AMS Employment Center
The Mathematical Sciences Employment Center is held in January at the Joint Mathematics Meetings over a three-day period. It serves as a meeting place for all employers and job seekers attending the Joint Meetings to conduct interviews in a safe and welcoming environment. The AMS strongly encourages use of the Employment Center venues for all interviews of prospective employees at society meetings. The use of hotel guest rooms for interviews violates the AMS Welcoming Environment Policy. Interviews must be conducted in public meeting spaces.
January 3 - 5, 2024
Hall B, Moscone South, San Francisco, CA
(No admittance outside of these hours)
- Wednesday, Jan 3, 8 am – 3:00 pm
- Thursday, Jan 4, 8 am – 5:30 pm
- Friday, Jan 5, 8 am – 5:30 pm
After December 20, 2023, only “One Day Tables” will be available for purchase.
- The focus of the Employment Center is on PhD-level mathematical scientists and employers that are seeking mathematically-trained candidates.
- In-person interviewing service for mathematical sciences positions
- Provides tables for interviewing purposes
- Applicants only receive interviews by invitation from an employer only. May network and reach out to Employers that have listed themselves as attending on MathJobs.org.
- Most employers looking to fill university teaching positions, however there will be opportunities to use this space for BEGIN Careers (Business, Entrepreneurship, Government, Industry and Nonprofit) interviews.
- Employers must register and purchase an Employment Center table and job ad on MathJobs.org.
- Employers choose a table type
- One or two interviewers per table in the “Quiet Area” (US$380/$285 AMS Institutional Member), each additional table (US$215/$161 AMS Institutional Member). Table purchase includes up two JMM 2022 registrations for interviewers, may be purchased through December 20, 2022.
- Three to six interviewers per table in the “Committee Table” area (US $460/$345 AMS Institutional Member), each additional table (US$235/$176 AMS Institutional Member). Table purchase includes up six JMM 2022 registrations for interviewers, may be purchased through December 20, 2022.
- “One Day Tables” allow for on-site interviewing for one day without placing an ad. These tables, which can accommodate up to three interviewers, may be purchased through January 6, 2023. The fee is (US$210/$157 AMS Institutional Member). Please register online at MathJobs.org and choose the “EC-One Day Table purchase”. Table purchase includes up to two JMM 2023 meeting registrations for interviewers.
All Employment Center data and registration must be entered on the MathJobs.org site. An existing account can be used for accessing Employment Center services and for paying applicable fees. If no account exists, participants can start an account solely for Employment Center use. Once your registration has been processed in MathJobs.org, AMS Programs Department staff will contact you with instructions on how to register your interviewers for JMM.
- The MathJobs.org site is FREE for applicants. No fee to attend interviews at the Employment Center.
- A meeting registration badge must be presented at the door or admittance will be denied.
Early registration is vital since most employers finalize their schedules before arriving at the Employment Center.
10 Things Applicants should know
- How to register.
- To register, applicants should log into their Mathjobs.org accounts or create a new account, look for the EmplCtr icon across the top tool bar and mark that they will be attending by clicking the link "click here if you are attending the Employment Center." You can then upload documents and peruse the list of employers attending and the positions available. You do not have the option to request an interview with an employer. However, if you are interested in any position, you can apply to the job. The employer will be aware that you are also attending the event and will contact you directly if interested in setting up an interview.
There are no Employment Center fees for applicants; however, admission to the Employment Center room requires a 2022 JMM badge, obtainable by registering (and paying a fee) for the Joint Mathematics Meetings. It is possible to attend one or more privately arranged interviews without an official Employment Center registration; however, a meeting badge is required to access the interview room.
Applicants should keep track of their interview schedules. If invited for an interview at a conflicting time, please ask the employer to offer a new time or suggest one.
- Should I participate?
- Only plan to participate if you register early (by mid-December). Registering on site serves no purpose since most schedules are full by that time. For those who are currently on the job market, and have made applications throughout the fall, the Employment Center is a central meeting place for employers and applicants that are attending the Joint Mathematics Meetings. The Employment Center is a great resource for making a personal connection with employers not possible on paper. However, there is no guarantee of interviews, and in fact some qualified applicants may find themselves with no interviews at all.
