I have heard that at the University of Minnesota there was one professor opening with 300 candidates. This makes it sound very unrealistic for anyone, however smart, to ever hope to be a professor. So could it be there are worse schools, with less competition? I know part of the equation is that I want to be in quantum field theory or gravity, and these are harder to get than something more lab oriented. But I am not willing to back up on THAT, as this specific area of physics is my life time goal. However, I *AM* willing to go to a very bad school. So if I go to the lowest ranking school in the country, and apply for a job in quantum field thoery or gravity, what would the competition be like? I am thinking of three basic possibilities: 1) School in USA/Canada that ranks extremely low 2) The school in Europe (who knows, may be everyone rushes to USA so there is more competition in USA) 3) A school in third world country Please let me know what is the competition in each case.