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« on: December 11, 2012, 1:16:59 pm »

Apologies if this has been answered elsewhere; my (brief) search of the fora did not turn up a relevant response to my question. 

I am applying for an advertised (social science) post-doc offered through the Baskeatweaving Center of University X.  Materials include a cover letter in addition to everything else (dissertation chapter, course proposal, etc.). 

To whom should I address the cover letter? For faculty positions I usually go with "Dear members of the search committee" when there is no individual specified, but in this case I am not sure that's appropriate. 

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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2012, 9:20:12 am »

In my experience in the STEM field, post-doc positions are paid through grants, and those grants are tied to a specific faculty member (i.e. you are a post-doc for Dr. So-and-So). I always addressed the cover letter to the specific faculty member.

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