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The psychological aspects of a well-known issue

From the PhD through several post-doctoral positions, to the few permanent academic posts, the selection processes determining who will populate the upper echelons of academic astronomy might not involve just merit, hard work or dedication.

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Fig. 1: The most important reason astronomers still working in academia have considered switching to industry.
Fig. 2: Additional reasons astronomers still working in academia have considered leaving for another field.
Fig. 3: Incentives that would help astronomers to stay longer in academia.
Fig. 4: Reasons that ex-astronomers have left astronomy.
Fig. 5: Job satisfaction of astronomers no longer working in academia, divided by gender.


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