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April 3, 2012

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), including its founders and member institutions, has been in the news lately.

Science Careers' staff writer Michael Price wrote about the NPA founders in the article "NPA Founders Find Success." The article begins: "Postdocs who are interested in advocacy activities typically receive the same advice from postdoc advisers, so-called experts, and even their peers: Stay away." Fortunately, for postdocs,  the founders ignored that advice, as Price notes: "At its annual meeting in San Francisco in early March, the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) celebrated its 10th anniversary with a panel discussion featuring six of the organization's seven founders -- all of whom ignored the conventional wisdom a decade ago and spent lots of time on a cause they thought was important: improving working conditions and expanding job options for postdocs." 

The Scientist recently released its annual list of  "Best Places to Work Postdocs" for 2012. Author Sabrina Richards noted that: "The last 10 years have seen increasing support for the young scientists, including the founding of the National Postdoctoral Association in 2003 and the subsequent improvement in benefits such as retirement plans and relocation allotments. Accordingly, our survey shows that postdocs are more content than ever."

Twenty-four of the top 30 "best places to work" are institutions that are members of the NPA.







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