An early-career reader wonders whether faculty would be receptive to the idea of a half-time postdoc.
For some research projects, I think that a half-time arrangement would work just fine. In fact, I have had part-time (including half-time) postdocs cost-shared with a research facility or with another colleague at a different university. Although these postdocs were full-time researchers, the fact that they didn't spend 100% of their time on research that involved me has not been a problem.
I have not had a half-time postdoc who spent the other half doing something else entirely (e.g., being a half-time so-called stay-at-home-mom or -dad), but I would certainly be willing to work with someone in this type of arrangement. Certain projects would not be suitable for a part-time postdoc of this sort, but many would be.
So, faculty readers who supervise postdocs: What do you think?
Do you, have you, or would you work with a half-time postdoc, even if the other half was not spent on research or other discipline-related work?