My almer mater (where i received my doctoral training) has an opening that fits well with my research interests. While I really like the institution and location, I am not sure if I should even bother trying due to many obvious cons. I wonder if some folks here have had experiences applying to their almer mater and been offered a job. Please share you views on the pros and cons in this matter….
Date: 07 Nov 2014 17:45
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I suppose a key question for this is whether your graduate adviser, who likely does very similar research to you, is still at your alma mater. That might influence some of the advice you receive.
I once was advised from a former prof at my grad school to apply for a position there. I shrugged my shoulders and figured, why not? Got a phone interview, but never a site interview.
I did have a conflict or two with some of the faculty while I was a grad student there, nothing horrible, but I could imagine that they would be disinclined to offer. It can be more exciting to pick someone brand new. Fresh blood.
Also, in general I don't think it looks good for the department to hire their own. Maybe if you have been away for 20 years and then come back.
I applied for an open position at my alma mater (my advisor had left at that point). I was interviewed but ultimately lost out to another candidate. You should apply to every open position want, regardless of your perception of their departmental needs. It is up to the committee/department to decide if you match or not.
That being said. Newer is sexier. As a known quantity you will have to be markedly better than other, more mysterious, options. School often pass on solid candidates for the new players in the hopes that they will walk on water and make discoveries rain from the sky. Departments value fresh ideas and new perspectives. You'll have to sell why you are unique and not a duplication your advisor.
I think it depends on the size and make-up of the department. But in my experience, when you've been a grad student and then become faculty - to many of the current faculty…you'll always be a grad student.