Has anybody gotten an interview request yet?
Date: 30 Nov 2015 22:10
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No, I haven't hear anything either.
Part of me keeps trying to tell myself that many of these search committees just need a bit more time - especially in higher-ranked universities and/or geographically desirable locations.
The other part of me is much less optimistic - especially for this position. I looked on their department website and noticed that they have someone coming in for the Fall of 2016 who just so happens to do Perception research. As far as I can tell, they did not have a Perception position advertised last year.
So, in short, I have no idea what's actually going on behind the scenes. But, I do enjoy shifting between wild optimism and crippling pessimism multiple times per day…
Department website. I was looking at the research profiles of the younger-looking faculty listed to see what might be typical for their more recent hires (i.e. number of pubs, grants, etc). One of the listed faculty, when you click on the name, has a whole research program already outlined, but it also notes in the 2nd or 3rd sentence that he "is joining the faculty of UC Santa Barbara in 2016"
It could be that he deferred his start because of a K99 or other type of grant and that the search he was hired under was actually from a few years back.
You are absolutely correct, anony - there is no way to know anything for certain. I was just sharing info that I felt *might* be pertinent. But, as you say, it could simply be a coincidence.
Actually, once you mentioned it, I did a little more digging and there was a Neuro position at UCSB the year before last. So, perhaps he did defer the start date from that search (he seems to research the neuroscience of perceptual processes). I also somehow assumed that the faculty webpage as referring to a start date in Fall of 2016, but there is actually no mention of this. Just a (potentially faulty) assumption on my part.
As I said before, at this point in the job search, I often find myself alternating between wild optimism and crippling pessimism multiple times per day. Apologies if my earlier post was a little doom-and-gloomy - I certainly didn't mean for it to be so. I guess I just thought it was a little odd that UCSB would be hiring for someone to do Visual Neuroscience, when it seems that they have someone coming in who seems to fit that exact topic.
I should probably just keep my mouth shut and try to accept that once the applications are sent out, I have no control over the review process and just need to wait patiently :)
Been there (am there currently!).
Just try and turn your attention to other things. Either the work that is going to make you more competitive for future academic jobs, or start figuring out what non-academic jobs can make you happy.
You really can drive yourself crazy in this process, even though it isn't necessary to do so.