Help us build a database of institutional postdoc salary responses to FLSA

Help us build a database of institutional postdoc salary responses to FLSA

As the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) ruling on the minimum salary for overtime exemption comes into effect on Dec 1st, institutions are starting to indicate how they will change postdoc salaries in response.   For example, Boston University (BU) is raising postdoc salaries to a minimum of $47,500 by December 1, 2016, and the University of Florida is providing salary increases for postdocs to a minimum of $47,476 by December 1, 2016, and increased the minimum salary requirement for newly hired postdocs to $47,476 as of July 1, 2016.   These responses seem fairly typical as the easiest solution for institutions, to simply raise salaries rather then undertake the tracking of hours, for which the institution is responsible. However, there is at least one case of an institution that appears to be going down the route of requiring postdocs to fill out timesheets – the University of Nebraska: “Beginning Dec. 1, postdoctoral researchers who fall under the minimum base salary threshold of $913 a week ($47,476 for a full-year worker) and are not exempted from the threshold, will change to hourly pay status and be eligible for overtime payments. Timesheets will be required.”   Do you know what your institution is doing? Is your institution talking to either the postdoctoral association or postdoctoral office about what they are planning? We are going to build a resource here on the Future of Research website to gather all of this information together. Please feel free to send information to info@futureofresearch.org or to contact us on social media.   The Boston Postdoctoral Association (BPDA) has created a guide to the FLSA overtime rule and what...

Letters from Grad School: collecting graduate school experiences

Here at FoR, we’re continuously making calls for more data about junior scientists. There’s often a focus on quantitative data, but it’s just as important to get qualitative information; anecdotes; experiences. Below we are sharing a call for your graduate school experiences for the Letters from Graduate School project, which also has a page on their website with personal stories and resources. Call for submissions: For every graduate student, graduate school is a different experience filled with ups, downs, failures, and successes. The goal of Letters from Graduate School is to build a collective of graduate school experiences from graduate students in the biomedical/biology PhD programs–your experience, in your own voice! We are looking for graduate students who are interested in writing about their stories and experiences in graduate school–the good and the bad. We are creating a platform for sharing these stories to highlight the diversity of graduate school experiences. These stories will be shared through our web platform, and a selected set of entries will be compiled into a book. We encourage your entry to be focused on a single topic that was formative in your graduate school experience. We have a few sample topics listed below, but don’t feel limited to our suggestions; we want to include as many unique perspectives as possible. If you are interested in writing for us, please fill out the short form on our website lettersfromgradschool.org – and we will get back to you. All essays will be edited in collaboration with the author before publication. We will respect authors who wish to share their story anonymously. For any questions, email...

A Message from Future of Research Canada @FOR_CANsymp

  The Future of Research is a U.S.-based organization designed to educate, advocate for and promote early career scientists. With the changing structure and distribution of funding in Canada, there is a worry that growth and sustainability of the biomedical research may be compromised.  In addition, changes in the funding structure are disproportionately affecting early career investigators. Starting in 2015, there has been a large shift in funding away from early-career researchers toward established investigators. Several training programs, including MD/PhD fellowships, have been cut. For more information read here. With the support of Future of Research, we are creating a Canadian forum to discuss outcomes specific to Canadian researchers including: Funding for early career researchers Training and transparency of career outcomes of early career researchers Increased Connectivity – how to promote conversations about research and infrastructure between universities and provinces Structure of the workforce If you would like to get involved in this organization please email FutureofResearch.Canada@gmail.com.  We are hoping to coordinate a Future of Research Canada Symposium in 2017. In addition we are looking for Representatives from universities across Canada to start local workshops and advise the national board. Thanks! Future of Research Canada Follow us on Twitter: @FOR_CANsymp...

Make your voice heard on the future of publishing in biology #ASAPBio

A very active discussion of interest to many members of the Future of Research community is how to shape the future of publishing in science. The #ASAPBio meeting, discussing ways to incentivize the use of pre-prints in biology research, is coming up at Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the next 2 weeks. The meeting is being co-organized by Jessica Polka from Future of Research, and Gary McDowell will be in attendance as a representative. See the announcement below to see how to make your views known, get involved, and follow along! Share your ideas on accelerating scientific publishing with ASAPbio ASAPbio is a meeting that aims to accelerate the pace of research in biology by removing barriers to the use of preprints (versions of scientific manuscripts posted online at a validated server prior to peer review and journal publication). Preprints allow scientific findings to be posted  immediately in a format freely accessible to anyone in the world. They can help scientists get productive feedback on their work and also could serve as interim evidence for productivity. While preprints have been a key aspect of the physics community for  decades, they are not widely used in biology because 1) they are not compatible with the policies of some journals, 2) they are not officially acknowledged by many funding agencies, and 3) there is uncertainty regarding whether a preprint will be respected  as a legitimate form of communication in the biology community. The meeting will bring roughly 70 leaders from funding agencies, journals, scientific societies, and the biology community to HHMI Headquarters on February 16th and 17th to discuss concrete immediate steps and areas of...