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December (20)

Have a little personality on Friday...
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Thursday is going to be epic...
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Good Night, and Good Luck
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Ask Genomic RepairMom...Child Birth
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Wednesday is definitely a rollercoaster
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12 Months of Blogging Meme
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LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 13
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Don't Run Around On A Tuesday
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A rhetorical question and science fail...
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Sue
Monday, December 6, 2010

It definitely doesn't feel like summer...
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A Friday Recipe... Stuffed Jalapenos
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A Friday morning haiku for you...
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Friday better not be your time of dying...
Friday, December 3, 2010

Music Warz--Fuck all you emos--Punk is where its at...
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Is this a sign of things to come...
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Speaking to the next generation...
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Apparently we must have used hypocritical evangelical coders...
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Have an Unbelievable Thursday
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Don't ge a Gigolo on Wednesday, its just not right.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
November (44)

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It Might Get Loud On Tuesday
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Do you know what the Spellcheck button is?
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Update: I think I'm dying...Science in Motion...
Monday, November 29, 2010

Feel The Noise On a Monday
Monday, November 29, 2010

The jail story...
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Don't be talking that shit on a Wednesday..
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The dark danger and human cost of drug development
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 11
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thrift Store T Shirt Tuesday
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Request for Reprint...Should I put on my throwback jersey too?
Monday, November 22, 2010

Moving Boxes, we aren't going a damn place...
Monday, November 22, 2010

Does your brain feel like its going to Pop on a Monday?
Monday, November 22, 2010

Friday Wrap-Up and Links
Friday, November 19, 2010

Believe Me, Its Friday
Friday, November 19, 2010

An Open Letter To The Guy Who Tried To Mug Me...
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Who the hell said it was Thursday?
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom...Retractions.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Are you in the house?
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pay me fuckers
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 10
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Don't Feed the Animals
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Tuesday Morning Book Review...
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

On which I make my return
Monday, November 15, 2010

One of the best discussions on Climate Change...Ever.
Monday, November 15, 2010

Guess who's back?
Monday, November 15, 2010

Lets keep on Rocking on a Friday...
Friday, November 12, 2010

Don't Rock the Boat on a Thursday
Thursday, November 11, 2010

Don't get too Hooked on Wednesday
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Don't Wine on a Tuesday
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Caribbean Monday
Monday, November 8, 2010

I'm out...
Monday, November 8, 2010

We call this a teachable moment...
Friday, November 5, 2010

Can't help that its Friday
Friday, November 5, 2010

A comparative study on pain medication reactions (n=2)
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dear students applying for fellowships...
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Don't be Tempted on a Thursday...
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom...Elections
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Working it out from home on Wednesday...
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 8
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hope you find Satisfaction on a Tuesday...
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tales of the Genomic Repairman: DNS
Monday, November 1, 2010

The fall of Agamemnon and the rise of Ajax: Is the PI being cheap?
Monday, November 1, 2010

Don't be Trippin on a Monday...unless you want to.
Monday, November 1, 2010
October (47)

Is the PI being cheap?
Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Save
Friday, October 29, 2010

Nobel Prize Blunder...
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Don't be gray on a Thursday...
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Be a Wiz on a Wednesday
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom.... Vaccines
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Things learned from my Society meeting...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 7
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Attack my Site...I'm Gonna Knock You Out...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Write, write, write...
Monday, October 25, 2010

Hold on I'm Coming to play you some music on a Monday...
Monday, October 25, 2010

Get off this Friday...
Friday, October 22, 2010

Dear Graduate Student, let me list the reasons why I shall beat you with a stick...
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Slow down, you don't have to Run on a Thursday...
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Could you be loved on a Wednesday...
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom...Big Bang Theory...
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It was only a matter of time before I got off my ass...
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 6
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Is Everything Zen on a Tuesday?
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

10 Commandments of Poster Presentations...
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Shout it out on Monday
Monday, October 18, 2010

Pinch me its Friday...
Friday, October 15, 2010

Donor's Choose: Give me your lunchmoney!
Thursday, October 14, 2010

So I know I slagged off on a vendor but now its time to give one props...
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Did you see Fireflies on a Thursday?
Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Series: Ask Genomic RepairMom...Stem Cells
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Make Wednesday A Magic Moment...
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Tribe of Science loses a Warrior
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 5
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hey Man, quit Ramblin on a Tuesday
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cocaine is not a good way to start the week off...
Monday, October 11, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Last one out gets the lights...
Monday, October 11, 2010

