This is my first year on the job market (graduating with PhD in May) and, while I am preparing my job applications, I can't help feeling that a post-doc would actually be a preferable route for me.
My graduate institution does not have the greatest reputation and my adviser is not well known. Despite this, I have been able to publish 8 journal articles (6 first author), a handful of proceedings papers, and have received a couple graduate fellowships. I don't feel like I am without any hope on the job market.
At the same time, my eventual goal is an R1 job and it seems like taking a post-doc position in a highly productive lab at a top tier institution (which would presumably be easier to get than a job) would set me up better for an R1 job than, say, taking a lower-tier R2/R3 or SLAC job. A post-doc would let me distance myself from a so-so graduate institution, beef up my publication record, and gather more citations. I'm fairly young for this stage in my academic career (never taken a year off or taken longer than expected for any degree), so maybe that's why I'm not itching to land a job immediately?
There seems to be a persistent opinion that post-docs are positions for people who failed to find a faculty job. Am I crazy for desiring a post-doc? Would it be even crazier to turn down something like a 3/3 SLAC job (assuming I get any offers at all) in hopes of landing a good post-doc?