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Postdoc in Neuchatel?

Hello all,
I have been offered a post doc appointment in Uni of Neuchatel and I am thinking whether I should accept the appointment. Your forum is great and I have spent quite a lot of time reading about Neuchatel here.
I am currently a post doc in UK but not particularly happy with the science of the lab here whereas the offer from the Switzerland comes from a quite competitive lab, so I consider that a successful stay in Neuchatel would enhance my future prospects. On the other hand I have moved too much the last 5 years and the swiss offer covers the same time of appointment with my existing contract. After my two years appointment I will have most likely to apply for my own grant. Reading the SNFS pages I see that the options for someone with more 5 years post PhD experience are very limited to non-existent. Any advanced postdocs with similar experience have any comments? Of course getting competitive funding in UK is also quite difficult even if 8 or even more years post PhD postdocs are allowed.
I also consider the cost of life there particularly with a 80% appointment (that still sounds odd despite the PI and several people from his lab reassuring that everyone works that way and financially will be ok). A far concerned hobbies I am social and like to play music too. I saw that Neuchatel is situated in the lake and being very nice place but I am also scared that making friends and getting hobbies there will be quite difficult. Are there any studios and/or people playing music at all there? Of course with 80% appointment I will have plenty of time travelling (either for leisure or for hobbies) which is good!

Such a difficult decisionů..
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