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 6: Your Postdoc

"Your Postdoc" covers the characteristics of the current appointment, the postdoc's field(s) of research, how the postdoc found the position, and the postdoc's goals when taking the position.

RE01. Which of the following characteristics describes your current position? [More details]
Check all that apply.
  Men Women
4 = You are expected to publish the result of your research 77.0% (3023 / 3927) 78.7% (2303 / 2927)
1 = Your position is temporary (i.e., there is a time limit associated with your position; there may be a renewal process.) 76.3% (2998 / 3927) 73.2% (2142 / 2927)
3 = Your postition involves substantially full-time research or scholarship 67.7% (2660 / 3927) 67.7% (1982 / 2927)
2 = Your position is primarily for the purpose of training in research or scholarship. 42.9% (1686 / 3927) 52.8% (1545 / 2927)
5 = You work under the supervision of a senior scholar or department 30.9% (1213 / 3927) 34.8% (1019 / 2927)
6 = You are a clinical fellow 3.2% (124 / 3927) 5.8% (169 / 2927)
7 = Don't know ≤1.0% (≤40 / 3927) ≤1.0% (≤30 / 2927)
8 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤40 / 3927) ≤1.0% (≤30 / 2927)
 
RE02. What is the highest academic degree that you hold? [More details]
(If you have earned more than one TYPE of doctorate-level/terminal degree, check more than one degree)
  Men Women
1 = Ph.D. 82.0% (3225 / 3933) 82.1% (2408 / 2932)
3 = M.D. 13.5% (530 / 3933) 12.6% (369 / 2932)
7 = Non-U.S. Ph.D. equivalent 11.4% (448 / 3933) 8.8% (258 / 2932)
12 = Please specify your highest academic degree ≤1.0% (≤40 / 3933) 1.5% (43 / 2932)
6 = D.V.M. ≤1.0% (≤40 / 3933) ≤1.0% (≤30 / 2932)
4 = D.D.S. ≤1.0% (≤40 / 3933) ≤1.0% (≤30 / 2932)
2 = Sc.D. ≤1.0% (≤40 / 3933) ≤1.0% (≤30 / 2932)
10 = Pharm.D. ≤1.0% (≤40 / 3933) ≤1.0% (≤30 / 2932)
8 = Non-doctoral terminal degree (e.g. MFA) ≤1.0% (≤40 / 3933) ≤1.0% (≤30 / 2932)
5 = D.O. ≤1.0% (≤40 / 3933) ≤1.0% (≤30 / 2932)
 
RE04. In what year did you earn you highest academic degree? [More details]
If you have earned more than one doctorate-level/terminal degree, please specify the year in which you received the most recent degree.
  Men Women
Mean 2000.3   2000.8  
Standard deviation 32.9   2.7  
 
RE05. Counting all your postdoctoral postitions together, for how many months have you been working as a postdoc? [More details]
  Men Women
Mean 29.3   28.8  
Standard deviation 21.9   23.0  
 
RE25. Are you a postdoc? [More details]
Note: Asked of people who did not satisfy all the criteria for the postdoc definition. People who answered No are not included in the aggregate data.
Condition: 1 not in RE01 or 2 not in RE01 or 3 not in RE01 or 4 not in RE01 or 5 not in RE01 or RE02=8 or RE02=9 or RE04<1998 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 98.2% (3025 / 3082) 98.4% (2141 / 2175)
2 = No ≤1.0% (≤31 / 3082) ≤1.0% (≤22 / 2175)
3 = Don't know 1.1% (35 / 3082) 1.1% (23 / 2175)
4 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤31 / 3082) ≤1.0% (≤22 / 2175)
 
RE07. Please select the name of the primary academic department, institute, school, research division, or directorate with which your current postdoctoral position is affiliated. [More details]
Note: Choices are institution-specific
Condition: len(survey.getInstitution().getDivisions()) > 0 [?]
  Men Women
1 41.6% (1298 / 3120) 43.0% (984 / 2286)
2 15.0% (468 / 3120) 12.9% (296 / 2286)
4 9.7% (302 / 3120) 10.0% (228 / 2286)
3 8.7% (270 / 3120) 8.2% (188 / 2286)
5 4.4% (138 / 3120) 3.4% (77 / 2286)
6 4.1% (129 / 3120) 3.6% (82 / 2286)
8 3.6% (113 / 3120) 3.7% (84 / 2286)
10 2.1% (67 / 3120) 3.4% (77 / 2286)
9 2.2% (68 / 3120) 2.7% (61 / 2286)
7 2.2% (68 / 3120) 2.1% (47 / 2286)
[More choices]
 
RE08_revised. In what field of study is your current postdoctoral research? [More details]
Note: The taxonomy of research fields was derived from a (pre-final) version of the National Research Council's taxonomy of graduate programs

Select the field or fields that most accurately describe your current research from the list.  Note that we are asking about your research, not the field associated with your current department or affiliation.

