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UK placements down


Research traineeships with drugmakers have declined as sector tightens.

Training for academics by UK drugmakers declined from 2007 to 2011, finds a survey by the London-based Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. The number of research-training placements fell owing, in part, to outsourcing and site closures. The number of industry postdoc positions dropped by more than 12%, and posts for undergraduates decreased by half. But support for PhD students is up because companies are moving towards funding for four years, rather than three, to offer broader training. Association spokeswoman Louise Leong notes that industry training schemes help to tailor the workforce, which facilitates job placement.

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UK placements down. Nature 485, 139 (2012).

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