Curtis, on 28 January 2011 - 11:19 PM, said:
the problem is that I'm getting married soon
Advanced congratulations then
. And what is a “terribly low” salary anyhow? A 40k USD may put you at poverty level in LA or Boston but would probably be enough in some Midwest cities. And besides, legally, most institutions would have pay scales adjusted to the cost of living but of course, if you’re looking for good salaries, you may have to gain more experience first. Not to sound pessimistic here but the economic slowdown and the severe cuts on research budgets translate to fewer jobs created or available. It is especially more difficult for international applicants bec you’re competing with natives or residents. And some PIs would not want to wait or wade through all the bureaucratic red tape of getting someone from abroad when there are many who are just around the corner so to speak. But that doesn’t mean that there are no opportunities, you just have to be more patient. And I think in the US, they have a quota for the working visas they issue so if it’s already filled, you wait again for the next round.
And I guess most of us also know that getting a job doesn’t solely depend on our CV or how qualified we are…a lot depends on luck and connections. I have heard some PIs say that they don’t even open unsolicited e-mails from people they don’t know (they get a lot of those all the time). So it’s always a good strategy to do some networking …i.e., when attending congresses/meetings- introduce yourself, your work etc bec many of the attendees are potential employers or try to start collaborations with labs doing something related etc. So when you’re done with your degree, you already know people who can probably help you out in one way or another.
And for your job search, you’ve to continue going thru the usual channels eg recruiters, websites, science magazine ads etc. or if you’ve enough patience, I’d suggest checking out the big funding agencies grant decisions. Here in Canada- we have the CIHR and the NSERC (the US –NIH perhaps?) or the equivalent in other countries and here, the awards are given twice a year...you’ll find a list of the successful labs and PIs and their research topic. So you’d know whose labs have money and are most probably hiring. Or check too those labs which are up for renewal (end of their funding period)....they have a better chance of getting fresh funding. Anyways, the important thing is never to give up.....it can be hard, challenging even frustrating for many, it doesn't matter which field and finding THE perfect job is a myth of course...good luck...