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Postdoc Nightmare

PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 8:47 pm
by Gary
I am clearly having a postdoc nightmare.Only six
laboratories in the USA work in my area and they all complain about lack of funding. I am now thinking that it was a wrong move to do a PhD in such a narrow field. I am stuck even before taking off and the enthusiasm was so great when I defended my PhD. I am at my wits' end ? Any way out ? Gary

Postdoc Nightmare

PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 9:27 pm
by Kevin Rogers
Do a postdoc in a different field ?

What's stopping you ?

Postdoc Nightmare

PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 12:29 pm
by A. Sam
Switch labs now.

Postdoc Nightmare

PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 12:52 pm
by Gary
Other fields emphasize best background fit.

Gary

Postdoc Nightmare

PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 4:19 pm
by Frank
I know many examples of people who did postdocs in fields very different from their PhD or even other postdoctoral experience, e.g. switching from cell biology to virology, from bioinformatics to immunology etc. I would even say that it is one of the few moments in your career where you can easily switch fields. Many PIs are looking to hire people from different backgrounds, because it is a relatively cheap and effective way to introduce some new techniques and ideas into their lab. So I would identify a field that you are interested in (and for which the job prospects seem better), contact some PIs and explain to them why you are interested in working with them. After all, the aim of a postdoc is to gain more training and experience before you go on to more independent positions, so I would strongly advise against doing a postdoc in the exact same field as the one you did your PhD in.