How to Write a CV as a Technical Academic

Plus a Sample Technical CV You Can Use

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IT and related skills areas continue to become a burgeoning area of study in the US. To secure a job in the academy, craft a skills-focused CV that highlights proficient expertise in your area. CV formats vary, but starting with career objectives, and drawing attention to skills and experience from the outset will work in your favor. Here are guidelines and a sample CV for a technical academic.


These are key sections of a CV for a technical expert in the field of academia.

Contact Details
Your name, institution, home address, and contact details. It’s a good habit to date your CV.

Objective/Professional Summary
Impress on hirers that you know your subject area well. Highlight key strengths and shed light on career objectives.

Core Skills
List essential skills and abilities that make you the ideal candidate for the job.

Always list education in descending order by degree type. Include department, institution and year of completion.

Professional Appointments/Employment
State the name of the institution, department, your title, and dates of employment. Include joint appointments if you’ve had any.

Use subheadings to divide up long lists of publications. For example, Books, Journal Articles, Edited Volumes, and so on. You can also state forthcoming publications.

Awards and Honors
Provide the name of the award and the name of the awarding institution in reverse descending order.

Grants and Fellowships
Name the funder, the timespan, and the amount. The latter is field-specific.

Research Specialties
Give a brief rundown of key areas of research.

Other possible sections for an academic CV include Invited Talks, Languages, Professional Memberships, and Service to Profession.

Sample CV for a Technical Academic

Kevin McCalister, Ph.D.
12 Brick Lane
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
(659) 345-8896

September 15, 2018

Professional Summary

Experienced computer science professor with thorough discipline in programming pursuing new academic opportunities. Committed to the development and launch of pioneering research with comprehensive knowledge of my subject matter. I am eager to build on a versatile and goal-oriented career in my area of expertise using core skills for the development of student capabilities.

Core Skills

  • Systems and theory analysis
  • Programming mindset supporting a wide range of learning and developmental needs
  • Ability to create a curriculum that invites analysis and conversation
  • Facilitator of knowledge uptake and application


  • 2004 to Present — Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
  • 2002 to Present — University Professor Emeritus, USC
  • 1995 to 1999 — Associate Dean for Research, School of Engineering, USC
  • 1984 to 1989 — Chairman, Computer Science Department, USC
  • 1983 to 1998 — Director, USC Robotics Research Laboratory, USC
  • 1978 to 1982 — Chairman, Electrical Engineering-Systems Department, USC
  • 1968 to Present — Professor of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, USC
  • 1964 to 1968 — Associate Professor, USC
  • 1962 to 1964 — Assistant Professor, USC
  • 1962 to 1966 — Organized and co-directed Engineering Computer Laboratory, USC
  • 1958 to 1962 — Group Leader, Section Head, Senior Staff Engineer, TRW Systems, Los Angeles
  • 1956 to 1958 — Manager of Computer Center, Beckman Instruments, Los Angeles
  • 1954 to 1956 — Service in US Army Signal Corps
  • 1950 to 1954 — Teaching Assistant and Research Engineer, School of Engineering, UCLA


  • Ph.D. (Engineering) University of California, Los Angeles, 1962
  • M.S (Engineering) University of California, Los Angeles, 1952
  • B.S. (Electrical Engineering) University of California, Berkeley, 1950

Research Specialties

  • Medical and rehabilitation robotics
  • Human robot interaction
  • Robot ethics

Recent Research Grants and Contracts

  • National Science Foundation, 3/1/08-2/28/11, $297,000, "Research experiences in robotics and autonomous systems."
  • NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 1/1/02-9/30/02, $37,559; "Perception and Manipulation in Humans and Robots."
  • NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 08/01/98-06/15/01, $520,760; "Design and Implementation of a User Interface for the DARPA Pointman."
  • National Science Foundation, 6/1/98-5/30/01, $297,081, "REU Site in Robotics and Autonomous Systems."



  • Kevin McCalister, Edward Burns. The Science of Robotics. Cambridge University Press, 2010

Journal Papers

  • Kevin McCalister “Robotics and Autonomous Systems.” Computer Science for the 21st Century 64(1), 2001.
  • Tim Mann and Kevin McCalister, “A.I and Robotics: Bridging the Gap.” Computer Talk, 103, 1-17, 1999

Honors and Awards

  • World Technology Award (Policy), 2014
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011
  • Chancellor's Professorship, UC Berkeley, 2008
  • Distinguished Lecturer, University of Ontario, 2005