<figcaption> Credit: © Phil Mynott</figcaption>
Credit: © Phil Mynott

The University of Cambridge climbed to first place this year among international institutions, up from 9th last year and 25th in 2006. One reason for the jump, says Oliver Jones, a postdoc in biochemistry and leader of the university's postdoc society, is the university's new focus on professional training. "If you want to learn some new skill there's usually some way of doing it."

About five years ago, the postdoc society began lobbying for career support services. In September, 2006, the university responded, hiring careers adviser Anne Forde to guide the approximately 900 postdocs in the life sciences. The program hit the ground running....

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