I was thinking about applying for an Assoc. Prof position. I will be 5-years post-doc, have a several grants, and a good pub record. It seems like a good job fit for me, but i am wondering if i am deluding myself as to whether or not they would even consider someone relatively junior for the position. any thoughts?
Date: 03 Dec 2011 00:01
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I think associate professor positions are exclusively for those who have either attained associate professor status elsewhere (and may also have tenure) or for those assistant professors who are on the verge of getting tenure (5-6 years at the assistant prof level). I've never heard of anyone going from post-doc to associate professor. If it has ever happened, I'd love to know about it.
However, I think you should read the ad closely. Is there any hint of a willingness on their part to consider applicants at other levels? If someone with an awesome record applies at the assistant prof level (you) or at a full professor level, they may be willing to consider them. Often the "best" applicant wins, regardless of fit with the ad (as discussed elsewhere in the forum).
Agreed that your chances of getting the job are slim. You might contact the search committee to see if they'd consider your application.
Note, however, that associate professor jobs carry expectations that often go beyond pubs and grants (i.e., a certain level of service would usually be expected…possibly an inappropriate amount for a junior candidate).
I bet your chances are slim, but I think you should apply anyway.