To attract the best candidates, it will be in the interest of the university to formulate guidelines and policies that reflect the value of the postdocs to the university's mission.
In order to guarantee high-profile training for students, the University of Göttingen has established collaborations with renowned research institutions nearby.
Part of becoming a successful scientist is building up your own portfolio of ideas: experiments you'd love to do if you ever get the time (and money).
Your union can help if you want better pay or if anything bad happens to you, but like any insurance it can only help if you have been a member for some time prior to a crisis.
I think the AUT lacks the one vital ingredient for a union to be effective--solidarity.
I love what I do and I work hard to stay in the flow.
While there are good reasons for some to stay on to pursue R&D in academia, industry offers equally or even more exciting careers.
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