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Academic placement R1 v R2


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We all know that placement into academic positions is highly competitive, much like most of the job market in general. Ultimately, my goal is to end up at a university where I can continue to conduct research and teach. I have been told that getting a job at a R1 institution is statistically unlikely and that you would have to dedicate 60 hours a week alone on research as a graduate student (this time would not include reading, classes, meetings, etc. according to the person who told me this).

Are these realistic claims? What is the reality around R1 jobs outside of the fact that they are competitive? 

Is this the same for R2 institutions? Is it just as hard to land a R2 job?

Any insights would be appreciated! Thank you so much for your time. 

Edited by saraConnor
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