From the ACS grad report, this comment:
A second helpful change would be for funding agencies to be more receptive to requests for support of more senior research associates who are regular employees of research institutions. Such positions would help to provide a professional path forward for postdoctoral associates.I suspect that these positions are paid somewhat better, are somewhat more stable than a postdoc and indeed carry some health insurance and other benefits. I would guess that there are a fair number of these positions, too. On Twitter, there were a couple of interesting comments from knowledgeable folks:
@seearroh @onesleepynerd @chemjobber Interesting convo, but you're talking soft money, perro, and that's a high stress proposition...
— Christopher J Cramer (@ChemProfCramer) December 20, 2012
@chemprofcramer @seearroh @onesleepynerd @chemjobber stressful beyond what you would imagineSo they're stressful (but are they more stressful than a regular industry job? I could argue it both ways.) So does anyone have anything to add about academic staff scientist positions?
— Lewis Lab (@Lewis_Lab) December 20, 2012