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 7: Your Research

"Your Research" asks about the postdoc's funding, how s/he spends his or her time, the number of papers s/he has written, and the impact (if any) of national security regulations on his/her research.

YR01. What is the primary source of your funding? [More details]
  Men Women
1 = A grant or contract that was awarded directly to your postdoc advisor (as principal investigator) 51.4% (1979 / 3852) 44.0% (1266 / 2877)
2 = A grant or contract that was awarded to a project, consortium, or work group of which your postdoc advisor is a member 12.6% (485 / 3852) 12.3% (353 / 2877)
3 = A grant, contract, or fellowship that was awarded directly to you 19.4% (749 / 3852) 23.3% (670 / 2877)
4 = Funds from the institution, university, or company that employs you 9.3% (359 / 3852) 12.5% (360 / 2877)
5 = Your own personal sources ≤1.0% (≤39 / 3852) ≤1.0% (≤29 / 2877)
6 = Don't know 4.6% (177 / 3852) 4.3% (124 / 2877)
8 = Other, please specify 1.4% (54 / 3852) 2.8% (80 / 2877)
9 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤39 / 3852) ≤1.0% (≤29 / 2877)
 
YR03. Which best describes your funding? [More details]
Note: Asked of people whose funding is awarded directly to them.
Condition: YR01=3 [?]
  Men Women
8 = Fellowship from a non-federal funding agency (e.g. a foundation, association, or disciplinary society) 34.9% (261 / 747) 39.3% (262 / 667)
2 = National Research Service Award (NRSA) 19.5% (146 / 747) 22.3% (149 / 667)
7 = Government fellowship from a non-US country 13.7% (102 / 747) 6.4% (43 / 667)
1 = National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant (not including a traineeship) 7.8% (58 / 747) 12.3% (82 / 667)
9 = Other, please specify. 10.0% (75 / 747) 7.6% (51 / 667)
6 = Other US government grant awarded to you 5.5% (41 / 747) 4.3% (29 / 667)
11 = NIH Intramural Funding 3.9% (29 / 747) 3.3% (22 / 667)
4 = National Science Foundation fellowship 1.7% (13 / 747) 1.6% (11 / 667)
3 = National Science Foundation (NSF) research grant 1.6% (12 / 747) ≤1.0% (≤7 / 667)
10 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤8 / 747) 1.3% (9 / 667)
[More choices]
 
YR04. In your current position, are you permitted to submit a funding proposal as a principal investigator? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 23.1% (373 / 1617) 26.1% (303 / 1159)
2 = No 38.7% (626 / 1617) 33.9% (393 / 1159)
3 = Don't know 37.5% (607 / 1617) 39.5% (458 / 1159)
4 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤17 / 1617) ≤1.0% (≤12 / 1159)
 
YR05. For what reason are you not permitted to submit a funding proposal as principal investigator? [More details]
Note: Asked of people who are not allowed to submit proposals as a PI
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents (subject to the condition below) [?]
Condition: YR04=2 [?]
Please check all that apply.
  Men Women
1 = Institutional policy 37.6% (235 / 625) 44.4% (173 / 390)
2 = Postdoc advisor policy 11.0% (69 / 625) 7.7% (30 / 390)
3 = Other, please specify 9.3% (58 / 625) 12.8% (50 / 390)
5 = Don't know 38.2% (239 / 625) 32.6% (127 / 390)
4 = Prefer not to answer 3.8% (24 / 625) 2.6% (10 / 390)
 
YR12. Approximately how many hours did you spend last week on each of the following activities? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
 
Approximately how many hours did you spend last week on each of the following activities?
YR12A. Planning research/experiments [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
Mean 7.7   6.9  
Standard deviation 8.3   6.3  
 
Approximately how many hours did you spend last week on each of the following activities?
YR12B. Conducting research [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
Mean 28.1   26.3  
Standard deviation 15.0   15.0  
 
Approximately how many hours did you spend last week on each of the following activities?
YR12C. Documenting findings [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
Mean 5.0   5.4  
Standard deviation 5.8   6.5  
 
Approximately how many hours did you spend last week on each of the following activities?
YR12D. Reading research literature [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
Mean 5.5   5.4  
Standard deviation 4.7   4.9  
 
Approximately how many hours did you spend last week on each of the following activities?
YR12E. Attending work group meetings [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
Mean 2.2   2.4  
Standard deviation 2.3   2.7  
 
Approximately how many hours did you spend last week on each of the following activities?
YR12F. Teaching [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
Mean 0.4   0.4  
Standard deviation 2.5   1.8  
 
Approximately how many hours did you spend last week on each of the following activities?
YR12G. Supervising others [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
Mean 2.2   2.2  
Standard deviation 5.1   4.5  
 
Approximately how many hours did you spend last week on each of the following activities?
YR12H. Making presentations [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
Mean 0.9   0.9  
Standard deviation 2.6   2.3  
 
Approximately how many hours did you spend last week on each of the following activities?
YR12I. Managing lab [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
Mean 1.1   1.0  
Standard deviation 3.1   3.1  
 
