You leave a post-doc fellowship to escape a toxic laboratory environment. But you`re not sure yet: you have to wait a year to make sure you won`t have to repay the salary you earned in that lab. Scholar wants to make known the price that Postdocs have to pay to leave their appointments prematurely. Great discussion, everyone! BMK`s additional links are super interesting; While I`m not surprised that there are tires that one can jump through with a government postdoc, I`m surprised that decades of NIH and Congressional rules have made the fine print a Byzantine imbroglio. Postdoctoral fellows and fellows must begin their payment activities within two years of the end of their awards. And the government requires annual reports until the debt is paid. If you make an important deal, it is always advisable to study the fine print. But to do this, as an old postdoc, whom we will call Owen A. Bundle, learned, you must first know that the fine print exists and have access to them. Completing the second year of the post-doctoral vocation – something he hoped and expected not to do – would fulfill the commitment, he read. Thus, ”an equal period of research, research training and/or health-related activities would be equal to an average of at least 20 hours per week based on a full year of work; [or] .
an equal period of health education, which is on average at least 20 hours per week based on a full year of work,” the agreement states. This situation was a great source of stress for me when I decided that I had to leave my post-doc (was absolutely miserable). I was quite confident that my work in the pharmaceutical industry at a CRO would meet the requirements, but I was still very worried about it, as I was in the regulatory department and not in the bank. In short, the NIH contacted me about a year after my new job to remind me of my commitment. I printed and filled out the form in which I explained what I was doing in my current role and what activities meet the requirements, my boss signed it and I emailed it. About two weeks later, I had a signed copy from the NIH that informed me that my commitment had been met. I think it`s important to keep in mind that the NIH doesn`t ”intend to get us” – their definition of research is actually quite broad when it comes to meeting the reimbursement requirement. — See 126.96.36.199 Payback Service here: grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/nihgps.pdf A former Postdoc chained to the academic science ball. Honestly, I don`t agree with the title of the original poster of this thread, with words like ”crazy” and ”indentured servitude.” Yes, we should review the fine print on NIH grants. Yes, it`s shameful that institutions don`t provide all the facts in advance (I think that reflects how low they think about postdocs). But a simple networking conversation with a few postdocs would have revealed all this to the job seeker of the article, and probably more.
Whether they know it or not, nih Research Service Awards post-doctrinals who leave their funded positions or finish their awards for some reason a year ago have agreed to repay the federal government. They may request to do so in dollars or, more likely, by taking part in health-related biomedical or behavioural research, including teaching or research management. I received an NRSA individual scholarship at the beginning of my post-doc in 1993, but I only kept it for a year before I got a better scholarship. To my knowledge, the same payback language was applied at the time. And this fact was widely known and hardly caused concern, since most apprentices expected to stay in their chosen profession at the end of their post-doc. It`s not like NSAIDs are few and no one has ever talked about them in the lab. .