The Sigma Xi Postdoc Survey
DOCTORS WITHOUT ORDERS: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SIGMA XI POSTDOC SURVEY
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Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Sigma Xi Postdoc Survey is designed to improve the training and research environments for postdocs by providing a better understanding of their experiences. Survey results are expected to enable research institutions to benchmark their policies and practices against those at peer institutions.
Information has been gathered from 7,600 postdocs on such issues as pay, working hours, benefits and many other factors. Participating institutions have been sent a summary of responses from their postdocs. Due to the high volume of demand, data collection is still on-going at select institutions.
The survey asks important questions that postdocs and institutions want answered. Survey topics focus on postdocs' research activities, career goals and perceptions of the policies and practices at their institutions. Questions were drawn from:
Benchmarks for Success
The online Sigma Xi Postdoc Survey is designed to provide institutions with a rigorously developed instrument delivered in a customizable format. The survey offers:
Sigma Xi is making resources available to each institution to survey their postdocs in an efficient and methodologically sound manner. Through a local survey team, institutions have the opportunity to manage the use of this powerful tool by:
Professional Design, Methodological Rigor
Sigma Xi is working with RTI International's survey methodologists to provide:
Each participating institution will receive a comprehensive report, including:
Tools and Support
Sigma Xi's software is designed to gather survey responses, track participation rates, send out automated e-mail reminders to non-responders and perform data analysis. The accompanying toolkit contains: