I am in my second year of postdoc, and working towards getting either a TT faculty job at a research focused institution, or getting a K at my current institution, a fairly prestigious AMC. I only have 5 publications, and my primary mentor thinks this is way too low to be competitive this job cycle. He think I need 12-30 (!!!!) to be competitive for either a job or a K. But other faculty members differ hugely... I've heard anything from "it doesn't matter, since you're a clinical researcher," to 4-5 publications, to 8-10, to 12-30. Anyone have any ideas about this? What do hiring committees and award committees expect? Is it possible that expectation are lower for applied/clinical/services research vs. experimental/neuroscience research? Thanks!