Why are postdocs so dismal at simple mathematics?
December 19, 2012
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?