Sigma Xi Postdoc Survey

All Results, All Institutions

Survey results for all institutions aggregated together. Excludes respondents who indicated that they were not in fact a postdoc (question RE25 in "Your Postdoc")

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Page 4: Institutional Environment

"Institutional Environment" asks about written policies and procedures and about the availability of various types of training.

IE01. When you began this postdoc, did you receive an official letter of appointment or contract? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Yes 84.3% (3688 / 4377)
2 = No 12.1% (530 / 4377)
3 = Don't know 3.0% (131 / 4377)
4 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤44 / 4377)
 
IE02. What information did your letter or contract provide? [More details]
Note: Asked of people who received an appoinment letter/contract
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents (subject to the condition below) [?]
Condition: IE01=1 [?]
Check all that apply:
  All Results
5 = Term of appointment 77.5% (2810 / 3626)
1 = Compensation 63.7% (2310 / 3626)
2 = Benefits 43.5% (1576 / 3626)
3 = Your responsibilities 37.9% (1373 / 3626)
6 = Don't remember 14.9% (539 / 3626)
4 = Advisor's responsibilities 13.9% (505 / 3626)
 
IE03. Which of the following written documentation have you received from your employer (either in print or online)? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]

Select all that apply.


  All Results
1 = An employee handbook 45.5% (1960 / 4312)
3 = The contact information for a designated mediator/ombudsperson/human resources manager 29.6% (1278 / 4312)
5 = Don't remember 27.4% (1182 / 4312)
2 = The Federal Policy on Research Misconduct 25.8% (1112 / 4312)
4 = None of the above 23.1% (995 / 4312)
6 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤44 / 4312)
 
IE04. Please rate the extent to which your current postdoctoral experience is preparing you for the following aspects of your future career. [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
 
Please rate the extent to which your current postdoctoral experience is preparing you for the following aspects of your future career.
IE04A. Research skills [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Poor 2.4% (104 / 4305)
2 = Fair 13.3% (573 / 4305)
3 = Good 38.8% (1671 / 4305)
4 = Excellent 45.5% (1957 / 4305)
 
Please rate the extent to which your current postdoctoral experience is preparing you for the following aspects of your future career.
IE04B. Teaching skills [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Poor 41.6% (1770 / 4256)
2 = Fair 31.3% (1334 / 4256)
3 = Good 20.0% (853 / 4256)
4 = Excellent 7.0% (299 / 4256)
 
Please rate the extent to which your current postdoctoral experience is preparing you for the following aspects of your future career.
IE04C. Management skills [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Poor 22.2% (945 / 4259)
2 = Fair 34.8% (1482 / 4259)
3 = Good 32.2% (1371 / 4259)
4 = Excellent 10.8% (461 / 4259)
 
Please rate the extent to which your current postdoctoral experience is preparing you for the following aspects of your future career.
IE04D. Communication skills [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Poor 9.0% (387 / 4281)
2 = Fair 26.7% (1144 / 4281)
3 = Good 44.4% (1900 / 4281)
4 = Excellent 19.9% (850 / 4281)
 
IE05. Please indicate the primary source of training you have received in the following areas as part of your current postdoctoral experience. [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
 
Please indicate the primary source of training you have received in the following areas as part of your current postdoctoral experience.
IE05A. Research ethics [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 35.6% (1515 / 4250)
2 = Informal, on the job training 33.3% (1415 / 4250)
3 = No training 31.1% (1320 / 4250)
 
Please indicate the primary source of training you have received in the following areas as part of your current postdoctoral experience.
IE05B. Writing skills [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 10.3% (437 / 4252)
2 = Informal, on the job training 60.3% (2565 / 4252)
3 = No training 29.4% (1250 / 4252)
 
Please indicate the primary source of training you have received in the following areas as part of your current postdoctoral experience.
IE05C. Public speaking skills [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 12.0% (512 / 4253)
2 = Informal, on the job training 60.3% (2563 / 4253)
3 = No training 27.7% (1178 / 4253)
 
Please indicate the primary source of training you have received in the following areas as part of your current postdoctoral experience.
IE05D. Teaching skills [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 5.3% (223 / 4226)
2 = Informal, on the job training 30.7% (1298 / 4226)
3 = No training 64.0% (2705 / 4226)
 
Please indicate the primary source of training you have received in the following areas as part of your current postdoctoral experience.
IE05E. Grant or proposal writing [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 16.7% (710 / 4244)
2 = Informal, on the job training 46.3% (1963 / 4244)
3 = No training 37.0% (1571 / 4244)
 
Please indicate the primary source of training you have received in the following areas as part of your current postdoctoral experience.
IE05F. Group or lab management [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 3.6% (153 / 4234)
2 = Informal, on the job training 46.9% (1985 / 4234)
3 = No training 49.5% (2096 / 4234)
 
Please indicate the primary source of training you have received in the following areas as part of your current postdoctoral experience.
IE05G. Project management [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 3.2% (134 / 4225)
2 = Informal, on the job training 53.6% (2263 / 4225)
3 = No training 43.3% (1828 / 4225)
 
Please indicate the primary source of training you have received in the following areas as part of your current postdoctoral experience.
IE05H. Negotiating skills [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 4.2% (176 / 4214)
2 = Informal, on the job training 28.9% (1219 / 4214)
3 = No training 66.9% (2819 / 4214)
 
