I came across an advertisement of an academic position (in Europe) that states explicitly:
Application package should include:
(1) a complete curriculum vitae (with a photo), (...)
I have never seen a photo on CV to be a requirement (although the fact that is included in parenthesis might implicitly mean that is optional?)
In any case I find it mildly strange.
Assuming that its is indeed a requirement, what is the rationale behind this? What are the benefits (for the person advertising the position) of doing so?
I am not asking what are the benefits for the applicant (for which there is a related question) but I am asking from the point of view of the person receiving the applications. Even though the position is located in Europe (Switzerland), feel free to answer for your own region!