(Please check no more than five)


  Men Women
8 = Molecular Biology 21.8% (845 / 3872) 26.8% (772 / 2878)
2 = Cell Biology 18.2% (703 / 3872) 23.1% (666 / 2878)
1 = Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology 20.3% (785 / 3872) 15.9% (457 / 2878)
5 = Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics 12.3% (476 / 3872) 13.7% (393 / 2878)
9 = Neuroscience and Neurobiology 10.9% (422 / 3872) 12.6% (363 / 2878)
6 = Immunology and Infectious Diseases 9.7% (374 / 3872) 10.1% (290 / 2878)
81 = Chemistry 10.7% (413 / 3872) 5.1% (146 / 2878)
3 = Developmental Biology 6.4% (249 / 3872) 7.9% (228 / 2878)
7 = Microbiology 6.0% (231 / 3872) 6.7% (194 / 2878)
55 = Oncology 4.4% (170 / 3872) 4.7% (136 / 2878)
[More choices]
 
YP01a1. Please specify the month in which your current postdoctoral position began. [More details]
  Men Women
7 = July 12.4% (477 / 3847) 14.7% (422 / 2874)
9 = September 12.7% (489 / 3847) 12.5% (360 / 2874)
1 = January 10.8% (417 / 3847) 10.7% (307 / 2874)
8 = August 9.8% (376 / 3847) 9.3% (268 / 2874)
10 = October 9.3% (357 / 3847) 8.6% (247 / 2874)
6 = June 8.1% (311 / 3847) 8.2% (235 / 2874)
4 = April 7.5% (287 / 3847) 7.0% (202 / 2874)
5 = May 7.1% (274 / 3847) 5.8% (167 / 2874)
11 = November 6.4% (247 / 3847) 6.8% (194 / 2874)
2 = February 5.7% (218 / 3847) 6.8% (195 / 2874)
[More choices]
 
YP01b. Please specify the year in which your current postdoctoral position began. [More details]
  Men Women
Mean 2002.3   2001.6  
Standard deviation 1.5   37.6  
 
YP02_revised. How long do you expect that your current postdoctoral position will last? [More details]
Include the time you have already spent in your current position.
  Men Women
6 = 30-36 months 21.5% (766 / 3558) 23.7% (619 / 2612)
4 = 19-24 months 18.0% (640 / 3558) 17.2% (449 / 2612)
7 = 37-48 months 12.6% (449 / 3558) 14.4% (376 / 2612)
2 = 7-12 months 11.2% (397 / 3558) 9.0% (236 / 2612)
8 = 49-60 months 7.9% (281 / 3558) 8.9% (232 / 2612)
5 = 25-29 months 6.7% (238 / 3558) 6.5% (171 / 2612)
10 = Don't know 6.6% (236 / 3558) 6.4% (167 / 2612)
3 = 13-18 months 6.2% (222 / 3558) 5.1% (132 / 2612)
1 = 0-6 months 5.1% (183 / 3558) 4.2% (110 / 2612)
9 = More than 60 months 3.1% (111 / 3558) 3.7% (97 / 2612)
[More choices]
 
YP03. Is your position a full-time position, or is it a part-time or fractional position? [More details]
  Men Women
1 = Full-time 97.3% (3769 / 3875) 97.1% (2811 / 2894)
2 = Part-time or fractional 1.6% (62 / 3875) 2.3% (68 / 2894)
3 = Don't know ≤1.0% (≤39 / 3875) ≤1.0% (≤29 / 2894)
4 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤39 / 3875) ≤1.0% (≤29 / 2894)
 
YP04. How does your institution classify your postdoctoral position? [More details]
  Men Women
1 = Employee 37.5% (1457 / 3888) 28.6% (832 / 2906)
2 = Student 7.2% (278 / 3888) 7.4% (215 / 2906)
4 = Fellow (non-employee, non-student) 37.3% (1452 / 3888) 43.8% (1274 / 2906)
5 = Other, please specify 8.7% (337 / 3888) 10.4% (301 / 2906)
3 = Don't know 9.1% (352 / 3888) 9.6% (278 / 2906)
6 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤39 / 3888) ≤1.0% (≤30 / 2906)
 
