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Another two body couple down in flames
There has to be a better way. We have almost completed our interview season and interviewed two individuals with "two-body" issues. In both cases the individuals that applied were well liked. In both cases there spouses were fairly well-received, but because we only have one position in our department and were unable to convince any other departments to accommodate the spouses (well not yet anyway), it looks like we will miss both opportunities. Some schools have offices dedicated to dealing with two body issues. But unfortunately, we aren't quite there yet.
On another but related front, my sister is dealing with an interesting two body problem. She has been offered two positions: one at the institution with her spouse and another at an institution within driving distance (45 min each, if they lived half way). The institution that is further away is giving her much more money for start-up, but this would entail a long commute for both of them, and might make it difficult to get home in an emergency when they decide to have children. Any thoughts?