Who would have ever thought that Gatorade was pro-evolution...
Sunday, October 10, 2010

Candidacy Exam: I think I'm qualified.
Friday, October 8, 2010

Giving you guys some culture...One Semester of Spanish, Spanish Love Song
Friday, October 8, 2010

I'm sorta Research Blogging...Insight into the function of PALB2
Thursday, October 7, 2010

Chances Are I'm bringing you old guy radio today
Thursday, October 7, 2010

You only knew it was a matter of time before I went off again...
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Welcome to Wednesday
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 4
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What I'd be doing, if I wasn't doing this: A fishing story!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Keep Moving on Tuesday
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A little Dave Holland recommendation for Tideliar
Monday, October 4, 2010

My mom reads my blog, Happy Birthday Genomic RepairMom
Monday, October 4, 2010

More than a feeling on Monday Morning: I rocked this song in Rock Band
Monday, October 4, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Fourth and inches...
Sunday, October 3, 2010

I'm running late because I got caught on the Radar Gun
Friday, October 1, 2010
September (45)

A man can only take so much bluegrass, time to rock!
Thursday, September 30, 2010

Don't be running down the street hungry as a hound on Wednesday...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How not to foster a scientific collaboration...
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 3
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

In Spite of Tuesday
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Someone check his pulse
Monday, September 27, 2010

Stomp it out on a Monday
Monday, September 27, 2010

Update: To the coworker who saw me lose my shit tonight...
Friday, September 24, 2010

Hoping for No Rain on a Friday
Friday, September 24, 2010

Don't have a bad Thursday
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Don't be Greedy, enjoy your Wednesday
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What is your opinion on reuse of a figure in a journal? Misconduct?
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 2
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Taking it back old school with The Tokens on a Tuesday
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I've got a case of the Mondays...
Monday, September 20, 2010

A little Rebel Yell on Monday
Monday, September 20, 2010

An Open Letter to Bio-Rad...This is going to fuck up any chance of a sponsorship...
Sunday, September 19, 2010

A lawyer is calling stem cells outmoded?
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happy Mexican Independence Day & Potential Darwin Award
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Is Science the Love of Your Life?
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Got it made in the shade on Wednesday?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Can you go the distance on Tuesday?
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 1
Monday, September 13, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Damnit go away!
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Don't break down on a Monday.
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Good grief, its Friday!
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Guest Post: The Easy Pub
Thursday, September 9, 2010

You don't know how it feels on a Thursday
Thursday, September 9, 2010

Funniest Comment Contest Part 2
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Stay with me on a Wednesday
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I wish I knew: A Tale of 2.5 stories...
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lets just be friends on a Tuesday...
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

In case you weren't signed up...
Monday, September 6, 2010

Come on ride that train on a Monday...
Monday, September 6, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Clocks ticking yo!
Monday, September 6, 2010

You want to guest post on LabSpaces?
Friday, September 3, 2010

Watch out for the small print on a Friday
Friday, September 3, 2010

Are you actually working with a neuronal line?
Friday, September 3, 2010

Groups
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Whats that smell and how should I mentor it?
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Travelling Riverside on a Thursday
Thursday, September 2, 2010

LFG...
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Contest Winners!!!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Go Your Separate Ways on a Wednesday
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My first (and best ever) conference...
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
August (75)

Mentoring a mentor?: Get it in writing.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Warning: Its Tuesday
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I've survived a month of blogging.
Monday, August 30, 2010

New Yorker Article on Francis Collins and the Stem Cell Ruling
Monday, August 30, 2010

Crunch!
Monday, August 30, 2010

Can't Relate to a Monday
Monday, August 30, 2010

Female Science Bloggers...
Monday, August 30, 2010

Potential blogger drink err meet up?
Friday, August 27, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Scheduling, scheduling, scheduling
Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday morning special...
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Dear IACUC inspector...
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The State of My Blog
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The Genomic Repairman's Book Club
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Wishing you were home on a Thursday
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Here is where you get to win the liquor
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Epic Fail on a macroscale level.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Some recent big news in the DNA Repair field
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Don't get caught asleep at the wheel on a Wednesday morning
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Funniest comment, formerly most obnoxious contest...
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Tuesday morning got you feeling numb
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An Open Letter to Core Director
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Conference Calls
Monday, August 23, 2010

