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Evaluation Report Comparing Industry vs. Academic Postdocs in Computing is Available

August 8th, 2014 / in CRA, policy, workshop reports / by Ann Drobnis

cerp_hzThe following is a special contribution to this blog by Jane Stout, Director of CRA’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP).  

The CRA’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) has published a report on the topic of Industry versus Academic Postdocs in computing. The report uses both survey and focus group data to assess the experiences of individuals who have completed a computing related postdoc in either an industry or academic setting.

Findings suggest that Industry Postdocs feel better able to manage professional responsibilities, have better relationships with their advisor and feel more welcomed in the work environment compared to Academic Postdocs. Through comparing and contrasting postdocs’ experiences in the two settings, CERP’s report sheds light on (a) the defining characteristics of academic versus industry postdocs, and (b) best practices for computing postdocs.

To view this and other reports published by CERP concerning strategies to strengthen and diversify the computing research pipeline, please visit

Evaluation Report Comparing Industry vs. Academic Postdocs in Computing is Available

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