I am a last-year phd student, and starting looking for post-docs.
I have seen a very appealing position in a top university, but unfortunately, the application deadline is in the next few days, and I don't have the material time to get the required material (cover letters, CV and so on).
Nevertheless, the deadline seems not very strict, as they literally say:
Applications will be considered on a continuing basis but candidates are encouraged to apply by November 24, 2017.
Now my question: how important is the 24 November deadline (or a deadline ) for an announcement of this kind? Why to put a date if they will continue to take applications even after? Is it common for post-doc opening deadlines to be postponed?