Men and women hired as scientific researchers soon after their doctoral graduation are often labelled “post-doc” by their peers, their organization, or even themselves. This label is misunderstood by everyone, even researchers themselves, because it has different definitions in different organizations and no clear definition outside of these organizations. It is hurtful because it it does not convey the full quality of what a person actually does and thus does not contribute to their social capital.
Stop using it! Instead, talk about what people actually do.