Two pieces of news to illustrate the state of the academic labour market in Swedish archaeology.
The good news is that an old coursemate of mine has secured a teaching job. He’s 46, he completed his PhD in 1999, he’s got a decent publication record, he has solid teaching experience and he has unusually ample formal training in university pedagogics.
The bad news is that the job he has been given is 30% of full time … limited to a period of four months … in a city located 580 km from where he lives with his wife.
Dear Reader, are you by any chance a professional academic? Would somebody with this kind of qualifications in your field need to apply for a job like that?
Another symptom of the same thing is a 41-y-o colleague who completed her PhD in 2001. She’s currently studying to become an archivist.
The system is broken, churning out tens of new archaeology PhDs every year despite the fact that none of them can be employed. Just Say No, kids!