Don't be blue on a Monday!
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LabSpaces NFL Pick 'Em Challenge
Friday, August 20, 2010

Its Friday In Spite of Ourselves
Friday, August 20, 2010

The Genomic Repairman gets a pat on the back from the boss and a boot in the ass
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Legit Science Question Here Folks
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Rise up on a Thursday Morning
Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Antibody Naming Contest Winners
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

ncRNA: Oh the splendor, oh the horror!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Another twofer on a Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Linked Out?
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Data Embargos
Monday, August 16, 2010

I need a remedy for this sunburn
Monday, August 16, 2010

Cell culture question for the readers...
Monday, August 16, 2010

A letter to the other graduate student in my lab...
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The Apprentice: The Finale!
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shake off them shoes if you got the Thursday morning blues...
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Update to the aged RO1
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Saturday, August 7, 2010

So I got tagged in a damn meme
Friday, August 6, 2010

What are you doing to promote science to the public?
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010


I recently met with a faculty candidate who said that their PI has a finite limit on the years that you can postdoc in their lab. The candidate's PI instituted a rule that his postdoctoral fellows could only stay in his lab for a maximum of six years before they have to move on. And that means move on, no promoting your to some other title in the lab where you are still a glorified postdoc. Its 2185.6 days and you gotta get the fuck out. Kick rocks yo! I don't think this is an outlandish timeline but I imagine this has to apply pressure to the postdoc. To my knowledge and labs that I have been in and been around there is always a soft deadline but never a line in the sand put forth in writing at the outset. And this PI means business, even if you are productive when the clock strikes zero, here's a cardboard box, pack your shit. I'm too far away from this topic and have no clear opinion as to whether it is a good or bad policy. I can see the good in that you are getting folks to move on and not languish in one place for too long, I imagine the large percentage of those trainees might be moving on to second postdocs if they can't get a TT job lined up. What do you guys think?
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Odyssey
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At my institution it used to be three years as a postdoc and you're out. It's been changed to five years. And it is possible to promote a postdoc into another position here.

Time limits like these are, in part, supposedly to protect postdocs from being exploited. However, at least in the biomedical sciences, as more institutions adopt the NIH NRSA payscale, or a some fraction thereof (90% here), there really is no need for limits. A good postdoc will move on to something better and a not-so-good postdoc will begin to cost far more than they're worth.
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Personally, from everything I\'ve heard and seen, it sounds like that PI has the trainee\'s best interest in mind. Whether you have accomplished a lot or accomplished nothing, staying in one place for too long is not a good career move. I think some people have unrealistic expectations of their employment potential and every career stage revolves around finding a great mentor (whether it\'s your PI or someone from another lab) to help you.

Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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Wait- Odyssey, that's an institutional rule?? I've never heard of such a thing.

The idea of having an official and enforced cutoff time seems completely arbitrary and out of touch with how science works. What if you're coming up on the deadline but all of a sudden have a major breakthrough? Not all projects can be seamlessly turned over to a new person. Like Odyssey says, these things usually work themselves out one way or another.

Odyssey
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The idea of having an official and enforced cutoff time seems completely arbitrary and out of touch with how science works.

We used that as one argument to get the time lengthened to five years. And yes, any time limit is arbitrary. But as I noted, it is possible here to promote someone into another position after the five years, so if they're on the cusp of something big all is not lost.

Gerty-Z
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At my postdoc inst. there was a semi-enforced cut-off time. The idea (I think) was to have people move on, if they were going to, or else be promoted. This prevented people from keeping folks at the end of the NRSA payscale on forever without giving them any raises.

What I saw that seemed more harsh, was labs where you have 1 year as a postdoc to get your own funding...or else you are OUT! And then when your funding runs out you have to move on. This is basically a hard 3-4 yr limit. I never understood why folks kept joining those labs.

Tideliar
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We don';t have a cut off at my place, and thus have some folks working on their ten year anniversary as a "postdoc". Personally I think it's immoral and the PI should be made to do something about it even if these 'postdocs' won't. most are foreigners who are just happy to be making $35k/yr.

A local institute has a 5 year rule and enforces it fairly harshly and I agree with it. There does need to be a review for those souls who need to change to lab or something though. Sometimes people get royally fucked...

