong analytical, observational, and problem-solving skills.
  • A good record of attending conferences and academic events.
  • Excellent research, writing, and interpersonal skills.
  • A passion for teaching and engaging with students.
  • Patience, understanding, and willingness to help.
  • Ph.D. in the relevant academic discipline.

Personalising Your Assistant Professor Job Description Advise

The hiring process and recruiting new employees to fill your key roles requires a degree of personalisation if you are to attract the best employees in a competitive employment market. The right person for a crucial role or more senior roles will likely have other employers targeting them. As your job description will be the first point of contact, you need to nail your pitch and provide the best possible service.

When creating your bespoke description and advert, you should cover and promote these points:

Job title: This should accurately reflect the role and include keywords that top talent might be using to search for jobs.

Job duties: The day to day duties, such as administrative tasks, which vary depending on the company and inform the candidate if they can complete the role.

Technical skills: These are the hard skills required through training, such as proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Soft skills: These include the interpersonal skills and general abilities the right candidates will possess. For example, the competency to prioritise multiple tasks, handle customer queries and customer complaints, work alone, or build a good relationship with coworkers.

The company’s culture: Highlighting your company culture and values ensures employees thrive and find outstanding job satisfaction. Candidates that are not the right fit won’t waste their time completing the application process, meaning you can focus on qualified individuals and hire in a more timely manner.

Career progression: Including the career path will entice candidates looking for career growth. 

Training and development programs: Smaller companies may need employees with previous experience or provide educational assistance over internal training offered by larger organisations with more significant resources. 

Employee benefits: Compensation and benefits often fail to appear in job ads and while you may want to hold your cards close to your chest, failing to include them is a mistake. Consider answering common questions, such as working hours and paid leave. Researching the average salary for the role in these early stages will ensure you don’t waste your interviewer’s and the candidate’s time.

Skill gaps: Your company may need to bring in new skills beyond those required to complete the key role and duties. Thinking on an organisational level can be beneficial when contemplating skills diversity.

Legal requirements: Ensure your job advert and description does not ask for inappropriate or discriminatory personal details, such as age, marital status, or religion.


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