I am currently applying for a postdoc, after a 2.5 year period of illness during my PhD. For most of that time I wasn't really able to work at all. In the last 6-months or so I have been able to work roughly part-time, and I've completed my thesis and been working on a new research project. I am now well enough to work on a postdoc, but I'm not yet completely recovered from my illness, and I'm still disabled in a number of different ways.
I've seen a position listed which I'm planning to apply for. They're looking for someone to start away, which is great for me because most positions in my field won't start until next academic year. I currently live in the UK, and the position I'm applying for is in Germany. I've not yet recovered enough to move to another country; I think I would be strong enough to do this in about 6 months time.
So, I need to explain to the group I'm applying to that as a disabled access requirement I would need to work remotely from the UK for the first 6 months of the position. I also have some other additional disabled access requirements, such as I have difficulty typing and benefit from support with typesetting and editing.
I've been thinking about the best way to bring this up with the group before I apply, and I'm interested to hear people's opinions on how to do this. Here are some things I thought of that I could do;
- explain in an email to the group secretary
- explain in an email to the head of the group
- ask to chat with the head of the group on zoom
- add a paragraph about this in my cover letter when I apply
I also had a suggestion from a friend to wait and see if I'm offered a position, and only discuss my additional needs at that point. I'm not very comfortable with this idea, I feel like it's better to be upfront straight away. I am concerned that my additonal needs might make me less likely to get the position though, so I'm open to hear what people say about waiting to see if I'm offered a position before bringing anything up.
Some relevant points: I've spoken to the head of the group a few times at conferences so I know him a bit. The job listing has a sentence about encouraging applications from disabled people.