I am wondering if anyone has had a similar experience. Last year, I took a tenure track job at a 4 year university. The job is not working out for a variety of reasons. I have a call lined up for a potential postdoc that I think would be a perfect fit. Has anyone moved from an assistant professor to postdoc? Any guidance as to how to justifying the move would be great.
Date: 24 Nov 2012 23:38
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I'm actually working on a postdoc with someone who did the same thing this year. I'm pretty sure this person was not tenured yet, but I'm not 100% on that. Anyways this persons justification is that their research interests changed and in orde to pursue new professional goals, in depth training was required that would be very difficult to do over the course of a TT position and that the postdoc gives the opportunity to work with experts in the field…. If that fits for you, along with the job not working out, I think that's a reasonable reason for the abrupt change.
One way to justify it would be if there is some additional methodological expertise that you need to learn to further develop your program of research. Is the post doc lab using some new methodology that you have not mastered?
Thank you! Yes, I want to use some biological markers of stress and it is related to my current work although not something I have previously done. I had (2 years ago) discussed the opportunity of a postdoc with this person but only in the past few months really felt it was in my best interest to follow up with her. We are scheduled to talk this week and I wanted to make sure I could make a strong case for changing paths.