Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers:

Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers:

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The concept of postdoctoral training came to science and engineering about a century ago. Since the 1960s, the performance of research in the United States has increasingly relied on these recent PhDs who work on a full-time, but on a temporary basis, to gain additional research experience in preparation for a professional research career. Such experiences are increasingly seen as central to careers in research, but for many, the postdoctoral experience falls short of expectations. Some postdocs indicate that they have not received the recognition, standing or compensation that is commensurate with their experience and skills. Is this the case? If so, how can the postdoctoral experience be enhanced for the over 40, 000 individuals who hold these positions at university, government, and industry laboratories? This new book offers its assessment of the postdoctoral experience and provides principles, action points, and recommendations for enhancing that experience.Job Ads On-Campus Former Professional Contacts Mathematics Other Faculty Biochemistry Sent Unsolicited PhD Advisor Job Notice in Professional Journal Postdoc Mentor 0 10 20 30 40 50 Percent FIGURE 3-1: Best Source of Job Adviceanbsp;...

Title:Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers:
Author: Institute of Medicine, Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2000-09-08

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