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Ok here's the issue. Normally the Chinese postdocs have to be under 35 years of age plus under 3 years from PhD. However, I am slightly over 3 years from PhD. However, I already will have a one year postdoc experience (currently pursuing) prior to starting a (second) postdoc in China. My age would be around 37 by that time though. So, aren't there any age relaxations for people already having some postdoc experience? By the way, I also have a 2.5 years of University (teaching+research) experience prior to starting my (first) postdoc. This is really an ugly rule if it still doesn't allow any age relaxations provided all the University experience plus a postdoc.

  • This is an ugly rule because it does not help you - may help others though... – Solar Mike Nov 26 '18 at 4:27
  • @SolarMike What do you mean by that? Do you think disregarding the research experience is reasonable? Do we have to bullfight during the postdoc or do research? – AtoZ Nov 26 '18 at 4:31
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    Chinese living in Taiwan here. I have acceptance by a professor in China for the next postdoc Did the professor know your age when he made the offer? If yes, you're fine. If no, tell the professor your age(birth date) now. Sometimes, the rules can be bent, sometimes not. It all depends. – scaaahu Nov 26 '18 at 5:01
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    @Scientist Thanks for the info. When was that? I am not 100% sure, but it is normally the case nowadays. However as scaaahu mentioned, there are exceptions so its maybe not that stringent. My prof. is looking into it, and lets see what he says. Whether he can manage workarounds or not. – AtoZ Nov 27 '18 at 2:01
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    @Scientist Many thanks for your helpful information. Don't you think CAS was a good option? What were your main concerns with the postdoc experience you had in China? Was it bad, salary wise or other things like not a good group etc? BTW today I was told that the rule is strict, i.e., no > 35 allowed.. so its already out of question for me now. – AtoZ Nov 28 '18 at 11:53

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