I recently applied for a postdoc position at a research institute in the UK via their job portal. I didn't contact the PI in advance because the job advert was already posted. However, after 3 weeks, I still didn't hear back from them & when I checked my status though the job portal, the status was indicated as "closed". I emailed the HR yesterday and was informed that I was not shortlisted as they felt I do not have the skills or experience for the position. Technically, I would say that my skills are probably around 70% of what was required for the position as the field is quite different (viral immunology in PhD VS cancer immunology in job application) but I'm really interested in the potential projects in the lab and I want to learn the new methods to be introduced there. My question is:
- Should I have contacted the PI before submitting my application?
- In such research institutions, how involved is the PI in screening applicants? Or does the HR first pre-screen the applicants before passing them to the PI?
- Should I email the PI now to inquire if he/she is open to discussing my application?
- Additionally, would a higher expected salary affect my application? I was required to input the expected salary in their online form, and I stated quite a higher range than what they offered but indicated it as negotiable