I am currently in the final stages of my PhD and am planning on looking for a post-doc position soon, preferably in the US or in Europe in theoretical research (theoretical physics).
Ideally, once accepted to a post-doc position, I would relocate and live close by the hosting academic institution.
Due to personal circumstances, I won't be able to relocate during the first half of my planned post-doc. Instead, I plan on having trips every once in a while to the hosting academic institution, and during all other times to work from home, i.e. from a different country. During the second half of my post-doc I will relocate and do a "traditional" post-doc.
For personal reasons, I want to start my post-doc relatively soon (so while other solutions may be possible to this situation, e.g.postponing my post-doc training to a later time, I do not want to consider these at the moment).
Putting aside practical issues such as whether I will be able to find a PI who will be willing to take a post-doc according to this plan, I was wondering whether:
- Pursuing a post-doc position in the US/Europe while working from a different country is possible at all? I imagine during the COVID era, people got stuck in foreign countries, disabling them from working near their hosting academic institution, but this was a temporary issue. I wonder whether such an agreement is formally possible in the US/Europe (in terms of tax regulation, university regulations, or state law).
- Does the answer to question 1 above depend on the specific academic institution? The state/country where it is located?
- Does anyone know who this question should be addressed to - the hosting PI? student affairs? HR division?
- Has anyone had any experience with such a post-doc plan?