Chinese universities lure postdocs back home

Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.

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China’s leading universities are now recruiting more homegrown postdocs (see, for example,; in Chinese). A three-year stint in a Chinese lab, together with the prerequisite overseas experience, can now help to secure a tenured position.

Zhejiang University and Wuhan University, for example, have doubled postdoc salaries in the past two years. A nationwide advertising campaign has boosted recruitment by 40% in my own field of hydrology alone.

This shift in recruitment policy should encourage more postdocs to return home, particularly as China is now established as an important contributor to international research.

Nature 565, 294 (2019)

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