I know similar questions have been asked before but most have been about going from TT positions to a postdoc. I have the feeling that my current postdoctoral position may be a dead-end, meaning that there are some opportunities for me to publish but MOST has been on data from graduate school. The position hasn't really turned out exactly how things were discussed (and I don't just mean my dreams of how such a position would be but the pay, the amount of funding for conferences, etc). Thus, I'm thinking about leaving before the position has ended. I am considering taking a non-TT position at a school which involves zero expectation for research, at least for the position I would be taking. Of course, I could still do research on the side as I have a few collaborators in the department already. The position is temporary and would allow me to work for a year while I reapply for TT positions.
My question is, how odd will this look (i.e., to go from a postdoc to a non-TT position with zero research expectation)? What will search committees think? Will it hurt my chances on the job market? Mostly I would be looking for R2s or low-end R1s. I currently have 11 publications (in pretty decent journals in developmental psychology and specialty journals) with a few under review in top journals in the field. I'm certain that the publications I'm currently working on and those under review will not be in press by fall 2013 job search year. Of course, I know that I may have to try the market for a few years and the non-TT position is renewable each year. I want some advice before I jump the gun on applying and accepting such a position. Part of me just says stick the postdoc out, but the other part of me thinks it may be a waste of time.