Sigma Xi Postdoc Survey
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[Mass General Hospital]

Compared to your peers in your department(s), would you say your rate of academic progress towards promotion is … Much slower / somewhat slower / about the same / somewhat faster / much faster

[U Chicago]

Did you take a postdoctoral appointment within a year after receiving your doctoral degree?

            Yes

            No

[U Chicago]

If you did not take a postdoctoral position within a year of receiving your doctoral degree, did you have difficulty in finding a job or postdoc?

            Yes

            No

[UC Davis]

What is your perception of the job market in academia in your field?

            Excellent / good / fair / poor / don’t know

[UC Davis]

What is your perception of the job market outside of academia in your field?

            Excellent / good / fair / poor / don’t know

[UW-Madison]

Were you a postdoc prior to your arrival at (current university)?

            Yes

            No

[U Chicago]

If this is not your first Postdoctoral position:  Institutions in which you have held previous postdoctoral position (s)

1.  Fill Institution, country             Fill total months

2.  Fill Institution, country             Fill total months

3.  Fill Institution, country             Fill total months

[Duke]

How long have you been employed at [university] as a postdoc?

            ___ months

[Duke]

How much longer do you anticipate being employed at [university] in a postdoctoral position?

            ____ months

[Duke]

Total years as a postdoc

[Duke]

Total number of postdocs prior to postdoc at current university

[U Chicago]

If this is not your first postdoc appointment, what was the primary source of support for your FIRST postdoctoral appointment?  (Check all that apply)

Federal research grant or contract

Federal fellowship or training grant

Nonfederal nationally awarded fellowship

University/state funds (including teaching assistantship)

Personal sources (e.g. loans, family income)

Foreign (non-US) government

Other

Not applicable (now in your first postdoc)

Other, please specify

[U Chicago]

Was the source of funding for your FIRST posdoc awarded to YOU rather than to the lab PI?

            Yes

            Partially, yes

            No

            Don’t know

[Duke]

Has your stay at [university] been prolonged because of difficulty finding a job?

            Yes / No / Not sure

[Duke]

How do you perceive your ability to find employment in your field and at the end of your postdoc?

            Poor (1) to Excellent (5)

[Duke]

Are you currently looking for a permanent job?

            Yes / No

[Duke]

How many positions have you applied for in the last 6 months and in what sectors (e.g. academia, industry, government, etc)?

            [ ] 1 to [ ] >5

            Sectors: ______________

[Duke]

How many interviews have you obtained in the past 6 months and in what sectors?

            [ ] 1 to [ ] >5

[Duke]

            Have you found permanent employment (beginning within the next 6 months)?

                        Yes / No / Not Applicable

 

[Scientist]

Available opportunities in this department would be challenging and financially rewarding.

            Strongly disagree

            Disagree

            Neither agree nor disagree

            Agree

            Strongly agree

[Hopkins exit survey]

Did mentoring facilitate your career development? 

[Hopkins exit survey]

Did your training prepare you for the current job market? 

[Hopkins exit survey]

What is your primary professional goal? 

[Hopkins exit survey]

Did your career goals change during your fellowship? 

[Duke]

Are you encouraged to present your research outside your lab?

            Yes / No / Not sure

[Duke]

How many times have you presented your research outside your group?

            On campus at [university] 0 through >6

            Outside [university] 0 through >6

[Duke]

Have you had any teaching experience?

            Yes / No

[Duke]

Would you like teaching opportunities during your postdoc training?

            Yes / No / Not sure

[Duke]

If yes, what is your area of expertise? __

[Duke]

If you present your research outside [university] at conferences, do you receive financial support?

Yes / No / Not sure

[MGH survey]

Please rate the extent to which you are satisfied with the advice and information you have received about…

            Career opportunities at [university]  Very satisfied / somewhat satisfied / neither satisfied nor dissatisfied / somewhat dissatisfied / very dissatisfied

            Promotion criteria at [university]

            Selection of [university] academic tracks [?]

            Opportunities for research funding

            Writing grant proposals

[UNC]

If you are currently looking for a permanent job, have you received assistance from [university] (e.g. your PI, the department, etc) finding a job?

            Yes / No / Not applicable

(If you are currently applying for a position) How did you learn about the positions you applied for?

            [ ] PI information

            [ ] Peer information

            [ ] Professional network

            [ ] Professional journal

            [ ] Online science job clearinghouse

            [ ] Company job announcement

            [ ] Other (specify)

[Duke]

Rate the usefulness of the following administrative functions or activities using a scale of 1-4 where 1 = very useful, 2 = somewhat useful, 3 = not too useful, 4 = not useful at all (Medical College of Georgia)

            Job listings for research/academic jobs

            Job listings for non-research jobs

            Information about potential employers

            Seminars/courses on career issues and skills

            Statistics/information on potential employment

            Job fairs and recruitment by employers

            Contacts with alumni concerning career

            Resume and CV depository for potential employers

            Internet connections for job search and information

            Other (specify)

[UC Davis] 

Were you aware that there are career guidance services for postdocs on this campus?  Yes/No

[UC Davis]

Please rate the need for career guidance services for postdocs.

            Important / somewhat important / not important

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