Statistics for Coalition for Next Generation Life Science

In December 2017, Duke joined nine other institutions to form the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science, a collaboration that aims to provide meaningful data that speaks directly to the current state of graduate education, postdoctoral training, and career prospects in the life sciences. The 10 institutions in the coalition are: Cornell University, Duke University, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, University of California San Francisco, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Wisconsin.

Coalition members commit to collecting and publishing postdoctoral data using common standards on:

  • Demographics of postdoctoral scholars by gender, underrepresented minority status, and citizenship status.
  • Median time in postdoctoral status at the institution.
  • Career outcomes for postdoctoral alumni, classified by job sector and career type.

Postdoctoral Demographic Data* for Life Sciences Programs

Aggregate Data
Data by Department/Unit (note that some departments contain sub-units; eg, Anesthesiology includes the Center for Translational Pain Medicine)

*Definition of Postdoctoral Appointment at Duke University

From the Duke University Postdoctoral Policy:

  • The Postdoctoral Candidate holds a PhD or equivalent doctorate (eg, ScD, MD, DVM).
  • The term of the appointment is limited.
  • The appointment involves substantially full-time research or scholarship, and may include teaching responsibilities.
  • The appointment is generally preparatory for a full time academic or research career.
  • The appointment is not part of a clinical training program, unless research training under the supervision of a senior Faculty Mentor is the primary purpose of the appointment.
  • The Postdoctoral Appointee functions under the supervision of a Faculty Mentor or a department/responsible unit at Duke University.
  • The Postdoctoral Appointee is expected to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of the appointment.

From the Postdoctoral Policy FAQ:

Are postdoctoral positions faculty appointments or staff appointments?

  • Postdoctoral appointments are staff appointments. The Duke Postdoctoral Policy outlines differences between postdocs and other staff employees, but in the absence of a stated difference, regular staff policies and procedures apply.

Can a postdoctoral appointment be for less than one year?

  • The initial appointment for a postdoctoral appointee must be at least 9 months (one academic year).

A grad student in our department just received his PhD. The PI would like to keep him on as a postdoc for a few months before he moves to his first “real” postdoc position. May we appoint the student as a Postdoctoral Associate?

  • Postdoctoral Associate is a full-time, exempt appointment for a period of 9 months or greater, and is subject to the postdoctoral salary minimum and other stipulations of the postdoctoral policy. Postdoctoral Associate is not an appropriate category for recent graduates who are continuing their work in the department for a few months until they begin a postdoctoral appointment at another university or find other employment.