Postdoc in Academia: Freedom of thought for the brave.


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As I was finishing my PhD, I faced a dilemma that comes across the minds of many PhD graduates: To stay in academia or try to transition to an industry job.

In my case, I took the first option--even after being tempted with a few industry positions that paid more generous salaries.

A good friend that was in a more advanced stage in his career told me something that I verified to be very true: “As an academic postdoc, you can do whatever you want.” At that point I didn’t fully grasp what he meant, but with time I understood.