I'm very early in my PhD (just past 6 months) and out of interest I was looking at some post-doc positions that I could aim towards.
I found a recently advertised position that is in the exact field I am aiming for. Essentially it sounds like I'd be a perfect match... in three years time.
I was thinking of sending one of the Chief Investigators an email introducing myself and expressing interest in positions like this one for the future (obviously not applying though) so he would be aware of my name and perhaps keep me in mind so I could apply if a similar position came available at a more appropriate time.
Is this a common thing to do? Would it be positively or negatively received?
For reference, the field is mathematical biology.