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Because of decreased funding, postdocs in the US are having a hard time finding permanent jobs, writes Muhammad Ahmed, a postdoc at the University of Florida, writes in an opinion piece at The Scientist. Further, as PIs bend to the pressure of chasing high-impact papers and large grants, Ahmed adds that the training of postdocs often falls to the wayside.

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