Earth, Amospheric and Ocean Sciences

Engineering

Health Sciences

Mathematical & Computer Sciences

Psychology

Social Sciences

Total All Disciplines

897

2,830

12,137

642

612

383

39,619

15

46

2,110

8

25

24

3,407

 

834

 

11

1

1,165

20

77

459

10

21

 

1,089

4

45

551

5

21

12

1,006

80

66

363

21

17

26

982

15

44

368

7

9

1

953

14

87

77

16

16

32

945

3

39

401

42

5

15

904

14

67

375

2

13

6

813

6

28

342

6

11

10

730

22

45

311

1

4

6

647

41

48

246

17

13

 

631

8

7

272

2

2

3

623

17

1

238

1

1

7

559

6

81

156

5

8

2

554

20

70

101

3

5

3

539

15

31

225

24

3

6

479

43

63

29

9

12

 

478

33

89

 

6

 

2

471

22

45

100

1

10

13

465

30

102

47

7

42

3

456

5

4

127

7

23

28

408

 

149

 

406

 

123

 

400

 

162

 

2

 

399

the recession of the early 1990s brought longer-lasting sluggishness and caution in university hiring.5 With limited permanent job prospects, the population of postdocs reached unprecedented size6 and postdoctoral terms lengthened.7

5  

Zumeta, W. “State Higher Education Finance and Policy Developments: 1997.” The NEA 1998 Almanac of Higher Education. Washington, DC: National Education Association, 1998.

6  

Association of American Universities. Committee on Postdoctoral Education, Report and Recommendations. Washington, DC, 1998.

7  

Regets, M. “Has the Use of Postdocs Changed?” National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Studies Issue Brief. NSF 99-310, 1999.



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