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I am in a similar position to you, just a few years behind you (i.e. just about to finish my PhD). I don't have any great advice/experience to give, but from my own personal point of view, I can tell you what I plan: My work is part in philosophy, part in social sciences, and it may be that I'll get a social science Post-Doc too. To be perfectly honest, if that happens I do not expect to return to philosophy if the discipline still scoffs at empirical work at every turn and simply find a place somewhere else where this type of work is valued. Plus with a Post Doc that uses stats/programming, you may be much more employable in 'industry' than regular philosophers who lack any such comparable skills.

Either way, all the best!

from Europe

Let me clarify ... as I have hired a post doc for a project. Ideally - and normally as well - the post doc who is hired is interested in the project. In fact, the post doc was probably selected for the position BECAUSE their own research lines up with the project. Indeed, if it were not case, it is unlikely you would be deemed qualified for the job. These things are taken very seriously. Further, such positions usually afford a person time for other research. But North Americans must realize that when they enter the European market, they are entering a very different job market.


I was in the same situation (and now have a TT job in philosophy at an R1). I disagree that OP is in a "terrible position"! As far as I can tell, it was a positive on the job market to have real experience with scientific research. I didn't publish lots of solo-authored philosophy in my post-doc or adjunct at all... teaching schools, especially SLACs, might be put off by less experience but my hunch is that they are also more likely to be genuinely into cross-disciplinary stuff, since with a smaller faculty, you work more closely with other departments. If you're in the sciences as I was, you can also spin supervising undergrad research as a sort of teaching (which in my experience, it kind of is).

You'll probably want to keep in close contact with other philosophers in your area, and have a pitch ready about how you see your work fitting in to philosophy. I didn't have a letter from my post-doc advisor, but they were contacted at least once by someone at a place I was interviewing, so you should at least make sure that your PI is in the loop about applications. Another thing I did was have one co-authored project with my post-doc advisor that was straight philosophy and published in a philosophy journal - a little bit of this might be a good way to do your job but also add to your philosophy cred.

So don't despair! Or, I guess, despair away about the state of the market in general, but not extra about coming from a post-doc in a different field.

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