I just wanted to make one comment regarding your surveys and information gathering: I think it is important that when discussing employment issues, lab politics, or general science issues, you should remember that quality science is generated from places other than the Northern hemisphere. That is, there are other thriving, first-world economies that are underrepresented in your discussions (e.g., Australia).
Given that many 'Southern' scientists have the option of either remaining in Australia, or like me, repatriating after completing postdoctoral positions in first-rate labs in the United States and United Kingdom, valuable information can be gathered from these people. (I think the general impression is that the "foreign scientists" in surveys are those who have left eastern/underdeveloped countries for greener pastures.) I appreciate that your wider market is Northern America, but please try and be aware of those in other parts of the globe who also thrive in this field.
Dr. Paige Hilditch-Maguire
Innovation and Commercial Development Associate
University of Queensland, Australia