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Analysis Variable:   Number of Non-Faculty Research Staff
This variable is the number of non-faculty research staff in GSS-eligible science, engineering, and health (SEH) units in the fall of the data collection year. Breakdowns of these data are available by: academic institution, state, Carnegie classification, type-of-control (public or private), gender, discipline, and highest degree granted (unit and/or institution level).
Non-faculty research staff include all doctoral scientists and engineers who are involved principally in research activities but are not considered either postdoctoral appointees or members of the regular faculty.
Data are available for fall 1979-present.
Please see the data source help for details on the population size and structure for each year.
Data Limitations
Data collection for postdoctoral appointees (postdocs) and other doctorate-holding nonfaculty researchers (NFRs) expanded considerably in 2010, and significant efforts made to ensure that appropriate personnel at the surveyed institutions were providing these data. Missing data within newly collected items were not imputed due to the lack of historical data. All postdoc and NFR data will be re-imputed following the 2012 cycle. More information on changes to the postdoc data will be available in a forthcoming InfoBrief at
Quality Control
These data have been checked and verified to correspond to data in the following NSF publication:
Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering
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