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‘Short-termist’ culture failing young scientists

Australia’s university-dominated research system is “archaic”, discriminates against women and offers few long-term career options, according to a Melbourne scientist working in private industry.

Catherine Osborne claims many university research institutes treat PhDs as “cheap labour”, and have employment policies restricting postdocs researchers to one-year contracts.  

In an audio editorial for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s weekly programme The Science Show on 9 July, Osborne said that over the past 10 years, “not even the hardest working scientists” among her former PhD colleagues had achieved secure long-term jobs.

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