The [University of Farfaraway] would like to thank you for your time in applying for [Position].
Unfortunately, the University has decided not to proceed with recruitment for this position at this time. It may however, be readvertised at a later date.
What happened? I just got word that the recruitment for [Position] has been cancelled.
The timing works out fine for me, since I’ve got a two year contract for R&D despite a lack of university affiliation. That’ll keep me busy for the time being. But I wonder that the cancellation means no applicant’s credentials were deemed suitable.
After 150 faculty applications, I’m used to shrugging my shoulders and wondering what more I could be asked to offer. But the disappointment remains. At this stage, I’m more interested in keeping the research alive. I’m lucky to have my research funded, but it’d be nice to stay in touch with related researchers. Do let me know what you can. I’m happy to stay in touch.
[Five minutes later]
No not cancelled, rather it has been decided to readvertise (within the month) as a mid/senior level position rather than exclusively as a senior one.
All the best,
Sometimes, I can't be sure which doors are closed, and which I've propped open.