Please indicate the primary source of training you have received in the following areas as part of your current postdoctoral experience.
IE05I. Intellectual property [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 9.5% (398 / 4208)
2 = Informal, on the job training 26.8% (1129 / 4208)
3 = No training 63.7% (2681 / 4208)
 
Please indicate the primary source of training you have received in the following areas as part of your current postdoctoral experience.
IE05J. Conflict resolution skills [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 6.0% (252 / 4213)
2 = Informal, on the job training 32.7% (1376 / 4213)
3 = No training 61.4% (2585 / 4213)
 
Please indicate the primary source of training you have received in the following areas as part of your current postdoctoral experience.
IE05K. English language skills [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 6.4% (268 / 4204)
2 = Informal, on the job training 36.4% (1532 / 4204)
3 = No training 57.2% (2404 / 4204)
 
IE06. For which of the following areas would you be interested in receiving formal training? [More details]
Note: Participants were only shown options for which they had not indicated that they had received formal training above
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents (subject to the condition below) [?]
Condition: IE05A=2 or IE05A=3 or IE05B=2 or IE05B=3 or IE05C=2 or IE05C=3 or IE05D=2 or IE05D=3 or IE05E=2 or IE05E=3 or IE05F=2 or IE05F=3 or IE05G=2 or IE05G=3 or IE05H=2 or IE05H=3 or IE05I=2 or IE05I=3 or IE05J=2 or IE05J=3 or IE05K=2 or IE05K=3 [?]
Check all that apply.
  All Results
5 = Grant or proposal writing 64.4% (2640 / 4099)
6 = Group or lab management 46.3% (1896 / 4099)
7 = Project management 45.9% (1880 / 4099)
2 = Writing skills 45.6% (1870 / 4099)
4 = Teaching skills 44.4% (1820 / 4099)
8 = Negotiating skills 43.1% (1766 / 4099)
3 = Public speaking skills 38.8% (1591 / 4099)
10 = Conflict resolution skills 31.9% (1308 / 4099)
9 = Intellectual property 30.3% (1241 / 4099)
11 = English language skills 20.1% (823 / 4099)
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IE07. To what extent does your postdoc advisor encourage you to or discourage you from receiving formal training? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Strongly discourages 1.9% (81 / 4255)
2 = Somewhat discourages 5.1% (218 / 4255)
3 = Neither encourages nor discourages 41.9% (1782 / 4255)
4 = Somewhat encourages 22.1% (942 / 4255)
5 = Strongly encourages 15.8% (674 / 4255)
6 = Don't know 11.2% (475 / 4255)
7 = Prefer not to answer 2.0% (83 / 4255)
 
IE08. To what extent has your current postdoctoral experience exposed you to opportunities outside of an academic or research career? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Not at all 48.6% (2073 / 4266)
2 = Some 40.8% (1741 / 4266)
3 = A lot 7.6% (325 / 4266)
4 = Prefer not to answer 3.0% (127 / 4266)
 
IE09. Are you aware of formal written policies in your department or institution that address any of the following issues? [More details]
 
Are you aware of formal written policies in your department or institution that address any of the following issues?
IE09A. Determining paper authorship and author precedence [More details]
  All Results
1 = Yes 21.4% (1536 / 7177)
2 = No 49.4% (3542 / 7177)
3 = Don't know 29.2% (2099 / 7177)
 
Are you aware of formal written policies in your department or institution that address any of the following issues?
IE09B. Defining misconduct [More details]
  All Results
1 = Yes 38.7% (2762 / 7144)
2 = No 34.2% (2442 / 7144)
3 = Don't know 27.2% (1940 / 7144)
 
Are you aware of formal written policies in your department or institution that address any of the following issues?
IE09C. Resolving grievances [More details]
  All Results
1 = Yes 28.0% (1995 / 7126)
2 = No 39.1% (2788 / 7126)
3 = Don't know 32.9% (2343 / 7126)
 
Are you aware of formal written policies in your department or institution that address any of the following issues?
IE09D. Determining ownership of intellectual property [More details]
  All Results
1 = Yes 33.2% (2372 / 7135)
2 = No 36.0% (2569 / 7135)
3 = Don't know 30.7% (2194 / 7135)
 
IE10a. Are job placement services available to you at your institution? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Yes 24.0% (946 / 3940)
2 = No 17.4% (686 / 3940)
3 = Don't know 58.2% (2293 / 3940)
4 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤40 / 3940)
 
IE11a. Is career counseling available to you at your organization? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  All Results
1 = Yes 32.9% (1295 / 3938)
2 = No 14.8% (584 / 3938)
3 = Don't know 52.0% (2048 / 3938)
4 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤40 / 3938)
 
IE10b. Have you made use of job placement services available to you at your institution? [More details]
Note: Asked of participants who indicated that they had job placement services at their institution
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents (subject to the condition below) [?]
Condition: IE10a=1 [?]
  All Results
1 = Yes 20.0% (188 / 941)
2 = No 75.8% (713 / 941)
3 = Don't know 3.0% (28 / 941)
4 = Prefer not to answer 1.3% (12 / 941)
 
IE11b. Have you made use of the career counseling that is available to you at your organization? [More details]
Note: Asked of participants who indicated that they had career counseling services at their institution
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents (subject to the condition below) [?]
Condition: IE11a=1 [?]
  All Results
1 = Yes 25.2% (324 / 1287)
2 = No 72.6% (934 / 1287)
3 = Don't know 1.2% (16 / 1287)
4 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤13 / 1287)
 

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