What’s in a name?

Michael D. Schaller, Gary McDowell, André Porter, Dorothy Shippen, Katherine L. Friedman, Matthew S. Gentry, Tricia R Serio, Wesley I. Sundquist

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Abstract

Numerous concerns have been raised about the sustainability of the biomedical research enterprise in the United States. Improving the postdoctoral training experience is seen as a priority in addressing these concerns, but even identifying who the postdocs are is made difficult by the multitude of different job titles they can carry. Here, we summarize the detrimental effects that current employment structures have on training, compensation and benefits for postdocs, and argue that academic research institutions should standardize the categorization and treatment of postdocs. We also present brief case studies of two institutions that have addressed these challenges and can provide models for other institutions attempting to enhance their postdoctoral workforces and improve the sustainability of the biomedical research enterprise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere32437
JournaleLife
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 24 2017
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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Schaller, M. D., McDowell, G., Porter, A., Shippen, D., Friedman, K. L., Gentry, M. S., ... Sundquist, W. I. (2017). What’s in a name? eLife, 6, [e32437]. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.32437