On the 30th of April a meeting was held with Janet Thornton and Nick Goldman and the postdoctoral staff to follow up on the SAC evaluation. Two main questions were addressed.
1. What is the definition of a postdoc at the EBI?
At the EBI, most of the postdoctoral staff is not technically a postdoc, but contracted as a staff member. After seeing the SAC results, EMBL has insisted the EBI clearly define what a postdoc is, to make sure there is no inequality between sites, e.g. 'Official' postdocs can stay on for at most 5 years, while no such restriction is in place for staff members.
The proposed definition (the issue is still under discussion) is that there are two groups who are officially postdocs
This is an EMBL level official definition, which will affect access to all EMBL-level postdoc facilities (e.g. the retreat). At the EBI and for any postdoc activities we organise here, we handle a more inclusive definition, anyone doing postdoctoral research of any kind is welcome.
2. How to improve the postdoc experience at the EBI
Below a list of activities to be organised and other points resulting from the meeting, adapted from a list compiled by Nick Goldman.
Please feel free to comment on any of these issues here.