I am considering applying for postdoctoral positions in the US. However, I would like to find more information about how it is like to be a postdoctoral scholar.
Question 1: Is a postdoctoral position a full-year position (12 months) or an academic-year position (9 months)?
Question 2: How should I interpret postdoctoral salaries? For example, an MIT postdoctoral information page (see link) lists the minimum postdoctoral salary for a person with 0 years of experience at $42,000. Is this salary for 12 months, or for 9 months?