A Better Life for Postdocs?

The lot of postdocs may be improving a bit, but a new threat has materialized

Richard Gallagher
Feb 28, 2006

Perhaps you're a bright, freshly minted PhD looking for solid advice on whether to plunge into the world of postdocs, or look for a job elsewhere. Or, you're completing a first or second stint as a postdoc and want to move onward and upward. Or maybe you're a principal investigator anxious to provide the best possible environment and attract the best research talent. Or, you're an institution manager, looking to measure where you stand in keeping your postdoc community happy. Look no further.

Our 2006 Best Places to Work for Postdocs survey is published in this issue, starting on page 53. The survey was completed by almost 3,000 postdocs at 114 institutions worldwide. It ranks institutions on the postdoc experience and catalogs the issues that matter most to the up-and-coming generation of scientists.

Having read the open comments in this survey and compared it with the first one of...


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