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Is it common and acceptable for a postdoc to leave before contract ends?

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Is it common and acceptable for a postdoc to leave before his/her contract ends, for whatever reason? How early should a prior notice be submitted in this case?

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To add to previous answers: if your postdoc includes teaching, you should finish out the academic year, or at the very least finish the current term, and give your department chair as much notice as possible, so that they can find a replacement or adjust teaching assignments.

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In math, it's reasonably common for people to leave a 3 year postdoc after 2 years to take a tenure track job (or rather, it was reasonably common before the job market crashed). But fields which have postdocs attached to particular grants may be quite different.


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Is it common and acceptable for a postdoc to leave before contract ends?

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To add to previous answers: if your postdoc includes teaching, you should finish out the academic year, or at the very least finish the current term, and give your department chair as much notice as possible, so that they can find a replacement or adjust teaching assignments.

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Indeed. When I switched jobs, I made it a point to fly back to my old university to wrap up teaching. To me it is just common curtesy to wrap up your loose ends as good as possible. - xLeitix Feb 2 at 23:09

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