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Survey Questions

Best Places to Work Postdocs

By | April 1, 2013

Category Question
Quality of Training and Mentoring My principal investigator takes time to discuss the science behind the experiments and other work that I do.
Quality of Training and Mentoring I have learned much from my principal investigator about how to succeed as a scientist.
Quality of Training and Mentoring My colleagues help me to learn to use equipment and to perform techniques that are new to me.
Quality of Training and Mentoring My institution provides helpful training in grant writing, computer skills, and other skills that postdocs need.
Career Development Opportunities and Networking My principal investigator discusses my career outlook and available options and opportunities.
Career Development Opportunities and Networking The department or institution provides assistance and advice about career opportunities for postdocs.
Career Development Opportunities and Networking My institution’s reputation will aid me in pursuing my career outside my institution.
Career Development Opportunities and Networking My institution has an effective postdoc office, association, or advisor.
Career Development Opportunities and Networking My principal investigator encourages me to attend symposia and conferences, and makes money available to defray expenses.
Career Development Opportunities and Networking My principal investigator provides me with names of colleagues that may be able to help in my research and job search.
Career Development Opportunities and Networking I have opportunities to interact with high-quality researchers from other departments and institutions.
Quality of Communication My principal investigator communicates expectations and feedback clearly.
Quality of Communication My principal investigator makes time available to discuss issues that arise in my research.
Quality of Communication My principle investigator make stime available to discuss disputes that arise with colleagues and lab personnel.
Quality of Communication My laboratory colleagues are supportive and helpful.
Value of the Postdoc Experience The training and experience I receive as a postdoc will be valuable to me in my future career.
Value of the Postdoc Experience My research work and scientific contributions are valued by my supervisor.
Value of the Postdoc Experience I am proud of the research work I am doing as a postdoc.
Value of the Postdoc Experience I work in an institution which publishes a large number of scientific papers.
Quality of Facilities and Infrastructure My institution provides the equipment and supplies that I need for my research.
Quality of Facilities and Infrastructure My institution supplies the technical support and services I need for my research.
Quality of Facilities and Infrastructure My institution provides access to all essential information services and journals
Quality of Facilities and Infrastructure I am pleased with the atmosphere and community in which my work facility is located.
Funding My institution provides adequate funding for me to do my research
Funding My principal investigator has helped me get additional funding to do my own research.
Funding My department provides access to training grants, travel grants, and supplemental grants for research.
Equitable Treatment Postdocs from other countries are treated fairly and equitably by their PI and colleagues.
Equitable Treatment There are no differences between the treatment of male and female postdocs by their PI and colleagues.
Equitable Treatment There is no discrimination against postdocs based on their religious beliefs or ethnic background.
Pay and Benefits All postdocs in my research groups are paid fairly.
Pay and Benefits The money I receive is adequate to cover my expenses and provide for reasonable leisure activities, considering the cost of living in my community
Pay and Benefits I receive the pay I am due on time and without bureaucratic problems.
Pay and Benefits My institution provides full medical insurance for me and my family at an affordable rate.
Pay and Benefits My institution makes reasonable allowances for parental responsibilities such as maternity/paternity leave and child care options.
Pay and Benefits My institution offers adequate retirement benefits for postdocs.
Pay and Benefits My institution provides advice and support on issues relating to immigration and visas for postdocs from other countries.
Family and Personal Life My principal investigator understands that I have family and personal obligations and encourages me to take care of these obligations.
Family and Personal Life The lab staff cooperate so that people can take time to solve family problems or take care of personal responsibilities.

 

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