Spain's government said last week that it had formulated a plan to give postdoctoral researchers greater job security, but researchers contacted by
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...