In the past three years, I got very few interaction with my adviser who appeared to be ignoring me all the time, maybe because my project is a very sided non-mainstream project. He always chats with other lab members about their research and publishing. I feel that he just doesn't care what I do and how I feel, leaving me to flounder. Although I have been trying to be very positive in the lab, I feel very bad about myself for choosing this lab at the beginning. I regret I chose my current adviser who seems not to like guys much.
I started looking for jobs in the summer of 2008 in the US, but the response I got from potential employers has been pretty sparse. So far, I only got three on-site interviews and a couple of phone interviews. One of my on-site interview was in a big pharmaceutical company located on the east coast, but they turned me down after the on-site interview. Two other on-site interviews were in research universities and one of them has rejected me already. The only hope I have right now is from the third lab in a very prestigious university. The PI asked me to tell him if I get offers from other places before I make a final decision, and he promised he will do the same. All I can tell is that he is very interested in me as a postdoc candidate, other than that, I don't know exactly what he means. He cannot make a decision until the job advertisement expires in 60 days, per their university policy. I am not sure whether this is just an excuse or it's a real policy (weird though, postdocs are not permanent positions!). This PI has called my current PhD adviser for reference, and the feedback my adviser gave me was very very positive. He said my perspective PI at the prestigious university is very excited about me.
As I have only three months left before graduation, I have been very anxious to get a postdoc position. Sometimes, I feel depressed and cannot sleep at night. I still keep applying for postdoc positions, but I got very few responses. I wonder what else I could do for now.
Edited by RCholic, 02 February 2009 - 09:26 PM.