Here is something from my personal observation about post docs which people
should know too...That a post doc, how it is handled and what the experience
is depends alot on the status of the P.I. If you go to work for a younger
less established researcher who has a smaller lab., they will be around more,
be more in touch with what is going on in the lab, and probably be more
accessible. There will be no other level of personnel between you and them.
If you go to work for a very famous well established researcher,
they will probably have a very large lab. and group, will travel alot and
you will probably have scheduled appointments with them once a week. They will
probably be more remote from the lab., and probably expect more independence
from their postdocs. They may have more senior people between you and them-
like some research assistant professors. Also, usually the more famous the
person, the more they will expect you to have your own postdoctoral funding-
Famous senior researchers get tons of applicants for postdocs- they can get
the cream of the crop and usually have very high expectations. They will be
very successful in getting people postdoctoral funding in their labs...
A new person starting out will probably only have 1 or 2 postdocs: However,
if you do go to work for a new prof, find out when they will be up for tenure...