Biotech postdoc simultaneously exploring academic and industry jobs?
January 31, 2011 7:57 PM Subscribe
How does a biotech postdoc simultaneously explore academic and industry job opportunities?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (4 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a postdoc currently working in an academic lab in the U.S.. Researching as a professor that does research seems like a dream job to me, and I will probably start applying for faculty jobs this fall. Even in an in-demand field such as my own, the market for these positions is extremely competitive, and if I get a job offer, I might not like where it is.
There's also the possibility of industry jobs, with better pay and more attractive locations. Applying to both faculty and industry jobs simultaneously complicates matters, though. Unlike universities, I think that businesses will not want to wait for my other offers to come in before I reply to a job offer. I worry that my academic colleagues that write my recommendation letters will see me as less serious when they find out I am applying for industry jobs.
The option of applying for faculty jobs first, and then industry jobs later also brings some difficulties. I fear I will be less attractive as an industry candidate if I wait. It also raises the possibility of turning down all faculty jobs offers, thinking I will get something better in industry, and then later finding I can't get a better job there.
Can you suggest some strategies or address my concerns?