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Coalition for Next Generation Life Science Data

UNC has joined more than 35 universities and research institutes as members of the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science (CNGLS). The coalition’s goal is to bring transparency to Ph.D. and postdoctoral training by providing the data necessary to make informed decisions about one’s training and long-term career goals.

As a coalition member, OPA is committed to collecting and publishing data using common standards on:

  • Demographics of postdoctoral scholars by gender, underrepresented minority status, and citizenship status.
  • Median time in postdoctoral status at the institution.
  • Career outcomes for postdoctoral alumni, classified by job sector and career type using a standard taxonomy.

Future Data Across All Disciplines

While many of our postdocs are in the life sciences, OPA serves postdoctoral scholars in all disciplines, schools, and colleges across the University. The CNGLS is the first step toward providing meaningful training and career outcome data. Data that includes the broader postdoctoral population (e.g., Humanities and Social Sciences) will be published soon.


pie chart of demographic data
URM 40, 8%
NON-URM 310, 60%
Not Identified 164, 32%

pie chart of gender data
Female 232, 45%
Male 282, 55%

pie chart of citizenship data
International 216, 42%
U.S. 213, 41%
Not Identified 85, 17%

Career Outcomes Data

Primary Sector: 2019 Outcome Data

Academia: 44%; For Profit: 22%; Non Profit: 6%; Government: 2%; Unknown: 26%

I’m grateful for the guidance of the OPA career coaches. When I scheduled my initial appointment, I was preparing for an interview amid a time of complicated career decision-making. The coaching sessions helped me think through the important issues and develop a plan for going forward. The interview advice was invaluable and helped greatly. I was offered the position. – UNC Postdoc

Top Employers

  • AbbVie
  • Baylor University
  • BD
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Duke University
  • Eva Garland Consulting
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • LabCorp
  • Nuventra Pharma Sciences
  • RTI International
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Washington University in St. Louis

Career Outcome Reports

Time to Completion

bar graph for time completion data
Median Time in Postdoctoral Training
Outcomes Average Appointment Length 1.16

bar graph of distribution of time in postdoctoral training
Distribution of Time in Postdoctoral Training (Outcomes)
Less than 1 year 35
1-2 years 48
2 or more years 18


  • Demographic data are provided for current postdocs within the departments identified for data collection. This is drawn from HR data reports. This includes 513 current UNC Postdocs.
  • Career Outcomes and Time to Completion data are provided for completed postdocs pulled specifically for the CNGLS project and verified by OPA. This includes 101 former UNC Postdocs.