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Postdoc stability in Spain?

Government offers 900 permanent posts for postdocs, but not everyone's impressed

Xavier Bosch(xbosch@teleline.es)

Spain's government said last week that it had formulated a plan to give postdoctoral researchers greater job security, but researchers contacted by The Scientist this week were skeptical about how beneficial the system would be.

Salvador Barberá, state secretary for science policy at the Science and Education Ministry, announced the plan to a meeting of the Spanish Council of University Coordination last Wednesday (December 15).

The aim, he said, was to create 300 posts a year over the next 3 years so that postdocs with 4 or more years of successful research could get permanent posts at universities and research centers. To fund the scheme, the ministry will provide the different regional governments with up to €10 million (USD $13.5 million) a year.

The Spanish government has been trying to stem the tide of postdocs leaving the country since 1992, when it launched a program to provide work for scientists...

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