Announcements will include the specific application materials that are requested for each opportunity. Typically these consist of a statement of interest, which may include a brief research statement in addition to why the applicant wishes to be considered for the position, and a CV. The statement of interest should not need to be more than about a page in length, though there is no hard limit. There is no page limit for CVs, but applicants are encouraged to not drown the reviewers in irrelevant material.

Currently, APECS ExCom reviews applications for opportunities. Any ExCom members who may be applying are recused. Those reviewing applications make an effort not to review those submitted by friends and close social contacts, though within the small world that is polar sciences that is not always possible.

Applications are evaluated on the following broad criteria:

  1. Relevance of research area to position: Does the applicant have sufficient familiarity with the field to contribute to the committee?
  2. Alignment of applicant’s goals with the partner organization and the specifics of the position.
  3. Strength of CV, keeping in mind career stage.

Geographic/gender/career stage diversity is considered. APECS strives to balance the need for effective representation with the awareness that someone who has had more opportunity will likely have a stronger CV than someone with less. Applicants who have not been named to another representative position in the last year will be given priority over those who have.