Everything is great, but the location
August 17, 2011 7:52 AM Subscribe
Two body problem. What say you?
posted by sockpuppetthecat to Work & Money (47 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm an academic. My spouse is not.
There is an academic job posted in an undesirable location, but everything else about the job is great.
1. This department hosts the best people in the field for my specific subtopic and is wellknown for being the best in this subfield and one of the best in other subfields.
2. The faculty are great scholars and nice people that collaborate with others.
3. Faculty members have repeatedly asked me to apply for this position. (I'm being recruited harder by them than by any other place.)
4. My advisor wants me to apply for this position.
So what's the problem? The location.
1. Like many great universities, it is in the middle of nowhere.
Problem A. My spouse would not be able to find work in this college town (but he has a telecommuting option for his job that is a sure thing and he's telecommuted happily before).
Problem B. My (problematic) family would be much closer in this location and we would be on the hook for celebrating major and minor holidays with them. We actively avoid this now by living far away. We would have few excuses if we lived only a couple hours away. This would add stress to both spouse and me.
Problem C. Small college town lacks in culture, stuff to do, diversity... it is better than most of the places around it, but compared to where we've lived for the last decade, it sucks.
Problem D. It isn't close to an airport, which would make telecommuting a bit tougher for spouse.
The only perk of "middle of nowhere" is that it would be dirt cheap to live there.
Awesome university department knows that their location is a problem for recruitment. They know that spouse-work issues impact their ability to hire people.
So, MeFites, is the location and associated work challenges for my spouse, with the potential for family drama enough to not even apply for this position? I don't want spouse to be miserable, but I'd like feedback from people that have been in this sort of situation.
(Many people say that you shouldn't even apply unless you're serious about taking the job.)
Other relevant factor: although I'd like to get an academic job this year, I'm not desperate. I have an okay academic-y situation as it stands.