I am 29 years old and am about to finish my PhD thesis in the field of remote sensing (i.e. somewhere between computer sciences and geosciences in a broad sense or applied signal and image processing in a more narrow sense) at a university in central Europe.
Due to the fact that there are only few tenure positions available in science and I would rather stay in my (economically strong) home region, I want to find a position in industry in the long term. However, I have received an interesting offer for a post-doc / scientist position in a new-to-be-founded research group with great funding and cutting edge research in the applied signal processing field.
My question now is: Will some additional years in academia harm my chances concerning a job in industry?
Some additional points to consider:
in the post-doc position, I would be the deputy of the group leader (who is soon to receive a full professor/tenure position)
I'd be responsible for staff management and some budget issues (about 20% of time)
I'd have the chance to travel to international conferences
the application the signal processing research is carried out for is not directly industry-relevant
I have received an invitation to an interview for an R&D job at an automotive company, but it is scheduled only in 3 weeks, while I have to decide for the post-doc offer sooner rather than later