It’s hiring season and many departments are in the midst of deciding who to bring in for interviews. When discussing the possibility of hiring theorists, here are a couple of reasons why this might be a particularly good year to do so:
1) This year there is an exceptionally strong and deep pool of theorists on the job market, due in part to the closing of the Microsoft Research Silicon Valley lab. Many departments should be able to hire strong candidates (including ones not from MSR SV) who would be hard to get in a typical year.
2) Theory has a large role to play in many of the current priority areas for hiring, such as big data, machine learning, privacy, and security. Many theorists can also serve as bridges to other departments, such as math, physics, economics, OR, EE, and more.