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Should I Try For an Industry Job or Head For a Post-Doc?

Question asked by Matthew Jorgensen on Apr 8, 2011
Latest reply on Apr 13, 2011 by Bryan Balazs

Alright people, I will be graduating soon in Materials (specializing in photonic crystals) and am trying to decide if I should dive head first into industry, or do a post-doc.


Here are my circumstances:


I am married with 2 children, my wife stays home to take care of the kids, and we are very sick of living off a grad student stipend.

I would prefer to work a job that is <50 hours a week so that I have time for family.

The most ideal job I can imagine would be teaching chemistry exclusively, and would make ~100k/year.

Since my ideal job doesn't exist, I am looking at other options including teaching at a junior college and doing something else on the side.

I also would like to work in an area that makes the world a better place, so some areas of industry are appealing.


If I decide to try for a straight-up teaching job (i.e. no research), is a post-doc overkill?  Would a post-doc hurt me?


Thanks for any advice you all might have.