The toll of short-term contracts

Pain, E. (2017). "The toll of short-term contracts." Science.

Sophie Pelisson loves her job as a data scientist for Frateli Lab, a Paris-based R&D organization promoting equal opportunities in education. But it’s a far cry from the academic career she had in mind as she completed her astrophysics Ph.D. at the Paris Observatory in 2012. She applied for permanent research and university positions, which in France are won through nationwide competitions, but her efforts came to no avail, leaving her increasingly frustrated with the French research system. So, after a string of short-term positions in academia—1 year teaching, a 2-year postdoc in Italy, and 16 months in a second postdoc back in France—she decided to try her luck elsewhere.

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