My present contract runs out this summer, so I’m looking for faculty jobs. So far two of the jobs I’ve applied for have been canceled, thanks to a lack of money. And this week I discovered how competitive the market is.
Not just the article in Nature about scientists thinking about leaving science, or the news that the AMNH was shedding jobs, including scientists (I have a friend working there, fortunately for her she was lucky). And then I received a letter telling me I hadn’t been shortlisted for one of the positions I had applied for. What surprised me was this:
We received nearly 800 applications for these positions from candidates at all faculty ranks working in almost every discipline of Biology.
800? Eek! A lot of kudos should go to whoever read through all 750+ applications. I’m intrigued to know how you go about filtering the pile: presumably they didn’t read all of the papers of the applicants. There’s a good chance they’ve made some mistakes, but that’s inevitable when you have so much paperwork to sift through.
P.S. Anyone got a permanent position free for an ecologist/evolutionary biologist/statistician? Have Beast, will travel.