The Unapologetic Mathematician

Mathematics for the interested outsider

Another email from the job search

I just got another email from the school I mentioned last Thursday. This one still didn’t say the magic words, “short list”, but it basically seems to say the same thing.

I was on the market last year as well as I finished up my degree. Partly I’m still here because topology was relatively tight last year, and partly because I didn’t send out nearly enough applications. In particular, I didn’t apply for tenure-tracks though I really should have. Yale’s department is wonderful for teaching mathematics, not so much for teaching all this annoying business of actually being a mathematician (in the professional sense).

Anyhow, to hear even these two little echoes from a school is more than I heard back last year. The whole hiring culture seems geared towards not telling anyone anything until you have to, and sometimes not even then. Still, while this place wouldn’t be my first choice it does have some things going for it. Here’s hoping.

February 2, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Is it unusual for mathematicians to look for post-docs?

    Or are there just enough jobs so that the good mathematicians can get a tenure-track position immediately?

    Comment by Amitabha | February 6, 2007 | Reply

  2. Actually, for good research mathematicians it’s the norm to get a postdoctoral position. I’m already staying on a year teaching where i did my doctorate, though, so I’m not really in a position to turn down a tenure-track position if I can get one.

    Comment by John Armstrong | February 6, 2007 | Reply

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