there is a very good research university (actually many of them; this is mathematics in the US) that have both tenure-track assistant professor open positions and lecturer open positions. I want to know what you think about applying for both. Ideally I want the tenure-track position, but the job market is tough, and I would also be happy with a lecturer position (which is much more teaching oriented). How would a hiring committee look at this? I am afraid that the tenure-track guys will say "Well, this guy/girl doesn't think he/she's good enough to get a tenure-track job because he/she is also applying for a lecturer position, so let's ditch him/her". At the same time, the lecturer guys could say "Well, it seems that he/she wants a tenure-track position but he will settle for a lectureship. We want someone more motivated."

There is a similar question here: Should I simultaneously apply for multiple jobs in different ranks at the same university? which is more about "post-doc vs. tenure-track". I think this situation is slightly different.

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    I don't see that way. I see a desperate applicant.
    – Nobody
    Oct 31, 2016 at 12:58
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    You're right that the question you link to is a little different, but the answer is basically still the same. If you would accept both positions, ahead and apply. The TT committee is not going to ignore an applicant they want to hire otherwise because they also applied for the lecturer job, and the lecturer committee will look at whether you're prepared for the job, not whether you also applied for the TT. Oct 31, 2016 at 18:33

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In my department, tenure-track hiring and lecturer hiring are done by different committees. When I was associate chair (until a couple of years ago), I was on both committees, but, as far as I can remember, I was the only common member. So if someone applied for both sorts of positions, that fact might not get much (or any) attention. Also, you shouldn't worry about the tenure track committee thinking you have a low opinion of yourself. We generally don't care very much about your opinion of yourself (some people are naturally modest); we care about other people's (especially experts') opinion of you.

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