I am considering the pros and cons of two types of postdoc positions I have come cross:
- The most common is 1-3 years of work on an established project for which a supervisor PI typically won a grant.
- Some departments ask for a 'research plan' and the postdoc who wins the position works alone or with a local supervisor on the project he/she proposed.
The pros of 1 are clear:
- In my field, these jobs are usually offered in stronger departments (though not always).
- Likely more publishing output with a team and/or invested supervisor.
I was wondering about the pros of 2 and how it is perceived because the independent work is attractive to me.