The shortage of educational jobs is a perennial downside for U.S. science trainees. However this yr, college job openings at U.S. establishments are down 70% in contrast with final yr, in line with an evaluation of job ads on the Science Careers job board. Solely 173 U.S.-based jobs had been posted between July and September this yr, in contrast with 571 throughout the identical interval final yr. The dismal numbers replicate nervousness about college funds amid the pandemic—and are leaving postdocs and soon-to-be-Ph.D. graduates frightened about their future. “We actually want to consider find out how to present some form of lifeline … and never lose a bunch of those who we put quite a lot of assets into coaching,” one professor informed Science.