Choosing a career in science

Ireland“Madam, – Dr Sarah Harney (August 17th) seems misinformed about the nature of the post-doctoral researcher position on several counts. Let’s consider the career paths which ‘doctors’ undertake: 1. A post-doctoral position is a training position much like a resident in the US or a junior doctor in Europe. In New York, where I am working, post-docs earn an average salary of $41,000. Residents, who have also completed ‘eight years of third- and fourth-level education’ earn slightly more but work much longer hours and do not enjoy many of the benefits of a career in research which she outlined …” (more)

[Stephen Duff, Irish Times, 19 August]

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