Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November JFP

...is up. 105 total ads in the print edition; last year had 145; the year before that had 131; the year before that had 188.

68 more ads in the web-onlies, many of which are not web-only. Hard to say how many new ads total; I'll have to go through and count later on when I get a free moment. Or, some industrious Smoker could do it and post the number in comments; I'm sure we'd all be grateful to anyone who was willing to do it.

This sort of sucks; I don't like it very much.

--Mr. Zero

P.S. I suspect that this post sets a new Philosophy Smoker record for semicolons per paragraph in a post; I like semicolons.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why do they call it a 'web-only' listing when so many of the ads are also contained in the print version? It's so stupid.

They should just call it 'web listings' or something else, without the 'only.'

Anonymous said...

It's so difficult to navigate the APA website to find this such that I will just wait for some industrial individual to bootleg it and post the link here.

Anonymous said...

There's currently no link to the 192 'web-only' ads on the APA webpage. You have to type in the following URL.

The incompetence is staggering....

zombie said...

Here's how I count them:
Between the JFP and web: 174 jobs
32 of the web onlies are duplicated in the Nov JFP

So that's 142 job listings

Of those, 71 appear to be listed by APA as cross-listed in issue 191 (Oct).

So, 71 new job listings. Pretty poor.

zombie said...

This is the MOST AWESOME JOB LISTING. EVER.

17. CYCORP, AUSTIN, TX. Cycorp has an immediate opening for an Ontologist. The opening is for regular, full-time employment with a private company, and involves no teaching duties. Nonteaching duties: The successful candidate will help us bring human-level AI into existence and into widespread use. You will be extending the world’s largest knowledge based system, Cyc, both in its breadth of general common sense and in its depth in fields ranging from finance to energy to manufacturing to search to medicine to counterterrorism. You will work as part of a team, alongside other ontologists and AI programmers. Through introspection, reading, and discussions with domain experts, you will codify and formalize important, general pieces of knowledge about the world, and you will test the growing AI system’s understanding of what you’ve taught it. Qualifications: You have an advanced degree in philosophy, and are familiar with modal and higher order logics and epistemology. The position requires that you have great facility in converting English sentences representing assertions into equivalent formal sentences in a predicate calculus such as first order logic. We offer competitive compensation, a stimulating and productive work environment, and the chance to contribute to the development of the world’s first true Artificial Intelligence. Email a letter of application and resume to jobs@cyc.com. Initial interviews will be conducted by telephone. Cycorp is an equal-opportunity employer. No person shall be excluded from consideration for recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention, or any other personnel action, or be denied any benefits or participation in any activities on the grounds of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, handicap, sexual orientation, age, otherwise qualified disabled or veteran status. Cycorp hires only persons authorized to work in the United States and verifies identity and eligibility for employment, and completes form I-9 for all new employees within three (3) business days of the date of hire. (192), (192W); posted: 11/9/2011.

Anonymous said...

Happy hunting:

http://www.zshare.net/download/95887891e5e3d549/

Anonymous said...

yo someone post the link to the web-only stuff. (maybe edit it so it shows through on blogger commenting?)

Anonymous said...

A graduate student at my school went on to work at Cycorp. I am told by other graduate students that her occupation is listed on her business cards as "Ontological Engineer."

She makes being!

Anonymous said...

I tried to download the bootleg copy of the JFP but my computer keeps saying the file is corrupted.

Anonymous said...

thanks, 8:32!

Xenophon said...

Now that they've given up the regional division of the jobs, they now have three sections: Academic Positions, Canada, and Outside United States and Canada. I'm not sure whether the lack of parallelism indicates a lack of basic geographical knowledge, or a lack of understanding about what an academic position is.

Why don't we just outsource the APA to a bunch sixth graders with a laptop. They'd do a better job.

Anonymous said...

For my AOS, I found 3 new jobs I hadn't seen before in other sources (and only one was TT). There were a bunch more in my AOS that weren't in the October JFP, but I'd already seen them elsewhere. With the emergence of PhilJobs and Phylo, the JFP has really become irrelevant (I've also found Higher Ed to be a good resource).

Glaucon said...

The semi-colon is the most elegant of punctuative devices. In his wonderful Lectures on Literature, Nabokov waxes rhapsodic about Flaubert's use of the semicolon in Madame Bovary and even (if memory serves) has an exam question on the order of "Discuss Flaubert's use of the semi-colon." My hero.

It also can serve as a presumptive plagiarism indicator: a former colleague reported that a properly used semicolon in a student essay typically sent him a-googling.

Sigh said...

