Landing a postdoc, particularly for the social sciences and humanities, is increasingly difficult as Keisha N. Blain recently noted in Inside Higher Ed. Many postdocs are as competitive as tenure-track jobs. But if you are one of the lucky few to receive a postdoc, what’s next?
For the overwhelming majority of Ph.D. holders who do not become tenured professors, spending time as a postdoc comes at a hefty price. Compared with peers who started working outside academia immediately after earning their degrees, ex-postdocs make lower wages well into their careers, according to a study published today in Nature Biotechnology. On average, they give up about one-fifth of their earning potential in the first 15 years after finishing their doctorates—which, for those who end up in industry, amounts to $239,970.
Lab heads should let junior researchers take their projects with them when they start their own labs — it drives innovation and discovery, argues Ben A. Barres. Illustration by David Parkins Postdocs are the engines of scientific progress. Typically poorly paid despite their three to seven years of doctoral training, they might labour in […]
At the second Future of Bioscience Graduate and Postdoctoral Training (referred to as FOBGAPT) conference earlier this month, a deceptively simple comment highlighted the complexity of what it means to be an early-career researcher today. During a plenary talk describing a planned update to the criteria for T32 institutional predoctoral training grants from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (an official announcement is estimated for September 2017), Alison Gammie said, “We have to get away from thinking of graduate students and postdocs as workforce. … We have to think about them as trainees.”
Researchers from ethnic minorities are more likely to be discouraged from taking parental leave.