YP06. How did you learn about your current postdoctoral position? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
Select all that apply.
  Men Women
5 = Made contact with your postdoc advisor directly and asked about available openings 39.0% (874 / 2243) 39.3% (676 / 1720)
1 = Graduate advisor 20.7% (464 / 2243) 19.7% (339 / 1720)
6 = An adverstisement in a professional society journal or web site 14.3% (320 / 2243) 13.0% (223 / 1720)
3 = Another researcher at your institution 11.4% (255 / 2243) 12.4% (213 / 1720)
2 = Postdoc advisor 12.0% (269 / 2243) 10.5% (180 / 1720)
13 = Other, please specify 7.4% (165 / 2243) 10.4% (179 / 1720)
4 = A researcher at the institution at which you now work 7.8% (174 / 2243) 8.6% (148 / 1720)
8 = A conference 7.4% (167 / 2243) 6.0% (103 / 1720)
7 = An adverstisement in a publication or web site not affiliated with a professional society 5.3% (120 / 2243) 3.8% (66 / 1720)
12 = University HR site 1.2% (27 / 2243) 2.0% (34 / 1720)
[More choices]
 
YP11. How many postdoctoral positions were you offered during your most recent job search? [More details]
  Men Women
Mean 2.4   2.3  
Standard deviation 1.9   1.7  
 
YP12. Thinking back to when you were looking for your current postdoctoral position, how did you rate the importance of each of the following factors? [More details]
Note: Asked of people who had at most one job offer when looking for their current position.
Condition: YP11<=1 [?]
 
Thinking back to when you were looking for your current postdoctoral position, how did you rate the importance of each of the following factors?
YP12A. Salary [More details]
Condition: YP11<=1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 11.3% (203 / 1795) 15.8% (211 / 1338)
2 = Somewhat important 53.1% (953 / 1795) 54.6% (730 / 1338)
3 = Very important 33.6% (604 / 1795) 27.4% (367 / 1338)
4 = Don't know/Not applicable 1.9% (35 / 1795) 2.2% (30 / 1338)
 
Thinking back to when you were looking for your current postdoctoral position, how did you rate the importance of each of the following factors?
YP12B. Benefits [More details]
Condition: YP11<=1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 12.9% (230 / 1789) 15.4% (205 / 1332)
2 = Somewhat important 49.7% (889 / 1789) 47.9% (638 / 1332)
3 = Very important 34.4% (616 / 1789) 33.2% (442 / 1332)
4 = Don't know/Not applicable 3.0% (54 / 1789) 3.5% (47 / 1332)
 
Thinking back to when you were looking for your current postdoctoral position, how did you rate the importance of each of the following factors?
YP12C. Institution's reputation [More details]
Condition: YP11<=1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 4.3% (77 / 1792) 3.6% (48 / 1332)
2 = Somewhat important 27.1% (486 / 1792) 25.7% (342 / 1332)
3 = Very important 67.1% (1203 / 1792) 68.2% (908 / 1332)
4 = Don't know/Not applicable 1.5% (26 / 1792) 2.6% (34 / 1332)
 
Thinking back to when you were looking for your current postdoctoral position, how did you rate the importance of each of the following factors?
YP12D. Postdoc advisor's reputation [More details]
Condition: YP11<=1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 4.2% (75 / 1792) 3.0% (40 / 1331)
2 = Somewhat important 23.3% (418 / 1792) 20.7% (276 / 1331)
3 = Very important 70.7% (1267 / 1792) 72.3% (962 / 1331)
4 = Don't know/Not applicable 1.8% (32 / 1792) 4.0% (53 / 1331)
 
Thinking back to when you were looking for your current postdoctoral position, how did you rate the importance of each of the following factors?
YP12E. Type of institution (e.g. research university, government lab, industry lab, etc.) [More details]
Condition: YP11<=1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 9.0% (161 / 1780) 7.1% (94 / 1332)
2 = Somewhat important 34.7% (617 / 1780) 32.2% (429 / 1332)
3 = Very important 54.8% (976 / 1780) 58.6% (780 / 1332)
4 = Don't know/Not applicable 1.5% (26 / 1780) 2.2% (29 / 1332)
 
Thinking back to when you were looking for your current postdoctoral position, how did you rate the importance of each of the following factors?
YP12F. Geographical location of institution [More details]
Condition: YP11<=1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 19.2% (343 / 1787) 11.9% (159 / 1335)
2 = Somewhat important 42.5% (759 / 1787) 32.8% (438 / 1335)
3 = Very important 37.2% (664 / 1787) 53.4% (713 / 1335)
4 = Don't know/Not applicable 1.2% (21 / 1787) 1.9% (25 / 1335)
 
