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04/12/2018

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elisa freschi

I have been working in continental Europe and (for much shorter periods) UK and Japan for the last n years.
Unless you are really lucky, you will depend on applying for grants, and getting your projects funded (for 1--9 years, but typically 2--4) and/or work in someone else's project. In this sense, Marcus' questions (which relate to the market for TT positions) regard only a small percentage of actual jobs (most positions rather resemble post-docs). Several institutes I worked in had only 20% of their members being tenured or on a tenure track, with all the others being externally funded through grants.

I collected some data in a blog post, here: http://elisafreschi.com/2014/10/27/1144/

and:
http://philosopherscocoon.typepad.com/blog/2014/10/a-non-funded-project-on-deontic-logic-and-some-general-notes-on-peer-reviewing-projects.html
*update: the project on deontic logic was then eventually funded

and:
http://philosopherscocoon.typepad.com/blog/2014/02/what-are-your-colleagues-in-europe-doing-writing-applications.html


This being said, staleness is not a real issue (we are all stale and virtually no one is hired right after grad school), the only thing one needs to avoid are unexplainable breaks (say, years in which you published nothing).
As for 5: publications in peer reviewed journals are one's most crucial assett. Teaching is way less so, unless you want to focus on teaching philosophy at school (to 15--18ys old kids), since basically most European universities are research-centered.

(All the above might be affected by my personal experience and I am happy to be corrected if relevant)

US to UK

My experience is in the US (where I'm from) and UK. I've tended to do well when applying to highly ranked R1s in the U.K., whereas this almost never happens for me in the US. There are likely many factors at play leading to this difference, though I suspect part of the story is a weaker emphasis on pedigree and stronger emphasis on publications and grant funding in the U.K. Another important factor in the UK is an applicant's ability to make a difference outside academia with their research (I.e., impact).

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