I have been working at UC Santa Barbara full-time
Best ranked school in materials Science. Lots of facilities to learn new tools. Knowledgable teachers. And obviously the best weather all over the year.
Living expense is very high.
I applied in-person. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at UC Santa Barbara.
Knowing the professor in advance can be beneficial. A good past track and research data is definitely a plus. I first had an invitation via email and then a Skype call with the hiring professors. There I learned about the details and expectations of the position and I was given time to think about it. We also discussed the papers I had been working on during my PhD.
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