I am a PhD candidate in the U.S. institute, who wants to pursue a tenure-track job in the U.S. eventually. This year, my applications for TT jobs in the U.S. are unsuccessful (one offer of a TT job in Asia). I was told that applying to a TT job in the U.S. from Asia would become more difficult than staying in the U.S. Thus, I am looking into other opportunities (e.g. teaching-track, a post-doc in a U.S. institute).

Among a tenure-track job in Asia, a teaching track in the U.S., and a postdoc in the U.S., I wonder which options would be better to pursue a tenure-track job in the U.S. eventually?

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    It matters what tenure track job in Asia. NUS is not equivalent to a third rate university in China. It also matters what field, and in particular what kind of university support you need for your research. – Alexander Woo Apr 6 at 19:32
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    Yes, “Asia” is a big place, and US academia is also a big place. I think we need quite a lot more information to have a hope of saying anything useful. – Dan Romik Apr 6 at 19:59
  • Thank you for the comments. It's not a top-tier school like NUS, but a second-rate university in China in the field of computer science. As long as there is good research support from the university, a tenure-track might be better? – Acer DC Apr 6 at 20:00

In many fields and countries, it's rare to get a tenure-track position right after a PhD. Generally speaking, if you want to go into tenure-track academia, a strong post-doc or two (or three depending on the field), with good publications is an asset, though it is also good to build up a teaching dossier. I suspect the post-doc would allow you to be a more productive researcher than a starting faculty in the short term, though tenure-track in China probably has other advantages.

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