Hope you are having a productive or restful Saturday. I am a third year PhD student and will be transferring to writing up in September, with the hope of submitting before July 2018.
For those of you that have been there, please can you tell me the ideal time to start looking for a job?
My PhD is in social science and I know that the labour market is very competitive, so I am doing my best to gain experiences.
I have two publication (one in a high impact journal), by the end of 2017.2018 academic sessions, I would have had 2 years teaching experience (leading seminars). Will these experiences be enough to make me part of the competition?
I know I need to focus on finishing my thesis, but I have just been preoccupied about what to expect after my PhD lately.
Thank you for your help.
Getting a lecturing position is getitng tough but can be easier at the less research intensive unis although I know they teach a lot more. For me, I know I am not productive enough to stay in a top UK uni - however, working in SE Asia, there is a lot of demand for scholars to teach in branch campuses etc. In Thailand, for example, the pressure to publish is much less and the lifestyle much better. However, not everyone can travel and be mobile (As a working class guy, I know this more than most). Research grants are much easier to get over here (Thailand) I can tell you! I could get virtually no money to support my PhD in the UK!
Lecturer positions are basically impossible to get without a postdoc.
A lecturer position generally requires anything from 3 years postdoc to 3-10 years of a fellowship. In order for you to get a lectureship after a postdoc, you can expect to have several Science/Nature papers + have just been awarded a 3-5 year fellowship grant, going on the people that have just got lectureships at my uni. That is the bare minimum. At the other end of the scale there are people at my uni that are fantastic researchers with fellowships and 10-15 years research experience but just can't seem to find a lectureship. Basically, you can't count on ever getting one and if you do then you are pretty lucky.
The alternative route into academic positions is a teaching role, like I'm doing, but these are generally temporary and may be non-progressable, although the pay and benefits is the same as an entry level lecturer.
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