post-doc-ing for too long

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post-doc-ing for too long

Postby Anna » Wed Oct 06, 2004 1:02 pm

How long of an acedemic post-doc is considered too long by industry hiring standards? Have I shot myself in the foot by staying for a promotion to scientist level in the same lab I post-doced in, in acedemia?


post-doc-ing for too long

Postby Dave Jensen » Wed Oct 06, 2004 2:22 pm


I've always found that the job search becomes much, much harder after you've reached 4-5 years of postdoc. If you aren't successfully interviewing and getting interest by your third year of postdoc, you could be in trouble if you don\'t start getting some action.

I don't know how to advise you on the question you posed about staying too long in the one lab. But going by years, if you are approaching 4 or 5 years, moving now to industry would be a very wise idea.

Employers start talking about applicants being "too academic in nature" once they've postdoc'd too long,

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Re: post-doc-ing for too long

Postby Jim Austin » Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:56 am

Dave is right of course--but it's very common for companies to consider applicants coming from academia "too academic" no matter how long they've been in academia. It makes sense to assume that an employer will think that about you by default, whether you've been in a postdoc for one year or five. It's up to you to demonstrate that you have an appropriate mindset/approach for industry: that you can work effectively as part of a team; that you like to use science to seek practical solutions to problems, and that the "bottom line" is important; and so on. This has been a very common theme for Dave's columns over the years. There's much to read on this topic on our Web site.

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Re: post-doc-ing for too long

Postby Ana » Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:35 am

Wow this is an original post from 2004. It would be interesting to know what happened to Anna in the end.
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