I am applying for this mainly research position. It might happen that there is a course relevant to my research topic, and in that case I would like to teach that course too. So I am trying to say this in one single sentence, like the following:

———-, I would like to teach an introductory course on the topic.

In the blank I like to say this as concise as possible: if or in case there is such a course in the center or around.

So I want a phrase like ‘upon request’, but not exactly that, because it might not necessarily be requested of me; I might propose a syllabus and it be accepted.

I want something to mean ‘in case there was such a course’, or ‘in case I could find such a course’.

I think there was a phrase that roughly Has that sense, but I cannot remember it.

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    Consider: In case you have sugar, I'd like sugar. Redundant. You get the same point across without any if: Besides research, consider me for teaching an introductory course on the topic. Commented Dec 6, 2022 at 13:55
  • @YosefBaskin Yes but the position is not given directly by the university. A third party evaluate applications and decide who get the position.
    – Sasan
    Commented Dec 7, 2022 at 9:09

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  • The school curriculum permitting, I'd be willing to teach an introductory course on the topic.

(ref. Representation Matters: Becoming an anti-racist educator) At Key Stage 3, teachers can teach the books that they want (school and English department curriculum permitting).


I get the sense you are asking implying a question and a desire, go with 'if possible'


It appears that the OP is looking for this idiom: "While somebody is at it"

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the meaning of the idiom is:

at the same time as or in addition to doing something else

I'm contributing to the economy and enjoying myself while I'm at it.

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    Too informal for this context. Commented Dec 6, 2022 at 14:43
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    "While somebody is at it" means if convenient more than 'if permitted' or 'if available'. Granted that this and many questions suggest a guessing game that may have good answers, but are more a mind reading exercise. So, a flawless answer may get no love for not being the hoped-for one. Just saying. Commented Dec 6, 2022 at 15:52
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    @YosefBaskin Thank you for pointing out the subtle distinction I didn't take into account while writing this answer. It always feels great to learn from folks like you and others on this wonderful forum. :)
    – user405662
    Commented Dec 6, 2022 at 15:58

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