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Postdoc Workforce Issues
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NPA Resources

NPA Fact Sheet, An NPA resource updated regularly with the last facts and figures about postdocs and their role in the U.S. workforce

Articles and Reports

Year: 2001-2008

ARISE: Advancing Research In Science and Engineering, Report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on challenges facing early career scientists

Postdoctoral Fellows and the Research Enterprise, Curtis, L., Alexander, R., Rawlings, J., Pozzi, L., Gitlin, J. (Aug 2008) ASBMB Today. pg. 25.

Postdoc Participation of Science, Engineering, and Health Doctorate Recipients, NSF InfoBrief, NSF 08-307, March 2008

Supply Without Demand, Donald Kennedy, Jim Austin, Kirstie Urquhart, Crispin Taylor, Science 20 February 2004:
Vol. 303. no. 5661, p. 1105

Postdocs: What We Know and What We Would Like to Know Proceedings of an NSF/CPST/Professional Societies Workshop, December 2002

The Pipeline and the Tree: Towards a New Paradigm for Education, Training and Career Paths in the Natural Sciences, Human Frontier Science Program and European Science Foundation. Meeting Report Nov. 2001.

Careers and Rewards in the Bio Sciences: The Disconnect Between Scientific Progress and Career Progression, Richard B. Freeman, Eric Weinstein, Elizabeth Marincola, Janet Rosenbaum and Frank Solomon, August 2001.

Year: 2000 and Earlier

Trends in the Careers of Life Scientists, Committee on Dimensions, Causes, and Implications of Recent Trends in the Careers of Life Scientists, National Academy Press 1998.

What Follows the Postdoctorate Experience? Employment Patterns of 1993 Postdocs in 1995, NSF Brief 99-307, November 1998.