Sometimes, I have been noticing some postdoc open position announcements that, besides the usual prerequisites (PhD, an excellent CV, programming skills, etc.), asked the candidates to have publications in the most important conferences in the field.
[...] Candidates need to hold an earned Ph.D. (or be near completion) in computer science or in a related field with good programming skills in C/C++/Java/Matlab. Successful candidates are expected to be self-motivated and have a good publication record (at least have one paper accepted by premier conferences or journals like KDD, NIPS, ICML, IJCAI, AAAI, SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE, TKDE, TKDD, etc.) and good command of English. [...]
I was quite surprised to read announcements like this (if one made an excellent research, who cares where it has been published?).
Are cases like these rare or quite common? To get hired for an academic position (like postdoc for example), is it so important to publish in top-level conferences?
Is the conference fame considered more important than the paper scientific relevance for a hiring process?