Young researchers are having to fight harder than past generations for a smaller share of the academic pie.
Scientists and policymakers around the world increasingly worry about the plight of young researchers in academia, and for good reason. Competition for tenure-track positions has surged, and some early-career researchers face tough odds in the quest for funding. As a result, many see lower pay-offs for their efforts in preparing and writing grant applications. Although everyone is under pressure, those just starting out seem to feel the impacts more acutely.
Two researchers – separated by a couple of decades – describe their experiences of beginning a scientific career.
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Maher, B., Sureda Anfres, M. Young scientists under pressure: what the data show. Nature 538, 444 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/538444a
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