Approximately how many hours did you spend last week on each of the following activities?
YR12J. Working on committees/institutional support [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
Mean 0.2   0.2  
Standard deviation 0.9   1.3  
 
Approximately how many hours did you spend last week on each of the following activities?
YR12K. Professional training and career development [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
Mean 1.2   1.1  
Standard deviation 5.1   4.0  
 
Approximately how many hours did you spend last week on each of the following activities?
YR12L. Reviewing papers [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
Mean 1.0   0.7  
Standard deviation 2.3   1.8  
 
Approximately how many hours did you spend last week on each of the following activities?
YR12M. Searching for a job [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
Mean 1.0   0.9  
Standard deviation 2.7   2.9  
 
Approximately how many hours did you spend last week on each of the following activities?
YR12N. Commuting to work [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
Mean 4.1   4.4  
Standard deviation 4.1   3.9  
 
Approximately how many hours did you spend last week on each of the following activities?
YR12O. Other [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
Mean 2.9   4.7  
Standard deviation 7.9   11.5  
 
YR14. How many hours did you work in your postdoctoral position last week? [More details]
  Men Women
Mean 52.0   49.4  
Standard deviation 12.1   11.2  
 
YR15. How satisfied are you with the number of hours you work per week in your current postdoc? [More details]
  Men Women
1 = Very dissatisfied 8.5% (321 / 3784) 7.7% (217 / 2829)
2 = Somewhat dissatisfied 12.9% (487 / 3784) 14.1% (400 / 2829)
3 = Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 23.0% (872 / 3784) 22.2% (627 / 2829)
4 = Somewhat satisfied 27.2% (1030 / 3784) 25.7% (726 / 2829)
5 = Very satisfied 26.0% (984 / 3784) 28.9% (817 / 2829)
6 = Prefer not to answer 2.4% (90 / 3784) 1.5% (42 / 2829)
 
YR17. Since you have been a postdoc, how many of the following types of publications and/or proposals have you produced? [More details]
Include papers submitted for publication in addition to published papers. If you have submitted one paper multiple times, only count it one time.
 
Since you have been a postdoc, how many of the following types of publications and/or proposals have you produced?
YR17A. Peer-reviewed/refereed papers as sole author [More details]
  Men Women
Mean 0.3   0.2  
Standard deviation 1.5   0.8  
 
Since you have been a postdoc, how many of the following types of publications and/or proposals have you produced?
YR17B. Peer-reviewed/refereed, co-authored papers as primary author [More details]
  Men Women
Mean 1.7   1.2  
Standard deviation 2.9   1.7  
 
Since you have been a postdoc, how many of the following types of publications and/or proposals have you produced?
YR17C. Peer-reviewed/refereed, co-authored papers as non-primary author [More details]
  Men Women
Mean 1.7   1.3  
Standard deviation 3.1   2.0  
 
Since you have been a postdoc, how many of the following types of publications and/or proposals have you produced?
YR17D. Non peer-reviewed/non-refereed papers (e.g. conference papers, working papers) [More details]
  Men Women
Mean 1.7   1.3  
Standard deviation 3.8   2.7  
 
Since you have been a postdoc, how many of the following types of publications and/or proposals have you produced?
YR17E. Book chapters [More details]
  Men Women
Mean 0.2   0.2  
Standard deviation 0.7   0.6  
 
Since you have been a postdoc, how many of the following types of publications and/or proposals have you produced?
YR17F. Books [More details]
  Men Women
Mean 0.0   0.0  
Standard deviation 0.2   0.1  
 
Since you have been a postdoc, how many of the following types of publications and/or proposals have you produced?
YR17G. Patents [More details]
  Men Women
Mean 0.1   0.1  
Standard deviation 0.6   0.4  
 
Since you have been a postdoc, how many of the following types of publications and/or proposals have you produced?
YR17H. Grant proposals as principal investigator (include fellowship proposals) [More details]
  Men Women
Mean 0.8   1.1  
Standard deviation 1.5   1.7  
 
Since you have been a postdoc, how many of the following types of publications and/or proposals have you produced?
YR17I. Grant proposals as non-principal investigator [More details]
  Men Women
Mean 0.7   0.6  
Standard deviation 1.7   1.2  
 
Since you have been a postdoc, how many of the following types of publications and/or proposals have you produced?
YR17J. Other [More details]
  Men Women
Mean 0.2   0.2  
Standard deviation 1.8   0.8  
 
YR18. Since you have been a postdoc, how many of the grant proposals (including fellowship proposals) that you have submitted have been funded? [More details]
Note: Asked of people who submitted at least one proposal
Condition: YR17I>0 or YR17H>0 [?]
  Men Women
Mean 1.1   1.0  
Standard deviation 1.2   1.0  
 
YR21. How satisfied are you with the QUANTITY of work you have produced in your current postdoc? [More details]
  Men Women
1 = Very dissatisfied 8.5% (320 / 3766) 7.4% (208 / 2805)
2 = Somewhat dissatisfied 24.8% (933 / 3766) 26.2% (735 / 2805)
3 = Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 12.3% (464 / 3766) 13.0% (365 / 2805)
4 = Somewhat satisfied 36.5% (1373 / 3766) 35.4% (993 / 2805)
5 = Very satisfied 16.4% (617 / 3766) 16.8% (471 / 2805)
6 = Prefer not to answer 1.6% (59 / 3766) 1.2% (33 / 2805)
 
