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A European postdoc for the family

Europe for the family
Credit: Robert Neubecker

In the spring of 2011, I started a 2-year Whitaker International postdoctoral scholarship in bioengineering. My husband, an experienced mechanical engineer who is fluent in German, left his job in the United States and found a new one in Vienna. The next year, I learned I was pregnant. We didn't go to Europe to start a family—our goal was to experience a new culture and remain competitive in our fields—but we recognized almost immediately the advantages of Austria's support for young professionals pursuing careers and a family. (Keep reading at Science.)