Monday, December 3, 2007


Six years has become the standard duration spent post-doc-ing in Astronomy. Is this too long? Please discuss.

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Jenny F. Scientist said...



Ry said...

Yes. It's completely insane.

Chuck said...

That's way too long, but I don't know enough about the funding systems in astro to propose a solution.

Anonymous said...

I don't know -- two postdocs is standard, and if they're each three years long, that works out to six years. I think three years for one postdoc is good -- it lets you relax a bit the first year, get stuff done, and actually settle into where you're living.

Maybe the crappy part is where two postdocs, and not one, is the standard.

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