April 13, 2015
National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable Webinar
A member of The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited authoring committee, Paula Stephan, hosted a Webinar with the National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR):
- On March 6, 2015, GUIRR hosted a webinar on this newly released NRC report. The presentation first summarized general facts regarding postdoctoral fellows, including the large and growing population of postdoctoral researchers, the spread of postdoctoral positions from physical and biomedical sciences to other fields such as engineering, the humanities and social sciences, the relatively low pay postdoctoral fellows receive and the fact that many postdoctoral fellows end up working in non-research positions. The data come primarily from the Survey of Earned Doctorates, the Survey of Doctorate Recipients and the Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering. The presentation also discussed the six main recommendations made by the committee, the types of actions required to implement them, and, especially with regard to the recommendation regarding compensation, the rationale for the recommendation. The six relate to (1) period of service, (2) title, (3) career development, (4) compensation, (5) mentoring, and (6) data collection.