Field of Science

Job discrimination

As occasional readers here may have noticed, I'm looking for a job. A postdoc kind. Here's a line from an advertisement I've just seen (for a job I am not interested in, I should add):
all suitably qualified candidates will be considered but preference will be given to Chilean and Falkland Island citizens.
Oh really?! So, nepotism is openly advertised, then. In America, faulted as this nation is for so many things, at least the usual disclaimer reads
equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by law. [Emphasis added.]
Hail that!

Via Brian Golding's EvolDir.


  1. Yeah, well America is the 800lb gorilla. Smaller nations have to privilege their own citizens or they may end up not having any academics of their own.

  2. Chile has 17 million people!

    Welcoming foreign nationals does not mean that there won't be any Chilean academics. Or even that foreigners they will take over academia. Not welcoming foreign nationals results in a low-grade system. It downplays talent, which is important for a healthy academic system, and it probably also affects the amount of academics that leave Chile negatively, which is not a good thing either.

    Denmark, for example, has only 5.5 million people, and universities and the state do what they can to attract foreigners (like huge tax-incentives).


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