In today’s job market, is doing a postdoc really worth the ffort? Depending on who you ask, it’s a requirement for entry into a research career, an optional choice to
strengthen your credentials, or an expensive waste of time.
Postdoctoral programs range from well-organized career development opportunities to glorified internships.
In the course of the last 15 years, the number of post-
doctoral researchers has grown significantly faster than
the number of permanent research positions, especially in
academia, according to a 2014 National Academy of Science
1 “New graduates are competing with a lot of
postdocs” for permanent jobs, said Joel Shulman, a former in-
dustrial researcher who is now an adjunct chemistry professor
at the University of Cincinnati and an active advocate within
the ACS for graduate and postdoc programs. He added that
the number of chemists currently doing postdocs is roughly
Nancy McGuire, Ph.D.
To Postdoc or
Not To Postdoc