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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Theory Jobs 2012

The theoretical computer science job market has mostly settled so time for the annual spring jobs posts. I set up a Google Spreadsheet that everyone can edit so we can crowd source who is going where next year.

The rules

  • I set up several tabs (sheets), for faculty, industry, postdoc/visitors and students.
  • People should be connected to theoretical computer science, broadly defined.
  • Only add jobs that you are absolutely sure have been offered and accepted. This is not the place for speculation and rumors.
  • You are welcome to add yourself, or people your department has hired.
This document will continue to grow as more jobs settle. So check it often.



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16 comments:

  1. I consider begining a PHD in theoretical computer science this fall. How is the job market in this domain ? What are my chances to find a good job after I graduate ?

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  2. Define "good job".

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  3. So far: 4 faculty positions, 12 postdocs, lot more industry (heavily underreported)---that looks like a really tough job market.

    Possible good job definitions:

    good job #1: say <= 2+2 teaching load on semesters and top 100 (US News computer science ranking)

    good job #2: say <= 1+1 teaching load on semesters and top 20 (US News computer science ranking)

    good job #3: google, microsoft, good startups, etc

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    1. As long as you're decently smart, you'll definitely find a good job as per your 3 definitions. You don't even need a PhD for a job at Microsoft or Google (though then your job will probably not be very research oriented)

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  4. If that's representative of the current job market, it is pretty bleak. No?

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  5. Probably it is not that bleak--not all the info is there.
    I know of at least one person who is sitting on (at least) two offers.

    Some of the places that advertised theory positions for this season and are not listed above:
    Chicago, Purdue, Minnesota, EPFL (the entry in the table is from last year's hiring season), Berkeley, Stanford and MIT OR, ...

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  6. RE: Anonymous 9:53 AM, May 29, 2012
    If you don't know this video yet:
    http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7520547/so-you-want-to-get-a-phd-in-theoretical-computer-science

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  7. Nice to see UCSD finally succeed after 15 years of looking.
    No one has worked as hard as them to attract someone.

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    1. location, location, location .... why didn't that work?
      why did it take 15 years? are you sure this is right?

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  8. Oregon State was also looking for theory ..

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  9. btw, am I the only one perplexed by the "phd student" tab?

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    1. Just trying to give everyone an opportunity to say where they will be next year.

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  10. hold on. Lance moved to GaTECH ? when did this happen and what were the reasons ?

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  11. This doesn't look like a bad year to me, 25 jobs in academia, 9 in industry (and I guess it's more), so why do you complain?

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  12. a great year for theory jobs!

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