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The number of postdocs is growing, but academic positions are scarce. What's a recent graduate/PhD candidate/prospective grad student to do? Kendall Powell surveys the status of the postdoctoral landscape, in a feature for Nature that should be required reading for anyone in – or considering entering – academia.


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How many go for their postdoc right out of college, collecting their Masters along the way? It strikes me that these are people who are simply afraid to leave college for the "real" world.