It'd be funny if it were happening to someone else.
Given the number of applicants for such positions, I don't think it would threaten you pseudonymity to say which postdoc we're talking here. Is it Princeton? I mainly ask out of an interest in discovering whether there are postdocs out there I don't know about, in which case I probably need to do some more investigation. Also, it would make the blog seem a bit more real to have more specifics, but obviously I do understand the general reason why you guys can't give those.
himself -- It's nothing you wouldn't know about. The only postdocs I'm applying for (so far) are the usual humanities Soc. Fellows ones. You know, the ones that get insane numbers of applicants, and that I don't really have a shot at? Yeah, those ones. . . .My ingenious method for finding postdocs to apply for was: (1) to go the specialty rankings on Leiter's rankings and see which departments I'd like to hang around for a year or two; then (ii) go to those department's school's websites and search for "society of fellows". I have no doubt there's a better way to find postdocs--I just don't know it.
Ha! Thanks for your reply. Your method is more sophisticated than the one had tried, viz. searching the Chronicle job ads with the term 'postdoctoral', which turned up approximately nothing. I had no idea that 'societies of fellows' where so widespread, so I investigated via Google. It seems to me that only at 5 top universities (viz. Chicago, Princeton, Michigan, Harvard, Columbia) does a society of fellows offer postdocs – outside of these universities, they seem to perform a range of functions, from sabbatical support for junior and senior faculty, to support grad students and even undergrads. Perhaps by sheer coincidence the only departments you thought you'd be able to stomach are in this group! Out of these 5, I note that only the first two have advertised through JFP, so I didn't know about the others, but I'm not going to apply to them, since I think Harvard and Columbia would just be masochism, and Michigan want $30 from me for the privilege. I think you've put me on the right track though, i.e. that if I want to find postdocs I have to sniff them out via the internet. Have found a few other leads.
Yeah. FWIW, I've found specific university's websites are better for finding these things than a lot of places where we'd normally look for *philosophy* jobs. Since, I guess, a lot of these postdocs are *humantities* postdocs, rather than philosophy ones.
After looking around more, I've found that a number of places - Dartmouth, for example – have one postdoc for the humanities. Imagine how many people apply for one of these. Frightening. I actually find myself pitying the selection committee.
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