jova saidHi guy, I'm actually looking for a postdoc in US. Most actually, I'm looking to do it in Boston cause my boss know poeple there.
I would like to know
What's the best place to do a post doc?
What's the salary I can wait from my US boss?
Is Boston a nice place to live, go out, meet a nice guy?
Yeah Boston is a great place to live. Salary is typically between $40-60k depending on field (I was a postdoc myself in physics) and institution, and health insurance is typically paid for on top of that. If you come on a J1 visa, and you DO NOT intend to stay longer than 2 years in total, you typically do not have to pay federal income tax either in the US or in your country of origin which makes it a better deal [you need to check what the tax treaty between the US and Belgium says about this---I know this to be true of the UK, Italy and France at least]. If you do intend to stay longer, you need to be very clear on the exact stipulation of the tax treaty as to whether you have to repay the tax or not.
Obtaining a visa is not too bad---your institution will file appropriate paperwork and if it's accepted you will have to visit the US consulate in Brussels to obtain the visa following a short interview. You'll have to pay about $130 for the visa and approx $100 to be registered on the immigration SEVIS database [depending on your visa category].
You'll do fine in any major US city, particularly on the coasts, although there's a certain culture shock to overcome.
As to meeting other guys, it depends on your attitude. There are certainly cross-cultural issues in dating, but if you find the right guy those can be pretty fun.
The most annoying features of working in the US are: the immigration service, the fact that US higher ed institutions give very little advice to foreign postdocs on issues like taxation making it easy to make expensive mistakes, and that there are some ridiculous bureaucratic issues such as needing a Social Security Number to get a driving license, bank account (and sometimes an apartment); but being unable to get until two weeks after entering the country.
When dealing with these issues, it's important to remember that American bureaucrats are just as vexing as their European counterparts.