Hi all! I'm on the job market this season (cue panicked smile) and this forum has been so helpful in my preparations so far. I have come across a few questions regarding the research statement to which I haven't found answers yet on the forum, though. Here goes:
1) In general, what proportion of the RS should be devoted to past/current work vs. future/planned work? It seems to me that it should be somewhat equal, but I've looked at a few research statements of successful R1 and SLAC candidates, and they had multiple pages describing past projects and only 1 small vague section for future directions, which seems really odd to me. What is your past vs. future research proportions in the RS? What do SCs expect/like to read?
2) How specific do you need to be in describing your future research plans? Should this section give a broad overview of the type of research that your future lab could do, or specific research questions with certain studies that you envision conducting in the next 5 years? I know that for SLACs you should address how you'll involve students and how your work can be done in a small lab setting, etc., but I keep going back and forth on how detailed the actual research description needs to be, and it (among other aspects of this process) is driving me crazy.
I'm interested in hearing people's opinions on these for both SLAC and R1 positions. I know that the RS will be different depending on the type of institution (and that not all SLACs will even require one). Thanks!