The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited builds on the 2000 report Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers. That ground-breaking report assessed the postdoctoral experience and provided principles, action points, and recommendations to enhance that experience. The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited reexamines postdoctoral programs in the United States, focusing on how postdocs are being guided and managed, how institutional practices have changed, and what happens to postdocs after they complete their programs.
The academic postdoctoral research experience provides recent PhD recipients with mentored advanced training. Postdoctoral education provides an opportunity to develop further scientific, technical, and professional skills or to learn new research techniques. In the process of developing their own research skills, postdoctoral appointees play an important role in the research enterprise of the United States.