Sigma Xi Postdoc Survey

Results by Gender, All Institutions

Survey results by gender 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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 85.1% (2102 / 2471) 83.4% (1553 / 1862)
2 = No 11.5% (283 / 2471) 12.9% (241 / 1862)
3 = Don't know 2.9% (71 / 2471) 3.0% (56 / 1862)
4 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤25 / 2471) ≤1.0% (≤19 / 1862)
 
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:
  Men Women
5 = Term of appointment 77.3% (1596 / 2066) 77.8% (1190 / 1530)
1 = Compensation 66.0% (1363 / 2066) 60.8% (930 / 1530)
2 = Benefits 46.9% (969 / 2066) 39.0% (596 / 1530)
3 = Your responsibilities 42.1% (869 / 2066) 32.2% (493 / 1530)
6 = Don't remember 15.4% (319 / 2066) 13.8% (211 / 1530)
4 = Advisor's responsibilities 14.9% (308 / 2066) 12.4% (190 / 1530)
 
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.


  Men Women
1 = An employee handbook 50.0% (1216 / 2431) 39.6% (728 / 1840)
3 = The contact information for a designated mediator/ombudsperson/human resources manager 31.1% (755 / 2431) 27.9% (513 / 1840)
5 = Don't remember 28.3% (687 / 2431) 26.2% (482 / 1840)
2 = The Federal Policy on Research Misconduct 27.6% (672 / 2431) 23.4% (430 / 1840)
4 = None of the above 19.6% (477 / 2431) 27.6% (508 / 1840)
6 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤25 / 2431) ≤1.0% (≤19 / 1840)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Poor 2.1% (51 / 2430) 2.8% (51 / 1832)
2 = Fair 12.7% (308 / 2430) 14.0% (257 / 1832)
3 = Good 37.7% (916 / 2430) 40.2% (737 / 1832)
4 = Excellent 47.5% (1155 / 2430) 43.0% (787 / 1832)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Poor 41.0% (984 / 2402) 42.2% (764 / 1812)
2 = Fair 32.1% (771 / 2402) 30.5% (552 / 1812)
3 = Good 20.1% (484 / 2402) 20.0% (362 / 1812)
4 = Excellent 6.8% (163 / 2402) 7.4% (134 / 1812)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Poor 21.3% (512 / 2408) 23.2% (420 / 1809)
2 = Fair 35.1% (845 / 2408) 34.4% (622 / 1809)
3 = Good 33.2% (799 / 2408) 31.1% (563 / 1809)
4 = Excellent 10.5% (252 / 2408) 11.3% (204 / 1809)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Poor 8.9% (215 / 2421) 8.7% (158 / 1818)
2 = Fair 26.7% (647 / 2421) 27.0% (490 / 1818)
3 = Good 45.3% (1096 / 2421) 43.4% (789 / 1818)
4 = Excellent 19.1% (463 / 2421) 21.0% (381 / 1818)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 33.3% (799 / 2400) 38.7% (700 / 1807)
2 = Informal, on the job training 33.8% (811 / 2400) 32.6% (589 / 1807)
3 = No training 32.9% (790 / 2400) 28.7% (518 / 1807)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 9.5% (227 / 2401) 11.5% (208 / 1809)
2 = Informal, on the job training 59.9% (1439 / 2401) 60.8% (1099 / 1809)
3 = No training 30.6% (735 / 2401) 27.8% (502 / 1809)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 11.5% (275 / 2399) 12.8% (232 / 1812)
2 = Informal, on the job training 58.4% (1401 / 2399) 62.9% (1139 / 1812)
3 = No training 30.1% (723 / 2399) 24.3% (441 / 1812)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 4.9% (116 / 2387) 5.8% (105 / 1797)
2 = Informal, on the job training 29.7% (710 / 2387) 31.9% (574 / 1797)
3 = No training 65.4% (1561 / 2387) 62.2% (1118 / 1797)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 15.5% (371 / 2398) 18.3% (331 / 1804)
2 = Informal, on the job training 45.1% (1082 / 2398) 47.9% (865 / 1804)
3 = No training 39.4% (945 / 2398) 33.7% (608 / 1804)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 4.1% (97 / 2391) 3.1% (55 / 1801)
2 = Informal, on the job training 47.5% (1135 / 2391) 45.9% (827 / 1801)
3 = No training 48.5% (1159 / 2391) 51.0% (919 / 1801)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 3.6% (85 / 2383) 2.7% (48 / 1800)
2 = Informal, on the job training 52.3% (1246 / 2383) 55.2% (993 / 1800)
3 = No training 44.1% (1052 / 2383) 42.2% (759 / 1800)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 3.8% (90 / 2382) 4.7% (84 / 1790)
2 = Informal, on the job training 28.5% (679 / 2382) 29.4% (527 / 1790)
3 = No training 67.7% (1613 / 2382) 65.9% (1179 / 1790)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 9.0% (213 / 2378) 10.1% (180 / 1789)
2 = Informal, on the job training 27.9% (664 / 2378) 25.5% (456 / 1789)
3 = No training 63.1% (1501 / 2378) 64.4% (1153 / 1789)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 5.9% (141 / 2383) 6.0% (108 / 1788)
2 = Informal, on the job training 32.1% (764 / 2383) 33.4% (598 / 1788)
3 = No training 62.0% (1478 / 2383) 60.5% (1082 / 1788)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Workshop/seminar/formal coursework 7.0% (167 / 2383) 5.4% (97 / 1780)
2 = Informal, on the job training 38.9% (927 / 2383) 33.3% (592 / 1780)
3 = No training 54.1% (1289 / 2383) 61.3% (1091 / 1780)
 
