I think there’s something in the water in the San Diego area because researchers there are offering volunteer post-docs: that’s right–you get to be a post-doc for free. Recently, an ad was posted for a volunteer post-doc “in the La Jolla area.” It’s supposedly ‘only’ 15 – 30 hours per week, but name one science position in which you ‘work to rule.’ I have a feeling it would expand to more than thirty hours. Just a hunch.
Well, there’s another ad for a volunteer post-doc, this time for the full forty hours [cough] per week.
This is obscene. It doesn’t help that scientists, on the whole, do not value our labor. Yes, there are certain ‘volunteer’ activities that we should do without compensation–if you want to do so. But research is not one of those things.