Ask for 1 year self-funded post-doc postion and willing to pay for the training cost?
(I probably need to get a personal loan to pay for it. )
I haven't officially apply for job yet because my current mentor told me that I need to complete 95% of the PhD thesis before applying for job.
In the past few months, I am just asking around to see whether PI will take me as a self-funded post-doc.
In other words, bypassing my current mentor.
But I haven't been successful in securing a self-funded post-doc position for 1 year.
I can only get a 3 months volunteer technician.
mdfenko had mentioned the reason why PI may not want a self-funded post-doc for 1 year... that is why I am thinking of doing self-funded post-doc for 3 year.
yes, i think the recession affects jobs in research. pharma is laying off and grants are more difficult to obtain. government jobs are frozen or being reduced. schools are getting reduced funding.
although you would think that any pi would take a self-funded postdoc you have to realize that there are other expenses than salary. supplies are required, with a certain amount of expected waste, when training someone. the pis may think that one year is not worth the investment and they can't afford to extend your stay.