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When Yaw Bediako returned to Africa after receiving high-school, undergraduate and PhD education in the United States, the Ghanaian was struck by how different life as a scientist was on the continent of his birth. As a postdoctoral researcher in Kenya working on malaria, Bediako was asked to weigh in on decisions from whom to hire to what equipment to buy. “Postdocs in the United States don’t have to think beyond the lab. It’s your principal investigator’s job to stress about funding and facilities,” he says.