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doing a postdoc in industry

PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:10 pm
by L. M.
Dear all,

Here is my situation, I am currently doing a postdoc in computational chemistry in the US. So far, I have been in this position for 8 months. And based on feedback, I think I will still have funding until the end of 2009. With a background in molecular materials modeling, I have realized that many jobs opportunities for computational chemists are mainly in the pharmaceutical sector rather than in the chemical industries. As well, I have the feeling that some US companies might outsource the modeling/simulation part of their research to other universities or countries.

Understanding that computational chemistry positions might be scarce, I would like to know how advisable would be to apply (at this point in time) for another postdoctoral position. This time I am interested in pursuing one within the industry sector. Recently, a few of these positions have become available, and I would like to know whether or not it is too early for me to start looking for new jobs. Also, I do not know how my current PI will react if a recruiter calls him and says that he needs a recommendation on my behalf. Should I include my postdoctoral advisor as a reference for this position?

Your help/comments would be greatly appreciated.