(In case you don't know me, I just finished a physics phd) Based on my current job hunt, it appears that physicists are no longer highly sought after on Wall st. Physicists can get quant jobs, but the positions are highly competitive. To make myself a more competitive candidate, I'm considering doing a postdoc in finance. This would also help me gain experience, get my hands dirty using SQL and other finance software, and hopefully develop some nice connections. The problem is, as far as I know, postdoc positions in finance do not officially exist. I plan on sending emails to professors in business and finance indicating that I'm looking for a position as a research assistant. Here's a skeleton of what I plan on writing 1) I am applying for a position as a research assistant 2) Introduce myself and background. 3) I have an interest pursuing a career in finance 4) A little bragging about me, and how I can contribute to their research. 5) Demonstrate that I have read their research and find it interesting (this is a lot of work. Is there anyway to be seriously considered without doing this?) other questions. Do finance and business professors have funding for research assistants? Any one have any comments or advice?