Thinking back to when you were looking for your current postdoctoral position, how did you rate the importance of each of the following factors?
YP12G. Opportunities for collaboration with researchers other than your postdoc advisor [More details]
Condition: YP11<=1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 15.5% (277 / 1788) 14.0% (187 / 1331)
2 = Somewhat important 44.9% (803 / 1788) 40.8% (543 / 1331)
3 = Very important 36.5% (653 / 1788) 39.7% (528 / 1331)
4 = Don't know/Not applicable 3.1% (55 / 1788) 5.5% (73 / 1331)
 
Thinking back to when you were looking for your current postdoctoral position, how did you rate the importance of each of the following factors?
YP12H. Resources and facilities [More details]
Condition: YP11<=1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 4.7% (85 / 1793) 3.7% (49 / 1329)
2 = Somewhat important 32.8% (589 / 1793) 32.4% (430 / 1329)
3 = Very important 60.4% (1083 / 1793) 62.0% (824 / 1329)
4 = Don't know/Not applicable 2.0% (36 / 1793) 2.0% (26 / 1329)
 
Thinking back to when you were looking for your current postdoctoral position, how did you rate the importance of each of the following factors?
YP12I. Funds for research and travel [More details]
Condition: YP11<=1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 9.5% (170 / 1784) 10.0% (133 / 1329)
2 = Somewhat important 40.3% (719 / 1784) 38.6% (513 / 1329)
3 = Very important 47.5% (847 / 1784) 48.0% (638 / 1329)
4 = Don't know/Not applicable 2.7% (48 / 1784) 3.4% (45 / 1329)
 
Thinking back to when you were looking for your current postdoctoral position, how did you rate the importance of each of the following factors?
YP12J. Career development and professional training opportunities [More details]
Condition: YP11<=1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 12.1% (216 / 1788) 8.5% (113 / 1332)
2 = Somewhat important 34.7% (621 / 1788) 31.8% (424 / 1332)
3 = Very important 50.4% (901 / 1788) 55.9% (744 / 1332)
4 = Don't know/Not applicable 2.8% (50 / 1788) 3.8% (51 / 1332)
 
Thinking back to when you were looking for your current postdoctoral position, how did you rate the importance of each of the following factors?
YP12K. Workgroup atmosphere/working environment [More details]
Condition: YP11<=1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 8.2% (146 / 1784) 5.0% (66 / 1330)
2 = Somewhat important 38.8% (693 / 1784) 30.4% (404 / 1330)
3 = Very important 49.8% (888 / 1784) 61.4% (817 / 1330)
4 = Don't know/Not applicable 3.2% (57 / 1784) 3.2% (43 / 1330)
 
Thinking back to when you were looking for your current postdoctoral position, how did you rate the importance of each of the following factors?
YP12L. Anticipated level of supervision/independence [More details]
Condition: YP11<=1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 9.0% (160 / 1784) 6.2% (82 / 1329)
2 = Somewhat important 46.9% (837 / 1784) 40.0% (531 / 1329)
3 = Very important 41.0% (732 / 1784) 50.1% (666 / 1329)
4 = Don't know/Not applicable 3.1% (55 / 1784) 3.8% (50 / 1329)
 
Thinking back to when you were looking for your current postdoctoral position, how did you rate the importance of each of the following factors?
YP12M. Family considerations [More details]
Condition: YP11<=1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 22.0% (392 / 1785) 18.4% (245 / 1333)
2 = Somewhat important 34.2% (611 / 1785) 30.7% (409 / 1333)
3 = Very important 39.2% (699 / 1785) 45.4% (605 / 1333)
4 = Don't know/Not applicable 4.6% (83 / 1785) 5.6% (74 / 1333)
 
YP13. Please rate the importance of each of the following factors when choosing between the position you took and your second choice: [More details]
Note: Asked of people who had at least one job offer when looking for their current position.
Condition: YP11>1 [?]
 
