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In my view this shows the PI putting themselves first and having little regard for you. I have been treated badly by people like this in my first postdoc in the EU and regret not walking away sooner. It was also not a good sign when you had to accept a pay cut. From my own postdoc experience I see red flags here that I likely would not have noticed before.
It seems that sometimes postdocs feel like they have to put up with unfair treatment in the belief that this will help them to progress their careers, the reality being that eventually people in such situations end up quitting academia. Where I have been a PhD student and later postdoc (different places) I noticed selective mentoring of PhDs and postdocs. I got on fine with little mentoring but it seemed to me that academics were selecting who they would support in developing their academic careers and if you weren't one of those having this level of support it was best to move on.
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In response to the above, I applied for a postdoc at a University in Switzerland in a natural sciences area and was informed they had received over 200 applications. I know someone who has been looking for a postdoc for a while who got an offer recently from a University in Canada.
The majority of postdocs I see advertised require someone to start within a few months of them being advertised, there is usually some flexibility with start dates - which depends on when funding is allocated. Most students I speak to start looking for Postdocs during the final year of the Ph.D.
I have an MEng, the place I got into for my Ph.D. valued this. However, the feedback from some applications I made for a Ph.D. was that others had MSc qualifications. I found that views of integrated masters qualifications varied. I would advise getting an MSc if you have the time and funds, particularly as you are making a change of direction in respect of discipline. You will be competing against others who have MSc qualifications and publications from those.
Many years ago I worked in a lab which involved liaison with a senior scientist who was very blunt and came across quite aggressive at times, never friendly on any occasion. This made my job more difficult, I didn't enjoy the job because of this. I informed director of that area, they informed me they knew of this person's manner, there had been prior complaints, my role had a high turnover. However, I was informed nothing would be done as this person was an 'excellent scientist' and they did not want to lose him from the lab. I resigned and moved on. My initial Ph.D. supervisor had a similar manner, which had affected others, again its likely that nothing will be done about him. Given what you have said I would just move on, particularly as you are being subjected to negative behaviours from someone very senior. You sound like you are suffering from anxiety, my initial Ph.D. supervisor caused me to feel like this also.
I mostly wrote up as I went along, and the content of conference and journal papers became parts of chapters in my thesis. There was a period I then set aside to focus on the thesis in the final 6 months. Ph.D. students I encountered had quite variable working patterns, do what works for you. The hours I worked varied depending on what I was doing, when I had experiments running I would often be in the lab 7 days a week, other weeks would be less intensive. I advise aiming for around 40 hours a week on average, take breaks when needed and don't compare your work to others.
I was bullied during my Ph.D. and lacked supervisory support. There was a period of time during write up I had to take a break, I just couldn't look at the thesis for a while. Applying for jobs helped keep me motivated.
I also had depressive episodes during the Ph.D. I took breaks when I needed to and then pushed on. You are at the final stage now, just keep going. You perhaps have little over a month to get the corrections finished now, so I would just focus on this now as much as possible, ignore any negative comments from others around you. It helps to have a plan for after you finish, perhaps reach out to your University Careers Service if uncertain about your plans after the Ph.D.
I submitted around 15 applications, there were just three of those I could evidence 100% of the person spec for and I got an offer for one of those. I was interviewed for three positions before getting an offer. It is a quieter time now in respect of Postdoc positions being advertised, its a time when academics take holidays. I am not sure where you are based but I am in the UK and I wouldn't have applied for anything above a Postdoc in academia as I would not have met the requirements. I know former Ph.D. students in the US who have gone straight into faculty jobs shortly after their defence, so either a Postdoc or Assist Prof position can be an option there. 10 applications isn't that many, I think you just need to keep going, since you have had interviews you should hopefully get an academic position if you persevere. Doing something different so that you have income before securing an academic position shouldn't go against you.
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