Postdoctoral Scholars Survey
MIT periodically surveys the postdoctoral community on a broad range of topics to better understand the needs of this community.
|2012 Faculty and Staff Quality of Life Survey||Web Preview | PDF | Emails||61% Overall||Highlights
Frequencies by Employee Type (Main Campus)
|2010 Postdoctoral Life at MIT||Web Mockup | PDF||57%||Findings from the 2010 Postdoctoral Scholar Survey|
|2003 Survey of Postdoctoral Scholars||Overall Results|
Recent Findings (2010 Postdoctoral Life at MIT)
- Postdoctoral scholars report working hard.
Overall 34% of respondents reported working 50 to 59 hours a week, and 29% reported working over 60 hours a week.
- Postdoctoral scholars generally have a positive perception of the workplace climate. Generally, postdoctoral scholars feel that their supervisor creates a collegial and supportive environment and helps them obtain the resources they need.
- When asked to rate their satisfaction with their overall postdoctoral experience at MIT, 87% of respondents said they were very or somewhat satisfied. This is slightly up from 83% in 2003, however, the percentage of very satisfied respondents jumped dramatically from 24% in 2003 to 48% in 2010.
(On the 2012 Quality of Life Survey, 88% of postdoctoral scholars report they are somewhat or very satisfied being an employee of MIT.)
- Postdoctoral scholars were asked if they would recommend spending time in a postdoctoral position at MIT to a present graduate student similar to themselves. 84% said they would recommend or enthusiastically recommend MIT. This is slightly up from 79% in 2003, but the percentage of respondents who would enthusiastically recommend MIT jumped from 26% in 2003 to 43% in 2010.
- Read more in Findings from the 2010 Postdoctoral Scholar Survey.