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#1 of 8 Old 05-23-2011, 02:02 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello mommas, :) I just defended my thesis and looking up for a part-time job, teaching a course maybe in some university. I have phD in neurobiology with only one publication. I applied to several maybe 3-4 universities but only one relied (the chairman  of medical school) and told me that there are no positions available now for neuroscientists, but anyway he advises me to continue for another 1-2 years of post-doctoral studies to get better chances in academic jobs. dizzy.gif..next year i''ll have a baby and already have two kids homeschooling, and am teaching piano at near by school twice per week and am continuing studing piano myself at a conservatoire, so I can't see any possible way of me continuing a post-doc here. I am wondering is phD not enough for the academic course teaching position? what do you think?


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Congratulations on the doctorate!

 

I don't pretend to know much about academia in Lebanon but given the response you got, I am wondering if the places you were inquiring were thinking more about hires for tenure-track, faculty positions.  Did you send your inquiry mostly to large, well-known universities?  Again I don't know about Lebanon, but in the US and Europe many of those universities use their own faculty, graduate students, and post-docs as teachers for the undergraduates.

 

I wonder if you might have better luck applying to small private or technical schools, or even private high schools?  Those types of places are more likely to hire outside labor for teaching.


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Apply to state universities, they will absolutely consider you.  One of my good friends is a part time proffessor with just a masters degree in the Cal State system. 

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Congratulations on finishing! What is your thesis topic?
I don't know about the system in Lebanon but in the US a lot of smaller schools would hire a lecturer without a postdoc.
My sil is a phd in neuroscience and she taught part time in a community college. I am also a neuroscientist (my thesis is on the peripheral auditory system) but I left academia altogether.
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I'm a ph.d. in the social sciences on the tenure track at a university.  In the social sciences, you need only a MA to teach part time or adjunct, and usually a phd for full time or tenure track.  I agree with Mambera that the response you received was probably meant as advice toward getting a tenure track job.


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thank you for your replies! please can you tell me what tenure track job means? redface.gif....my thesis was on neuritic degeneration.....


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tenure track is full time permanent proff (meaning you are set for life unless you screw up really bad) 

 

so u dont live in the US right? so u r not in Lebanon NH?

 

i know in the US its really really hard to find jobs in academia. esp. with budget cuts in many states now. you dont need a post doc to be a full time permanent proff at univ in California, but a post doc DOES make ur resume look better


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tenure track is full time permanent proff (meaning you are set for life unless you screw up really bad) 

 

so u dont live in the US right? so u r not in Lebanon NH?

 

i know in the US its really really hard to find jobs in academia. esp. with budget cuts in many states now. you dont need a post doc to be a full time permanent proff at univ in California, but a post doc DOES make ur resume look better


 

Not quite. Tenure track is indeed full time, but not permanent until you achieve tenure (typically, at least in my field, this takes at least five grueling years).  It is actually difficult to get tenure and tenure is certainly not guaranteed by dint of your hire.

 

If the OP does not have time for a postdoc there is no way in hell she will have time for a tenure track position.

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