Listen to the Big DogPosted: September 6, 2012
Thanks, Bill Clinton, for reminding me of arithmetic. I was planning to submit a K99 this October while also doing a full job search. I was thinking either the K99 comes through and I do a mentored phase of about 6 weeks (though I think some institutes have a minimum, it’s not in the PA), or it comes through and I don’t get a job, but I’m better positioned for next year.
But, feeling overwhelmed with doing the emotional arithmetic of doing an NIH application while applying for jobs, finishing 2 papers, and dealing with a raft of other ongoing bullshit, I realized that there is no reason to do it this cycle. If I get a job this year, it won’t be because I submitted a K99. And if the search does not seem to be going well or it at least slows down, I can apply for one of the next two cycles, and if it works out it will help me next year. And I’ll have at least one more paper and better preliminary data.
Then there is this: if I don’t get anything this year, right now I’m pretty sure I am not capable of doing a 6th year of postdoctoring or a 2nd year on the job market. I’m done.