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Ask the PhDs

I will be getting my PhD in about 6 months, and I am trying to decide if I should get a postdoc position, or apply straight to faculty positions. I have been in school for so long that the idea of moving again, taking a one year position, and a terrible salary is almost more than I can bear. At the same time, I want to be sure that I am setting myself up for a strong career in academia. Would you suggest that I suck it up and take a postdoc?

--Postdoc Plateau

Dear Postdoc Plateau,

The decision to take a postdoc or full-time faculty position often depends on your progress as a researcher at the end of your graduate studies. Most students will apply to both types of positions because the market for full-time positions is so competitive.

If a student is offered a full-time position that would be a perfect fit immediately following graduate school, it might be disadvantageous not to accept the offer. However. . .

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