Please rate the importance of each of the following factors when choosing between the position you took and your second choice:
YP13A. Salary [More details]
Condition: YP11>1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 19.0% (387 / 2039) 25.7% (391 / 1522)
2 = Somewhat important 50.0% (1019 / 2039) 48.6% (739 / 1522)
3 = Very important 31.0% (633 / 2039) 25.8% (392 / 1522)
 
Please rate the importance of each of the following factors when choosing between the position you took and your second choice:
YP13B. Benefits [More details]
Condition: YP11>1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 21.9% (444 / 2026) 27.1% (409 / 1512)
2 = Somewhat important 47.8% (968 / 2026) 45.4% (687 / 1512)
3 = Very important 30.3% (614 / 2026) 27.5% (416 / 1512)
 
Please rate the importance of each of the following factors when choosing between the position you took and your second choice:
YP13C. Institution's reputation [More details]
Condition: YP11>1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 6.3% (128 / 2041) 7.7% (116 / 1512)
2 = Somewhat important 30.4% (620 / 2041) 30.6% (462 / 1512)
3 = Very important 63.4% (1293 / 2041) 61.8% (934 / 1512)
 
Please rate the importance of each of the following factors when choosing between the position you took and your second choice:
YP13D. Postdoc advisor's reputation [More details]
Condition: YP11>1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 4.3% (87 / 2038) 3.0% (45 / 1519)
2 = Somewhat important 20.3% (414 / 2038) 23.0% (349 / 1519)
3 = Very important 75.4% (1537 / 2038) 74.1% (1125 / 1519)
 
Please rate the importance of each of the following factors when choosing between the position you took and your second choice:
YP13E. Type of institution (e.g. research university, government lab, industry lab, etc.) [More details]
Condition: YP11>1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 13.9% (282 / 2030) 14.6% (222 / 1516)
2 = Somewhat important 39.6% (803 / 2030) 37.9% (574 / 1516)
3 = Very important 46.6% (945 / 2030) 47.5% (720 / 1516)
 
Please rate the importance of each of the following factors when choosing between the position you took and your second choice:
YP13F. Geographical location of institution [More details]
Condition: YP11>1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 17.0% (344 / 2024) 15.4% (233 / 1512)
2 = Somewhat important 46.3% (937 / 2024) 35.7% (540 / 1512)
3 = Very important 36.7% (743 / 2024) 48.9% (739 / 1512)
 
Please rate the importance of each of the following factors when choosing between the position you took and your second choice:
YP13G. Opportunities for collaboration with researchers other than your postdoc advisor [More details]
Condition: YP11>1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 17.0% (344 / 2021) 14.7% (222 / 1515)
2 = Somewhat important 46.5% (940 / 2021) 48.4% (734 / 1515)
3 = Very important 36.5% (737 / 2021) 36.9% (559 / 1515)
 
Please rate the importance of each of the following factors when choosing between the position you took and your second choice:
YP13H. Resources and facilities [More details]
Condition: YP11>1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 6.0% (122 / 2026) 5.5% (83 / 1514)
2 = Somewhat important 33.2% (672 / 2026) 30.4% (461 / 1514)
3 = Very important 60.8% (1232 / 2026) 64.1% (970 / 1514)
 
Please rate the importance of each of the following factors when choosing between the position you took and your second choice:
YP13I. Funds for research and travel [More details]
Condition: YP11>1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 13.2% (266 / 2022) 11.5% (173 / 1509)
2 = Somewhat important 38.3% (775 / 2022) 39.6% (598 / 1509)
3 = Very important 48.5% (981 / 2022) 48.9% (738 / 1509)
 
Please rate the importance of each of the following factors when choosing between the position you took and your second choice:
YP13J. Career development and professional training opportunities [More details]
Condition: YP11>1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 13.1% (265 / 2020) 10.5% (158 / 1504)
2 = Somewhat important 36.6% (740 / 2020) 38.8% (584 / 1504)
3 = Very important 50.2% (1015 / 2020) 50.7% (762 / 1504)
 
Please rate the importance of each of the following factors when choosing between the position you took and your second choice:
YP13K. Work group atmosphere/working environment [More details]
Condition: YP11>1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 7.0% (141 / 2016) 5.0% (75 / 1513)
2 = Somewhat important 36.6% (738 / 2016) 27.3% (413 / 1513)
3 = Very important 56.4% (1137 / 2016) 67.7% (1025 / 1513)
 
Please rate the importance of each of the following factors when choosing between the position you took and your second choice:
YP13L. Anticipated level of supervision/independence [More details]
Condition: YP11>1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 9.1% (183 / 2019) 6.7% (101 / 1512)
2 = Somewhat important 46.4% (936 / 2019) 38.6% (583 / 1512)
3 = Very important 44.6% (900 / 2019) 54.8% (828 / 1512)
 
Please rate the importance of each of the following factors when choosing between the position you took and your second choice:
YP13M. Family considerations [More details]
Condition: YP11>1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all important 25.9% (524 / 2023) 29.0% (438 / 1512)
2 = Somewhat important 36.5% (738 / 2023) 32.1% (486 / 1512)
3 = Very important 37.6% (761 / 2023) 38.9% (588 / 1512)
 

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