Interesting articles on postdocs

June 30, 2011
"For job-hunting PhDs, the degree was the easy part" by Vanessa Lu in the Toronto Star discusses how hard it is for PhDs to find a job in Canada.
June 29, 2011
"Oh, Canada..." by Dr. Lucie Low, CAPS Vice-chair Finance, writes about how tax laws affects Canadian Postdocs  (Nature Volume:474, Page:533 Year published:(2011) DOI:doi:10.1038/nj7352-533a).  As part of an international contest held by Nature looking for essayists who could discuss the challenges of graduate studies and postdoctoral fellowships, Dr. Low was one of the six selected columnists out of 300 entries.
June 27, 2011
The Journal of Postdoctoral Affairs is a new journal that aims to "address[ing] conceptual and practical issues that pertain to the foundations and contexts of the postdoctoral experience".  Stay tuned for articles relating to the postdoc experience.
April 30, 2011
  • Nature has several articles on the PhD system including:
    • The PhD Factory reported by David Cyranoski, Natasha Gilbert, Heidi Ledford, Anjali Nayar, and Mohammed Yahia in Nature. Apr 21, 2011 Volume 472:276-9 discusses the number of PhDs being produced.
    • Reform the PhD system or close it down by Mark Taylor in Nature. April 20, 2011. Volume 472:261(2011) discusses the production of PhDs and the job market. 

            Comments on these articles have been blogged on "The Black Hole: Science in Canada.  Issues Affecting Trainees"

  • The Heart of Research is Sick, an interview with Peter Lawrence. "A senior scientist speaks out on real lives and lies in the ‘broken’ research system. Peter Lawrence explains how current research is in crisis and why young scientists are suffering." This article has been judged as exceptional by F1000 (
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March 22, 2010
  • The following blog is written by the Associate Dean in charge of Postdoctoral Fellows at Dalhousie University and discusses the postdoctoral situation from the point of view of a University
March 17, 2010
Get your voice heard!  Science is conducting a survey on the postdoc experience to be published in August 2010.
Dear Colleague:

If you are a current or former postdoc, we would like your help. We are interested in your opinions regarding what makes for a successful postdoc experience. The overall results of this survey will be published in the 27 August 2010 issue of Science.

This survey provides you with an opportunity to express your views, positive and negative, about your postdoc experience. Secondly, the publication of the survey informs and educates other postdocs and those considering following this career path. Finally, it provides important information to Science/AAAS about postdocs which helps us better serve the community through our outreach efforts.

To thank you for your help, we'll enter your name in a drawing for one of 10 Apple iPod Shuffles.

Would you please complete our survey, which takes 25-30 minutes? All individual survey responses will be kept strictly confidential. To participate in this online survey (and enter our drawing) please go to

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Beth Rosner

Science magazine