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Can EU citizens get US postdoc positions?

Postby Barbara A. » Sun May 22, 2016 9:51 am

Hello everybody,

currently I'm a postdoc resercher in Europe (Italy) and I would like to apply for a postdoc position in USA. Are there some chances for non-US citizens or non-permanent resident to be selected for a postdoctoral position?
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Re: Can EU citizens get US postdoc positions?

Postby Dave Jensen » Mon May 23, 2016 3:16 pm

Barbara,

I'll leave it to other postdocs to help you, and they'll know more than I do . . . My experience has been that people in Postdocs in the USA are at least 50% from other countries. I think our system here, for postdocs, is very open.

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Re: Can EU citizens get US postdoc positions?

Postby PG » Mon May 23, 2016 3:21 pm

I am from a country in northern europe (within the EU) and the majority of my collegues from my PhD studies ended up doing a postdoc in the US. I think that all of them are now back in Europe again with I believe one exception and he is in Singapore.

Several of the people going to US for postdocs did bring their own funding ie they had some form of grant that they used to finance their own salary and sometimes also a small part of their expenses. Having your own money makes finding a postdoc supervisor really easy.
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Re: Can EU citizens get US postdoc positions?

Postby MFM » Wed May 25, 2016 6:43 am

From a visa point of view, doing a postdoc in the US is realtively straight forward for EU citizens (even if you don't have a fellowship). Usually you get a J1 or an H1B visum.
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Re: Can EU citizens get US postdoc positions?

Postby J.B. » Wed May 25, 2016 3:45 pm

Barbara A. wrote:Hello everybody,

currently I'm a postdoc resercher in Europe (Italy) and I would like to apply for a postdoc position in USA. Are there some chances for non-US citizens or non-permanent resident to be selected for a postdoctoral position?


As others have said, I've worked with many postdocs who were not US residents or citizens. At my postdoctoral institution I worked with one postdoc from Sicily and another from Florence. Yes, there is opportunity for Italians to get postdocs in America.
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Re: Can EU citizens get US postdoc positions?

Postby J.W.C. » Tue Jun 07, 2016 3:52 pm

In the old days, it used to be called getting your BTA (Been to America) degree and was considered to be extremely beneficial for future positions back home. Not sure if this is the case anymore, but about 50% of US-based post docs are not US citizens.
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