YR22. How satisfied are you with the QUALITY of work you have produced in your current postdoc? [More details]
  Men Women
1 = Very dissatisfied 5.6% (212 / 3755) 5.0% (139 / 2807)
2 = Somewhat dissatisfied 15.3% (573 / 3755) 13.6% (382 / 2807)
3 = Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 9.6% (359 / 3755) 10.1% (283 / 2807)
4 = Somewhat satisfied 39.6% (1488 / 3755) 40.5% (1136 / 2807)
5 = Very satisfied 28.3% (1062 / 3755) 29.7% (834 / 2807)
6 = Prefer not to answer 1.6% (61 / 3755) 1.2% (33 / 2807)
 
YR23. To what extent have US national security related regulations affected your ability to do the following: [More details]
Note: Asked of non-US citizens
Condition: AY06=3 or AY06=4 [?]
 
To what extent have US national security related regulations affected your ability to do the following:
YR23A. Conduct your research in the U.S. [More details]
Condition: AY06=3 or AY06=4 [?]
  Men Women
1 = None 62.9% (1511 / 2403) 70.9% (965 / 1361)
2 = Some 21.4% (515 / 2403) 16.5% (224 / 1361)
3 = A lot 9.4% (227 / 2403) 6.0% (81 / 1361)
4 = Have not tried to do this 6.2% (150 / 2403) 6.7% (91 / 1361)
 
To what extent have US national security related regulations affected your ability to do the following:
YR23B. Travel outside the U.S. to conduct your research [More details]
Condition: AY06=3 or AY06=4 [?]
  Men Women
1 = None 29.9% (717 / 2398) 35.1% (477 / 1359)
2 = Some 14.4% (346 / 2398) 12.9% (175 / 1359)
3 = A lot 26.5% (635 / 2398) 18.0% (245 / 1359)
4 = Have not tried to do this 29.2% (700 / 2398) 34.0% (462 / 1359)
 
To what extent have US national security related regulations affected your ability to do the following:
YR23C. Visit your country of citizenship [More details]
Condition: AY06=3 or AY06=4 [?]
  Men Women
1 = None 33.1% (796 / 2405) 41.2% (562 / 1365)
2 = Some 19.4% (466 / 2405) 19.1% (261 / 1365)
3 = A lot 34.0% (818 / 2405) 28.5% (389 / 1365)
4 = Have not tried to do this 13.5% (325 / 2405) 11.2% (153 / 1365)
 
To what extent have US national security related regulations affected your ability to do the following:
YR23D. Re-enter the U.S. after leaving the country [More details]
Condition: AY06=3 or AY06=4 [?]
  Men Women
1 = None 27.0% (647 / 2398) 37.2% (508 / 1364)
2 = Some 21.7% (520 / 2398) 20.7% (282 / 1364)
3 = A lot 34.1% (817 / 2398) 27.6% (377 / 1364)
4 = Have not tried to do this 17.3% (414 / 2398) 14.4% (197 / 1364)
 
To what extent have US national security related regulations affected your ability to do the following:
YR23E. Bring your immediate family members to the U.S. [More details]
Condition: AY06=3 or AY06=4 [?]
  Men Women
1 = None 34.7% (832 / 2398) 37.3% (506 / 1357)
2 = Some 18.1% (433 / 2398) 13.0% (177 / 1357)
3 = A lot 19.5% (467 / 2398) 16.0% (217 / 1357)
4 = Have not tried to do this 27.8% (666 / 2398) 33.7% (457 / 1357)
 
YR24. To what extent do you agree with the following statement? "My postdoctoral position is preparing me to be an independent researcher." [More details]
  Men Women
1 = Strongly agree 29.9% (1124 / 3755) 26.1% (734 / 2811)
2 = Agree 47.6% (1789 / 3755) 44.3% (1244 / 2811)
3 = Neither agree nor disagree 13.9% (521 / 3755) 17.2% (483 / 2811)
4 = Disagree 5.2% (197 / 3755) 7.9% (221 / 2811)
5 = Strongly disagree 2.6% (98 / 3755) 3.2% (91 / 2811)
6 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤38 / 3755) 1.4% (38 / 2811)
 
YR25. Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the influence you have in decisions that affect the course of your research? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Very dissatisfied 6.6% (103 / 1549) 6.5% (72 / 1106)
2 = Somewhat dissatisfied 11.7% (182 / 1549) 13.0% (144 / 1106)
3 = Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 13.2% (204 / 1549) 12.1% (134 / 1106)
4 = Somewhat satisfied 32.9% (509 / 1549) 32.9% (364 / 1106)
5 = Very satisfied 32.0% (496 / 1549) 33.5% (371 / 1106)
6 = Prefer not to answer 3.6% (55 / 1549) 1.9% (21 / 1106)
 

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