After many years of academic training, one’s main priority turns to finding a job. Of the many career options available for materials researchers, finding an academic position is one of the most challenging. The application process for an academic position requires significant preparation, but it does not need to be a Sisyphean task. This talk will discuss the expectations for faculty candidates, provide tips for preparing the components of an applications, and outline what to expect from the interview process. One of the key messages is that time management is critical.