**Updated with names based on comments in posts below
There has been some back and forth on recent posts about what it takes to get a R1/R2 job nowadays, but the easiest way to gauge your competitiveness is to look at the recent hires for jobs you'd be interested in. I have another year of my postdoc before I apply again but I wanted to know see what a superstar from the 2011-2012 cycle looks like and so put together a list of hires from 2011-2012 positions that I applied to. The schools below had postings for cognitive, neuroscience, or open jobs (since those are the ones I'm interested in) but I'd love to see other areas if anyone wants to do the work.
I found each of these by looking for new hires at these schools that list a 2012 start date for the position on their CV. This method will fail to notice those who are actually from the 2010-2011 search and delayed for a year.
I've done my best to exclude information (grants, publications) from their CV's that would not have been available at the time they applied but I'm sure there are some mistakes. I find these data appropriate to post so close to Halloween because frankly, they're terrifying.
Out of 19 assistant professor jobs, 4 went to individuals who were already tenure-track faculty at another university:
University of California, Berkeley
New York University
The remaining 15 went to incredibly strong applicants on large: median years postdoc 3, median number of pubs 14, with half of the individuals having two or more publications in top-tier journals.
|School||Name||Years PostDoc||# Pubs||Top Tier Publications||Grants|
|University of California, Irvine||Jennifer Trueblood||0||2||none||none|
|Princeton||Alin Coman||2||9||1 psych sci||none|
|Stanford University||Jamil Zaki||2||14||3 psych sci, 3 pnas, 1 j neuro||R21 Investigator, Co-PI Templeton|
|University of California, Davis||Danielle Stolzenberg||3||11||none||t32|
|University of Iowa||Thomas Farmer||3||10||1 psych sci, 1 pnas||A few fellowships|
|University of Pennsylvania||Coren Apicella||3||18||3 proc roy b, 1 nature||A few fellowships|
|University of Rochester||Jeremy P. Jamieson||3||9||none||NRSA|
|Yale||David Rand||3||27||1 proc roy b, 4 pnas, 1 nature commun, 1 nature, 1 science||none|
|Harvard||Leah H Somerville||4||24||2 middle authorships science, 1 nature neuro, 1 pnas, 1 j neuro||k99, NSF GRFP|
|MIT||Josh McDermott||5||20||1 neuron, 2 pnas, 1 current bio, 1 psych sci, 2 nature neuro, 1 j neuro||small grants, NSF GRFP|
|Princeton||Jordan A Taylor||5||15||2 j neuro||NRSA|
|University of California, Santa Cruz||Nicolas Davidenko||6||12||none||NRSA, NSF GRFP|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Timothy D. Verstynen||6||20||1 pnas||small fellowship|
|Emory||Daniel Dilks||7||15||5 J Neuro||NRSA, NSF GRFP, R01 Co-I|
|Michigan State University||Melissa J. Allman||8||10||1 brain||k99|