eddy at WOL.WUSTL.EDU
Mon Mar 11 14:26:21 EST 1996
[in response to a discussion about how independent funding
would fix "postdoc exploitation", I wrote:]
>> NIH. Human Frontiers. Damon/Runyon. Whitney Foundation. DOE.
>> Burroughs/Wellcome. And so on. Many postdocs are already paid
>> independently. What's the new idea?
[and Alexander Berezin replies:]
>It is not important is this a 'new idea' or not.
I think it is. You and others assert that the system really needs is
something that already has; so what's the point you folks are trying
>On the other hand, if you say that there are so many
>sources of support for Independent Postdocs, I can
>only wish that these things be available on a wide
They *are* available on a wide basis, at least in molecular genetics.
(I know you're a physicist, and it may be different in physics.) Many
charities, foundations, and funding agencies generously offer postdoc
grants. Anybody qualified can apply.
>(1) Can these Independent Postdocs choose independently
>their topic of studies and change it they want to do
>so without any administartive penalties (same as tenured
>professors normally can) ?
Yes. Obviously, it's best if the topic is in line with the interests
and experience of the professor you're training with.
>(2) If the above is correct in what way these
>positions are distinct from (Independent) Visiting
>Research profesorships ?
Less money; an independently funded postdoc must still have a faculty
sponsor; and it's still a "training" position in name.
- Sean Eddy
- Dept. of Genetics, Washington University School of Medicine
- eddy at genetics.wustl.edu
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