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Is it ok to start looking for other postdoc positions?

Actually, it sounds like it is essential for you to to look for alternatives. It is improper for the PI to hold you in jeopardy and he should be more clear. But your career is at risk if you just &...
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What does a promise of possible funding "based on availability of departmental funding" actually mean?

Your institution has definitely met the terms laid out in your award letter, which states that there is "possibility of a fourth year based on availability of departmental funding." This does not mean ...
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Postdoc application: professor verbally committed to hire me, but now says that regulations have changed and keeps delaying the process

Is this normal in post doc recruitment? No, this is obviously not normal. There is something going on, and your guess is as good as mine as to what that is exactly. Maybe there is indeed some sort of ...
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Can a (predatory or fake) journal refuse to withdraw a non-published paper, even though the journal is to blame for withdrawal request?

The journal has nothing to "give back" and no basis for demanding payment. As long as the authors still hold copyright the work is theirs and theirs alone. All that is required is a ...
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Is it possible to retract an acceptance for a full time lecturer position?

You are asking if it's okay to tell people you will do something when you are premeditating the possibility of not doing it after all and telling them later that you changed your mind. In your ...
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How to deal with hostility from administrators when starting a new postdoc position?

Is this usual behavior Short answer: no. Longer answer: I have heard many stories of bad workplaces, both in academia and beyond. Even at good workplaces one occasionally encounters weird, rude, and ...
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Postdoc in China: what are the possible difficulties and disadvantages?

I'm doing a postdoc in computer science at Nankai University, Tianjin, China. You've asked about the negatives, but I first want to point out that I love living in China (my friends talk about how ...
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Is it possible to run two postdocs simultaneously if one of them is "independent"?

It is hard to predict what is "possible". Your contract(s) and policies may stipulate expectations. But to be safe, I would suggest, only do this with everyone's knowledge and permission. I ...
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Is it possible to run two postdocs simultaneously if one of them is "independent"?

There isn’t an employer in the US who will agree to pay you a salary knowing that you are also getting a salary from another employer for working during the same hours. If we’re talking about ...
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Is it ok to start looking for other postdoc positions?

A postdoc is a transitory position. Looking for your next job and career step is not just okay, it's essentially what those positions are for.
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How to argue with postdoc hired for a project, to work on tasks from another project

You can switch her to another project if you have the funding for it. What you cannot do is to have her work paid by one H2020 project to carry out work for some other separate project. If that's what ...
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Does the short-term nature of post-docs and PhD assistantships create research inefficiencies?

In most European countries, the academic system used to work practically like this a few decades ago: in most domains, a person who had successfully passed their PhD was almost sure to find a ...
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How to deal with hostility from administrators when starting a new postdoc position?

I'm not sure why you are considering this "offer". You've given a lot of downsides that could easily lead to future pain and suffering. But other than a weak endorsement in your first ...
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How to argue with postdoc hired for a project, to work on tasks from another project

I'm just guessing, but she probably has the right of it. I would cease arguing with her entirely but suggest that something additional might be done on the original project that might also result in ...
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Starting PhD, university says I don't have to sign contract

According to these Danish labor union websites, it is correct that you don’t need to sign: https://www.detfagligehus.dk/faa-hjaelp/loenmodtager/i-arbejde/ansaettelse/ansaettelseskontrakt/ “The law ...
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Is it possible to have the contract starting date before actually starting to work?

Of course you can and should ask the university to help you deal with this problem. They have done all the work so far in the hiring process, arranging the visa and writing the contract. It's in their ...
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Postdoc that refuses to follow the terms of her contract

Your additional information that you put under the comment section and I think it should be placed in Question also, is that post-doc is paid for by the University, not paid by you/from your grant. So ...
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Can a (predatory or fake) journal refuse to withdraw a non-published paper, even though the journal is to blame for withdrawal request?

In addition to the excellent answers by Buffy and Anonymous Physicist, I will add a few points. For the sake of completeness, let me summarize the key issues I see here. I am not a lawyer, but I do ...
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How to deal with hostility from administrators when starting a new postdoc position?

Currently, I am in a similar situation (working since 12 months as a postdoc in the U.S. with a scholarship that covers 24 months from the "NIH" of my home country). Similar to what you ...
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Postdoc in China: what are the possible difficulties and disadvantages?

I know this question is dated thus likely the OP Artem has finished his/her Postdoc contract long ago. But I will leave some comments as well, as a westerner (from a 3rd world country, engaged to a ...
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Postdoc that refuses to follow the terms of her contract

It IS a common situation, although there a two parts here: One is work related, she is employed, you are her supervisor, she is not doing her job, you should act in an appropriate way. The other one ...
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Commercial company wants me to list all prior "inventions", give up everything not listed

I work at an R&D company that has a pretty similar clause in its contract, and in fact most R&D companies will. The core reason is that things change quickly in R&D, so an area that the ...
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TVöD contract E13 (limited contract 2 year) notice period

If you are aiming for a fixed date and are still on good terms with your boss, it is quite common to create an "Aufhebungsvertrag", that is a contract in which you both agree to terminate ...
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Is it normal to have several one or two month extensions after a fixed term contract postdoc?

As a fixed-term postdoc you should pretty much always be looking for another job, and your PI should expect this. Unless you have more than about 18 months left it is worth keeping an eye out for ...
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Does the short-term nature of post-docs and PhD assistantships create research inefficiencies?

A PhD position is naturally time-limited because it should end when the candidate obtains their PhD. Your question implies, but does not state explicitly, that you are referring to research rather ...
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What does a promise of possible funding "based on availability of departmental funding" actually mean?

What does "based on availability of departmental funding" actually mean, legally? It means if there are funds available, you may have access to them. You have been told by your department that ...
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Postdoc application: professor verbally committed to hire me, but now says that regulations have changed and keeps delaying the process

If it starts like this already, before you get a real chance, this will likely not end well. Independent of what position it might be. This is not normal for any kind of position. It's disrespectful ...
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How (il)legal and common is it for a university to make one work BEFORE signing a contract?

There is no general rule and the answer depends on the country. I worked in 3 different countries which are not my home country and in 2 of them I received the actual work contract after I started ...
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How often are authors not allowed to send their paper by email upon request?

I will speculate (and I'm guessing that a speculative answer is the best you'll be able to get to such a question) that the answer is effectively never. Specifically, I have never heard of a journal ...
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What does a promise of possible funding "based on availability of departmental funding" actually mean?

I am not a lawyer, but a funding possibility of a fourth year based on availability of departmental funding sounds pretty meaningless as a promise. That is, I don't think you have any legal or ...
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