TABLE 4-1 Immediate Employment of Research Associates Following Postdoctoral Appointment, by Program

 

NIST/NRC RAP

Other RAP

Plans

N

%

N

%

Research or teaching at U.S. college/university

28

19.3

609

23.9

Research position at another U.S. govt. agency

10

6.9

247

9.7

Administrative position at U.S. govt. lab

0

0.0

53

2.1

Research/administration in non-profit

1

0.7

43

1.7

Research/administration in industry

24

16.6

325

12.8

Self employed

0

0.0

45

1.8

Postdoctoral research

6

4.1

173

6.8

Remain at host agency as permanent employee

45

31.0

392

15.4

Remain at host agency as contractor/temp

20

13.8

180

7.1

Research or teaching at foreign govt. lab

0

0.0

48

1.9

Research or teaching at foreign college/university

1

0.7

67

2.6

Government

1

0.7

1

0.0

Other

3

2.1

88

3.5

No information provided

3

2.1

188

7.4

Unknown

3

2.1

87

3.4

N

145

100

2546

100

Source: National Academies, DataRAP Database, tabulations by staff.

As Table 4-1 shows, among those RAs who answered the question, the most common response for NIST/NRC RAs was remaining at NIST as a permanent employee. When adding in those RAs who were going to continue working at or for NIST as a contractor or as a temporary employee, about 45 percent of those who answered the question continued to be affiliated with NIST, compared with only 22.5 percent for the Research Associates who were in other RAPs. This lends credence to the views expressed by NIST/NRC Research Associates about their satisfaction with the program, to the view expressed by participants in the expert panels that the Research Associateships are a good entrée into a career at NIST, and to the view that NIST uses the Research Associateships as one recruiting tool for finding skilled employees. Respondents to the final report also are asked to identify the name of the organization that they plan to go to for their next position. For academic appointments, respondents listed 27 different institutions. Aside from NIST, Research Associates identified a number of other government positions, including several at the national labs. As was true for academia, respondents whose immediate employment plans were in industry each cited a different company. Thus, those respondents who were not continuing in some fashion at NIST tended to go all over the country within the major employment sectors.

The Directory was intended to identify where former RAs were at the time the Directory was compiled. It initially covered the years 1959-1995. The data were then updated to cover up to the period 2002 and made web-accessible. Information in the written Directory and its subsequent update were based on data collected at the time individuals received their reward and responses to a questionnaire requesting information about their current activities. Many former RAs did not respond to the questionnaire and in many cases it was not possible to find contact information for some former RAs (NRC, 1996).

Beginning in 1965, there are 9,924 entries in the current database. Of these, 1,035 or about 10 percent were individuals who had received NIST/NRC Research Associateships. The



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