Becoming a professor is hard these days…

I wrote a humour piece on Faculty hiring a while back. With the UBC budgetary status so challenged these days, I’d imagine some of the criteria for hiring tenure track profs has gone up a notch. For instance:

The candidate must be able to “flex arm hang” for a minimum of twelve minutes.

Anyway, read the full piece here.

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David (@ng_dave) is Faculty at the Michael Smith Labs. His writing has appeared in places such as McSweeney's, The Walrus, and He plans on using Terry as another place to highlight the mostly science-y links he appreciates. In fact, if you liked this one, you might also like his main site generally - this can be found at