on the perennial topic of underpaid postdocs who want more money.

per usual, PhysioProf:

The only possible end-game to this continued simultaneous slashing of RPG budgets and inflation of the NRSA pay scale is (1) more layoffs of RPG-supported post-docs and (2) the few post-docs still supported on R01s sitting in front of computers playing Angry Birds because there is no money left after paying their salaries to pay any other research expenses.

To which some bonehead replies:

Quit viewing us as cheap labor and recognize that we are desperately scrambling for security. We’re getting older, forced to constantly move, write grants -and- do the actual research, all without job security, and you think a salary less than half of yours is fair? Well I guess you got yours so the rest of us can suffer.

Later on in the thread there is another comment suggesting that any PI who can’t just pay their postdocs $3,000 more is incompetent.

The mind boggles.

There is a fixed pool of NIH money here supporting science. Actually it is shrinking. But whatever. If all the postdocs are paid more per year, there are going to be fewer post docs supported. Or, as PP points out, no money to do research. Perhaps these disgruntledocs are okay with the latter but they sure as hell aren’t going to be okay with the former when it is them that is out of a job.

What gives these morons the idea that they would be magically exempt from the axe?

As I’ve noted in past editions…

The rules for this blog meme are quite simple.
-Post the link and first sentence from the first blog entry for each month of the past year.
I originally did this meme, after seeing similar posted by Janet Stemwedel and John Lynch. Prior editions include 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.

If you blog, I encourage you to do your own year-end wrap up post.


2012

Jan: ah, a tragic conundrum emerges from the thickets.

Feb: It’s been awhile since I last talked about MDMA, aka 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, the canonical ingredient in Ecstasy.

Mar: Perusing the ‘pedia on the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution I found what I was looking for.

Apr: This is my understanding, anyway.

May: This is huge. Previously the only IC that, to my knowledge, made their funding data available was the NIGMS.

Jun: Dude. I realize you are white and male and think you are quite a smart scientist.

Jul: I received a kind email from Elsevier this morning, updating me on the amazing improvement in 2011 Impact Factor (versus 2010) for several journals in their stable of “Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience Journals”.

Aug: What a fucking summer.

Sept: Phew. We’re okay. For now.

Oct: Obviously it is an academic career credit to be selected as the Editor in Chief of a journal, no matter how humble that journal may be.

Nov: We have touched on the Investigator criterion of NIH grant review in the past.

Dec: I’m attending a meeting that is enriched in the older and established luminary type of scientist.