- What kind of employers are there?
- Many of the employers are academic mathematical sciences departments. There are a few nonacademic employers each year. There will ordinarily be no research-oriented postdoctoral positions listed or discussed at the Employment Center. Attention generally goes to versatile candidates who are well suited for teaching positions at bachelor's-granting colleges.
- What are my chances of getting interviews?
- Applicants should understand that the Employment Center provides no guarantees of interviews or jobs. Last year, those who responded to a follow-up survey reported an average of one to three interviews in the Employment Center. Most interviews are scheduled in advance by the employers. Applicants are unable to request interviews. Employers will contact you via email if they are interested in setting up an interview with you. You can also contact them via the contact information provided in their job listing. Keep in mind that interviews arranged at the Employment Center represent only an initial contact with the employers and that hiring decisions are not made during or immediately following such interviews. A good outcome, in the following weeks or months, would be an invitation for a campus visit. In a recent survey, 45 percent of applicants responding reported being invited later, for at least one on-campus visit to an employer they had interviewed with during the Employment Center; 30 percent reported receiving at least one job offer in the months following the Employment Center.
For advice about preparing for interviews with academic employers, see some guidance from the University of Wisconsin.
- How are interviews arranged by employers?
- Log onto (or create) your free Mathjobs.org account; fill in coversheet data and upload documents such as a resume look for the "EmpCtr (EC)" logo in the top menu bar to go to the Employment Center page.
Use the "click here to sign up first" link - check the "Interested" box that comes up and enter your UNAVAILABLE time periods during the JMM, if any, and submit.
Clicking on "your profile page" shows what the EC employers can see about you. To add documents to that profile, go to "Portfolio -- Coversheet" in the menu bar to access your coversheet, then in the "Questions about your Mathjobs.Org account" section near the bottom, utilize the "optionally, you can select files ... " pull down menu to select one or more files that should be made available.
Review the positions being interviewed at the Employment Center by clicking "click here to see a list of employers." Employers issue invitations based on applications made for the position, and only for candidates that they wish to see.
In some cases you can also APPLY for a job using the "Apply" button, which is a good idea and further shows your interest in the job.
When an invitation for an interview arrives in email, respond to it quickly. You may also suggest an alternate time if necessary.
Invitations may also come privately by email or phone, but be aware there is no longer any messaging conducted on site on paper.
- When can I see which employers are interviewing there?
- Registered employers/jobs are visible in real time on the "View Jobs" screen on www.mathjobs.org - watch for the "EC" logo next to a school or job. When you are logged in, look for the list on your EC page. Please be aware that some employers do not register until close to the event. Applicants should note that while most employers will appear on the web list, a few employers will reserve a table but choose not to post a job, since they are only interviewing a predetermined short list of applicants. If you have an appointment with an employer who does not appear on any list, most likely the employer rented a table there but is not using the ad services. Applicants can check on such registrations in person at the Employment Center desk at JMM.
- Is there a deadline?
- There is no deadline, but the earlier you are registered, the better. Registration on site serves no purpose because interviews are pre-arranged before the meeting. Please register online as early as possible if you know you will be attending the JMM; do not wait until you arrive since employers will be busy interviewing and will not look at new registrants. If you already have one or more meetings arranged privately, Employment Center registration is not required. All you need to enter the room is a JMM meeting badge.
- What happens on site?
- When you arrive before an interview you will need to wait in the Applicant Waiting Area at the Employment Center. When the employer is ready, he or she will come to waiting area, the staff there will call your name, and the school representative will lead you to the interview table. The Employment Center also provides computer access to Mathjobs.org in the applicant waiting area.
- What new information will I find at the Employment Center that I didn't see on Mathjobs.org?
- None. But staff will be available to answer any questions.
- What should I bring to the Employment Center?
- Pack suitable clothing for job interviews; these could occur over a period of 3 days. It is always polite to have a brief version of your resume in hand to give to interviewers who may not have a paper copy. Copying is expensive at a convention, so it is best to bring those from home. There are no printers available at the Employment Center.