GRIM OUTLOOK: Postdocs need to realize that the odds of getting tenure-track academic jobs are poor, says CSPT's Catherine Gaddy.
The once-predictable world of scientific postdoctoral research appears to be entering a period of transformation. Increasingly left in an employment limbo by shrinking tenure-track faculty positions at universities, science postdocs around the United States are beginning to organize and clamor for change. But for many, a nonacademic career seems unavoidable.

"The current cohort is caught in a difficult time," acknowledges Catherine Gaddy, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology (CPST). "I think postdocs need information, and we're doing what we can to let them know that the odds [of obtaining a tenure-track position] are wrenching."

CPST, a participating organization of the Washington, D.C.-based American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), analyzes human resource information concerning science and technology as one of its main...

Interested in reading more?

Become a Member of

Receive full access to digital editions of The Scientist, as well as TS Digest, feature stories, more than 35 years of archives, and much more!
Already a member?