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Susanne Reffert | IPMU | Japan

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Not my favorite part of the job

These days I’ve been slacking a bit with my posts here. The reason is that I am in the middle of applying for jobs for next year. Definitely not my favorite part of the job. Unlike when I did this for the first time five years ago, I don’t need to send a stack of 70 envelopes all around the world anymore. Now, luckily, everything can be done online. Many applications, both in Europe and the US, can be done by uploading the documents once to one website (such as AcademicJobsOnline) and then indicating which positions you are interested in. But unfortunately, there are still many institutions which have their own system. I still spend a lot of time browsing through individual job ads and filling variations of the usual forms in many different places. Ah well. It has to be done and I only hope everything will turn out well in the end (two-body problem and all).

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