Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Time for job applications!

(Note: I will post any further news on the telescope damage in Hawaii as things unfold; right now there is pretty much no change over my past postings. A big thank you to UC Santa Cruz astronomer Jay Strader for feeding me information!)

Yes, now that I have just moved, it is time to start applying for jobs again. Those of you who were reading last year know what a chore the search for academic jobs is -- we apply for jobs in the fall, interview in the spring, and, if we are lucky, start the following fall. Since my new job lasts for up to three years, why start torturing myself again this year?

There are many reasons, both professional and personal. But one major reason is that the job process is quite non-scientific. Different universities have different desires, but they have to be very careful in wording job advertisements. Internal politics can play a role, as can the one person who supports an applicant being out with the flu for one committee meeting.

For these reasons, and others, I think it is best not to rest on my laurels, but to keep up the search for a permanent position. And so, having just moved to Texas, I must look forward to the possibility of moving again, put my best foot forward, and start trying to sell myself for the second year in a row!

1 comment:

  1. Good luck!

    (We'll buy whatever you are selling over here...)