I have about a year and a few months until I would start a new position as either a new faculty or a post-doctoral research (current preference to the latter). Anyway, I'm a bit at a lose of how to proceed with searcing for such a position. Here's what I do know based on some advise I read and heard from other individuals:
- Look for individuals with funding
- Post doctoral positions are not always adverstised
- Contact individuals you are interested in working with
This advise is good but it is a bit vague. First, how can I tell if someone has funding? I can check laboratory websites and CVs but is there another way to tell? Thus far, checking websites and CVs does not appear to be giving me fruitful information regarding funding status.
Next, if I contact someone, what is the best way to pose the question about whether they have a position available? Outside of the two faculty I work with, I only know a few other individuals (at other institutions). However, I do not know them well enough to just come out and randomly ask if they would have anything available. Is there any advise anyone can give me regarding contacting someone either you know at least on a minimal basis (e.g., you met professionally at a conference, corresponded with through email) or not at all?
I'm trying to stay away from staying at my doctoral school because neither of my advisors will have funding. I also read somewhere that NRSA (I'm not certain of other funding opportunities) prefer to provide the postdoctoral research grant to postdocs looking outside of their graduate program.
I have not gotten too desperate yet but I want to be extremely prepared. My current background is in developmental psychology and I do a lot of research on peer relationships, romantic relationships, and parent-child relationships from middle childhood into young adulthood.
I would appreciate any advise anyone has. I have a couple of people in mind (one I know and a few I do not) to contact but I want to be 100% prepared before I contact them as I do not want to "blow" my chances with them.