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How hard is it to find short-term work at a university?

I'm interested in working at a university after graduating (as a researcher and a professor), but I'm still unsure if I want to do that for the rest of my life or settle down in one place. Are there a lot of jobs for people who only want to teach for a limited time? Or do universities generally prefer professors to stay at one university? #academia #university-teaching

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Gayatri’s Answer

I can speak for research opportunities at universities. There are plenty of research opportunities at universities especially for graduates. While some of the investigators will be able to/willing to pay you for your services while you get to learn (a lot!!) some may not- depends on the availability of funds with the investigator. I believe there are also small funding options that allow you to apply for short-term research positions, although I am not sure if graduates are eligible for those. Good luck!

Gayatri recommends the following next steps:

There should be an outreach platform at your college/university where you will find information about research openings at your nearest university.
You should seek information on fellowships for short term research positions
Walk into a research lab of your interest and talk to the research personnel there to get a better idea if there are opportunities for hire/volunteer. Some of them may be actually looking for volunteers and if they are willing they can convince their investigator to pay you too.
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Tyson’s Answer

You can take position as adjunct faculty and teach term by term. You can teach at multiple locations and work for them as much or little as you want. No benefits no much in way of retirement but very flexible
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