Asked • 05/04/19

Postdoctoral job search: freedom?

As I'm currently pursuing an academic job search (in parallel to the industry one), which includes potential postdoctoral positions, I would appreciate some clarifications on the following aspect.**Freedom.** I assume that there are two major options for postdoctoral positions in regard to academic (research) freedom: 1) postdoctoral researcher joins a group, lab or project and contributes to one or more of *their* research projects under PI's guidance; 2) postdoctoral researcher joins a group, lab or department and contributes to one of those entities' research portfolio by conceptualizing and performing *her/his own* research (still under PI's guidance), based on previously negotiated agenda, which fits and supports larger groups' research themes.**Question:** are my my assumptions correct; does a postdoctoral title reflect the type of freedom (or lack of) of the position?**Note:** My field is *Information Systems*, a discipline, which can be considered as a sub-domain of *Management Science*, which, in turn, is a *social sciences* discipline.

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