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Pamela Norton pnorton at lac.jci.tju.edu
Fri Jul 12 15:44:30 EST 1996


In article <14C21E50603 at bio.tamu.edu>, JFRUGOLI at BIO.TAMU.EDU wrote:

> >> Where did that idea ever come up that postdocs are "training" 
> >positions.
> 
> Interestingly, NIH postdoctoral grants are "postdoctoral training 
> grants" and part of the application process is to state the training you 
> will receive, describe the facilities and faculty availible for that 
> training for evaluation by the committee reviewing the grants.  So 
> SOMEONE still thinks it's supposed to be a training period.
> Julia Frugoli

   True, and some postdoc positions are funded by institutional training
grants, where a specific program or department receives money to fund a
certain number of fellows. 

   Many of the positions that are advertised in Science, Nature, etc., are
jobs created by obtaining new grant funding, and there is a need to get
someone in to work on a very specific project ASAP. Usually, the need is
for specific technical expertise. However, sometomes after an initial
period of time focused on the funded project, you might be able to expand
into new areas; it depends on the PI. 

      Pam Norton

-- 
Pamela A. Norton, Ph.D.          Assistant Professor of Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA 19107           p_norton at lac.jci.tju.edu



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