News and Articles

News and articles of interest to the postdoctoral community.  Please e-mail Cheryl Gater ( if you wish to submit an article for posting.

Enterprising Science

From  This article was originally published in the journal Nature 

Graduate students and postdocs are often best placed to turn basic research into entrepreneurial gold, argues Peter Fiske.

Until recently, entrepreneurship was relatively unheard of as a career path for graduate students and postdocs. Early-stage researchers were expected to remain in the laboratory, where producing results and publications was their priority. If the resultant technology had commercial potential, it was their supervisor who disclosed the invention to the university to patent and license, or left the university to start a company themselves. However, the traditional model for technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in universities is flawed in two ways.  More...


Standards for Postdoc Training

By Alan I. Leshner, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and executive publisher of Science.
From Science

Postdoctoral (Postdoc) training has become virtually institutionalized in many parts of the world as a discrete stage in the career progression in most science and engineering fields. However, there is far too much variability in what such training involves, across institutions and among the laboratories within them. Given its importance and pervasiveness—there are over 50,000 postdocs in the United States alone—we need to establish and enforce standards, norms, and expectations for mentors, mentees, and their institutions that are analogous to those for undergraduate and graduate education.  More...