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Postdoctoral labour market ‘not functioning well’


Royal Society of New Zealand calls for more industry PhDs and market-led stipends

New Zealand’s research workforce is out of step with the needs of R&D and many PhD graduates struggle to find ongoing work in their areas, a discussion paper from the Royal Society of New Zealand has said.  

Possible solutions proposed by the paper include an increase in “collaborative” PhDs, where the researcher is embedded in industry; stipends that are “market-led” to encourage study and research in areas of economic demand; and extension of collaborative PhDs to Crown Research Institutes. PhD programmes tailored to Māori and Pacific Islanders are also proposed.

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