This project investigates how Postdoc researchers value and trade off the different characteristics of (potential) research positions (length of position, salary, location, reputation of research group etc) using a Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE); how Principal Investigators value and trade off the characteristics of Postdoc positions for different applicants (through interviews or a a separate DCE and examine longitudinal employment data on research positions in universities. We will combine these sources to explore what feasible options exist for improving the career stability of Postdoc researchers. Our initial research will identify the key drivers of position selection through interviews and focus groups. We will use then quantify these insights using discrete choice experiments and investigate whether the valuations and trade-offs are affected by demographic characteristics of the researchers and principal investigators.
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