When looking at adverts for postdoc positions, I often see examples from the US that say something like "the position is for one year, with the possibility of extension for another 1-2 years".
Literally, and contractually, the meaning of this is obvious, but I am interested in guidance as to whether it consistently means anything in practice.
For example, I can imagine that it could mean "I only have funding for one year, and I'm hoping the successful applicant will find themselves funding to stay longer". But I can equally imagine that it is "I have funding for three years of a postdoc, but I want to see if I like them before committing".
Is there a "usual" subtext? Or is it not possible to read anything into this?
When considering an intercontinental relocation, it would be helpful to have some idea of how likely the longer duration is!
It's in a scientific field, in case that's relevant.