US vs Europe?

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US vs Europe?

Postby Jody » Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:07 am

Hey all,
if everything else are comparable, then is work environment in an "average" european lab is better than a comparable US lab for post-doc? I know, there can not be any generalization, but would like to know from people about their experience, who have seen the both Worlds.

US vs Europe?

Postby Val » Sat Mar 05, 2005 6:38 am


Your question is unspecific. Unspecific questions are often deleted by the moderators.

Generally, (e.g. in Germany), the research is stifled by bureaucracy. This is why young German researchers like to go to the US.

But not everything is rosy in the US. The research should conform to the prevailing school of thought. E.g. my Australian supervisor got funding from a US corporation behemoth to investigate a certain effect (and hired me to do it). The US corporation could not find anyone in the US to do the research because the US school of thought do not recognise the existence of that effect. Working on that effect would be a kiss of death for a career of any American scientist... therefore, nobody had the skill or equipment or interest to do it... ;-(


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US vs Europe?

Postby Dave Jensen » Sat Mar 05, 2005 2:15 pm


i do not understand your thought process here, or how you could come to that conclusion. I would not say that any lab in Europe is better than any lab in the USA for a postdoc . . . That's just plain wrong! You should choose a postdoc based on the individual parameters of the research lab, the PI's background and your relationship with him or her, what you can get out of the time, the connections you'll develop, etc.

Val is right. Please avoid these kinds of questions in the future,

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