I got my PhD in June of this year, and am spending this semester writing up journal articles and applying to jobs. I'm currently living in Singapore (where I got my PhD, though I'm American), and am thinking of moving to back to the U.S. in November. However, I have an adjuncting gig lined up here if I want it for next semester, and possibly a three-year postdoc with my current supervisor (he's applying for a grant). I'm weighing the benefit of having a job versus getting back home and being able to make more connections and attend conferences more easily. How long is too long to be unemployed if you don't have to worry about money and you are publishing? I personally prefer being unemployed to having a postdoc unrelated to my research interests or too much teaching, but I know it starts to look bad eventually.
Date: 25 Sep 2015 13:20
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I don't know if there is a set time limit. If you really don't want to do the research, is there a way you could maintain an affiliation? Maintaining an affiliation would definitely help.
As a member of a search committee, I think a gap longer than a year would start to look bad. I might be asking myself why you are unemployable.