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Postdocs stay close to home

Half of the academic staff working at Swedish universities completed their PhDs at the same institution, a report by the Swedish research council Vetenskapsrådet has found.

Vetenskapsrådet published its report on academic recruitments on 27 January. The report found that just over 50 per cent of academics at Swedish universities completed their PhD in the same institution—a practice it calls “internal recruitment”. The practice is more common in large universities than smaller ones, the report found.

The agricultural sciences have the highest level of internal recruitment among all subject areas—likely because there is only one university in Sweden specialising in the field, the report states. The medical and health sciences and engineering have the second most internal recruitments, with 60 per cent of academic staff in this field having a PhD from the same institution that they work at.

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