Esther Melo, a postdoc at Roche, says such an industry-based postdoc is a "midpoint between industry and academia,Nature Jobs reports.

Postdocs there, she says, can work in a lab at Roche or at a collaborating university. "You actually get two mentors: one from Roche, and one from academia," she adds.

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