Do: Start with the big-picture question your research is investigating.
Do: Explain what distinguishes your work on regulatory protein-of-the-month from everyone else's.
Do: Recheck the final text just before you submit it.
Don't: Say that you're applying because you really want to live here.
Don't: Say that you only found out about the position because your buddy showed you the ad.
Don't: List generic research 'skills' such as gel electrophoresis, cell culture, and Microsoft Excel.
Don't: Say that you're the ideal candidate.
Don't: Say that you will happily apply your specialized techniques to any research question (i.e. you don't care about the science, you just want to play with your toys).
Don't: Give a full history of every project you've ever worked on.
Don't: Fill four pages.
Don't: Talk about your passion for research (or any other feelings).
Don't: Say you're hardworking.
Dont: Delay publishing a first-author paper on your post-doc work until you're about to apply for faculty positions.
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