A postdoctoral fellow is a sad little creature that emerges from a lengthy gestation of 4-7 years in a dark damp laboratory or cubical where they've undergone a metamorphosis of sorts in graduate school. Now sensitive to natural light, newly emerged postdocs may hiss and recoil at the sun
. Without a middle management structure to the modern research lab, these newly awarded PhDs will retreat running and screaming back into the laboratory
and endure more mental abuse for lousy pay. This period following their doctorate degree serves as a purgatory, or holding period, until the hands of higher powers select them for a greater purpose
. This odd behavior of the postdoc is most likely due to lack of memory past their undergraduate degrees... Poor little things, they don't know it can be better.
Hahaha... I'm just kidding,
A postdoc, or postdoctoral fellow, is a job position commonly held by individuals immediately following their PhD degree. They usually last 2-3 years and are considered training positions. The idea, is they they give young scientists time to publish papers and apply for grants so that they can become more competitive for funding and faculty positions in their career.