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  • Should I do a postdoc?

    Vanessa Lucey
    Career Paths
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    If you are about to defend your thesis or are thinking about writing your thesis, this is a question you should be asking yourself. You are probably thinking incredulously, “Well, of course I am doing a postdoc! Aren’t I SUPPOSED too?” The answer to that is really “yes AND no.” According to the American Society for Cell Biology Committee for Postdocs and Students, approximately 70% of PhD students will do a postdoc, and approximately 30% of those people will go on to do at least one other postdoc. According to these data and work completed by the 2012 NIH Biomedical Workforce report, fewer than 15% of those who do a postdoc will go on to get a tenure-track faculty position within 6 years post PhD.   It may be obvious but you should ask yourself, ...