Complementary research meaning
February 26, 2012 6:47 PM Subscribe
What does a candidate having a research program "that complements the department's existing strengths" really mean in a job announcement?
posted by SandiBeech to Work & Money (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I see this and similar phrases in job announcements for STEM area academic positions and wonder if there is an agreed-upon meaning of "complement". Does it mean they are looking for someone who works in the same area as several other researchers to form a 'center of excellence'? Do they want someone who can do something they don't do, who will collaborate with them on projects (like a mathematical modeler in a chemistry department)? Do they want someone who does something different, but within the field, so they can attract a broader selection of students? Or is this just a nice catch phrase that means nothing in particular?