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.
Table of Contents
|Postdoctoral Scholars in US Institutions||4-20|
|Features of the Postdoctoral Experience||21-41|
|Rights, Opportunities, and Responsibilities of the Postdoc||42-56|
|The Postdoc and the Adviser||57-69|
|The Postdoc and the Institution||70-87|
|The Postdoc and the Funding Organization||88-94|
|The Postdoc and the Disciplinary Societies||95-96|
|Principles, Action Points, and Recommendations for Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience||97-109|
|Appendix A: Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy: Member and Staff Biographical Information||113-121|
|Appendix B: Analysis of Quantitative Data on Postdocs||122-137|
|Appendix C: Results of Survey of Organizations with Postdoctoral Scholars||138-158|
|Appendix D: Summary of Workshop on Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience||159-174|
|Appendix E: Summary of Results from Institutional Focus Groups||175-184|
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