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.
  Men Women
5 = Grant or proposal writing 65.8% (1513 / 2299) 62.6% (1102 / 1759)
6 = Group or lab management 44.8% (1031 / 2299) 47.8% (841 / 1759)
7 = Project management 44.5% (1024 / 2299) 47.4% (833 / 1759)
2 = Writing skills 45.8% (1054 / 2299) 45.3% (796 / 1759)
4 = Teaching skills 42.5% (976 / 2299) 46.6% (819 / 1759)
8 = Negotiating skills 40.8% (938 / 2299) 45.7% (804 / 1759)
3 = Public speaking skills 39.4% (906 / 2299) 37.6% (662 / 1759)
10 = Conflict resolution skills 29.2% (671 / 2299) 35.3% (621 / 1759)
9 = Intellectual property 32.0% (736 / 2299) 27.7% (488 / 1759)
11 = English language skills 23.0% (529 / 2299) 16.3% (286 / 1759)
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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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Strongly discourages 1.8% (42 / 2400) 2.1% (38 / 1812)
2 = Somewhat discourages 4.6% (111 / 2400) 5.9% (107 / 1812)
3 = Neither encourages nor discourages 43.4% (1041 / 2400) 39.6% (717 / 1812)
4 = Somewhat encourages 21.9% (525 / 2400) 22.7% (411 / 1812)
5 = Strongly encourages 13.7% (329 / 2400) 18.7% (339 / 1812)
6 = Don't know 12.4% (297 / 2400) 9.7% (176 / 1812)
7 = Prefer not to answer 2.3% (55 / 2400) 1.3% (24 / 1812)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all 45.6% (1099 / 2408) 52.3% (949 / 1815)
2 = Some 43.1% (1037 / 2408) 38.2% (693 / 1815)
3 = A lot 8.2% (197 / 2408) 6.7% (121 / 1815)
4 = Prefer not to answer 3.1% (75 / 2408) 2.9% (52 / 1815)
 
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]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 21.8% (889 / 4081) 20.9% (627 / 3007)
2 = No 48.2% (1969 / 4081) 50.8% (1527 / 3007)
3 = Don't know 30.0% (1223 / 4081) 28.4% (853 / 3007)
 
Are you aware of formal written policies in your department or institution that address any of the following issues?
IE09B. Defining misconduct [More details]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 38.3% (1556 / 4062) 39.2% (1172 / 2993)
2 = No 33.4% (1356 / 4062) 35.1% (1052 / 2993)
3 = Don't know 28.3% (1150 / 4062) 25.7% (769 / 2993)
 
Are you aware of formal written policies in your department or institution that address any of the following issues?
IE09C. Resolving grievances [More details]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 26.8% (1085 / 4050) 29.7% (887 / 2989)
2 = No 39.1% (1582 / 4050) 39.3% (1174 / 2989)
3 = Don't know 34.1% (1383 / 4050) 31.0% (928 / 2989)
 
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]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 34.5% (1401 / 4056) 31.1% (931 / 2992)
2 = No 34.2% (1389 / 4056) 38.6% (1155 / 2992)
3 = Don't know 31.2% (1266 / 4056) 30.3% (906 / 2992)
 
IE10a. Are job placement services available to you at your institution? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 25.0% (561 / 2244) 22.7% (376 / 1657)
2 = No 16.2% (364 / 2244) 19.2% (318 / 1657)
3 = Don't know 58.4% (1311 / 2244) 57.7% (956 / 1657)
4 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤23 / 2244) ≤1.0% (≤17 / 1657)
 
IE11a. Is career counseling available to you at your organization? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 31.4% (704 / 2243) 34.7% (575 / 1656)
2 = No 14.8% (331 / 2243) 15.2% (251 / 1656)
3 = Don't know 53.6% (1203 / 2243) 49.8% (824 / 1656)
4 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤23 / 2243) ≤1.0% (≤17 / 1656)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 19.5% (109 / 558) 20.9% (78 / 374)
2 = No 75.6% (422 / 558) 75.7% (283 / 374)
3 = Don't know 3.0% (17 / 558) 2.9% (11 / 374)
4 = Prefer not to answer 1.8% (10 / 558) ≤1.0% (≤4 / 374)
 
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 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 20.7% (145 / 701) 30.5% (174 / 570)
2 = No 76.5% (536 / 701) 68.1% (388 / 570)
3 = Don't know 1.4% (10 / 701) ≤1.0% (≤6 / 570)
4 = Prefer not to answer 1.4% (10 / 701) ≤1.0% (≤6 / 570)
 

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