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If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll see that I’m fond of the hashtag #postdoclife when discussing certain aspects of my work.  Well, today a colleague asked if it was prompted by the number “It’s the hard-knock life” from the musical “Annie“.

I admit it wasn’t, but the idea (and startling similarities, at least in the stereotype) were amusing.  So I present, for your enjoyment, tongue planted firmly in cheek:

(watch the video if you aren’t familiar with the song)

It’s the postdoc life!

It’s the postdoc life for us!
It’s the postdoc life for us!

‘Steada tenure,
We get term!

Submitted papers,
They get ditched!

It’s the postdoc life!
No position to speak of, so,
It’s the postdoc slog we know!

“Student” status,
‘Steada staff!

Crappy office
‘Steada good!

It’s the postdoc life!

Don’t it feel like the grants are always failin’?
Don’t it seem like there’s never any light!

Once a day, don’t you wanna throw the towel in?
It’s easier than puttin’ up a fight.

No one’s there when your papers get trashed!
No one cares if you succeed or crash!
No one dries when your eyes get wet an’ weepy!

From all the cryin’ you would think this position’s a sink!
Ohhhh!!!!!!!
Rejected paper life!
Lack of interviews life!
Crappy office life!
No personal life!

Tenure track we never see
Tenure track, what’s that? A dream?

No one cares for you a tad
When you’re in postdoc land!

Yank the grant app from the boss
Just a jabbing sense of loss
No prestige, and not one perk
I love you, NSERC!

(whistle) Get to work!
(whistle) Make that figure!
(whistle) I said get to work!

It’s the postdoc life for us!
It’s the postdoc life for us!
No one cares for you a tad
When your in postdoc land!
It’s the postdoc life!
It’s the postdoc life!
It’s the postdoc life!

Suggestions for additional verses are welcome in the comments.  You’ll note that some lines remained unchanged.

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