HRA Research Workforce and Early Career Development Community Call

12/14/2022 2:00-3:00pm ET - Webinars

The Perils Facing Postdocs Today

The research workforce and early career community would like to invite you to a presentation and discussion with Tom Kimbis, the Executive Director and CEO of the National Postdoc Association (NPA) about challenges facing postdocs and how funders can address these challenges to improve retention in science. Today’s postdocs face an array of challenges, some newly visible and some stemming back decades  . All can derail the careers of researchers. Ways to address them are becoming more complex.  They can include lack of financial resources, variable positions within their institutions, toxic work environments, lack of mentorship, family stresses and other pandemic-related problems.

In this session, Tom will present data recently collected by NPA about challenges postdocs are currently facing. This presentation will serve as the basis for a discussion with HRA members about their current experience with postdoctoral fellowship programs- what challenges are you hearing from grantees? Applicants? Are you seeing any trends and have you made any changes to your programs in response? What particular issues are you managing to help with retention in the scientific workforce, and even academia? We will brainstorm with Tom on ways that HRA and NPA could work together to further explore problems and solutions.  We hope you will join this call to begin a longer conversation about the new generation of postdocs and how funders can support their careers and their critical role in the scientific enterprise.


*HRA is committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or religion. When registering, you will be promoted to let us know if there are accommodations we can provide to maintain an inclusive environment and one that is accessible to those with disabilities.