These days, postdocs need to demonstrate their independence early, which they can do by negotiating with advisers, seeking individual fellowships, or obtaining a junior-PI position.
To get tenure, you need to show that you, not a group that frequently includes you, deserve promotion.
A roundup of small grants, individual fellowships, and junior-leader positions in Europe and the United States designed to give postdocs some early autonomy.
Nobelist Roald Hoffmann believes that taking graduate students off grants and giving them fellowships would be good for U.S. science. But others say such a radical change isn't in the cards.
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