Genomic Repairman
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My institution has no real cutoff, around year 5 or so you are promoted to Instructor. Which means you really don't teach but are just a postdoc with a shiny title and accepting that designation precludes you from applying for any tenure-tracked position at this institution. Our own lab has an "instructor" (6th year postdoc) and another lab has one as well (8th year postdoc).

Thomas Joseph
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I did a postdoc with the government and they gave me two years. I did 16 months before finding a permanent research position. Six years? May as well be a lifetime!

Tideliar
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Yeah exactly. if you can't gt your shit together in 6 freakin years you're doin' it wrong.

Genomic Repairman
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Agreed, I see a lot of folks sitting in labs for 6+ years trying to get the glamour pubs needed to get a TT job.

Tideliar
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Which is fuckin stupid because the hiring committee sees you've been a postdoc for 6 years and figures you've not got the "Right Stuff". A few decent pubs and a shorter postdoc is more attractive - you look talented and aggressive. Hiring committees aren't (that) stupid. If you walk out after 6 years with one Glamor Mag pub and fuck all else you're dead meat.

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Postdoc U had a 4 year limit on postdoc positions. You could transfer to a staff position after that but that cost the PIs almost twice as much as they then had to start paying benefits so most postdocs tended to move on. A postdoc is supposed to be a training position so I have no problem in having a time limit.

Genomic Repairman
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Maybe a time limit will put an end to postdoc purgatory and bring it back to what it was meant to be a temporary training station.

Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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a time limit will put an end to postdoc purgatory

So putting a time limit on post-docs will create more TT jobs, then? Long post-docs are not only indicative of lazy and/or misguided post-docs or exploitative PIs. The job market is fucked, and even people who do everything "right" are not getting jobs.

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I don't think long postdocs are indicative of lazy postdocs, I think its a function of our piss poor jobs situation. I agree its a not just a bottom up or top down issue, we gotta fix the postdoc situation but to do that we have to fix the jobs situation. Its a fucked up system that needs to be addressed at the jobs level, postdoc level, and grad school level. Are we maybe admitting too many grad students and eventually producing too many postdocs for non-existant jobs. Is the answer to pare down grad school recruitments? I don't know, but something has to be done.

Tideliar
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Are we maybe admitting too many grad students

Bingo!

I'm about to unleash hell on a postdoc unionization conversation in a different forum and this the gist of it...

There are too many grad students. Which means too many postdocs. NOt everyone who gets into grad school should be there. We import postdocs by the shedload.

Basically, yes there are not enough TT jobs, but we are not training our junior scientists to succeed. We are just generating untalented/poorly trained data generators who will never succeed.

Ditch PhD grad school and get more MS trained scientists. Cut out postdocs and recruit techs. A PhD is devalued nowadays.

Thomas Joseph
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Who gives a rats ass about TT jobs? Not only do I do more science in my government research position, I have our version of tenure*, and I get paid helluva lot better than the academic types (plus the benefits rock). Academia is over-rated.


*Unless I start walking around naked, making lude comments to the staff, surfing porn on my computer, start acting like a racist douche or otherwise stop being productive ... they can't fire me.

Tideliar
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I agree Thomas, but most postdocs are conditioned and think that the TT is the only way. And most academicians at TT level make them feel like that...you opt for something non-TT you're a failure.

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Are 5-6 year postdocs standard in biomed? Oh man... That's long. Like a second PhD! In my field a standard postdoc is 2 yrs; some people may do 2 postdocs, but chances of geting TT are much higher after 1 than 2 postdocs. You pretty much can forget academia if you don't get TT after the 2nd postdoc. Not that there is anything wrong with never going into academia -- people often make more money and can actually afford to have families and spend time with them...

Tideliar
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Yeah. it's a fucking joke. 5yrs grad school +5 years of postdoc with no academic jobs at the end of it.

Genomic Repairman
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Totally agree with Tideliar, the faculty candidate finalist we are interviewing have been postdocing for at least 6 years.

Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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Genomic Repairman said:
the faculty candidate finalist we are interviewing have been postdocing for at least 6 years.


Ah, so there's still hope for me!! Actually, I've been hearing this more and more--for one position I applied to last year, apparently the finalists had EIGHT years post-doc experience.

Genomic Repairman
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Dr. Becca, the top three candidates were 6th, 7th, and 8th (2 postdocs) year postdocs. I don't think we interviewed anyone below 5 years.

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*crawls out from under his rock*

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