March 18, 2013
(via David Tse)
The School of Electrical Engineering and the ACCESS Linnaeus Center at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, are pleased to announce post-doctoral positions in information and communication theory.
The ability and interest to work across traditional disciplines and to initiate new research collaborations are essential. Candidates should have a PhD (or be near completion) in a relevant field and a strong research and publication record. The duration of the position is 12 months which may be extended by an additional 12 months. The starting date is during fall or winter of 2013.
Candidates interested in a position should send their application material (as a single pdf file) to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 20 April 2013. Position reference number E-2013-0129. Write this reference number on your application. The application can include any material that supports the candidate’s qualifications, but as a minimum it should include a CV, contact information of two reference persons, a full list of publications, a brief research statement, and information about academic track record and performance. Do not send any compressed files. Female candidates are explicitly invited to apply.
Mikael Skoglund and Lars K. Rasmussen
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
The KTH School of Electrical Engineering
The ACCESS Center
The KTH EE Communication Theory Lab
January 10, 2013
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I just got the CRA newsletter, and it had a link to a document on best practices for mentoring postdocs:
… data from the Computing Research Association’s (CRA) annual Taulbee Survey indicate that the numbers of recent Ph.D.s pursuing postdocs following graduate school soared from 60 in 1998 to 249 in 2011 (three-year rolling averages), an increase of 315 percent during this period. Because research organizations are suddenly channeling many more young researchers into these positions, it is incumbent upon us as a community to have a clear understanding of the best practices associated with pursuing, hosting, and nurturing postdocs.
I think you’d find the same numbers in EE as well. This report relies a fair bit on the National Academies report, which is a little out of date and I thought very skewed towards those in the sciences. Engineering is a different beast (and perhaps computer science an even more different beast), so I think that while there are some universal issues, the emphasis and importance of different aspects varies across fields quite a bit. For example, the NA report focuses quite a bit on fairness in recruiting which are predicated on the postdoc being a “normal” thing to do. By contrast, in many engineering fields postdoc positions are relatively new and there’s an opportunity to define what the position means and what it is for (i.e. not a person you can pay cheaply to supervise your graduate students for you).
Anyway, it’s worth reading!
June 29, 2010
The University of California (UC) postdocs are trying to form a union to (among other things) get a uniform contract, workplace protections, etc. The UC administration has (true to form) stalled on giving information for negotiations. Congressman George Miller sent a rather strongly worded letter to Yudof after a congressional hearing was was held in Berkeley. More recently the union filed an unfair labor practices charge with the California Public Employment Relations Board.
Beryl Benderly has been covering this story for Science Magazine – links to some of her posts are above.