Anon 9:55:
Do you know what Ontological Engineers at Cycorp do? (Besides slaving away on Skynet?)

Seriously, though, I'm sort of curious.

Filosofer said...

Since all of us would rather engage in futile speculation about what's going on in our profession than, say, grade papers or revise our own work for publication, I'll ask the following:

Does anyone have a theory explaining why the October JFP was better than last year's, but the November JFP was worse?

Anonymous said...

Filosofer: the October JFP was delayed this year, so it ended up showcasing jobs that would ordinarily gone into the November JFP.

Or at least, that's my guess.

wv: dedacter, as in, "Dedacter?! I barely know her!"

Anonymous said...

just me, or does it seem like a lot of history-centric jobs this year? subtract applied ethics as well, and things look so grim.

Anonymous said...

there are literally no new jobs in the JFP for me. maybe i did too good of a job scouring the other sites?

WV: sillyrom

Anonymous said...

only one new job for me....

Anonymous said...

Can we take a moment for how the Skynet job has better equal-opportunity practices than many institutions of "higher education"?

zombie said...

The Skynet job does seem to be limited to "persons," however, which, given the nature of the job, may be modestly discriminatory.

I want to put "ontologist" on my business card.

Anonymous said...

A Catholic school says its AOS is 'broadly conceived'. Jesus!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, 8:32!

Anonymous said...

I'm not on the market this year. My cursory impression is that jobs with AOS (or even AOC) in aestehtics are plain rare nowadays.

CTS said...

@11/9 2:49:

just me, or does it seem like a lot of history-centric jobs this year? subtract applied ethics as well, and things look so grim.

I don't understand the ... disjunction (?) in your comment, but I think I can explain the interest in 'history-centric' hires.

1) History of phl is often of interest to a variety of students ( mutliple majors) and may seem more accessible to most undergrads than some contemporary or specialized areas.

2) Many colleges and unis are trying to show that they teach something more/other than the stereotypical courses so derided by The Public and its political pundits/reps. In other words, having a program strong in the history of thought might offset having lots of those icky things like race/gender/class studies.

3) As one versed in the history of philosophy, I suspect some programs have come to realize that a program with nothing but peace studies, gender/race/class courses, contemporary epistemology, etc. is neither intellectually nor pedagogically desirable. (I doubt that there are many programs that 'only' have the kinds of course I noted; it is more a matter of representation. Nor do I think a program that only offers historical courses is doing its job for undergraduates.)

4) I would guess (no info) that many faculty ready and eager to teach the historical courses are heading into retirement. So, there might be many programs that need to replace those faculty.

Anonymous said...

"Cycorp hires only persons authorized to work in the United States and verifies identity and eligibility for employment, and completes form I-9 for all new employees within three (3) business days of the date of hire."
Doesn't this practically mean that they use the national origin of a person against him or her?

Anonymous said...

All US universities must comply with immigration requirements so there is nothing anomalous or illegally discriminatory about the Cycorp position. Non-US citizens and the departments that hire them should brace themselves for mountains of paperwork.

Anonymous said...

To all doubters of Ontological Engineering:

I interviewed with Cycorp about a decade ago, when I was I was a graduate student with lean job prospects. (Commence talking about how good we had it back then...) It will probably help to know that what they're talking about is Ontological Semantics, an approach to natural language processing. In the briefest of terms, that approach builds a kind of model of a world into its manner of representing semantic content. This is intended to make some of each item's associations with other expressions more salient, so you get more intuitive translations and fewer unresolved ambiguities.

So they're doing a kind of computational linguistics. But when I interviewed, the job did not sound spectacular. What they described to me sounded like doing tasks on the order of an upper-level undergrad logic course to expand the expressions and associations handled by the system, all in their proprietary language. They would not discuss salary with me. My father works in network security and described the founder as "P.T. Barnum on a laptop." I did not take the job.

Anonymous said...

Wait a second:

"you will codify and formalize important, general pieces of knowledge about the world...The position requires that you have great facility in converting English sentences representing assertions into equivalent formal sentences in a predicate calculus such as first order logic."

I thought it was old hat that this is a complete waste of time. I mean, no actual knowledge of the world is composed of bits that can be expressed in a predicate calculus. No wonder these machines can't feel compassion. Or think.

So since this is yet another awful year of no jobs, does this mean those of us who are screwed once again should give up on philosophy altogether, or that we should start thinking of ways to kill off not-yet-PhDs so that we might still have a shot at a job last year?

Anonymous said...

Isn't Cycorp the company that will, in 2025, build the terminator that will go back to kill Sarah Connor in 1982?