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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.



Career Outcomes Data


Time to Completion

  • 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.