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    Peter Uetz said:

    If you want to become a faculty member, here is one important suggestion: learn a handful of cutting-edge skills (preferably as independent postdoc) really well and prove that you master them by a handful of good papers. Skills are some of the most important things departments are looking for, because other people want to benefit from you and you want to benefit from others too. However, keep in mind that technology changes fast: knowing next-gen sequencing, for example, may be obsolete in a few years as anyone may be able to buy a machine doing that.