Summary: GSPS Postdoctoral Subcommittee 12/4/09
THE STATE OF THE UGA POSTDOC
From October 23, 2009 to November 13, 2009, the GSPS Postdoctoral Subcommittee/UGA
Posdoctoral Association conducted a survey of ALL postdocs at UGA. We received 137 responses, of
which 80% were postdoctoral associates and 20% were postdoctoral fellows. The respondents
represented the majority of departments/institutes of which postdocs are employed (I. Q5), and
represented a diverse group of postdocs (I. Q1-Q4, Q6-Q7).
In general, postdocs reported that they were satisfied overall in their current postdoc position and
were very satisfied with their mentor and laboratory environments (V. Q1). Postdocs were most
unsatisfied with their teaching opportunities, and their career development and training opportunities.
Salary and benefits also represented areas of strong dissatisfaction for some, as 30 postdocs reported
salaries of less than $35,000 and 2 of less that $30,000 (II. Q4).
Postdocs had several concerns, which are of significant importance. 1, Postdocs who had
successfully obtained a fellowship are not only unrecognized and unrewarded by UGA, but more
importantly are stripped of their benefits as they become reclassified as "fellows". 2, Postdocs generally
feel underappreciated and undervalued as they receive no recognition, and no opportunities for
educational training. 3, Some postdocs are concerned about their vacation/sick policy and how it relates
to a lack of a parental leave policy beyond the FMLA. 4, Many postdocs are still angered by the Furlough
policy. 5, The high cost of childcare and lack of daycare support was a concern. 6, Some postdocs