"Although the specific goals of the Roadmap themes are numerous, taken together they can be seen as an ambitious, desperately needed attempt to renew the commitment of NIH to the support for young investigators."
"If, in the course of the day, faculty spend some time talking about their career and careers in general, it wouldn’t be something they would have to keep a note of in a logbook and say, ‘Oh, this isn’t research-related.’ ”--Joseph Ellis
The Rand report concludes that, although adequate data and accurate assessments of labor market conditions are important for many different parties, early career and prospective scientists are especially vulnerable.
"There are tremendous opportunities in Canada right now for young scientists and engineers, but the number could be higher with increased funding." - Alain Berinstain, Director of Planetary Exploration and Space Astronomy, Canadian Space Agency
The glue holding together the two parts of the increasingly creaky systemand the rationale for thousands of men and women with a decade or more of university study to accept salaries that according to the Sigma Xi data average $38,000 ($7000 less than the average earnings of a similarly aged college graduate)is the widespread but usually futile hope of becoming an independent university researcher.
"I'm fortunate in that the leading researchers in my field are with the institute, so not only do I get to know them, but they get to know me. That can only be beneficial when I seek future employment."
"Is the university structured to ensure that the postdoctoral experience includes training and assistance in making a transition into the next position? Or is the postdoc, instead, merely a convenience for the investigator, a place on which we focus too little pedagogical attention?"